As reported initially reported by Mother Jones and later NBC News and others Mitt Romney was secretly recorded at a private fund-raiser held at the home of a major supporter and his message was slightly … “different from those made in front of the cameras. One of the most controversial has been the following:
“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.”
As to the 47 percent figure Romney is technically correct (the very best kind of correct). As clarified by The Washington Post Fact Checker and FactCheck.org about a quarter of those people are seniors who receive less than $25,000 a year. About half of them earn so little that after standard deductions there is no income to tax – but they still pay a significant amount in payroll taxes and of course pay excise taxes, local and state taxes and others.
We must give credit to Romney. While he danced, equivocated and rationalized he never did completely back down from his statements when they came to light. At the same time, however, the statements were pretty damn stupid and we’re unconvinced that Romney truly believes the underlying meaning.
As the factual statements were, technically, true we can only deliver a verdict of Misdemeanor Douchebaggery. Based on the misleading and insulting nature of the non-factual comments we feel justified in adding an additional charge of Misdemeanor Dickory as well.