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We Are the 47%

You know, the looters and moochers who are in the tank for Obama no matter what.

Mitt Romney, caught on tape at a fundraiser:

    “All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax…. So my job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

The term “looters and moochers” comes from Ayn Rand, the inspiration for Romney running mate Paul Ryan’s political philosophy. In Rand’s alternate universe, uber-capitalist superheroes are the “job creators,” while those of us who want some kind of social safety net are bloodsuckers leading America into a world of collectivist depravity. For an interesting take-down of Rand’s early admiration for serial killer William Edward Hickman, see this piece by Mark Ames.

By the way, Ayn Rand said on a 1979 talk show that Israel is the “advanced, technological, civilized country amidst a group of almost totally primitive savages,” so she had that part of the modern Republican Party philosophy down too.