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Romney dismisses half of U.S.

Submitted by Geoffrey Bara on October 3, 2012 – 6:44 pmOne Comment

Mitt Romney is probably used to having his various gaffes broadcast and rebroadcast the world over, but his latest is particularly staggering.

It’s no surprise to any of my regular readers that I’m a very vocal, liberal Democrat.  As such, of course, I support our president in the upcoming election.  Mitt Romney would have you believe that this may be indicative of the fact that I’m one of the “47 percent,” the latest number to be used to marginalize and grossly over-simplify what are, in fact, very complex social and economic issues.

Earlier this year, Romney was speaking to a private gathering of significant donors, most if not all of them millionaires just like him.  A particularly inflammatory clip from a video of the event surfaced Sept. 17, on motherjones.com and features Romney telling a room full of supporters that “there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.  “All right,” he continued,  “there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing ….”  Romney goes on to warn the donors that because 47 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes and therefore aren’t interested in the cuts he promises, “[Obama]’s going to be talking about tax cuts for the rich.  I mean, that’s what they sell every four years.”

This statement, while not being patently false, is riddled with misleading half-truths.  This verbal dysentery isn’t unique to this one moment of Romney’s campaign; both he and running mate Paul Ryan have been under serious scrutiny for statements made while on the campaign trail.  While it’s true that somewhere around 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax, it’s not exactly for the reasons Romney implies.  These aren’t people “beating the system” or “looking for handouts.”  A particularly useful pie chart has been posted to NPR.org, which explains a little further than Romney was willing to.  Of the 47 percent who do not pay income tax, 23 percent of them do not because they do not earn enough money to be required to do so.

To put that in some perspective, the income for a family of four would have been $26,400 or less last year to avoid paying income tax.  That amount of money for a family of four is so small that I can’t imagine who would deny that it’s completely appropriate that they were forgiven the obligation to pay tax.  Others are on social security that isn’t taxed.  In addition, tax credits are afforded for various reasons; education tax credit, child care tax credit, the earned income tax credit and so on.  Also worth noting is the absurd fact that Romney accuses Obama of promising tax cuts for the rich when his campaign is partially built upon that very same pledge.

So Romney lied, and he delivered this specific commentary to a room full of millionaires expressly so he could trick them out of their money and take over the country.  It sounds like a plot for the next Austin Powers, but sadly it’s the way a major player for the office of President is choosing to run his campaign.

The video in its entirety has now been made available to the public thanks to motherjones.com and can be viewed there.  One has to wonder, will this be enough?  How many times does Mitt Romney have to show his blatant disrespect and sanctimonious attitude to his non-affluent supporters in the American public for them to realize he is not the man to lead us?

 

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  • John McAlister says:

    While you are on the subject of TRUTH, let’s be fair and see if you recall this quote….The Quote of the Decade: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006…..HOW TIMES CHANGE, ALTHOUGH HE IS CORRECT, ONLY NOW WE HAVE HIS FAILED LEADERSHIP TO BLAME FOR THE BAD CHOICES HE HAS MADE OVER THE LAST 4 YEARS. Many have questioned Gov. Romney as the details for his economic plan which in all fairness have been vague; however, we have 4 years of Obama’s failed economic plan to review. Next up, Obama claims to support the military and its veterans…REALLY??? I retired from the Armed Forces after 24 years of service in January of this year and can tell you this is as far from the truth as one can get. Under Obama’s administration they threatened pay cuts while we are at war…imagine what that is like to hear while you are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and now face the potential that your loved ones will not be taken care of properly…The cuts he has made have been detrimental to the services, “Doing More With Less,” not only weakens our military strength, but takes a toll on troops. The release of classified information after the Bin Laden raid regarding SEAL operations violates Operational Security for the Navy and all branches of service that work with them. The reason he did it, was for votes. So when Romney slips up saying something, try to keep in mind that Obama has 4 years of experience with a failed economy that he has ony worsened, higher rates of unemployment, raising..not lowering the deficit, and endangering/damaging our military strength.—-John P. McAlister, Master Sergeant (RET), US AIR FORCE