What was it about Mitt Romney’s postelection comments that brought the bipartisan world down around his head? Romney simply pointed out that one of Obama’s electoral strengths was the many gifts, i.e. federal benefits Obama had bestowed upon grateful voters. Romney was absolutely correct on the facts. Means-tested welfare programs reached the magic trillion dollar mark this year. Federal welfare payments have increased 32% in Obama’s first term, including a 71% surge in food stamps spending. We now spend 60k in means tested programs for each family living in poverty. And that doesn’t even include middle-class entitlements like Social Security and Medicare nor the especially unjustifiable billions that go to well-positioned crony capitalists. Americans may be offended to hear that so many of us are on the dole, but telling people exclusively what they want to hear hasn’t work very well for us, has it? Some people receiving benefits deserve them. And maybe Republicans do need to hone their message. But somebody had to say it. I say hurrah for Mitt!
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Bio: Patterson is the volunteer chairman of the Goldwater Institute and past chairman of the Arizona Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
He has served on several community boards, including Goodwill of Central Arizona, Diamondbacks Foundation and Hospice of the Valley.
He is the state chairman for Americans for Tax Reform. Previously, he served as the President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council (public sector chair). He was the minority leader (91-92) and majority leader (93-96) of the Arizona Senate.
He is a registered Republican but not politically active. In addition, he was the organizer and lead tenor of the original Arizona Singing Senators.