I am definitely troubled by the dismissive tone Gov. Romney used in his comments about the 47% who pay no taxes and, by extension on his part, will certainly not vote for him.
But I am also puzzled by how big a point he is missing:
Part of those 47% are my parents. Who get Social Security and Medicare.
And they, my friends, do not feel entitled: they ARE entitled. They worked hard for many years and paid taxes and tuition and have college degrees, and they did all they were supposed to do, and now they are receiving the benefits to which they are entitled. That's what the word means.
(If you think living on Social Security and Medicare is a picnic, by the way: It isn't.) Still, my parents do not believe they are victims. The "donut hole" sucks rocks, but they are living a victorious life. Which doesn't have much of anything to do with the government.
And my parents most assuredly are supporters of Gov. Romney in this presidential election.
Does he misunderstand his constituency, do you think? I mean, his audience at that $50K a year fundraiser were certainly not on Social Security and Medicare. Guarantee you. But he is wrong, wrong, wrong about the political proclivities of a lot of people getting government assistance (which is theirs).