Truth on the "47 Percent" --The Atlas Society Publishes a Commentary Addressing Romney's Controversial Remarks

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Since the remarks made by Romney concerning the "47 percent" came to light, political ads and pundits have targeted those remarks for criticism. In this OpEd published by The Atlas Society, Ed Hudgins criticizes both camps for their response and policies.

Team Obama continues to hit the Romney campaign with ads concerning his “47 percent” remarks. In a commentary published by The Atlas Society, Ed Hudgins seeks to cut through the fog of the campaign politics and to clarify the truth and implications concerning this controversy.

The controversy began when comments that Romney made off-the-record with supporters came to light. Those remarks were: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.… who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.”

In this short OpEd Hudgins first sets the stage by providing statistics on the record number of households receiving government aid. He then looks at "who takes," "who pays," who earns," and "who loves dependence."

Hudgins criticizes the President's campaign for demagogy but also criticizes Romney, observing that "Romney is also wrong. While he’s right that those dependent on government have a strong incentive to support politically those who will give them more, he is wrong to think that all of those individuals are happy in their servitude. "

Click here to read "Truth About the 47 Percent".

About Ed Hudgins
Edward Hudgins, formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, is an expert on the regulation of space and transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation. He has testified on many occasions before Congress.

Ed's opinion writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Journal of Commerce, Aviation Week & Space Technology, among other publications.

He is the editor of Freedom to Trade: Refuting the New Protectionism, Space: The Free Market Frontier and two books on postal service privatization. His latest collection is entitled An Objectivist Secular Reader.

Ed has appeared on NBC's Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, PBS, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and Voice of America. Hudgins has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, a master's from American University, and a doctorate from Catholic University in political philosophy. He has taught at universities in the United States and in Germany. He served as Washington director and then executive director of The Atlas Society before taking up his current positions.

About The Atlas Society:

The Atlas Society promotes open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom. Our scholars work to further develop this philosophy born in the mid-twentieth century. We present the empowering principles of Objectivism to a global audience, and offer those principles as a rational and moral alternative in the marketplace of philosophical ideas.

We do this through a variety of programs, which include:

-Original scholarly research which further develops the philosophy.

-Academic training of young intellectuals.

-Publishing and commissioning influential books and monographs.

-Our rich multi-media website

-Original commentary and op-eds published in mainstream media.

-Speeches and media appearances.

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