Mayor Nutter is among the bevy of prominent Democrats voicing their opinions on the video of Mitt Romney saying that a majority of Obama voters are “dependent on the government” and “believe they are the victims.” President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released a statement from Mayor Nutter on Tuesday.
The fact that a candidate for president – in a closed door event with donors – said that 47% of Americans are ‘dependent on Government’ and ‘believe they are victims’ is beyond shocking. That he doubled down on those comments in public is unfathomable. But most deplorable about Mitt Romney’s comments is who he is insulting – an overwhelmingly majority or the 47% he is referring to are seniors, working families, students or people with disabilities. The vast majority of these Americans pay a significant percentage of their income in taxes, whether they are federal payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes or other state and local taxes. They often pay even a higher share of their income in these taxes than wealthier families, like Mitt Romney’s. How can Mitt Romney continue to run for president when he has categorically written off half of the American people?