Mitt Romney Unplugged

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Political campaigns are like ink blot tests. What you see is what you get, most of the time.  Every once in awhile candidates and those supporting them tip their hands.  Mitt Romney has tipped his, many times.  The contempt not only Romney, but the rest of the GOP, in general, for we the little people, is starting to show.

Currently, The Pink Flamingo is hearing that upward of 20% of Republican voters are going elsewhere.  This isn’t going to help him.  It reflects the contempt the right is beginning to show for anyone who is even on Social Security or Medicare.  They forget that those are the people who vote.  Do they understand that there are more taxes than Income Taxes?  That is truly the terrifying disconnect here.

This country cannot afford a POTUS who has literally written off 47% of the American people.  Does Mitt Romney really plan to be POTUS for only 63% of Americans?  Does he plan to be POTUS for only those he deems worthy?

I guess the only people who count are his little friends in the Billionaire Boy’s Club.

Evidently, when  you sell your soul, you have a tendency to hang around with those who have the  most money.

“…“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.”…”

This is very much NOT true.  But, with Mitt Romney, he doesn’t need fact check.  The lies are coming from the GOP, and primarily the Cato Institute.

“…At a Senate Finance Committee hearing in May 2011, Senator Charles Grassley said, “According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, 49 percent of households are paying 100 percent of taxes coming in to the federal government” (meaning that the other 51 percent pay no federal tax whatsoever).  At the same hearing, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Alan Reynolds asserted, “Poor people don’t pay taxes in this country.”  In 2010, Fox Business host Stuart Varney said on Fox and Friends, “Yes, 47 percent of households pay not a single dime in taxes.”…”

The problem is Mitt and his supporters don’t need fact check.

CBPP

Doug Mataconis, Outside the Beltway:

“…That pretty much sums it up. These people don’t pay income taxes because they don’t earn enough money to pay income taxes, thanks largely to policies that Republicans themselves proposed and passed into law. Moreover, as I’ve noted before, this entire argument ignores the fact that these people do, in fact, pay taxes. If they are working, they pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. They pay state and local sales taxes. If they own property, they pay property taxes. The only reason they don’t pay income taxes, or in some cases pay very little income taxes is because of policies that Republican Presidents and Congresses supported. Indeed, the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is the primary reason that most low income pay zero net incomes taxes, is based on an idea that Milton Friedman proposed back in the 1970s called the negative income tax. The more important point, of course, is that you cannot get blood from a stone. Poor and lower middle class people don’t earn a heck of a lot money to begin with, and the added tax revenue the government would get by increasing their tax burden is infinitesimal compared to the costs that the taxpayers themselves would incur.  It’s also worth noting that the vast majority of this 47% that Romney speaks of are in predominantly Republican states….”

Paul Krugman wrote:

NY Times

Greg Sargent:

“…I’ve argued here that the Romney campaign often seems to be running against a version of Obama that exists only in the imagination of the Fox/Limbaugh base and doesn’t really exist in the minds of swing and undecided voters. This takes the narrative to a whole new level; how will voters in the middle react to his contemptuous tone towards nearly half of Americans? What’s more, the ranks of the oft-discussed 47 percent, many of whom pay no federal income taxes but do pay state and local taxes , are swelled with working class voters and seniors, and many of them are obviously Romney supporters — and hardly think of themselves as Big Government freeloaders. Yet Romney, inadvertently or not, has lumped them all in with his Obama-fosters-government-dependency narrative….”

When you add the info that  the Club for Growth is threatening it’s Congressional prostitutes not to sign the farm discharge petition, you know things are out of control.  It’s no longer about We the People, but We the Big Capitalists vs. We the Little People.

Think Progress

Yep, they just don’t get it.  What they do get, they lie about.  Remember, this is the party of no fact checking, please.

Hot Air

David Brooks wrote:

“...It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth. Americans work longer hours than just about anyone else. Americans believe in work more than almost any other people. Ninety-two percent say that hard work is the key to success, according to a 2009 Pew Research Survey.

It says that Romney doesn’t know much about the political culture. Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government. On the contrary, trust in government has declined. The number of people who think government spending promotes social mobility has fallen.

The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.

Romney’s comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact. In 1987, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, 62 percent of Republicans believed that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t help themselves. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of Republicans believe that.

The Republican Party, and apparently Mitt Romney, too, has shifted over toward a much more hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view — from the Reaganesque language of common citizenship to the libertarian language of makers and takers. There’s no way the country will trust the Republican Party to reform the welfare state if that party doesn’t have a basic commitment to provide a safety net for those who suffer for no fault of their own.

The final thing the comment suggests is that Romney knows nothing about ambition and motivation. The formula he sketches is this: People who are forced to make it on their own have drive. People who receive benefits have dependency….”

 

The Daily Beast

Mitt Romney’s campaign is in disarray.  There is a very good reason.  Aside from the fact that he is running the most incompetent, and arrogant campaign in history, people don’t like him.  His conservative supporters have tried to make out like the reason “we the little people” don’t like him is because he’s rich and we aren’t.

Bunk.

We don’t like him because he is an out of touch jerk with no core values, who will lie and cheat to get his way.  Someone like this shouldn’t be elected dog-catcher let alone POTUS.  Just look at what he did to his dog. He’ll do the same thing to us.

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