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As a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, I could fall on either side of your argument, but I did want to make a couple of comments.

On the social liberal side, I know there are those who need help, and I am all in favor of giving it when needed.

On the fiscal conservative side, there are too many who receive that help, who don't really need it, thereby raising the overall cost of providing for the needs of those who really do need it.

Just one last point that seems to have been passed over in the media reaction to his comments. I don't think he was saying that the 47% were just lazy and didn't deserve help (though I am sure many are), but rather he was commenting on the fact that out of the voting population, 47% favored and would vote for Obama rather than him, and that 42% favored and would vote for him, rather than Obama, and that if he was going to win the election, the difference would have to be made up from the 10% to 11% who were in the middle.

I understand that just on the face of it, with the "brief snippet" that was shown, it appears to be a mean remark, but I honestly don't think he meant it that way.

JMO and worth exactly what I am charging for it.

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