Based on recent news, the post originally scheduled for today has been changed.


With one off the cuff comment from Mitt Romney, the 99% suddenly became the 47% as the rallying cry of the liberal media, pundits and President Obama supporters.

Let’s get to the truth behind the comment.   Mr. Romney is correct in stating that those people who, for whatever reason, have too little income to pay income taxes and, more to the point, rely on the government for support and benefits in one form or another would never vote for a candidate that wants less government involvement in so called entitlement programs.   This is simply a fact of life and not a moral judgment on this portion of the electorate.   Why should Romney care to tailor his campaign toward those who would never vote for him?   Do you suppose that the Obama campaign spends any time on the concerns of the rich and successful business community?

It is no more appropriate to say that Mitt Romney does not want to lead low income people if elected than it is to say that President Obama does not want to lead the high income portion of the electorate even though he wants to stick them with higher taxes and impose more governmental control over them.   The fundamental difference between the two, as I see it, is that Mitt Romney wants to create a climate where people can work to achieve their own prosperity whereas President Obama wants to dispense with that effort and simply redistribute that prosperity from those who have already achieved it to those who have not been able to achieve prosperity on their own.    Each candidate is framing their message accordingly not based on being judgmental but on the reality of who constitutes their core supporters.

What I hate about the political process in this country is how contrived it can be when people cynically and deceptively try to exploit any comment or remark into an agenda to discredit the candidate they already don’t like.   It becomes gotcha politics as each side waits to pounce on any real or perceived misstep of the opposing candidate instead of carefully weighing all of the pertinent and relevant facts to determine who truly would be the best leader for our country.

I don’t care who anyone votes for but what I do care about is that people make their choice wisely and not based on sound bites, contrived hysteria and outrage, or pseudo-scientific charts and graphs plastered all over social media trying to define the now slighted 47%.

On Monday, Joe reflects on the fact that we all benefit from each other in “Nothing New Under The Sun”.