The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Ok, let’s stop making a big deal over nothing. Romney told the truth and yes, good for him, because few politicians are willing to tell you the truth.

What did he do?

1. Romney said, in a closed-door, private fundraiser, that 47% of Americans pay no income tax/believe they are victims. and he can never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. How is this wrong?

According to the Tax Policy Center, 46.4% of Americans pay zero or negative income taxes. According to the Census Bureau, 49% of Americans live in households that receives entitlements through Medicare, Medicaid, housing assistance, or food stamps.

So he’s not wrong. 47% of Americans don’t pay income tax…and he lowballed the amount on entitlements by 2%.  This is not going to lose the election for Romney. He’s telling you the truth, 47% of Americans are not going to vote for him because he wants to get them off government assistance by lifting them up, something all Americans should strive to do for their fellow men.

2. Romney says peace between Israelis and Palestinians is almost unthinkable, because Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.

That’s true. Romney (and I, and many others) believe in a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians. But Palestinians have a long habit of saying one thing to us and the Israelis in English and turning around and saying something else to everyone else, since the end of the Clinton days.

All we bother doing is kicking the can down the road, through peace conferences and bi-lateral talks and summits, that go nowhere. No one has really taken an active role in the two-state solution and no one cared enough like Condoleezza Rice and President Bush. Until the Palestinians are willing to negotiate, it won’t happen.

So there you have it…Romney told the truth. Is that such a bad thing nowadays?

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