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Ten Observations On Mitt Romney’s Comments On 47% Not Paying Federal Taxes—These Are Many Of His Own Voters He Is Talking About

Mitt Romney believes that nearly half of Americans are moochers on the public dime.

(Above–Mitt Romney. Photo by Gage Skidmore.)

Here is what Mr. Romney said

” There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Here are my observations on Mr. Romney’s comments—

1. If 47% of the electorate was in the tank for President Obama before the election season began, he’d be ahead by a lot more right now since there clearly are also many tax paying people who support the President.

2. People who don’t pay federal taxes are still paying sales taxes and may well be paying property taxes.

3. Since nearly every Black voter in America is voting for President Obama, I guess taking all Black folks as freeloaders fits in with the Republican worldview.

4. As conservative commentator William Kristol points out, many of those who don’t pay federal taxes are people who will most likely vote for Mr. Romney.

5. It is states that are likely to support Mr. Romney where people get the most government money on a per-citizen basis.

6. Many don’t pay federal taxes because of Republican policies over the years.

7. Since he won’t release his tax returns, how can we know that Mr. Romney is paying any taxes?

8. Many hard-working people don’t pay federal taxes because many jobs in this country don’t pay very much money.

9. Many highly profitable corporations–and we all know that corporations are peopledon’t pay any income taxes.

10. I don’t know a single person of working age who does not work or, if not working, who is not actively looking for work. Not one such person in my life comes to mind. And few people I know well are voting for Mr. Romney

Going back to point #4, here is what some of what Mr. Kristol wrote about Mr. Romney’s assertions—

“It’s worth recalling that a good chunk of the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes are Romney supporters—especially of course seniors (who might well “believe they are entitled to heath care,” a position Romney agrees with), as well as many lower-income Americans (including men and women serving in the military) who think conservative policies are better for the country even if they’re not getting a tax cut under the Romney plan. So Romney seems to have contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him.” 

Mr. Romney’s views are in many ways an indictment of Republican policies over the years and of millions of people who are likely to vote for him this fall.

His comments are meant to delegitimize Obama voters as lazy people who do not work when just a moment’s thought on the subject would suggest this not to be the case.

Mr. Romney has made it clear who he is and what he thinks of millions of decent Americans.

We are each free to interpret this information as we wish as Election Day approaches.

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September 18, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. “I don’t know a single person of working age who does not work or, if not working, who is not actively looking for work.”

    You might not know them, but you have little excuse not to know of them — 368,000 people gave up looking for work in August.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 20, 2012

  2. The people you discuss are just the people Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan would toss overboard.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 21, 2012

  3. How would they “toss overboard” those people? You’re suggesting they would take some official action against them — what would that action be?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 23, 2012

  4. “7. Since he won’t release his tax returns, how can we know that Mr. Romney is paying any taxes?”

    Nice try.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 23, 2012

  5. The Romney/Ryan plan is to cut the federal budget in a way that would most impact folks who most need the help. Most of them are the working poor, kids and seniors. At the same time, the most wealthy would get further tax cuts. Mr. Romney has released one year of tax returns and still refuses to come clean about other years. We don’t know the full story at all.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 23, 2012

  6. “Mr. Romney has released one year of tax returns and still refuses to come clean about other years.”

    Do you think PwC was lying when they released details of his other returns?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 24, 2012

  7. I’m simply saying that all the facts are still not out there for public review.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 24, 2012


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