“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 not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” –Mitt Romney
Recently a tape surfaced of Mitt Romney telling us how he really feels about half of America. Mitt is a classic example of an elitist, one born on third base but thinks he hit a triple. In Mitt’s world he got to where he is not because his father was the Governor of Michigan and a successful automobile executive, not because his father gave him money to buy his first home and attend Harvard, no, according to Romney he got where he is on his own. Why haven’t you or I been as successful as Mitt? Well apparently it’s because we are not hard workers and depend on government for everything, like food, health care, etc.
Here are a few of Mitt’s greatest hits from the 2012 Presidential election:
“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 not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” (May 2012)
“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico. . . and uh, had he been born of uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. . . But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.” (May 2012)
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me” (January 2012)
“Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings, my friend.” (August 2011)
“He [Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” (June 2012)
“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” (August 2012)
“We use Ann sparingly right now so that people don’t get tired of her.” (May 2012)
“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.” (September 2012)
“[My wife] drives a couple of Cadillacs.” (February 2012)
“I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.” (April 2012)
“I love this state. The trees are the right height.” (February 2012)
“I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.” (May 2012)
I could go on with Romney quotes for days, but I think you get the gist. Mitt Romney is a good family man and great business man. Romney has given millions of dollars to his church and charity and even provided universal health care to the people of Massachusetts. Despite all of this, Romney has proven time and time again that he is not capable of being an effective President of the United States. His flab last week during the Libyan and Egypt Embassy attack where he called the president “disgraceful” as American diplomats were being killed and his most recent statements on what he thinks about half of this country, essentially describing us as lazy, is unbecoming of a president. What makes the statement so egregious, besides the fact that it is untrue, is that Romney knows it’s not true. Here is a table showing the percentage of Americans paying taxes according to the Tax Policy Center:
Brad Plummer of the Washington Post breaks it down this way:
— 53.6 percent of households pay the federal income tax. Presumably Romney is okay with these folks.
— 28.3 percent of households pay no federal income tax, but they do pay the payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. That means they don’t need Mitt Romney to convince them to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” They already have jobs.
Most of the households in this group don’t pay any federal income tax because they qualify for enough deductions that their income tax liability has shrunk to zero. See this Tax Policy Center report for more, which gives an example of “a couple with two children earning less than $26,400. They get an $11,600 standard deduction and four exemptions of $3,700, and that takes their liability to zero.” Indeed, it’s worth noting that many of these deductions and credits were part of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, which Romney wants to extend.
— 10.3 percent of households pay no federal income tax because they’re retired and elderly. Many retirees aren’t taxed on their Social Security benefits, which they earned by paying into the system over many years. If Mitt Romney secretly thinks that these households are all irresponsible freeloaders, he has a weird way of showing it, as he keeps insisting that he doesn’t want to cut Medicare or Social Security benefits for those over the age of 65.
— That leaves 6.9 percent of households which are non-elderly and have incomes less than $20,000 per year and aren’t paying the payroll tax. These poorer households pay neither income taxes nor payroll taxes. Perhaps Romney thinks that they should all pay more in federal taxes. It’s hard to say. But this is also a much smaller fraction of Americans.
What is interesting about Romney’s statement on taxes is that he refuses to show the American people his tax returns. A presidential campaign is a reflection of the candidate and Romney with his past statements has proven he isn’t capable of running this country let alone an effective campaign. Romney recently said, “this campaign is about 100% of Americans”. Too little too late Romney, we already know how you really feel. Enjoy Romney’s greatest hits while you can, it’ll be over soon.