Romney: Obama Voters are ‘Dependent on the Government’ [Video]
At a private reception with wealthy donors, Mitt Romney described approximately half of Americans as “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government.” Those people, said Romney, would probably support President Obama because they believe they are “victims” who think they are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”
Romney said derisively, in a tape provided by Mother Jones, that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax, and those people won’t vote for him.
What Mr. Romney seems to miss is that 1) 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax because they’re too poor to pay income tax, not because they refuse to pay or are too lazy to pay 2) Many of these poor people still pay taxes, just not income taxes 3) Most of the people who pay no income taxes are white people in red states or seniors, many of whom will vote Romney come election day.
The Atlantic reports:
…the reason that most income tax nonpayers don’t pay is they simply don’t make enough income to qualify to pay. As one might expect, the map of states with the highest poverty levels resembles this map fairly closely. Many of them are also seniors, a highly contested voting bloc. Just more than 10 percent of households pay no income tax because they’re retired. They might also be voters in places like Florida who are already jumpy about the changes to Medicare and Medicaid that the Romney-Ryan ticket has proposed — although they would be mostly unaffected by those reforms.
Also, before his death, Martin Luther King reminded us all (see second video below) that white men had been given free land and grants to move out west, but the black man hadn’t been given a thing. So if we’re discussing who has lived off the kindness of government throughout the years, it’s mostly white men and women.
Romney has refused to apologize, only going so far as to say that he spoke “inartfully”.
And Martin Luther King speaking on the issue before his death:
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