Romney, not Obama, guilty of class warfare
by Kevin Foley
September 21, 2012 12:00 AM | 1622 views | 17 17 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Who are ‘those people’? “There are 47 percent who are with him [Obama],” declared Mitt Romney, “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. And they will vote for this president no matter what. These are people who pay no income tax.

“My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

It took years, but the real Mitt Romney finally stood up and told us who he is. He won’t be president of all Americans if he’s elected, just half of them.

My father-in-law, Lee, doesn’t pay income taxes. He’s 88 now, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Lee joined the Marines after he left Annapolis and landed under heavy fire at Inchon as a platoon leader before fighting his way toward Seoul. He was awarded the Bronze Star after leading an attack that destroyed a North Korean tank column outside Ascom City.

Lee and my mother-in-law Shirley have been married 64 years. They live in quiet retirement on Social Security they set aside over the years out of their earnings.

Like tens of millions of other senior citizens, students, disabled and poor Americans, and many servicemen and women, they don’t make enough money to pay income taxes.

But Romney isn’t “worried” about “those people.” In fact, he’s openly disdainful of folks like my in-laws, regarding them as parasites, “victims” who take no “personal responsibility” for themselves.

I guess Lee forgot about personal responsibility after he took an enemy bullet near Seoul and was awarded a Purple Heart.

It’s the $50,000-per-plate GOP crowd that gets the governor’s juices flowing, the ones like casino billionaire Sheldon Adelstein, who Romney hopes will buy the presidency for him. How is it, by the way, “family values” politicians like Romney seem always to be in bed with professional gamblers?

Romney’s attack on “those people” ignores the effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit, a conservative idea that aims to reduce poverty by incentivizing the poor to work.

According to the Tax Policy Institute, half of those who don’t pay income taxes are households earning less than $16,800. One-third make between $16,800 and $22,500.

Two-thirds of these low-income earners do contribute payroll taxes to cover Social Security and Medicare not to mention paying state, local, sales, gas and property taxes and state fees.

The right wing has screamed “class warfare” for three years. Romney’s divisive comments confirm there is a war and it’s being waged by Republicans against the middle class and poor Americans.

And now we know Romney will escalate that war if he wins. Whenever he’s asked for specifics on how he’ll cut taxes across the board and balance the budget Romney says he will “close loopholes.”

Which loopholes? The governor will let us know after the election.

Here’s a hint fellow middle class readers: the deduction Americans take on mortgage interest is a “loophole.”

If Romney trashes the mortgage interest deduction, average Americans will subsidize the $2 billion savings Sheldon Adelstein realizes on his tax return. The $10 million he wagered on Romney will have paid off big time.

It’s ironic that Romney’s remarks come before a group of wealthy Americans who don’t want to pay income taxes at all.

Like Romney, they expect all the benefits of living in America without paying their way.

Sounds exactly like “those people,” doesn’t it?

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.
Comments
(17)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Jim Stoll
|
September 21, 2012
Mr. Foley: Have you been living all these years under a rock. Have you never heard of "means tested" welfare. This is money paid to those who think they deserve to live well without working.It has absolutely nothing to do with earned credits, such as social security and medicare. These adults will vote for whoever in government will pay the highest price for their votes. According to Obama's own spending projections, federal and state means tested welfard spending will increase to $1 Trillion in 2014 and total $10.3 Trillion over the next 10 years (FY 2009 to FY 2018). This spending will equal to $250,000 for each person currently living in poverty in the U.S. and $1 million for each family of four. Not bad work if you can get it. It's called "exponential escalation" (the hockey stick syndrome of growth) and it will bankrupt America long before anything else gets a chance. If you don't want to believe me, go to the website of the Heritage Foundation website, read their Special Report SR-67 dated 9-16-2009 and update your intelligence.
Kevin Foley
|
September 22, 2012
Mr. Stoll,

What does any of this have to do with Romney saying he doesn't care about the 47% who don't pay income taxes? And he's wrong to boot when he plays this discredited race card (akin to Reagan's phony "welfare queen" and "young buck").

I demonstrated above that 3/4 of these folks are working poor using the EITC to try to lift themselves out of poverty and off welfare. As I also note, all of them pay state and local taxes and fees, so none of them are "freeloading" as Romney wants low information voters to believe.

BTW, the Heritage Foundation is hardly a disinterested, non-partisan group.

Bob Johnson
|
September 21, 2012
Unless I am mistaken your father-inlaw does pay taxes if he is collecting Social Security, which would just eliminate any weak point you were trying to make any way.
anonymous
|
September 22, 2012
Yes, you are wrong; you only pay taxes if your total income is over $32,000 (if filing a joint return.)
Bob Johnson
|
September 21, 2012
Kevin

Exactly what is "paying your way"? If you can find any wealthy Americans who arenot paying their taxes accordingly with the IRS tax code please turn them in. Mitt was referring to the people from 18 to 62 who should be working but chose to live off of the government, not someone like you father,mother or anyone who has put in their time. You want to try and distract people from the real issues by giving us some story about how your father in-law doesn't pay taxes. Obama said "you can't change Washington from inside", great lets get him outside so he can really make a difference.
TIC
|
September 21, 2012
"It took years, but the real Mitt Romney finally stood up and told us who he is. He won’t be president of all Americans if he’s elected, just half of them."

Same thing happens if Obama is re-elected.

Only half of the country is going to be represented.

In my opinion the wrong half.

Let's just take turns.

Our turn!!!
misterbill
|
September 21, 2012
It is fact that 47% of people living in America get money from the government. It is fact, (Foley may not know this), that money is money taken from the working people of America. It is fact that when a foreign person gives birth , in America, that child is granted citizenship. It is fact that in our assistance programs, (EBT, welfare, SSA), that child is eligible for and collects from the American taxpayer.It is fact that many people, including the parents of new citizens collect IRS credits. It is fact that our emergency rooms are doctor visit sites for non Americans.

It is fact that were Obama's tax hike to be put in place that the monies collected will only run our government for 7 days. That, therefore is not the answer to our problem. It may be among the answers, but it is so far off in resolving the issue that it should be tabled as a better plan is put in place.

It is fact that President J F Kennedy reduced taxes to stimulate the economy and it was highly successful. (Among other good things he did.)

It is conjecture on my part that you make enough money that to satisfy your redistribution beliefs, you can afford to pay more taxes. According to Obama, I will not be affected since I am nowhere the $250,000 income bracket.

The tax structure needs to be reworked, A Fair Tax or flat tax program would do good things to improve our economic position.

In sum, Americans are already paying a stiff price and having our money taken and given to others. You focused on the payroll tax and sales tax, an argument that supposedly justifies the taking of wealth form others.

It is clear that you blindly follow Obama's concepts which follow closely the development of Stalin's Russia and in many ways the progress of the Third Reich. When you argue that is not so, it shows that you will deny truth to prove your point and belief.

Unless and until Obama, or whoever is President, fixes the off shoring of jobs and manufacturing, the situation will worsen. The tax code for corporations , if improved, will have executives less eager to off shore.
Charlie Chan
|
September 22, 2012
Actually the money probably come from China in the form of loans that we have to pay back.
Proud Democrat
|
September 21, 2012
I wish tax fraud would be prosecuted. They can start with auditing Romney's tax returns we haven't been allowed to see. That would sure get me more "aroused" than any Jay-Z fundraiser.
old timer
|
September 22, 2012
I am positive if Romneyowed money the IRS would be all over hime like white on rice....give us a break with Romney's tax returns...
Bummer for you
|
September 22, 2012
Read the paper today Dem. Mitt paid his "fair share" as well as giving almost 4 million to charity.

How much did Obama give to charity? Hardly anything, and it was only once, right before running for president.

We win. Now let's see those Occidental and Harvard transcripts. I'd also like to see proof of these massive student loans he and Michelle are always throwing out there.
anonymous
|
September 22, 2012
The proud democrat gets aroused at taking other peoples money and not earning his/her own. And Obama's tax return for the past 3 years has been buffered by the salary he makes. Not sure how much illegal stuff is out there, but like any politician, I am sure t is more than most people make in a year.
anonymous
|
September 21, 2012
And don't forget the mega events for Obama with Jay-Z and others. I am sure that does not get Mr. President too aroused does it?

Let's just find a way to stop all the tax, medicare, FEMA and Social security fraud and we will have plenty of money, just not so many democrat voters.
anonymous too
|
September 21, 2012
All the politicians use star power while campaigning, wouldn't you?

At least Obama doesn't bed down with gambling Vegas types. Think about it!
Devlin Adams
|
September 21, 2012
To Anonymous. No, he beds down with adulterers, fornicators, boozers, crackheads, "illegitimate baby factories" and the like.

Wow, he really can pick 'em.
Samuel Adams
|
September 22, 2012
Let's not forget he hangs with Tony Rezko (federal prisoner), corrupt Chicago politicians,domestic terrorist William Ayers, G-dam Amerikka hater Rev. Wright, and various Muslim Brotherhood liars.

Just love how you Obamabots are absolutely BLIND to the things you do not want to see.
anonymous
|
September 22, 2012
Obama has already made his stop in Vegas plus do you think all the rappers as saints? No, mostly a bunch of thugs. Rich thugs, but still thugs
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides