"I now understand what Mitt Romney thinks of me."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Romney belittles Obama voters in video," Sept. 18

I am one of those voters who strongly supports President Obama. I now understand what Mitt Romney thinks of me.

Because my income is significantly less than $200,000, I am not part of the middle class. The taxes I pay at a 28% rate are so inconsequential as to not count at all. And because I want strong public schools to create an educated workforce, a healthcare system that will maintain a healthy populace, good highways, infrastructure, libraries and parks, I am a citizen with a victimization mentality who wants nothing more than government handouts.

If Romney did not mean this, he certainly owes me and the millions like me an apology.

Barbara Motz

Valley Village

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Apparently Romney doesn't understand how the tax structure works. It's true that about 47% of Americans don't pay federal income tax, but they do pay taxes on gasoline, utilities and clothing, and they pay into Social Security and Medicare.

Look around; these are the people working two jobs at fast-food restaurants, big-box stores and plenty of other places that pay $9 an hour. They are not sitting home eating bonbons, drinking beer and driving Cadillacs, waiting for their government checks.

Thetis Pressley

Temecula

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