“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 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. My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
These are the words spoken by candidate Mitt Romney on May 17th of this year, at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida, as reported by Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, on their website.
So, according to candidate Mitt Romney, 47% of the population does not matter. That would be the 47% of Americans who don’t pay any federal income taxes. 47% of American’s are lazy and waiting for their government checks. 47% of American’s have no ambition’s or dreams.
That is the fiction. These are the facts.
Let’s take a look at who those 47% of Americans are:
- 28.3% of that total do pay payroll taxes.
- 10.3% of that total are elderly. (Retired, or, on Social Security)
- 6.9% of that total are the poor. (Income less than $20,000 per year)
- The rest, approximately 1%, earn more than $20,000 per year, but through deductions like the mortgage tax credit, child credits, or earned income tax credit, owe no taxes.
I’m not sure which alternative universe Mitt Romney lives in, but in this one, where real people live, they listen and learn from the people who want to lead them, the people who desire to be the President of the United States. “These people,” as you call them, do take personal responsibility. They get up, go to work, they do pay taxes, they take care of their loved ones. They love and support their country.
And, they vote!
“These people” who you (Mitt), and your party, have castigated and denigrated, I’m talking about African-Americans, Hispanics, women, the LBGT community, and now, seniors and retired people, now see a common foe. They are forming a coalition [that] not even the vast amounts of money, that you and your backers have been able to raise, is going to be able to defeat.
“These people” are now looking beyond your failed candidacy to republicans down-ticket. They are looking at who among you is willing to stand up and refute your careless callousness. The candidates, who by their silence, tacitly approve of your statements will be compelled to own them, to explain them to their constituents.
To the republicans running for office, the spotlight is on you. “These people,” have heard from your leader. What say you? As I stated before, they, “these people,” listen and they learn.
Then, they vote!
- Inside The Campaign: How Mitt Romney Stumbled – Mike Allen And Jim VandeHei – POLITICO.com (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Largest Compilation Of Mitt Romney Flip Flops (VIDEO) (addictinginfo.org)
- Off-Record Mitt Romney Says ’47 Percent’ Of Americans Are ‘Entitled’: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Mitt Romney Thinks Middle Income Is Between $200K and $250K [Mitt Romney] (jezebel.com)
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