Yes, I will Say It. There is Nothing Wrong With Governor’s Romney “Secret” Video Statements

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.

And, I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49 [percent], he starts with a huge number. 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. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years.

And so my job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the five to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon, in some cases, emotion, whether they like the guy or not

Now, he didn’t say it very tactfully, but this was never intended to go out into the public realm.  Were all of his facts correct?  No.  I don’t think all 47% (or 46.4% as CNN has pointed out) look at themselves as victims either.  Many of the people who don’t pay income tax will vote for him.  But this statement is what should be the heart and soul of this election.  Do we want smaller, more constitutionally limited government or do we want an ever-expending government that hands out as many entitlements as it can?

This is debate we must have.  Nearly 53% of the country is paying 100% of the bills.  There is something wrong with that picture.  So to the media and to the left, I say Bring.It.On.  I want this debate.  I want  President Obama and the people on the left to answer the question about how long do they think we can sustain this?

Don’t back down Mitt.