"Romney didn't lose on policy..." :roll: :laugh: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jarryd-willis/47-anniversary-gospel-not_b_3934894.html Once Romney's 47 percent comments went viral, they remained an incurable virus through his campaign. A year later, is the virus still active? Is it the case that Romney's comments reflect GOP gospel as opposed to being an hour-long gaffe or a series of ineloquent remarks flabbergasted to be in each other's presence? To answer that question, let's review a few of the GOP's policy positions and remarks over the past year. "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." - Romney on the 47 percent The prescience of that remark as we enter the budget and debt ceiling negotiations cannot be overstated. The rhetoric surrounding the debate has already begun, with right-wing pundits Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly taking aim at impoverished Americans who utilize safety net programs. Such sentiments have been echoed all year in suggestions for handling sequestration. While Head Start, Meals on Wheels, and economic security programs took heavy cuts, many Republicans were concerned with White House tours. Despite some Republicans' condemnation of Romney's 47 percent comments, they seem to reflect a predisposition for passive apathy (if not active antipathy) towards the less fortunate among us. "... had he been born of Mexican parents I'd have a better shot at winning this..." - Romney commenting on his dad not being Mexican. As offensive as this remark was, it was only the icing on the indelicate cakewalk that began in the primaries (self-deportation has to go down as one of the greatest hits). Once again, there is evidence to suggest that Romney's comments reflect the Republican Party's views towards non-White immigrants. The most extreme examples include Representative Don Young's (AK) racist slur when describing Latinos and Representative Steve King's (IA) unrepentant string of racist comments regarding DREAMers and Latino Immigrants. Putting those extreme actors aside, it appears that the GOP in general is rescinding their own pledge to appeal to the Latino community. Rather than support immigration reform and try to curb their losses among Latinos in the 2012 election, they appear to have made the calculation that reaching out to a larger share of the diminishing White vote will be more conducive to electoral success in 2016. As noted in an exceptional National Journal piece by Ronald Brownstein, the GOP will seemingly shirk any minority outreach until shifts in national demographics require it for self-preservation. "I wish they weren't unionized, so we could go a lot deeper than you're actually allowed to go." - Romney commenting on unionized workforce. This sentiment is reflected in the anti-Union policy initiatives of Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Ohio's John Kasich, and Michigan's Rick Snyder. Romney's desire to 'go a lot deeper' in cuts to the unionized workforce is consistent with Republicans' desire to reduce the size of government (with a third of federal workers represented by unions), their heightened concern for the welfare of corporations, and lack of concern for the welfare of workers. In fact, this lack of welfare for workers is embedded within another comment Romney made -- the comment I always found the most appalling (and the media appeared to overlook or ignore)... "... when I was back in my private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there, employed about 20,000 people, and they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18 and 22 or 23." - Romney on Global Tech, the Chinese Sweatshop he bought Asian girls aged 18-23 working in huge factories for hours at $.24 per day, "bunk beds on top of each other," using "little bathrooms," and fitting "12 girls per room." Romney's casual description of the factory was disturbing, and likely didn't help the Republican Party with Asian voters. Taken together, it is clear on this anniversary of the 47 percent tape that many of Romney's comments reflect core Republican Party values, which have continued to undergird policy positions and statements throughout 2013. In short, it seems more like GOP gospel than an accidental gaffe at a fundraiser.