I Am the (insert percentage here)!

As I’m sure is the case with many other voters countrywide, within the week or so I have developed another reason to vomit over the idea of a Romney presidency.

For those who may not have heard, the nonprofit magazine Mother Jones was leaked a video from earlier this year at a campaign fundraiser. The entire speech is long, so I will link it here, but the gist was this: HE ESSENTIALLY CALLED NEARLY HALF OF AMERICANS LAZY FREELOADERS WHO FEEL THEY ARE “ENTITLED” TO MOOCH OFF OF THE GOVERNMENT. I really, truly wish that I could say that this was some sort of hoax; I may actually have gotten angry at whoever perpetuated it, but alas, he actually said these things. Want specifics? I has them:

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 that 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. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48–he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people–I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like.

Pitchforks can be lit at this, but let me first qualify this PolitiFact-style: The statistic is correct. However, he forgot to go into detail about it. These 47% are made up as follows (graphic courtesy of NPR):

Pie chart of "Who Does and Doesn't Pay Income Tax?" 54% pay income tax. Of the rest, they don't pay income tax because: 23% are low income, 10% are elderly, 7% are working poor or children, and 6% have other reasons

Any mention of welfare or anyone mooching off the government? No? Exactly. These are Americans who do work, or elderly Americans (who, I think we can all agree, have done their fair share), or children (last time I checked child labor was outlawed; how are they supposed to provide for themselves?!), or others who simply needed assistance for one reason or another. And while I’m at it, a shout out to our men and women in uniform: Mitt doesn’t care about you either because you fall into this category because your taxes are lower as a military member. For anyone to basically call these people lazy freeloaders is NOT the way to get votes! I mean, it isn’t a secret that you only care for the rich, Mitt, but how about some class while you insult us?

And does Mitt shy away from this? Not really. A hastily thrown-together press conference during which he grinned the whole time, and a BS bleat in passing on Univision (during which he gaffed again over the issue of immigration) – HuffPost has the story here.

I was already frustrated about Romney’s idiocy before, but now I’m almost to the point of tears. I have no clue how anyone can possibly be this crass, this uncaring, and this plutocratic. I weep for the fact that there are those who think this man is correct, and those who will stand by him.

So, what to do about it? VOTE, fellow Persephones. Vote in every election you can. I know I will. (Oh, and if you get a call from someone from Organizing for America, be nice. We only want your support.)

11 thoughts on “I Am the (insert percentage here)!”

  1. Romney’s elitist arrogance reminds me of those robber barons from the 1920s, who led us into the Great Depression.  (Any other history majors out there?)  Fortunately, I know from studying social history that the Depression was at least a great time for songwriters – so here’s my take on it, inspired by listening to the news on my way home from a tap dance class.

  2. Not to mention, they may not pay federal income tax, but they do pay sales tax, payroll tax, often state income tax, local property or school district taxes if they own their homes, water and garbage and other service fees, etc.

    And these taxes affect them disproportionately more than they do the Mitt Romneys of the world. After all, if sales tax is too much of a burden – it’s 8.75% where I live – you can decide not to buy luxury items. You can’t just not buy food. You can’t not buy toilet paper. You can’t not buy clothing for your kids when they’ve outgrown the old ones or they’re just too far beyond mending.

    He’s such an asshole.

    1. Yes. Exactly. I mean, come on! I am a member of the 47%. I took/take care of not only part of my husband and me, but my parents and brother as well. I attend college. I do my damndest to get to equal – not even get ahead. And he wants to villify me because I get a tax return? Eff off, R-Money.

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