The Republican professes to sincerely believe that almost half the nation is a drain on the other half.
Repugnant as it is, Mitt Romney’s dismissal of nearly half of American households as irresponsible parasites that feed on the hard work of others serves a useful function. This is a rock that needed turning over for a closer look at its underlying assumptions.
Romney’s unguarded remarks at a private fundraiser exposed a vein of deep resentment running through a portion of the electorate. It blames the nation’s disabled and dispossessed for economic woes, and sees this year’s presidential campaign as a choice between its “makers” and “takers.”