There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% 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 they will vote for this president no matter what ... These are people who pay no income tax ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
What a damning assertion from a man who wants to be president of the United States. As president, he would be the leader of all its citizens, yet he appears to have a fervent disgust for nearly half the nation. He has singled himself out as the Social Darwinist candidate with disdain for the laboring-class.
Who are these shiftless freeloaders who make up the 47%? They are our elderly; our grandparents, parents and neighbors. They’ve paid into the system all their lives and are exempt from taxation on Social Security. They do pay property taxes and taxes on food, gasoline and goods and services. They may pay zero taxes on one portion of their income; but they're far from exempt from paying myriad of other taxes. Is this a group that doesn’t take personal responsibility? Hardly!
Also among the 47% are the working poor who are eligible for a child tax credit that reduces the tax burden on their wage income. They do pay social security and Medicare taxes, property taxes, state taxes, taxes on purchases of food and other goods. They may get a break on taxes on their wages, but are not living a tax-free existence. Included in the 47% are many of our military enlisted families who qualify for some form of federal assistance such as WIC due to their low income. They pay plenty of other taxes and contribute to our economy and society. They are hardly freeloaders who do not take personal accountability for their lives.
About 162,000 people among the top 10% of earners have found ways to avoid paying any federal income tax. This includes approximately 3,000 people in the top 0.1%, a group that makes $2,178,886 per year or more. Largely they take advantage of a slew of other tax loopholes. The working poor and elderly have a few options to reduce their tax burden on wages, but most of the tax loopholes still benefit the wealthiest Americans. Ironically, the very group that Romney addressed in Florida when he made his disparaging comments about the working-class are the same people who benefit the most from our present tax codes.
Romney asserted that 47% of Americans don’t take personal responsibility for their lives. Where is the evidence of such a lack of personal responsibility? On a personal note, I collect a military retirement check for my twenty years of service. I guess that makes me one of the 47%. I also work, take personal responsibility, and I don’t consider myself a victim or entitlement freeloader. I paid 23% of my modest income in federal payroll taxes last year. Mitt Romney paid 13.9% federal taxes on his multi-million dollar income. If level of payroll taxation equals personal responsibility then it’s Mr. Romney that is lacking.
Let's not even talk about the money he squirrels away from tax and tithing in off-shore bank accounts. Where's the personal responsibility in that? Clearly Mr. Romney lacks compassion, empathy or moral fortitude. He's definately not the right man to lead our nation. I found his comments blatantly misleading, offensive and reprehensible.
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