The election is over, and Mitt Romney still hasn’t learned his lesson: that everything he says is on the public record. During a call to donors this week, Romney reportedly credited Obama’s win to his promise to give “big gifts” like free health care to voting blocs like minorities and women. That prompted howls from the left, but also from a strong contender for the 2016 GOP nomination, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He called that “absolutely wrong,” and said Republicans have to stop dividing voters and appeal to 100 percent of the electorate by showing their proposals will help everyone’s children get a good education, better paying jobs and an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

I’d second that and hope that my own party takes it to heart. There’s been a lot of sour grapes about this election showing that America has become a nation of takers who just want free stuff. But I don’t buy that. Yes, there are always some who’ll ask what their country can do for them, but they’re a small fraction. As Governor of Arkansas, I had to oversee the assistance programs, and I met a lot of people who depended on them. I assure you, there were very few who wanted to be on welfare or food stamps. If it meant the difference between their kids eating or going to bed hungry, they took it. But most would’ve traded it for a good job in a heartbeat. If Republicans want to win their votes, they have to do two things: First, stop questioning their character. Assume that virtually every American would rather have a good job than a government handout. Then, convince them that the GOP is the Party that can actually make that happen. Do that, the votes will follow.

This commentary is from Friday's Huckabee Report.  Please leave me a comment below.  I read them!

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  • Norma McCormac

    11/23/2012 06:16 PM

    I love you Huck, but we all know there are a LOT of system abusers, and honestly, you are not likely to meet them. I know some of them, there are one or two in every family. I also see a lot of them in my line of work. (medical)The truth hurts though, and it isn't politically correct to say it out loud! I am sure you met a lot of the "legitimate" recipients, and there are a lot of those out there. In politics, anything you say can and will be used against you forever more! I am hoping Jindal is NOT our candidate...but it is early yet! Not ruling you out either! ;) Love from Arkansas!

  • Colleen Vanskiver

    11/23/2012 06:09 PM

    I agree Governer Huckabee

    I think in every nation there are some who want things for nothing. But in this country if you ask most Aemeicans would you like a good job with benfits and healthcare they would take it opposed to government ran everything. Government doesn't run anything for the masses. It messes up everything it trys to do. I grew up very poor as a child came from a broken home, and went out very young and started my own family. MY husband much the same way. We rasied a big family we worked togather to raise our children with a better life then we had. We worked hard but we got he American dream. It can be done and most want it that way. But I must say there are some in our country who do want everythng handed to them or are just happy with what ever the government is willing to give. That is making me sad because I see it alot in my state, who don't even have that dream anymore.

  • Leslie O'Brien

    11/21/2012 07:58 PM

    Honestly, I think both of you are right. This country is made up of givers and takers. That is human nature. Recently, because of severe health issues, after working 45 years, I had to become a taker.I do not like it!I've paid my way all my life and believe me, working was much easier than sitting home on disability. But i'd like to believe most peple want to be productive.

  • Lisa Dillard

    11/21/2012 08:17 AM

    The people I know that have had to get food stamps are basically embarrassed by this. There are a whole lot of people getting aid now that would love to find work. They keep talking about the recession being over...it's not. Foreclosures are a daily thing and politicians as a whole are seemingly clueless to what's going on with real working Americans. Small business owners have struggled over 3 years. I don't know if they'll (we'll) make it another four. Someone needs to get in touch with reality!

  • Los Angeles,Mike

    11/20/2012 05:38 PM

    Re: The Case of Congressman Todd Akin

    Exactly. When GOP leadership pulled "assistance" from Todd Akin back in August, it sent a message to more than just Congressman Akin on their mentality. How do you think you would vote if you are a 65+ black man from St. Louis who just saw an honorable 65+ white man thrown under the bus-by the GOP. It's not Akin who hurt the GOP brand.

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