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Steve King: Santa Versus Personal Responsibility

From the Daily Caller:

King: presidential election was ‘Santa Claus versus personal responsibility’

By Alexis Levinson | November 18, 2012

ALTOONA, Iowa — At Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday fundraiser on Saturday night, Republican Rep. Steve King echoed Mitt Romney’s recent remark that President Barack Obama won the race by giving “gifts” to certain demographics.

“Well, he did,” King told The Daily Caller, when asked for his thoughts on Romney’s comment that Obama had promised gifts to Hispanics, blacks and young voters. “It was Santa Claus versus personal responsibility and fiscal responsibility.”

King said that, in his analysis, too much of the electorate wants to rely on government.

“I think that I’d characterize it a little bit differently. I think that the people who voted for dependency outnumbered the people who voted for personal responsibility,” King said. “Obama promised, and those promises resonated with people who decided that they would rather be dependent upon government, rather than have their freedom and their opportunity to have a real, vigorous economy. So that’s what I think was the dividing philosophy.” …

This sounds vaguely familiar. But he’s right, you know.

Meanwhile, we have this from Red Alert Politics:

Newt Gingrich calls Romney’s gifts comment “nuts,” “insulting and profoundly wrong”

By Kelsey Osterman | November 18, 2012

… First New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and now former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have skewered Romney for his remarks that President Obama won the election because he gave more “gifts.”

On Sunday, during a roundtable discussion on ABC‘s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Gingrich called Romney’s gifts concept “nuts.”

“I mean — I mean, first of all, it’s insulting,” he said. “This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, ‘The customers have really been unruly.’ I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”

Gingrich also laid it on Romney on Thursday of this week with an “Overheard with Evan Smith“ interview on KLRU-TV, the PBS station in Austin, Texas. Gingrich said he was disappointed with Romney’s analysis of why he lost the election, calling it “insulting and profoundly wrong.” When pressed for further details, Gingrich explained that elections are not just about buying votes.

“It reduces us to economic entities who have no passion, no idealism, no dreams, no philosophy,” he said. “And if it had been that simple, my question would have been, ‘Why didn’t you outbid him?’” …

Huh? How could we ever outbid the Democrats. The people who want gifts know they will always top any Republican offer.

He said Super PACs could have donated money for gifts instead of TV ads. Gingrich then joked about how the Republicans could have gone about their gift distribution, comparing them to Indians with gift-giving ceremonies.

“He could have gone town by town and said, ‘Come here and let me give you gifts. Here are Republican gifts,’” Gingrich said dryly. “They could have an elephant coming in with gifts on it.” …

How droll.

Meanwhile, Mr. Gingrich seems to forget that he was called "The Gingrich Who Stole Christmas" on the cover of Newsweek in December, 1994. And that he was portrayed as ‘Uncle Scrooge’ on the cover of Time Magazine, also in December 1994.

Besides, lest we forget, Gingrich actually talked about the need for trying to instill the ‘work ethic’ in a portion of America, during the primaries. For which he was lambasted by the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party, of course.

But it would seem he’s switched sides on the issue. Which is typical.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Steve King: Santa Versus Personal Responsibility”

  1. dasher

    You know, this election has been one that has really got me thinking about the nature of Conservatism and how Team Obama managed to beat it. On one hand, when I think of Conservatism, I think of the “philosophy” of being left alone to do whatever, to not being regulated by the government, in short, for lack of a better word, being “selfish” – “leave me alone, stay out of my pocket, bedroom, and gun safe, don’t bother me and I won’t bother you and we’ll be just fine.” The sort of attitude that is an enabling one to many people, most certainly to people that want to be their own boss and start a business. It’s a darn good ideology that really should be embraced by the majority of the people a majority of the time, freedom to do whatever you want, so long as you don’t harm anyone else. (I wish Milton Friedman were alive today.)

    Then, on the other hand, you have Team Obama appealing to the Democratic base in another “selfish” manner: “what’s in it for me?” TO most certainly made as many promises to as many different groups as it possibly could, all with the same end result; “what are you going to do for me?” Be it free education, contraceptives, or cell phones, immigration amnesty or union voting rules changes, even stopping the rise of the oceans for those folks that think such an act is possible. Obama has had a very charmed political life (and Liberals accuse GW Bush of such a life) to such an extent that I do believe he believes what he says is true. But I digress… The one aspect of the selfishness cultivated by TO coupled with wealth envy turned out to be the winning formula.

    In my opinion, the “selfish appeal” that the Democrats have managed to cultivate has most certainly taken root. I don’t see many opportunities for Republicans, much less True Conservatives (think vocal social conservatives) in the coming years. The message of Conservatism needs to change in some sort of way that makes it appealing to more than just the self-motivated people. The self-motivated people are outnumbered, and will remain outnumbered as long as Liberals continue to mine this vein of selfishness that appeals most to Democrat voters. Like Chas. Krauthammer, I’ve always been of the opinion that Latinos are the largest potential Republican unit that has yet to be tapped. In my experience, Latinos are very hard workers, are family oriented, and are often quite religious.

    Can Conservatives tap into that Latino potential and make some headway into establishing a foothold among them? Not against a Democrat like Obama that has absolutely no conscience at all and a complicit media backing him. Will this “class warfare/selfishness” become the new standard for the Democratic Party? Why not, it certainly worked VERY well this election cycle. Can some changes to immigration policy save the Republican party? I don’t know, all I see are dark days ahead, my friends, and things are going to have to get a whole lot worse before they get better. Hunker down, stick to your guns (literally and figuratively) and keep the faith.

    Dan

  2. captstubby

    apple polisher Chris Christie, and “stop doing the Democrats job for them”
    Newt Gingrich will never shut up as long as there is a camera or SNL to talk to.
    the Republicans have a problem, and its not their message.
    President Coolidge said;
    “I don’t recall any candidate for president that ever injuered himself very much by not talking.
    The things I never say never get me into trouble.”
    silent Cal “was a eloquent listener.”

  3. BillK

    Not a fan of Gingrich for years; I’ve no idea why people keep looking to him.

  4. Disappointing to say the least.

    The democrats won for a number of reasons, certainly a high percentage getting freebies from the government is ABSOLUTELY part of the equation, and has ALWAYS been a part of the equation, that’s what Saul Alinsky and Cloward-Piven to partly about: overwhelm the system, get people dependent on democrat hand-outs. DUH!

    The Republicans need to GET a message and STAY on message, not just be democrat-lite, as they think they need to be to win elections. Who is going to vote for them? Democrat voters are going to vote democrat. Freebie winners, and going to vote democrat, and Republicans AREN’T going to vote Republican if they try to out-democrat the democrats.




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