TJ Larson

Welcome once again, dear readers, to another installment of "Election 2012." When we last left our candidates, President Obama was engaged in a dispute with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over whether or not to strike Iran. So far, the president has rejected any talk of launching an attack.

Meanwhile, we find Romney and Company still in the process of doing damage control from previous statements he made concerning the Libyan embassy attack, when suddenly... another bombshell exploded. It seems Romney had partially succeeded in avoiding fallout from one political landmine, only to inadvertently step into an entire minefield.

These days it seems more and more like Romney is beginning to look like the proverbial tophat-wearing, mustache-twirling robberbaron rather than the man with the plan to turn our economy around.

Mother Jones magazine has obtained footage secretly recorded of Romney addressing contributors at a fundraiser.

Apparently Romney, feeling comfortable with his surroundings, momentarily lapsed into speaking his native language-- "affluent-ESE."

In the video, Romney candidly talked about what he thought of Obama supporters.

According to Romney: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... 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. My job is not to worry about those people..."

So half of the country wants a handout from the government and if you are poor, unemployed or in any way unable to contribute to the "bottom line" you apparently don't even deserve to receive the basic necessities for survival. Here is a newsflash. Those are not the words of a true voice for the people. They are the elitist words of a very wealthy man with no regard for the "little people."

How can he categorize all Obama supporters this way? Does he not realize that hard times affect Republicans as well as Democrats? Then again, based on the type of crowd he was addressing, maybe he wasn't even speaking from a partisan perspective.

And then there was the talk of entitlement. You would think that someone who lost their legs in combat might just be entitled to something. How about the widow who lost her husband in war? How is she supposed to support her family? What about the senior citizens who worked hard all their lives but barely made ends meet? Now that they can no longer work, what of them? Last but not least, what about the millions of unemployed who fell victim to our shattered economy that paid no taxes because they had no income?

What exactly is a government supposed to do when its policies are partly responsible for the current state of a nation? Whatever happened to a government of, for and by the people? In the Romney-verse, I suppose this doesn't exist.

If Romney believes nearly half the nation consists of shiftless bums, then what does he think of the other half? Are these the ones with which he will ensure that his tribute is paid?

In classic pass-the-buck fashion, a spokesperson or, maybe minion would be more precise in this case, issued this statement on Romney's behalf:

"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy... he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps... the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs," said Romney spokesperson, Gail Gitcho.

What will those 12 million people find work doing? The bigger question here may be, what is going to happen to the other 11 million people of the 23 million who will still be without work? Because in the Romney-verse, whatever you do, don't be poor, don't lose your job or become disabled, and heaven forbid, don't grow old.

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