This is the administration from which comes a steady drumbeat of class warfare, that rails against the evil "1%" while seeking to redistribute their wealth, that supports the mob action of Occupy Wall Street, attacks those preaching personal responsibility as asking people to "fend for themselves" and tells the people who roll up their sleeves rather than hold out their hands, well, "you didn't build that."
Romney did not dispute that many Americans need and deserve the benefits they get. He merely recognized the fact that it's hard to run against an administration that says electing Romney would place those benefits in jeopardy, an administration that raids Medicare of $700 billion to fund ObamaCare while its supporters run ads showing a Paul Ryan look-alike pushing granny over a cliff.
The release of the Romney video came on the same day the Social Security Administration announced the number of people collecting federal disability insurance payments had reached a new high of 8,786,049. When such people are told Republicans threaten cutting such payments, it's a tough hill for any challenger to climb.
A record 47 million Americans are on food stamps, a number that has risen exponentially under Obama. Barron's quotes David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Canadian wealth management firm Gluskin Sheff, as saying:
"Bear in mind that in the month of August, more people went on the food-stamp program (173,000) than those who managed to find a new job (96,000)."
According to the Tax Policy Center, 46.4% of American filers pay "zero or negative" income tax. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 88,921,000 Americans were "not in the labor force" in August. Only 63.5% of the civilian population participated in the labor force — lowest in 31 years.
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