Speaking of what he "actually" said.
"I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
So this includes:
He didn't distinguish between any of these groups and painted everyone in the 47% as parasites.
- The Elderly (just over 10%)
- The Poor (earning less than $20,000 each year.)
- The working poor (families making $50,000)
You are still missing the point of what he was saying.
EVERYONE needs to take accountability for their lives and decisions. You are making the assertion that jsut because someone makes decisions that lead to a $20k per year income, everyone else is responsible to support them for the rest of their lives. Romney (and myself) believe that it is each person's responsibility to make changes and decisions in their lives (education, training, budgeting, etc) that improves upon their current lot.
That is the big difference.....Democrats believe that you need to take no responsibility to improve your life (they will just have someone who is successful cut you a check every month). Whereas, Republicans believe that you take responsibility for your own actions.
Take away the continuous safety net and people will actually surprise you with how hard they are willing to work. Continue to dole out cash to them and you will be surprised at how lazy people will actually become.
What has been COMPLETELY lost by the Democrats is the reason that all of these programs (welfare, food stamps, WIC, unemployment, etc) were created. They were created as a safety net to help hard working people who had fallen on rough times until they got back on their feet. They were NEVER intended to become what they have become....a source of continuous and generational support for millions and millions and millions of people.
I believe in helping those who are trying to help themselves, which is why I give a lot to charity each year. But, it pisses me off to see people use the government entitlement as a means of income for their entire lives.