“47% freeloaders”, From a 100% Tool

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Is it a gaffe, a misunderstanding or perhaps a remark taken out of context?  Nah, it’s just Mitt Romney doing what he (and everyone within the two party system) does best… daring you to vote for him.

 

Recordings from a campaign fundraiser released earlier this week reveal more candid remarks from the presidential hopeful.  Among other comments, Romney states that forty-seven (47) percent of the people will vote for this president (Obama) no matter what.  He also claims that these same 47% are the ones taking government handouts, e.g. welfare, foodstamps and so forth. The full quote on his stance reads:  “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 that 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. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number.”

 

To quote a former college professor of mine, “There’s lies, damn lies and statistics”.  The above remark falls into the category of all three.  Perhaps to the less savvy individual a bold statement like Romney’s would trigger an outraged response with demands for people to rise off of their lazy asses and “get a job”.  Mitt, however, is being deceptive here.  While it is certainly true that around 45 million Americans are on foodstamps/welfare, that does not comprise 47% of the current U.S. population.  In reality, according to the statistics provided by the Congressional Budget Office around 15% of the population receives such benefits.  While this is still a shockingly high number, it is nowhere near the forty-seven percent that Romney touts as fact.

 

So How does Romney arrive at such a ridiculous claim?  If we add individuals that use Medicare/Medicaid, collect social security or social security disability and anyone that receives a student loan from the government or a grant of some nature then the number is roughly what Governor Romney cited.  How dare those elderly or disabled take from a system that they have paid into all of their lives!  Those lousy freeloader military vets taking from the government like that… how shameful.  Let’s not forget the evil students earning grants for exceptional achievements in academia.  Mitt Romney is not only out of touch with the American people, he seems completely out of touch with reality.

 

In an election year where the incombent president is ensconced in economic crisis and failed international policy, one would expect the opponent to have a clear advantage.  The Obama administration has thrown a hanging curveball to Republicans and yet the GOP sends in a pitcher to try and deliver the game winning home run.

 

To be fair to Governor Romney, the recordings revealed one quote that I’m willing to offer at least partial credit for accuracy, “These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.”

 

While misleading, this statement is true as long as you add one key word to the quote… “Federal”.  Forty-seven percent of Americans do not pay FEDERAL income tax.  Obviously many of those forty-sevne percenters do pay state, local, sales, grocery (if applicable) and other excise taxes.  So it would be nothing short of deceptive for Romney to imply that these forty-seven percent are a bunch of tax dodging freeloaders.  Actually, it wouldn’t be ‘deceptive’ it is a boldface lie.

 

I’ll ask again, are you still going to vote for one of the two major parties?  How much more must they do to drive you away permanently?

 

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Chicago Teacher Strike Ends

 

After seven days and intense contract negotiation, the teachers union and the city of Chicago have come to an agreement.  40,000 students will be heading back to area schools Wednesday as the union struck a three-year deal.

 

The terms of the deal include a modest pay increase over the next three years (eight percent or so).  A guarantee that at least fifty percent of new hires will be from a pool of displaced teachers (those that have been previously laid-off/fired).  In addition, the merit based pay system will be ostensibly out the window.  According to the new deal, seventy percent of the job performance will be based upon “teacher practice” while thirty percent will focus on student performance.   The union has managed to marginalize the importance of student success (grades, standardized test results).  Is it any wonder why the United States no longer ranks in the top 20 among all nations in education?

 

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Also on this episode:

 

• Australian senator resigns after defying human biology and physics by placing his foot in his mouth while simultaneously having his head up his ass.  While debating a bill before parliment regarding gay marriage, Senator Cory Bernardi of Australia’s Liberal Party stated that if we allow people to marry simply because they love each other, then why not allow multiple individuals to do so (polygamy).  Furthering his slippery-slope theory, Bernardi argued that allowing gay people to be married could lead to permitting bestiality.  And you thought our politicians were crazy!

 

• Change you can believe in:  More job cuts… this time at American Airlines where as many as 11,000 positions could be downsized within the next few months.

 

• You’re a teenager and you really want to get into a girl’s pants, do you… (a) pass her a love note in class, (b) show up at her house and take her out to dinner in a limo, or (c) have your dad—who just so happens to be a border patrol agent with access to a helicopter—fly you to school whereby you can ask the girl to homecoming?  You know the show, you know the answer.

 

• The pop chart features a wide array of surprises… the biggest of which being that the number one song is actually good!

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6 Responses to ““47% freeloaders”, From a 100% Tool”

  1. Gotta love Aussie politics, where the liberals are conservatives, and homosexuality and bestiality are one and the same!

    Advance, Australia fair! :P

    • Being an Australian, this has nothing to do with Australian politics. This is just retarded people who manage to grasp some power and then push their agenda. The shitty homosexuality to bestiality argument is found everywhere, most commonly among religious fanatics found in any country. Who cares what this guys says, the hype will dissipate. His son is probably a fag anyways. Just saying.

      • I’m also an Australian, and the fact that the Australian Liberal party is in no way liberal at all I do think has a little ‘something’ to do with Australian politics ;)

        I knew people would get overly sensitive about this topic, fact of the matter is, we had an Australian senator who came out and made that comment. Unfortunately, that’s now a blemish on Australian politics and the Liberal party (you know Labor or the media won’t let them live that one down, resignation or not).

        Sure, he’s probably thinking bestiality isn’t so bad after what Tony Abbott probably did to him after saying such a stupid thing, and sure it’s not an isolated Australian way of thinking. But, unfortunately, you have elected officials who get up and run their mouths before letting their brains engage. Officials who are meant to be the voice of their constituency. How unfortunate.

  2. Hey Mike!

    Not sure if there’s something wrong with you or maybe it’s me, but regardless, you and I are agreeing a lot more lately. As difficult as it may be to believe I am what you would call a “radical Liberal” although I don’t think of myself that way, but I digress. I have been listening since the old days where you were on live and I have heard you morph from fairly conservative libertarian to a clearly more liberal type. Legalizing marijuana, hating on these “conservative” bastards, tearing apart “conservative” radio hosts with your wit even better than the left-wing shows ever could, your defense of gay marriage and so many more examples of how you have seen the light! Good for you!

    Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan but you used to just rip into Obama for hours and I don’t hear it in these latest shows nearly as much. Sure you trash both parties and that’s great because they should be trashed but it’s good to see you’re shifting toward the dark side, hahaha! Now if only you’d wake up on the issues of raising taxes on the rich and supporting unions as well as endorsing real progressive candidates I think you would be perfect.

    Anyway I enjoy your show and you have made my blood pressure rise a lot less lately and you always make me laugh so keep doing what you do.

    SB

    • MichaelGroff Says:
      September 21, 2012 at 6:24 am

      Stephan,

      To answer your opening hypothesis I believe there might be something wrong with you. It’s nice that you find agreement with my points of view, but I don’t feel that they are in any way a paradigm shift toward “liberalism” on my part. While I am a registered Libertarian, I have no real party loyalty, instead I am loyal to ideals and principles. It just so happens that the Libertarian party is closest—albeit not at all identical—to my own philosophies.

      Many of those things you describe, i.e. legalizing marijuana, tearing into conservative radio hosts and pundits are indeed things that I support or do. This does not define me as “liberal”. I have torn into “progressive” hosts many times as well. I don’t keep score, but I would theorize that overall it’s fairly close in terms of my pot-shots at the two major parties. I even take a few swipes at Libertarians, Green Party members and others from time to time as I see fit.

      I still rail against Obama, his administration and Democrats. I feel that both major parties on the federal level are generally bought and paid for by major corporations/special interest groups. Obama is a continuation of the Bush administration’s horrendous international policy. If anything, Obama is only a slightly less neo-conservative type than the Bush or his administration.

      I like to think of myself as a ‘call it as I see it’ type of person. The U.S. government is broken and both parties have been equally complicit in it’s malfunction.

      To make it a bit more simplified, I would consider myself a general social Liberal and a fiscal Conservative… with minor variations within those areas. I have, for the most part, been that way my entire life as long as I can remember. Most people would describe me as a moderately conservative Libertarian and that appears most accurate. I will never be in favor of raising taxes on the “rich”, although I do support closing some loopholes and providing incentives for small businesses to keep jobs in the U.S. I don’t hate unions and do see their necessity on a limited basis—I believe the officials union is in the right in the current NFL fiasco. For the most part, however, I see unions as the primary reason that so many businesses did move labor overseas. I do not think that we should outlaw unions either… I like the idea of allowing people to be able to make their own decisions. I don’t believe the above makes me liberal or conservative, it’s just common sense and reason.

      I’m glad you enjoy the show and hate to burst your fantasy of my alleged new found liberalism, but I couldn’t let that comment go unanswered. Thanks for listening! :)

  3. Great show michael. I’m so glad youre back. Was stuck listening to awful podcasts,yours is so much better than these other losers I was listening to from my local talk stations, blahhhh!

    PLEASE! keep the shows coming I need them to get through the day!