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.)
” 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.
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.