Mitt’s right: Handouts do win votes

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

As Romney said in Boca Raton last May: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

He’s right. Remember the women in Detroit who were lining up for “Obama bucks” right after the inauguration in 2009. A radio reporter asked them where they thought the money was coming from, and one of them guessed it was from Obama’s “stash. I don’t know. But he givin’ it to us. We love him!”

Who do you suppose those women will be voting for Nov. 6?

Undoubtedly the same candidate as the woman in Orlando who was videotaped at a 2008 rally for Democrats saying that once Obama got in, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage.”

This is nothing new. There’s a classic book that’s taught, or used to be taught, in college political science classes. “Democracy in America” — it was written more than 150 years ago by a Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville. He had the same take as Mitt on what has become the American welfare state:

“A democracy … can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy.”

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One Response to “Mitt’s right: Handouts do win votes”

  1. MT Geoff on 19/19/12 at 12:18 pm

    There have been some comments around regarding the fact that quite a few of the people receiving federal checks are pensioners — Social Security, of course, but also retired employees and retired military like myself. We are dependents on the federal government: I get about 30% of my cash income from my pension and my medical benefit is worth a good piece of that.
    I earned my benefit; people in Social Security paid for those before them and could be said to have earned the benefit. That still leaves us dependent. Our benefits are not “entitled” as a pension fund would be, though, and they are subject to the whims of legislation. They could be withdrawn at any time, though of course that isn’t likely.
    They will be reduced, though, no matter who’s elected. That can happen to a greater or lesser degree, a more orderly or more chaotic way. But it will happen; things that can’t go on, don’t.