The 'Real' Mitt Romney

Discussion of Mitt Romney's views toward 47 percent of the population.

At a private fundraiser with a group of wealthy donors, Mitt Romney commented that 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes. 

He went on to say that they consider themselves victims and expect the government to give them food and take care of them. He also said they don’t want to accept any personal responsibility for their lives. He continued by saying that because of this, he wasn’t concerned at all about that group and was going to focus his attention on the independent voters. 

It seems to me that this and other statements he made at the same fundraiser present the “real” Mitt Romney, a man born into money, a man who has never had to worry about healthcare or income or anything else that so many Americans have to worry about on a daily basis, a man who has no concept of how many, many Americans live.

Within that 47 percent of Americans are elderly people trying to live on a fixed income, disabled people who are physically unable to work, a large number of working people whose incomes are so low that after basic deductions they have no income tax liability and a large number of people who live in or very close to poverty. I think it’s extremely revealing that while he presents himself as someone who wants to represent all Americans and help to get people back to work, when he’s with his wealthy constituents, he shows that he has nothing but contempt for almost half of the American population.

It’s interesting for another reason as well. For him and for other wealthy Americans, the tax code is ideal in that it gives them all kinds of ways to hide money or otherwise avoid paying taxes. The devices he uses to avoid taxes are perfectly legal, and I certainly don’t fault him for using them. 

At the same time, many of those in the 47 percent that he lumps in a group of people who demand entitlements pay little or no taxes because they are able to utilize exemptions and tax breaks that reduce their incomes to below taxable level. It seems to me that if it’s OK for Mitt Romney to take advantage of the tax code, then it’s OK for everyone else as well.

Finally, Mitt Romney made his comments as a blanket statement, saying that these people pay no taxes. He did not recognize that they pay sales taxes, gasoline taxes, state income taxes, real estate taxes, etc., and they pay payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. 

While there probably are leeches in the system, I think it is profoundly arrogant and profoundly insulting to place 47 percent of the American population in that category.

Do we really want someone who actually thinks this way to occupy the White House? Think about it.

Chuck Teeter

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Walt Wingo September 24, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Well said, Nancy. You could also add to that list the record amount of filibusters in the Senate done for only one reason, to keep Obama from a second term. Just last week the Republicans is the Senate kept a jobs bill that targeted Veterans from becoming law. Disgusting!
Mike Schauer September 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Short memories indeed. In Dev. Of 2008, Pres. George W.Bush stepped in to help keep the American Auto industry from bankruptcy. He announce a $17.4 billion dollar Baylor out plan."If we were to allow the free market to take it's course, it would certainly lead to disorderly bankruptcy" Bush said. " And bankruptcy now would lead to a disorderly liquidation of American auto companies. "This would deal an unacceptable painful blow to hardworking American people. It would worsen the job market and exacerbate the financial crises". " it would certainly send our suffering economy into a deeper and longer recession". And just what would have been the Romney plan, bankruptcy, loss of American jobs. Even George Bush new that could not be the course.
Edward Andrysiak September 28, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I can't get too upset with the 47% statement. In that number there are a lot of groups of people. We have the uneducated and unwilling to work anything more than the street to earn a living ripping people off, organizing gangs and selling drugs. Then there are those honestly disabled who need help but what of the free loaders whose unemployment ran out or they found a cooperating doctor and found a way to collect dissability ...for life. True as well, we will find elderly folks who didn't or couldn't save enough to carry them in retirement and need help. I could go on with more detail but you get the idea. The 47% includes people who need and are deserving and a lot of free loaders. Romney is right when he says they aren't expected to vote for him. They will go with whom ever they feel won't stop their check from coming. Romney would stop the undeserving...Obama encourages people to be in the undeserving class...cause they vote for him...the free loaders don't want help...just the check!
Edward Andrysiak September 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Mike...when the "bargining unit" does not understand the market, the costs of raw materials, the cost of labor, the true cost of doing business to be able to put a product out and be competative on price...when they don't know that how in the hell can they dictate wages and bennie cost increases? That is why our car industries went broke! Now, if the unit was that smart and knew all those numbers they would be in business for themselves...right. I always said there ought to be a clause in each labor contract that gives the owners the right to exercise an option requiring the unit to buy the business as an alternative to accepting the terms of the contract. It would be time for big boy pants wouldn't it.
Edward Andrysiak September 30, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Hey John...Do I need to remind you WE HAD GOVERNMENT OVERSITE during the Madoff Ponzi scheme days! That may be the problem...because so many thought the government was protecting them...they didn't do their homework and lost their "dupa." Less governmenr and more personal responsibility and we will all be better off.


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