Mitt Romney Doesn’t Like Poor People — Video Shows Romney Dissing Obama Voters
It's been a crazy week for Mitt Romney. The presidential candidate decided to reboot his campaign and change his message to get through to independents and refocus on the economy, after being criticized for talking about Obama's foreign policy.
But rumors of campaign discourse with his top strategists and comments he made in front of donors have led to one of the worst weeks of his campaign. Romney implied at a private fundrasier earlier this year that Obama supporters are feeding off the government, once again painting him as the rich guy who thinks the rest of us are just sucking off Obama's teat.
Romney claims that 47 percent of Americans will vote for President Obama no matter what because they don't pay taxes and want free health care and entitlements from the government. To say that half the nation is filled with freeloaders will likely alienate a huge portion of the middle class and poor. But that seems to be the strategy.
"I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Romney told donors. "What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents."
Who are these 47 percent of Americans who don't pay taxes? Last I checked, I was paying plenty of taxes. In fact, I'm paying a higher percentage of taxes than Mitt Romney. But I don't have the luxury of earning most of my income in investments (which are taxed at a lower rate) or the ability to create tax shelters in the Caymans to reduce my bill to zero.
Sorry, Mitt, but there is a class war, and it doesn't appear as if the current system is set up for my family. When Republicans throw around the idea of fewer taxes, it's appealing, but then they start saying stuff like that rich people work hard for their money and deserve to keep it.
Like the rest of us aren't working hard. Tell that to the guy trying to support a family with a minimum wage job at Wal-Mart. When the country thrived, the system was set up to grow the middle class, and people were paid what they were worth.
Clinton-era economics saw a booming economy and healthy middle class. The post-war 1950s economy saw a booming middle class, too, with Americans gobbling up houses and cars. This notion of fewer taxes is a sound one, but it can't be just for the so-called "job creators." George Bush had eight years to create jobs, and instead, the economy went into the toilet. Problem is, most "job creators" outsource work to reduce payroll or move jobs overseas. Right now, the American economy is built on a facade of stocks and bonds. There are no real jobs for the middle class or poor.
I'm not saying President Obama is doing his part either, but to make it seem as if the poor and the middle class are the problem is not the answer this country needs. We need real solutions. Forget the 1 percent; it might be time to do things for the 47 percent.