The release of Governor Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent” video has dominated the news cycle this week, capping off a rough few weeks for the Republican ticket. The majority of the criticism has been focused on the Governor’s statement regarding those not paying income tax. A notable claim by Romney was that those “who are dependent upon government” have a feeling of entitlement and view themselves as “victims.”
The statements appear to group together anyone who has received any type of government assistance. Hence, by Governor Romney’s own reasoning, the nearly one third of America’s undergraduate students who receive federal student loans would view themselves as “victims.” That would be trouble, seeing as these are the students who are ultimately getting the educations that would help bolster the U.S. economy and guide the country through the 21st century. Speaking as witnesses to the opportunity that these loans provide, Romney’s claim that we are victims could not be further from reality. We see ourselves as the next generation of leaders, yet we would not be here without the support of our country.
Here’s a look at Alex and Ezra Klein breaking down who else Romney considers “victims:”