When a secret video recording surfaced on the Internet this week, an embarrassed Romney made it clear that he might at least have phrased his comments better. Yet the problem with Romney’s comments isn’t their artlessness. It’s the loose — and false — equation that undergirded them: the notion that voters who support Obama “no matter what” equals people who “pay no income taxes” equals freeloaders who are “dependent on government.” This is a common line of argument on talk radio and on conservative websites, but it is misleading in essentially every way.
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