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