Originally Posted by Iowanian
I grew up poor. I know a lot of people who have been or are still in a poverty level.
Quite a few of those people are not lazy, but have made decisions in their lives that have limited their income and yes, most of them are glad to have a handout.
It doesn't offend me because I think there is 1 way to get out of poverty regardless of your path...hard work. Be it through education, employment, lifestyle choices.
I definitely believe in picking yourself up by the boot straps. So no, class warfare doesn't bother me when it's going both ways. No reason the democrats should be the only group allowed to use that card.
Why is it offensive to mention welfare like it's not known that it's a free lunch for the democratic candidates, but it IS if the Repubs point that out? I didn't hear Romney say anything disparaging about those people, only that they're in Obama's pocket.
It's offensive because it's a crass, blanket intended to demean, and then he directly implied his job is not to care about them. He said they expect food and shelter. And implied that they therefore must be in the tank for Obama. And he cited a 47% figure that lumps in the elderly and much of the middle class. That 47% figure included you, if your story about your history is to be believed, for much of your life. And "quite a few" of the other people you respect who were in similar conditions but not content to sit back and collect welfare.
And he did all this on the dime of a Party that believes offending the rich is something called "class warfare."
Other than that, you're doing great.
The Republican Party and its nominee proved tonight that they have no problem with class warfare. They only care if it's targeting the wealthy.