Thursday, September 20, 2012

Randi Rhodes: IN DEPTH: Mitt Romney And The 47 Percent

With the release of video showing Mitt Romney demagoguing half of America, the choice becomes even more clear.

 On May 17, 2012, Mitt Romney was the keynote speaker at a private event in Boca Raton, Florida - an event that only recently came to light in secret video brought to light by James Carter IV, and given to journalist David Corn.

While the complete 49-minute video of the event is here (along with audio podcasts and the complete transcript), one of the most key sections of Mr. Romney's address is here:

Mr. Romney's vision of the economy is as obvious from this video as his fake laugh. It's clear what Mitt thinks about 47% of Americans - nearly half of America - when he says, "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Mitt doesn't even think he should try for the vote of 47% of the American people who disagree with him - a kind of laziness and arrogance all its own.

In fact, those 47% of Americans DO pay taxes. As you can see in the chart to the right from the Tax Policy Center, they may not pay income tax - but they do pay payroll tax. Many of that 47% are also elderly, or earn less than $20,000 per year.

That doesn't even count all the other kinds of taxes these Americans pay: gas tax, sales tax, property taxes and more.

That fact isn't going to stop Mitt Romney from trashing those in the 47%, while planning on raising taxes for the poor and middle class, so he can pay for his tax cuts for the rich.

We don't know if Mr. Romney thinks we're all stupid, but it's obvious he thinks HIS voters are stupid. Because in order to fulfill all of his promises on taxes and make his math work, Mitt's going to have to cut the earned benefits of everyone in the country - things like Medicare and Social Security - millions of Americans, including those who are planning on voting for him.

Contrary to what Mitt seems to think, many of those in the 47% don't just live in the stereotypical "blue states." Many of those Mitt wants to take earned benefits from, actually live in areas of the country that typically vote Republican:

In the end, Mitt is counting on laziness and ignorance. He's depending on Democrats and independents being too lazy, too tired, and too full of excuses to go to the polls. He's also depending on Republicans and conservatives to be ignorant, and vote against their own best intrests.

Don't let him be right. Get educated. Make your choice. Vote.

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