Scott Rasmussen | GOP Needs to Get Over the Makers vs. Takers Mindset

Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded comment that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent on the government” and “believe they are victims” isn’t the only  reason he lost the presidential campaign. But the candidate himself acknowledged  after the election that the comments were “very harmful.”

He added, “What I said is not what I believe.”

But many Republicans still believe it, and the “makers vs. takers” theme has  a deep hold on the party. In private conversations, many in the GOP are  whispering that Romney was right and that his only mistake was saying it out  loud.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say something like, “Well,  the half who favor government programs is the half who don’t pay any taxes.”

This is ridiculous — on many levels.

First, the overwhelming majority of those who don’t pay federal income taxes  pay a whole variety of other taxes, including state and local taxes, payroll  taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, sin taxes and more. They don’t feel excluded  from sharing the tax burden just because they don’t pay one particular tax.

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