The Myth of the Romney “Gaffe”


Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,...

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, 2008 US presidential candidate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nowhere is it more apparent that the mainstream media, or MSM, is in the tank for the Democrat Party, and especially its shockingly undeserving “messiah” Barack Obama, than in The Miami Herald.  An article entitled, “Romney: Remarks weren’t ‘elegantly stated,'” on page 3A of today’s print edition starts out with, “Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans “believe they are victims” entitled to extensive government support.”  A more sensationalized version of this story is published on the Herald’s website with the title, “Romney: ‘Victims’ comment not elegantly stated.”  Its opening sentence is, “Republican Mitt Romney is trying to head off a new distraction for his campaign after a video surfaced telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of all Americans “believe they are victims” entitled to help from the government that permeates their lives.”

Somehow Mitt Romney’s statement is horrifically newsworthy by reporters who are aghast at his comments, despite the fact that the Middle East is on fire, Iran is on the verge of going nuclear and Israel is getting royally screwed by the president.  In fact, America just might find itself in the middle of World War III thanks to Obama’s disastrous foreign policies (or lack thereof), but the media is only concerned with stopping the presses to criticize each and every comment uttered by Mitt Romney.  Never mind that he’s speaking the truth.  The media, especially The Miami Herald, will make sure that its captive audience will focus on what Romney says rather than what Obama does.

As for Romney’s latest “gaffe,” an article from How Stuff Works states, “In 2009, according to a memo from the Joint Committee on Taxation, a bi-partisan Congressional committee, only 49 percent of Americans owed money on their Federal income tax returns [source: PolitiFact]. So yes, it’s true that nearly half of all Americans paid no Federal income tax in the tax year 2009, and the number of people who did pay taxes was even lower — 51 percent, not 53 percent. For tax year 2011, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates that only 54 percent of Americans will pay Federal income tax.

It’s apparently a known documented fact that roughly half the American population foots the federal income tax bill for the entire country, but because Republican Mitt Romney said it, all of a sudden it’s a “gaffe.”

In fact, the mainstream media calls just about every single comment Romney makes a “gaffe,” when the truth is that he’s right on target.  For example, the press skewered him for his alleged comment, “I like being able to fire people.”  The entire comment was mysteriously misquoted, which was, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.  If– if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I wanna, I’m gonna say, you know, then I’m going to go get somebody else to provide that service to me.”  As explained in an article in redalertpolitics “In January, Romney’s detractors, with the help of the DNC, were able to paint him as a corporate raider who was out of touch with the American people after Romney said he liked being able to fire people via the free market system and hire people who are more qualified for the job. However, his comment was use to pad Democrats’ claims that the purpose of Romney’s former company Bain Capital was to bankrupt companies and put people out of work. It didn’t matter to Democrats that Bain created thousands of other opportunities for other Americans.”

This same media doesn’t seem to hear any of the ridiculously stupid things that Obama has blurted out, such as:

1.  “I’ve now been in 57 states — I think one left to go.” –at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip);

2.  “No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.” –making an off-hand joke during an appearance on “The Tonight Show”, March 19, 2009;

3.  “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009;

4.  “When I meet with world leaders, what’s striking — whether it’s in Europe or here in Asia…” -mistakenly referring to Hawaii as Asia while holding a press conference outside Honolulu, Nov. 16, 2011;

And my personal favorite:

5.  “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

I would bet that the same 49% of Americans who pay no federal income taxes also never heard any of these Obama gaffes.  Gee, I wonder why.  (Okay, so I don’t really wonder).

More disturbing than the occasional “miss-speak” by the president (although, not knowing how many states there are in a country he leads is hardly a miss-speak), are the things that Obama has done and is doing to undermine our national economy and security.  Not surprisingly, the media either glosses them over, if they report them at all.  But the media is quick to jump all over every single distraction used by the White House to avoid discussing the real problem in America, which is the economy.  Word is leaking out that the administration was warned about the attacks on our embassies for well over 48 hours before they occurred, yet the president did nothing to protect our diplomats to ensure their safety.  Then administration officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, helped cover up for Obama.  Both of them kept insisting that the attacks were “spontaneous” and in response to an obscure anti-Islam video, despite the fact that they started on the anniversary of 9/11, even as the Libyan president claims otherwise.  Mohamed Magariaf told NPR, “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous.  We firmly believe that this was a pre-calculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. Consulate.”

On top of the crisis in the Middle East, our economy is in the toilet, with absolutely no end in sight.  Obama inherited from Bush, gasoline prices of about $1.83 per gallon and turned it into $3.878 per gallon as of yesterday.  How’s that hope and change working out for you?

Somehow, The Miami Herald and other mainstream newspapers prefer to regurgitate Mitt Romney “gaffes” instead of the real problems going on in America today.  They certainly won’t put the blame where all of it squarely belongs, on Barack Hussein Obama.  His disastrous economic and foreign polices have landed us squarely in the mess we are now facing.  The buck is supposed to stop at the Office of the President of the United States of America.  The mainstream media keeps letting it fly right past him.

And the 49% of Americans who don’t pay taxes are more than happy to believe the lies.  Sorry, Miami Herald, that was no Romney “gaffe.”  He was merely telling the truth.




4 Responses to The Myth of the Romney “Gaffe”

  1. Jason September 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    "only 49 percent of Americans owed money on their Federal income tax returns." Most american's receive a refund from overpaying during the year through their payroll taxes. You took that completely out of context.

    • Alan_Levesque September 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      I don't think he did. When they say "owed money" that includes people who may have owed say $3000 and paid in $4000 and then received a $1000 refund. They still owed money even though they received a refund. In any case it is splitting hairs as "for tax year 2011, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates that only 54 percent of Americans will pay Federal income tax." That leaves 46% paying nothing.

  2. Guest October 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Like my in-laws, a retired airline employee and Korean war vet, and a retired school board employee. Her school retirement is laughable, his airline retirement was largely stolen by a corporate raider,and/ or disappeared in a stock-broker scandal. They mostly live on social security. 85 years old. Pay no income tax. Vote Republican. I guess they should try to develop a sense of self-worth, and try to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, so they can live a productive life (4 kids, all college-educated, 9 grandkids).
    Mitt's gaffe wasn't saying "47%", it was belittling and marginalizing those 47%, most of which are indeed employed; many of which are retired, disabled, returning or serving military, or unemployed (perhaps because their jobs were shipped to China or India, to maximize some venture capitalist's return on his money). Mitt's company owns 1/4 of a chinese sweatshop where workers make 6% of the average in America ( He bragged about those people's work ethic as he was complaining about the 47% here with no ambition. Great guy. Mitt, a success story, who turned $37 million of foreign aid plundered from the economies of Central America, into multi-billions without making any products, by "restructuring" companies, paying off executives to send jobs overseas, stealing assets and selling off the carcasses. A real John Galt. No doubt a role model for someone such as yourself.

    • Alan_Levesque October 3, 2012 at 12:47 am

      Suffice it to say that while you may or may not have ever actually been to China or worked in manufacturing, I have done both. To address just a few things:

      1. The food shown in the article is pretty standard fare for China. They were not depicting prison food. That's the type of stuff Chinese people eat every day. The portion sizes are irrelevant as typically the Chinese are not gluttons like we are and do not eat huge amounts of food at one time.
      2. The kitchen depicted in the article did not appear to be any worse than the Chinese restaurant that was next door to my fathers seafood restaurant. Not that the kitchen depicted might not be dirty but when was the pic taken? After the lunch rush maybe?
      3. Yes, the wages paid are far less then we earn in America however, they are not that bad for China. In the late 90's they were only getting .40 per hour for factory work in Shanghai.
      4. Workers do in fact try to get into factories in China. Factory jobs like the ones in the article are considered to be "good jobs" there.
      5. The conditions in China are similar to what existed during Americas' industrial revolution. Why? Because they are in the middle of their own industrial revolution. Conditions will improve over time but Mitt Romney did not create the conditions. The photos of the actual work areas look like many I have seen here in the states. Better than some.
      6. The Romney quotes are grossly out of context. Remember this is a communist country. Regardless of actual conditions, Romney would have only seen what the Chinese government wanted him to see. It's likely that he saw happy industrious workers and a clean orderly shop.
      7. Pretty much anybody with a 401K or mutual fund is invested in companies that are invested in China. It's like 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, everybody is only a few connections away from one of these Chinese companies.

      Nobody condones poor working conditions. Everybody should be treated with dignity. That being said, you can't impose European or American work environments on the Chinese. They are not ready for it. As their workforce attains middle class status, they will demand, and get, better conditions and more money. This is how it works. It happened in America after the industrial revolution. It happened in Japan, Taiwan etc. It is a slow evolution that occurs naturally.


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