- Posted September 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Election 2012: Your stories
Romney's honest moment?
The statement that began the problem.
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax."
An honest moment?
Will it hurt or help?
I find it a little ironic...
I'm sitting here in my hospital bed and wondering why I see on these ireports, a bash happy group of people who are criticizing a sad, but honest, moment of truth.
Whether you want to fess up to it or not, there are many people who use welfare as their means of financial support with little to no thought of getting out and fully supporting themselves without the use of government aid.
It's their crutch.
I mean no disrespect to those who honestly struggle and need a hand up. I'm speaking specifically of those who milk the system out of per laziness.
I have also noticed something strange about how some are looking at the “entitlements” that Romney listed. It seems to have blurred the line between the middle and lower classes.
Another ireporter titled his report this:
"Mitt Romney's video expressing disdain for the middle class another issue that makes him unfit to be president of USA"
Just out of curiously...when did those using welfare become the middle class?
If that is the true middle class, we have a BIG problem.
It's no wonder why many would strive to become a member of this government funded "middle class".
Sad thing that welfare has turned into.
Now don’t get me wrong, I believe welfare has its place.
Those who struggle should be able to get help to aid them through the difficult times. And I’m not speaking just financially.
If it’s retraining in another field that they need to be able to succeed in life, then I also believe that help should be given.
Maybe help in child care and transportation too.
But help should NOT be given to those who have made a lifestyle out of welfare.
And please…don’t try to convince me that the left is more caring then the right.
Neither side is innocent.
They just portray their disdain for those on welfare differently.
The "right" can dismiss the majority on welfare as good for nothing lay-abouts.
The "left" can dismiss the majority on welfare as they collectively pat themselves on the back for "giving to the poor" someone else's money.
But how many actually gets involved on a personal level to help those with less?
Who gives of themselves?
IMHO...Mitt Romney spoke the truth as he, and many others, see it.
It won't hurt him if it's the Republican base he is trying to cater to.
If anything it will drive them to the polls because now they will believe Romney, at least in this instance, believes as they do in reference to welfare.
My opinion, for what it's worth, welfare needs some serious reform by people who are honestly care about their fellow Americans.
Care enough to let them flounder, if in the long run it allows them to grow.
Care enough to actively get involved with those with less, without the self-righteous attitude and stigma that many on welfare have to deal with.
Care enough to tell the truth to those;
"Who are dependent upon government.
Who believe that they are victims.
Who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.
Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.
That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them."
As Gov. Romney said.
The truth is;
We are, none of us, entitled to anything.
Instead of just assuming the government will take care of our fellow Americans, it's time for each individual to TRULY take on the burden of family, neighbors and friends.
Like my friends and family are doing for me as we speak. I'm very lucky.
BTW...when your world falls apart, you can tell who your true friends are by those who hold the pieces of you together until you can do it for yourself. :)
If more people were like my friends and family we would no longer need welfare and this country and would truly be that "Shining city on a hill" of which a couple Presidents have spoke of.
In the words of President Kennedy:
"I have been guided by the standard John Winthrop set before his shipmates on the flagship Arbella three hundred and thirty-one years ago, as they, too, faced the task of building a new government on a perilous frontier. "We must always consider", he said, "that we shall be as a city upon a hill—the eyes of all people are upon us". Today the eyes of all people are truly upon us—and our governments, in every branch, at every level, national, state and local, must be as a city upon a hill — constructed and inhabited by men aware of their great trust and their great responsibilities. For we are setting out upon a voyage in 1961 no less hazardous than that undertaken by the Arbella in 1630. We are committing ourselves to tasks of statecraft no less fantastic than that of governing the Massachusetts Bay Colony, beset as it was then by terror without and disorder within. History will not judge our endeavors—and a government cannot be selected—merely on the basis of color or creed or even party affiliation. Neither will competence and loyalty and stature, while essential to the utmost, suffice in times such as these. For of those to whom much is given, much is required.."
And President Reagan:
"I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it and see it still...."
P.S. I just thought the picture was pretty. lol