You've almost certainly heard Mitt Romney's absurd statement regarding government handouts and a pervasive culture of dependency. Here is the quote for those who may have missed it:
Several points need to be made.
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.
The first is that receiving government money does not necessarily mean you're in favor of continuing and expanding handout programs. I received enough money from the federal government to pay for my entire university education, but I unequivocally support measures to reduce the very programs that provided me that handout. A family I am close to receives food stamps and other means government assistance, and though I am unaware of their precise feelings, they are all voting Mitt for president. In fact, most of my friends who support Obama do not get money from the federal government.
The second, and this is even more critically important, is that it absolutely is the job of Mitt Romney, and the entire Republican party, to worry about those people. Nothing is more important than bringing those very people to the understanding that they need not be dependents, but have the capacity to be proud productive members of society, capable of supporting themselves and helping others. The very core of your duty is to convince America to rely on family and community in difficult times, and to assist others when their fortunes falter.
Come on Mitt, get yourself together and figure out what you're about. You're a politician, so act like one. Sure, 47 percent of America won't vote for you if you write them off and, to borrow the Republican pundits' favorite phrase, engage in class warfare. You need to do better, and you can do better.
Mitt explaining himself fairly well.