This Is What Plutocracy Looks Like: Romney Suggests Obama Bribed Voters

Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney was caught on tape in another candid moment with big dollar donors. In an attempt to explain his stunning loss, Romney alleges that President Obama bribed the electorate with "gifts":

What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote.

What the president did was give them two things. One, he gave them a big gift on immigration with the DREAM Act amnesty program.

Number two was Obamacare. Which basically is $10,000 a family. It's a proven political strategy, which is, give a bunch of money to a group and, guess what, they'll vote for you. The giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with.

Forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, 'Obamacare' also made a difference for them because, as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people.

Mitt RomneyWhere to begin? Previously, Romney was exposed by Mother Jones magazine at a high-dollar fundraiser asserting the wildly misleading right-wing talking point that 47 percent of the vote would go to Obama automatically, because 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. Americans who don't pay income taxes do pay other taxes, like payroll tax, and the category of those excused includes retirees and active duty military, many of whom are Republicans.

Romney's latest attack on voters neglects the fact that the biggest "gift" given by the government over the last four years was $4.7 trillion dollars for the Wall Street bank bailout. Apparently, when the government is responsive to the needs of working people and students it is called "gifting" and bribery, but when the government expends far more bailing out the big banks, it is business as usual.

In the end, it turns out that Romney was the president of the 47 percent as the vote count rolls in and as his margin against Obama continues to drop.

It will be hard to forget this plutocrat's remarkable sneering farewell to the masses.

Mary Bottari

Mary Bottari is a reporter for the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). She helped launch CMD's award-winning ALEC Exposed investigation and is a two-time recipient of the Sidney Prize for public interest journalism from the Sidney Hillman Foundation.


oh GOD-FOR-FREAKING-BID a politician does sh*t to benefit the people! (obviously the majority of the people since he got reelected) Isn't that the reason we have elections?!? make sure our politicians are working FOR US? And seriously now OBAMACARE is a GIFT of $10,000 per family?!?!? I thought just a few months ago it was going to cost families a gajabillion-flagibillion-million dollars?!?! Thanks for being a forum for me to rant.

Romney was shit... He is wall street; so is obama; obama did bribe many of the citizens for votes. Didn't you see that ignorant black woman ranting about how she got her free phone... she literally said she will vote for Obama because she got the phone... oh the ignorance of American people - and Obama care is bull shit and can't possibly work long term. You are both idiots... I like to rant too

Sooo, Obama promised several demographics (stuff). Romney promised the 1% (stuff). Romney lost. DEAL WITH IT!

voting machime was rigged one county in ohio romney didn't get 1 vote which i know is a lie because 5 of us went down at the same time but somehow it got counted for shitty obama so i hope all you obama supporter are happy cause we are all in for a hell of a ride and if we get attack we won't have a miltary do defend us

we won't have a military because your kids are tooooo bloody fat to fight!!!!

Really, voting machines rigged for Obama in Ohio? How deluded can you be. See who owns the company that makes the voting machines and you will see a conservative. It would be nice if you would research your facts,so you won't appear to be such an idiot. While you are at it, learn some grammar, capitalization rules, and punctuation so your posts will at least look a bit like one from someone with some education.

Some people, American people may indeed be ignorant. So are those who lump those ignorant people into a category they have no business being in. Verified facts are your friend, but only if you USE them! Check out the top 10 donors for both presidential candidates, wouldja? You'll see who's "wall street", and who isn't. I LOVE to rant, and it's morons like you with just enough education to be dangerous that make it so amusing. Have a nice day, try to be more informed next time, ok?

Why don't you pussies put your names up?.......all of ya!!

There was no free phone from the Government. Not ever...but there were some private phone companies who gave phones and reduced rates for service to qualified low-income people. If you google it you will not be able to find any Government free phone program. The ignorant black woman was just that...IGNORANT.

Ignorance of the American people is right. The so-called "Obamaphone" you're ranting about dates from 2008 and the Bush administration. Research before you post and maybe you won't appear to be so stupid.