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Secretly taped, Mitt Romney identifies Obama's voters as entitled and dependent

Mother Jones got hold of video captured during one of Mitt Romney's private fundraisers, so it's nice to know what things are going on behind the closed doors of the elite.


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Is it just me?

I don't see how this is interesting or news worthy. What does Mittens say in this 'hidden' video that he doesn't say in any other stump speech?

Follow the money

Banks, especially in impoverished areas, rely on those welfare checks to be deposited. Directly and indirectly, our financial institutions are receiving government cheese too! And don't get me started on corporate welfare.

Hey R-Money...

It's over.
Your arrogant ass will never get near the oval office cuz you're an "entitled, government dependent, crony corporatist dick".

Well then, I guess someone really screwed the pooch in Tampa

"What I have to [do] is convince the 5-10% in the center that are independents...that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or another, depending upon, in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not."


My thoughts exactly when I heard that part.


Drudge (who LOVES Romney for some reason) has this top-page! It will FALSELY position Romney as "tough on government wealth-redistribution," WHEN HIS CONSTITUENCY (Boomers and corp welfare queens)... ARE JUST AS DEPENDENT!!!!!!!!!!

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

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Train wreck. With RP out, there's no an enemy to unite against.

1. "Romney Campaign Infighting"
"To pin recent stumbles on Stevens would be to overlook Romney’s role in all this. As the man atop the enterprise — in effect, the CEO of a $1 billion start-up — Romney ultimately bears responsibility for the decisions he personally oversaw, such as the muffling of running mate Paul Ryan’s strict budget message and his own convention performance."
Link: http://www.alan.com/2012/09/16/romney-campaign-infighting/

2. "Romney's team begins to implode" http://www.sbs.com.au/news/blogs/113676/180-degrees/126793/R...

3. "Hoping to stop a growing media narrative that the Romney camp is in disarray, key advisers characterized the shift as 'a natural progression' rather than a response to a compilation of recent bad news..." Link: http://www.macon.com/2012/09/17/2180512/mitt-romney-tweaks-h...

He'd have to have

a real campaign for it to implode. He's never been more than a media illusion with hired "supporters" and Neocon party hacks.

Obama's voters are entitled and dependent,

so is Romney and his top donors.

This ^

A thousand times this.

If Ron Paul said this...

many of yall would be lapping it up as Ron Paul "Finally Telling the Truth".

It should be about the message, you can't have liberty when half the population is paying the taxes that pay for the other half's entitlements.


Some truth

Let's be real people. This is the game of politics. American politics is not based on principles that produce sound policy. American politics is exactly what Romney is saying. It's about votes. It's about power. And it's for sure about maintaining the control of power.

We know this. We learned this. This is exactly why our views were blacked out, censored, labeled as 'kooky'. We are a threat to their power and we are trying to topple the two-faced one headed beast that is the two party system.

To quote Lewis Black, if there's anything worse than democrats and republicans, it's when they are working together.

They are working together to shut us out. All we have to do is keep on keepin' on.

This would be like me

This would be like me releasing a "Secret video" showing that I've lost 120 pounds. Oh noes!

What a idiot

What a idiot Romney is. Even if he is saying what he thinks which I give him props for. The only problem in Massachusetts he made the state depended on him with Romney Care. In reality Romney had no legs to stand on when he made this statement. He is one of those 47% who like entitlements.

glad romney has it all figured out

the problem is that that huge number that obama HAD may not be with him anymore.
romney id downplaying his position right now to secure as many voters as he can.

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

I'm one guy...

that that socialist, progressive, leftist republican WILL NEVER "get."

Funny how socialist, progressive, leftist republican Romney leaves out HIS loyal boomer constituency, DEPENDENT on Romneycare, Ryancare (Medicare Part D), Medicare, Disability, Unemployment "Compensation" extensions, "free" scooters, Social Security (WELL BEYOND what they "paid in"). Trying to convince THEM of truth will yield as much fruit as Obama's constituency.

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

He's not a small-r republican...

he's proven that during the nomination process. It's all about mob-rule "democracy" with him.

I don't play, I commission the league.

here! here!

couldn't have said it better. Just more stuff to keep the people fighting.

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

Ummm, TARP?

Folks miss the point. Lets see which of these wealthy donors received TARP funds, and then make sense of the video.

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Too bad for Romney that his

Too bad for Romney that his campaign did all that it could to alienate and otherwise piss off independent voters.

No Offense

This wasn't a hidden camera moment...this was an "And I approved this message" Romney moment. I hope our IQ's haven't dropped enough for us to believe this garbage.

Sounds like the pot calling

Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. I guess he did not see the sheep he was talking to in Tampa. This sounds like a plant. Fodder for the masses and drama until election day.

The game is rigged people.

Down vote for the sense that this has nothing to do with Peace. Gold. Liberty.

When I heard the tape my

When I heard the tape my first thought was "was the tape leaked to help or hurt Romney"? Where does Mother Jones stand politically? It does not pass the smell test for me. If you want another hot war in Iran and an economic war with China vote for the guy.

This is the most important contrast between Mitt & RP

I know he is discussing strategy, probaly at a $6,000 a plate lunchin. But, he is clearly stating that he cares nothing about changing the hearts and minds of those he plans to one day govern. It is all about winning! If that were Ron Paul on that stage, probably at a $5 a paper plate lunchin he would be educating and explaining the importance of self responsibility. This guy is a slimey politician.

However, he is right this time..

Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge.

James Wilson

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Funny thing - I agree with him too

Half the people in this country don't pay any income taxes at all. Any. As in none. And yet they receive valuable government services. Some of those same people are on, say Section 8 housing vouchers, in which the federal government pays their rent. At the same time, they may be getting food stamps.

What happens to demand when the price of services are free? It goes to infinity. More! Moar!!! Give us more.

So he's right. I think Romney suffers from Al Gore disease. He's stiff and wooden like a robot in front of the cameras because he is so worried about what he is supposed to say, instead of just letting loose and just saying it.

There are a ton of other videos at that Mother Jones link. I'm going to go listen to them.

He's the man.


I don't think people are upset about the ideas. I think people are more shocked about the tone and frankness of Romney here. This is a political strategy discussion that gets leaked during a presidential campaign.

I think a lot of people know that our political system is flawed, it's just that we rarely get to see it so naked during a presidential campaign. The political BS isn't as obvious in this video from the public speaking engagements that are knowingly taped.

The point Romney missed is

The point Romney missed is that those entitlements are going to go away anyway. If we don't stop the spending the game is up for the 47%.

Mitt will dole out welfare to the banks and corporations. He blames the individual citizen who takes a handout yet doesn't mention corporation/banks like GE paying zero tax. What about the members of the Federal Reserve printing money loaning to board members at zero interest... That is bank welfare and robbery all at the same time. They devalue (rob) our savings as they enrich their own. If they divided up all the money from the bailouts and money the fed has printed in the last 4 years by the number of Americans what would that come to per individual? That wasn't just for food stamps! I would guess less than 1 tenth of 1% would cover food stamps and housing. I am not defending the government forcing money from one to give to another. Just pointing out it is a very small part of the problem. 40 billion a month endless bank welfare has started!

Before I listened to Ron Paul I would have been all hyped up hearing this video... I wouldn't have been able to get to the polls fast enough to vote for Mitts. Today I simply hear the same games just another player.


this is not why we do this.

We do this because we know we can take better care of those people than the government can. The people at those tables know they can't. The people at those tables want them blowing up in wars overseas and addicted to government largesse so that they distract from the inflation and other corporate corruption.

I agree but it's because

I agree but it's because those people think it's helping them, but in fact it's hurting them in the long run.

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. - T. Jefferson rЭVO˩ution

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT

I agree to but.....

If hes serious then he better start talking to us because we are the swing vote that he has to gave to win. Not that I could stomach a vote for him.