David Brooks is a Republican columnist, who is a moderate. In this column he points out just how off-base and divisive Romney's comment about the 47% was, how little he knows about our nation, and how inaccurate and simplistic is a formulation that amounts to, "People who are forced to make it on their own have drive. People who receive benefits have dependency." In fact, he notes, the majority of people who benefit from entitlements (or wealth redistribution) are white middle class people. I of course only posted a little of the article, but he does make points that conservatives will agree with too. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/opinion/brooks-thurston-howell-romney.html?_r=3 The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor. ... Sure, there are some government programs that cultivate patterns of dependency in some people. Iâ€™d put federal disability payments and unemployment insurance in this category. But, as a description of America today, Romneyâ€™s comment is a country-club fantasy. Itâ€™s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.