Lying just beneath Mitt Romney's dismissal of nearly half the electorate at a high-dollar fundraiser in May is an admission not as immediately damaging, but perhaps more important in the long run.
Romney told his donors back then that his campaign's political calculation assumes people who do not pay federal income taxes will not be interested in a candidate who proposes tax cuts. But that ignores the decades-long argument that the GOP has employed on behalf of tax cuts -- that wealth in the private sector will "trickle down"and spur economic growth, and therefore benefit everybody. If trickle-down economics is true, Romney should have no problem selling it to all the people who will supposedly benefit.
Unless he doesn't buy it either.The Huffington Post
Mitt Romney's Secret Fundraiser Remarks Put The Lie To Supply-Side Economics
Ryan, many people on the right really do believe that the Democrats have managed to "privilege" the lazy with "welfare" in order to guantee their votes. They think that trickle down hasn't worked only because with liberal welfare the lazy won't work even when there are jobs with possible riches waiting if they "work hard enough." When the elderly and students are mentioned, they respond that that's not who they mean. Then, the red state statistics are rolled out, and they say that's not who they mean either.
Who do they mean then? This is at bottom a racially bigoted position that plays to the "white vote," which is the GOP constituency. It's about "putting people in their place."