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.


  • Rosie from Rosemount

    I’m rather conservative and I htink it was a stupid remark.

  • RollieB

    Here’s Romney’s quote: “There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

    I don’t think the Romney quote and the sentiments expressed by Adrian Rogers are analogous. As an Obama supporter I believe Romney’s comment/opinion is illustrative of his misunderstanding of those who struggle make a living and his contempt for what he perceives as the underclass. This view will not serve conservatives well in the election.

  • Jan Dobson

    Thanks for the good letter, Ms. Saienga. I, too, am glad that Romney gets it.