Romney, at a fund-raiser this year, made things very simple for us by dividing the nation into two groups: the makers and the moochers, according to David Brooks. 47%, the presidential candidate stated, are people “who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”

According to Brooks, these comments suggest that Romney is not aware about the social and economic situation, about the culture, and specifically not aware about the political culture of his own country. Brooks states that Romney does not know or understand the motivation and ambition of American citizens. For him, Romney is simply stating that those people who are independent and succeed on their own have motivation, while people who receive benefits and help from the government are dependent. Brook states that no middle-class parent would agree with this statement. All middle-class parents try not to deprive their children from benefits in order for them to learn the hard way, but offer them opportunities to help and guide their intellectual and cultural growth. While Romney sees motivation through deprivation, Brooks is suggesting that motivation comes from opportunities.

After Romney asserted that 47% of Americans are not responsible for their own lives, he called a press conference to apologize for what he had said. This did not really end up being an apology but, a justification of what he had previously stated. Romney never stated that his comments were incorrect but, that they were not ‘elegantly stated.’

When he said “I want to help all Americans, all Americans, to have a bright and prosperous future,” a lot of people heard “My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”

Since most of us (students) fall into this category of “moochers,” do you think we are entitled to ask our government for help and support?

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