Nevada GOP candidate Crescent Hardy agrees with Mitt Romney’s famous “47 percent” remark. Hardy says that comment is true, and that the number is even bigger now, according to The Huffington Post.
Most of us remember that, during the 2012 presidential campaign, someone secretly recorded Mitt Romney saying that there was 47 percent of the U.S. population that pays no taxes, so the GOP shouldn’t even be interested in courting their votes. He said that those people would vote Democratic no matter what, because they’re too dependent on the handouts the Democrats are too willing to give them to keep them beholden and enslaved to the blue party.
Hardy’s campaign reached out to HuffPo with a statement in response to their article. Hardy said he’s not “slick or polished,” and:
“I grew up on a ranch and learned to stand up for what I believe and to speak my mind respectfully even when others may disagree.”
And we’re pretty sure some of his best friends are impoverished black people who merely speak their minds, too. Agreeing with Romney’s “47 percent” remark, and saying it’s gotten worse, only furthers the GOP’s campaign against the poor. Not against poverty, against the poor.
When the GOP talks about handouts, dependency on government, and an attitude of entitlement, they focus entirely on the poor, and conveniently forget about all the handouts and subsidies the wealthy and corporations get here! We have one of the highest nominal corporate tax rates in the world, and yet, there are a lot of corporations here that pay no taxes, thanks to deductions, credits, and loopholes…
Whenever the conversation shifts to making corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, they hit back hard with threats of taking their money, their jobs and their economic productivity overseas. Why? Because they think they’re entitled to do business here, and make money here, without footing at least some of the bill for what helps fill their coffers (like roads, schools, public transit, jobs, etc.). Paying for all of that is the responsibility of other people. That’s an entitlement attitude.
The poor, on the other hand, face challenges that many of us can’t even imagine. They live in the depressed areas of big cities, and depressed towns, and can’t afford to move to where better jobs might be. They can’t afford an education that might help give them a better shot at a better job. An awful lot of them work two, three, sometimes four jobs just to keep a meager roof over their heads. They have to choose between feeding their children and putting gas in their cars to get to work. Yes, they depend on welfare programs to help them make ends meet. But they’re not the ones with the entitled attitude. They’re working their tails off in the vain hope of finding something better someday.
Crescent Hardy is no better than the rest of the GOP in demonizing the poor for daring to be poor. To them, poverty is entirely due to bad choices, laziness and character flaws, and they seriously believe that the poor could stop being poor if they would just try hard enough. The rich and the corporations, on the other hand, deserve to do business here, and make money here, free of charge or responsibility. Taking, taking, and taking is okay, so long as you have enough money.