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Author Says We're All Moochers

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A recent poll shows 59 percent of voters felt Mitt Romney unfairly dismissed almost half of Americans as victims, but 41 percent felt he was making an important point — that too many Americans are "takers," draining the economy, and not enough are "makers."

In a Time Magazine cover story entitled "One Nation on Welfare," journalist Michael Grunwald wrote (before Romney's comments) about "takers and makers," reminding us just how much all Americans take from the government.

He gives his own life as an example:

I wake up in subsidized housing. I throw on a T-shirt made of subsidized cotton, brush my teeth with subsidized water and eat cereal made of subsidized grain. Soon the chaos begins, two hours of pillow forts, dance parties and other craziness with two hyper kids and two hyper Boston terriers, until our subsidized nanny arrives to watch our 2-year-old. My wife Cristina then drives to her subsidized job while listening to the subsidized news on public radio. I bike our 4-year-old to school on public roads, play tennis on a public court.


  • Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time magazine and author of "The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era"

This segment aired on September 21, 2012.


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