The 47 percent

To the editor:

Sometimes I wonder where Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47 percent come from. What was he thinking? A few years back I read a quote by the late Adrian Rogers. The substance of Rogers’ quote might give us a clue to why Romney spoke as he did.

Rogers writes, “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

Romney understands this and realizes there is great potential in the creativity and resourcefulness of all the American people. How exasperating to watch a country settle for less. And in the presence of supporters he shares his frustrations only to have it used against him.

Actually, I think he’s on to something.