Not so seismic

ABC News described today as a “seismic shifting” day, for Romney, exposing what he really thinks, with the release of his recorded comments at a fundraiser.

Is it scandalous to suggest that someone who has a financial interest in government may have a conflict of interest when it comes to casting their vote? I thought that was common sense.

Isn’t this very fact exploited over and over by Democrats in their campaigns when they try to scare these people into voting for them to keep getting their goodies?

Today is a seismic shift…to a new dumb.

I have a simple solution. You have a choice. If you are eligible to receive benefits from the “social safety net” you can choose to receive the benefit or choose to vote. It’s your choice. Choose wisely.

4 thoughts on “Not so seismic

  1. I believe a recent pundit phrased it well when he said that we no longer have just a safety net, we have a hammock. A safety net is when society meets your most minimal needs, i.e. you are still impoverished, but you’re not going to be left for dead. Sadly, the Democrats have bought votes – and destroyed people’s incentive to become more than just marginal – by telling them that they are not only entitled to these things, but that they must demand that these things be provided at the same level (or greater) than similar goods and services that the benefactor class buys with their own money AND then they expand the definition of “basic necessities” to include what in different times and different countries would be considered luxuries.

    Most working, tax paying Americans would have no gripe with helping to provide a true safety net for folks who truly are unable to provide for themselves and, as a nation, we could afford to do so with minimal burden on taxpayers. The problem arises – and taxpayers object – when we convert the safety net into the entitlement hammock. The pool of recipients and the scope of benefits has broken the proverbial camel’s back.

    Now, in all likelihood, the media will try to convince undecided voters that Romney’s comments are scandalous by repeatedly portraying them as such. Hopefully, these same voters will realize that what is scandalous is the level of benefits demanded by the entitlement crowd and the number of people who are on the government dole not due to misfortune, but by choice.

    • Hammock indeed. The bar has moved from giving someone help to preventing someone from having to make any tough choices and take their lumps.

      Nice comment. I always enjoy them. Thanks for taking the time to post here Mike.

  2. Hi Seth – A comment on another forum decrying Romney for “not caring about those who are STRUGGLING to stay afloat” really highlighted the misperception. Romney has no issue with those who are actually struggling to stay afloat. I’m sure he applauds them. The real issue is with those who are able, but unwilling to struggle to stay afloat, but who expect the rest of us to struggle even harder to keep ourselves and them afloat. To reiterate my previous point, a safety net should keep you alive, but it should also leave you uncomfortable enough that you have an incentive to not remain in that position.

  3. Yet another example of the hammock:

    This is not only another example that shows that the federal government has mutated the concept of a safety net into one of a hammock that goes above and beyond providing those who can’t provide for themselves with the bare necessities (while still keeping them “uncomfortable” enough to want to work) to a socialist policy of redistribution of wealth. When people complain that the “rich” don’t pay enough in taxes, they often forget that taxes we see on our paychecks (income, fica, medicare) are only part of the tax burden imposed on us by the government. The USAC fees added to your cell phone bill are also a tax as are the extra fees added to your other utility bills (electric, water, gas, etc.). What’s that? You say you didn’t know that the government mandates that utility providers discount services they provide to this same group that gets the free cell phones – and the utility companies pass the charges on to you. Come on, you didn’t really think that the utility companies absorbed these cost, did you?


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