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The "47%": The Truth Hurts

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Sep 19, 2012 8:58 pm

The coverage of Romney's 47% speech proves the bias of each of the publications. The New York Times wrote and blogged (in one case mockingly) about how the "47%" are indeed deependent on government: they are old, infirm or poor. The WSJ published a leaked draft speech today that Romney never gave eloquently fleshing out Romney's views about the welfare state.

My own view is this: Forget about if people deserve it or not, but how can nearly half the people in this country get some sort of aid? How are we to support this giant, ever expanding entitlement programs in the future? About 70% of the federal government budget is spent on individual assistance programs. Whether the welfare state is fair or not is not the point. It's unsustainable and the programs need to be culled. You can't federalize everything on borrowed money indefinitely. If you think about it, retirement saving has been federalized with passing of the Social Security Act. A person born in 1935, the year the  act was passed, was expected to live to around 61.7 years. Benefits kicked in at 61. In short, SS was never meant for everybody; it wasn't meant to actually pay out much other than truly old people who needed a safety net. Now the average person born today is expected to live to be 79. Hmm. Houston, we have a problem.

Sep 20, 2012 12:31 am

It is hard to tell what the point is of the first paragraph. Are you suggesting liberal media bias. The key take away from the 47% comment is " how can a politician who wants to be President of the United Sates say something so stupid. He had a likability issue before the comments and now it is far worse. I don’t think he can recover from this.

As far as the government programs are concerned, I agree that some programs should be reduced especially social security. I see no reason why the government should in the business of saving money for retirement.

Sep 22, 2012 2:37 pm

So,do tell,who was SMS designed for? Shall we take it away from your mom and dad tomorrow,and ask them to return every undeserved dollar they accepted?