Let The Media Tell You What To Think

Matt Yglesias explains what Obama meant when he said this about redistributing wealth:

Uhm. Ok. Redistributing doesn’t really take from the individual, because everything belongs to the state.

Got it?

The purpose of bringing this up is to get to the true ideologies of the men running for President. Which comments have meaning, and which are gaffes? Is Obama a redistributive communist?

Obama’s explained, yesterday, the meaning behind Romney’s gaff. The spin is that Romney doesn’t care about 47% of the population. But President Three Putt does. Obama knows, he continued, he needs to be president to all the voters.

So this becomes the new meaning of Romney’s statement; he wasn’t misstating the numbers while pointing out the obvious fact that government dependent voters will vote for the guy who is going to continue to hand out the goodies. He was saying, per Obama, that he didn’t CARE about them. With a little media messaging, this becomes the next new “fact” we know about Romney.

Romney’s comments were a bit befuddled.

As to Romney’s comment itself, it is a highly flawed bit of political analysis. He is making an apples-and-oranges comparison between the percentage of voters who will cast ballots for the Democrat “no matter what” and the percentage of households that have no income-tax liability. The latter is in fact currently about 47%. The former is impossible to determine with precision, but 47% is a plausible guess, if perhaps a tad high.

In truth, while there is no doubt significant overlap between the Democratic base vote and the voters in the income-tax-nonpaying 47% of households, the Democratic base includes many voters who do pay income taxes: well-heeled social liberals, middle-class and affluent blacks and government employees, to name three obvious demographics that lean heavily donkward. If Obama could count on the votes of every adult citizen in the Romney-identified 47% of households, the election really would be over already.

But don’t let all that confuse you, because Obama has neatly explained that the gaffe simply meant that Romney is a richy-rich who doesn’t care about the welfare of 47% of Americans.

But then let’s go back to Obama’s comments regarding redistributing wealth. Did he misspeak?

Socialism is neighborly:

Money you don’t need:

It’s about fairness:

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7 Comments on “Let The Media Tell You What To Think”

  1. Jay in Ames Says:

    It’s sad when people just don’t understand how the world works, and rely on wishes to make things better.

    Would socialism work well, if it panned out like it was planned? Yep. Does it ever work that way? Nope. Not even close.

    We get stuck with elitist buttheads like Matty who think they are better than us common people.

  2. Car in Says:

    It’s not just that they don’t understand how the world works. they are willfully ignorant about the nature of man.

    No excuse for that.

  3. Jay in Ames Says:

    But, that’s the only reason they keep the military around. To enforce their will upon the subjects.

    Walls keep people IN, too, libiots.

  4. Jay in Ames Says:

    Hah, Yglesias has a degree in philosophy. No wonder he has no idea how the world works.

    Economics, how do they work?

  5. Steve B Says:

    “I believe in the principle that you pay as you go.” Really?!?!

    You, who haven’t signed a Federal budget in four years? You who have added $6 trillion ot the national debt?

    L.I.A.R.

  6. agiledog Says:

    But, Steve, he sent a budget to Congress every year. It was those obstructionist Rethugblicans who blocked it!

    Ignore the fact that his “budget” didn’t get A. Single. Vote. of support, not even from his own party. When not even Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid will swallow your bullshit, you’re too far gone.

  7. Car in Says:

    Obama’s campaign isn’t even pay-as-you-go.


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