16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913)
So much for that whole "takers vs. makers" thing. Another right wing talking point goes down the drain:
Much has been made of the fact that nearly half of Americans paid no federal income tax in 2010. Some people interpret that statistic as saying that we are a nation of makers and takers, with the makers paying the taxes that support the takers. But the story is not that simple. This video explains who doesn't pay income taxes and why, and notes that the share of non-payers is headed down to just a third a decade from now.
So what exactly are income taxes used for? This:
Medicare and Medicaid
Public school funding
Food and Drug Administration
Air traffic controllers
Sorry, anti-taxers, but privatization just won't cut it. That would make everything even more unaffordable, and the priority would be profiting rather than focusing on the quality of services that the government provides to protect its citizens. Instead, government is doing its job, per the U.S. Constitution:
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
I think I got them all, they were out of sequence on the MSNBC site. Let me know if I didn't.
Jeb Bush wishes Romney were president (there's that Bush intellect we all know and mock), even though "his campaign wasn't the best." (Gee, ya think?)
"It breaks my heart he's not there. He didn't run... His campaign wasn't the best, but he would have been a really fine president."
Many disagree, as you can see below. More L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
So Mitt Romney still believes the president won reelection by giving "gifts." The very people who are so against government social programs are the reason much of this spending exists.
Wages buy less than they did decades ago. The federal minimum wage is stuck at an outdated level. Companies have replaced their better-paid full-time workers with cheaper, part-time employees. Benefits like health insurance and retirement are more rare.
The cost of healthcare, food and shelter have become a taxpayer-funded burden for millions of working Americans. The 47% that Romney referred to as not paying federal taxes while reaping government rewards will just continue to grow unless employers are forced to pay decent wages and benefits.
Romney and his ilk have gotten rich by dumping the social service needs of America's workers while pocketing the profits.
In his interview with Fox News journalist Chris Wallace, Romney said he underestimated how important the president's healthcare program would be to lower-income voters. His wife admits that she and her husband were "blindsided" by the passion of Obama's supporters.
It sounds as if the Romneys are having trouble coming to grips with the fact that in this age of unprecedented inequality, those of us who aren't as privileged as they are appreciate a bit of help.
Earlier Paddy posted a video of "Serial Loser Romney: We Lost Because Minorities Love ObamaCare". Here are more excerpts from that interview:
“I’m not gonna second guess what other people have to say. Look, I don’t look back, I look forward.”
Sound familiar? Mitt still can't seem to come up with an original thought. President Obama, 2009:
"On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards. … My orientation is going to be moving forward."
Ann Romney, "She-Lion":
"I'm like a she-lion when it comes to defending Mitt... " As opposed to a Cowardly Lion? Thank you for clarifying.
"People didn't really get to know Mitt for who he was." Yes, in fact we did, which is why he lost so badly.
"I believe it was the media's fault... I'm happy to blame the media." 'Nuff said.
"There's more bias in favor of the other side." Oh really?
And then she went on to say that the Obama campaign portrayed her husband unfairly.
"He truly cared about the American people." Tell that to the 47%, Latinos, African Americans, the poor and middle class, and family dogs everywhere.
"If Mitt were there, in the office, we would not be facing sequestration right now." We'd be facing irreversible economic disaster.
“Yeah, it was a very unfortunate statement that I made. It is not what I meant. I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have. You know, when you speak in private, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and could come out wrong and be used."
"What I said is not what I believed."
“[T]here is no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign.”
"Unfortunate" is an understatement. It was an utter fiasco that showed his true colors. And even when one speaks in private, not expecting the truth to be taped and revealed on a continuous national media loop, one should realize that one is still vulnerable to being outed as the insulated, ultra-wealthy, uncaring, insensitive ass that one is.
"What I said is not what I believed." Sure it was. It was precisely what you believed or you wouldn't have said it secretly to your wealthy donor buddies. Then there's that additional problem of your attitude and policies reflecting your own words, the ones that you believed.
Nothing was distorted, there was full context, and it did not come out "wrong," it came out exactly as Mitt intended.
"Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring."
Many have gotten in the ring, and few have embarrassed themselves as badly the Romneys did and continue to do.
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