Romney says Obama's policies create dependency in op-ed
September 19th, 2012
08:24 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney says Obama's policies create dependency in op-ed

(CNN) – Amid a cloud of controversy over tapes showing Mitt Romney calling Americans dependent on government "victims," the GOP presidential nominee wrote in a USA Today op-ed that Americans were indeed becoming too dependent on the government, and that policies enacted by President Barack Obama were to blame.

"Under President Obama, we have a stagnant economy that fosters government dependency," Romney wrote. "My policies will create a growing economy that fosters upward mobility."

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The opinion article comes after two days of uproar over the secretly recorded clips, which were posted online by the liberal magazine Mother Jones on Monday. In them, Romney makes a political prediction based on his view of Obama's supporters.

"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."

Adding to his argument about entitlement, Romney said his "job is not to worry about those people."

In USA Today, Romney concedes that "government has a role to play here," but says Obama is offering the wrong kind of help to people struggling in a still-weak economy.

"My experience has taught me that government works best when it creates the space for individuals and families to pursue success and achieve great things," Romney wrote. "Economic freedom is the only force that has consistently succeeded in creating sustained prosperity and lifting people out of poverty. It is why our economy rose to rival those of the world's leading powers - and has long since surpassed them all."

He writes later that "instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty."

In the days since the fund-raiser videos went public, Romney has repeatedly stood by the thrust of his remarks, though has acknowledged they were "not elegantly stated." He said in a Fox News interview Tuesday the remarks were an honest reflection of his campaign's message.

"This is a message I'm carrying day and day out and will carry over the coming months," Romney said. "This is a decision about the course of America, where we're going to head. We've seen the president's policies play out over the last four years."

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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  1. Sniffit

    Economic ideology that vapidly posits that a "free market" can and actaully will effectively and efficiently regulate and control and police and even repair itself without government assistance, regulation or oversight, no matter how greedy, shady, corrupt, evil, irresponsible, fraudulent, etc., the behavior of its principle actors truly is, such that the nation's and the world's economies are frequently and cyclically thrown into chaos and recession for the benefit of said actors. THAT creates dependency.

    September 19, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Sniffit

    The list is endless. Helping those in need does not create dependency. The need already existed as a result of myriad other factors and broken ideologies that prop them up, and those who benefit most from those factors and selling those broken ideologies are desperately DESPERATELY trying to deflect and distract attention away from the REAL causes, i.e., themselves and the political systems and policies that allow them to perpetuate it all.

    September 19, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    evidently the republican contender is incapable of context.

    he thinks during the worst economic crisis since the great depression, the food stamp line wouldn't grow? under ANY administration's policies, the worst economic crisis since the great depression is the worst economic crisis since the great depression.

    that is what is alarming, the utter lack of context for a credible argument.

    September 19, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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