Yesterday when I was at the dentist, the receptionist pulled me aside. She wanted to talk to me about how appalled she was at Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47%. She was really angry and upset and wanted to know how to fight back.
I think a lot of people feel that way, and the best thing to do – in addition to telling others how you feel about Romney’s comments – is to be sure to vote. We can not allow someone like Mitt Romney to become president.
That video of Romney at his high-dollar fundraiser is a window into what he thinks about people who are not rich -- people like the soldiers who fight and die for our freedom, students, seniors, and the many millions who work hard and struggle to get by on low paying jobs. He called nearly half of Americans freeloaders, victims, and dependent on government. And he said it was not his job to worry about them!
I was shocked to hear a presidential candidate write off half of America. But it is not just Mitt Romney who feels this way. According to the New York Times, even Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota, said he thought Romney’s comments would “play into his strength.” Romney’s comments shine a light into the cold dark heart of today’s Republican Party.
Disdain for half of America may explain why House Republicans voted more than 30 times to repeal the health care reform that makes health care more accessible to millions of Americans. It may explain why they blocked President Obama’s American Jobs Act, a bill that would have created over a million new jobs and enhanced opportunities for millions of middle class families, and why just this Wednesday they blocked a bill to help veterans find jobs.
And it may explain why they voted twice for Paul Ryan’s budget – a draconian budget which would cut taxes for the rich, while destroying Medicare, gutting funding for education, social programs, research, and health care, and increasing the deficit and raising taxes on the middle class.
These actions illustrate where the Republican philosophy would lead us. And in almost every case Republicans -- including Sarasota’s own Congressman Vern Buchanan -- have voted in lock step.
We should thank Mitt Romney for saying what he believes – and for showing us that he and many other Republicans don’t care, and often do act against the interests of most Americans. His disdain for half of America confirms they are the Party of the few, the Party of “I’ve got mine,” the Party of “you’re on your own.”
That is why the people must vote – vote for Barack Obama – and for Keith Fitzgerald and other Democrats running for Congress, for Democrats in the Florida Legislature and on down the ballot. We can not afford to be governed by those who only care about a few.
President Obama said, “if you want to be president, you gotta work for everybody, not just for some.” That’s the candidate and the Party I will support, and that is the attitude that will move America forward!