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Five Lies in Romney's War on the "47 Percent"


Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

... Romney's mean-spirited, callous dismissal of nearly half the nation -- as recorded at an August fundraiser hosted by a 1 percenter with a penchant for orgies -- was filled with both blatant lies and slander by innuendo. [...]

Romney's Five Lies and Opportunistic Innuendoes

1) ...Romney's base electoral block fits to near perfection his disparaging rant about those "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." [...]

So, if we take at face value Romney's sneering disregard for not representing the 47% of Americans who don't pay income taxes, then he is dumping on his mother lode of electoral votes in the South.

2) Romney clearly and categorically stated that the so-called 47% are people who "will vote for this president [Obama] no matter what." [...]

A significant number of low-income whites, in particular, vote Republican for reasons of socially conservative issues and white identity politics.  Romney just wrote these people off as individuals he would not represent as president.

"[M]y job is not to worry about those people," Romney was recorded as saying. "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

It also means he apparently wants their votes but doesn't plan to represent them.

3) A CNN article points out that more than 40% of the 47% who don't pay income taxes include those who pay their 7.6% obligation to cover Social Security and Medicare; seniors on a low-fixed income; and on-duty military.  Less than 7% of the 47% don't pay because they are working age and poor. As Paul Krugman states, "in middle age, close to 80 percent of the population pays income taxes." [...]

So this is not as Romney later claimed in his remarks an issue of more people working (although that affects a percentage of non-income tax payers), but primarily a problem of people not making enough money, not being able to work, or being retired, but still paying other taxes (retail taxes in most states for one).

4) Among those who don't pay taxes according to CNN are at least 4000 millionaires, maybe including Romney in some post-2000 tax years. Indeed, Romney with his offshore accounts, payment of taxes to foreign governments (to reduce his US income tax liability) and Swiss bank accounts is exhibit number one in how the wealthy reduce their taxable income to below what many in the middle class pay, if someone like Romney pays income tax at all in some years.

5) As part of his "47 percent" remarks at the fundraiser, Romney said, "And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect. And he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that's what they sell every four years."

As proven earlier in this commentary, many likely Romney voters fall into his "moocher" category.  [...]

But the most basic insidious lie to the above statement is that the rich are proud of paying income taxes, as long as you attach the oxymoron assumption that they want to pay as little as possible – and, as cited above, this includes the estimated 4000 millionaires who don't pay any income tax. [...]

This is perhaps the biggest and most dangerous lie of all, that the wealthy want to support the United States when they are takers not creators.  What they create is their own vast income and wealth.  Some may create jobs, but so many of them, like Romney, nowadays are vulture capitalists or Wall Street gamblers on abstract financial products that threaten the economy, not benefit it.

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VIDEO- Ann Romney: Mitt "obviously doesn’t need to do this for a job."


Ann Romney was sent out to do damage control after her husband's idiotic comments that were caught on tape, but she's not doing her husband any favors as you can see in the video below.

My pal Adele M. Stan has a post up at Alternet that you should read in which she points out that "after initially posting video of the interview on its official campaign YouTube channel, the Romney campaign abruptly removed it, according to BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller."

Here 'tis:

"I want to know what motivates the person that I would be voting for, and I would say what motivates Mitt is that he cares. This is a guy that obviously doesn’t need to do this for a job. I mean, he honestly believes that he can help many Americans by having the experience that he has, and the ability to understand the economy, to bring more certainty to more Americans, especially to women."

Nah, Willard doesn't need the work. He's too busy making the big bucks from closing down companies, outsourcing jobs, and then making the workers he fired train their replacements. He's just in it for the big banquets, the ultimate private jet, and the novelty of being CEO of a country.

President Obama, on the other hand, cares about more than 47% of America and less about hiding his tax returns.

H/t: @Cluelessbetty


VIDEO- Harry Reid: "For all we know, Mitt Romney could be one of those who paid no federal income tax." Romney: “My campaign is about the 100%...”


Via BuzzFeed:

“My campaign is about the 100% in America.”

Clinton was right. He's lousy at arithmetic.

Please note: an earlier version of this post had an embed to the video linked to below. The embed code causes problems with Internet Explorer so we've replaced it with this link.

Via Taegan.

Keep up the pressure, Harry.

So Mitt, where are your tax returns? What are you hiding? Especially in light of the fact that you required ten years of returns from your own running mate.

Especially in light of the fact that he was caught on tape saying that 47 percent of Americans "pay no income tax." He might very well be one of the 47 percent for whom he has such disdain.

One thing is certain. Willard Romney is someone for whom many of us have disdain.


VIDEO- Mitt Rommey and Seinfeld have something in common: Pitching "nothing"


Just as Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza pitched a show about nothing, so is Willard M. Romney pitching an entire campaign to American voters centered around absolutely nothing. Hopefully, unlike Seinfeld's and Costanza's fictional TV series, nobody's buying it.

There's plenty of fiction in the products Romney's trying to sell us, and there's also plenty of nothing. He refuses to offer details about his budget plan, he suggests the U.S. should "kick the ball down the field" in his comments about how to deal with ongoing crises in the Middle East at his $50,000 a plate fundraiser, and at that same event, he has nothing to say to 47% of America because it's not his job "to worry about those people."

He's got nothing.

He did give us one thing that was a pretty stupid "something," and that was to instruct Iran and Hezbollah on how they could smuggle a dirty bomb into Chicago and hold America hostage, which could ultimately leave many Americans with... nothing.

Of course, we voters did get something from what he said in those secret tapes, and that something was  his profound ignorance about this, which was astounding: He did not know the difference between a dirty bomb and a nuclear bomb.

Rachel Maddow takes it from there:

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"The United Nations of Wrong," indeed.

"A new list of problems" for Romney, indeed.

"They target poor people for taxes" indeed.

"This was not a misstatement, it was a blunt statement" indeed.

"Boom!" indeed.


VIDEO: Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Mitt Romney's "Very Special" 47% Comment


Ok, ok, HERE is tonight's Twitter Special Comment on Romney's Tape and his Fundraiser Who Stages Sex Parties

Leave it to Keith. That was encore-worthy.


GOP strategists alarmed, others distance themselves over Romney's 47% comments: “He's pushing independent voters out the door."


Look how fast they're running and spinning and running and spinning and... did I mention spinning?

Romney Surrogate: 47% Remark Was Intended For ‘Business People’

GOP Candidates Distance Themselves from Romney

Sen. Brown denounces Romney comments

Romney tries to pivot with push on Obama redistribution comment

Romney campaign deals with fallout from '47 percent dependent' leaked video

And finally, GOP strategists alarmed over Romney and the '47 percent':

Mitt Romney's comments at a private fundraiser are alarming a number of Republican strategists, some of whom are worried that the fallout could deal a body blow to the GOP nominee's already struggling campaign.

It's a kidney shot because it reveals a very cynical view,” Mark McKinnon, who served as a top strategist to former President George W. Bush, told The Hill. “He's pushing independent voters out the door.”

McKinnon said the remarks were also a “sharp stick in the eye” to President Obama's base and would likely fire them up to turn out in bigger numbers this fall. [...]

One Republican candidate in the Senate, Linda McMahon in Connecticut, sought to distance herself from the remarks while other GOP pundits criticized the campaign.[...]

[S]trategists said the video reinforced perceptions that Romney was an uncaring, out-of-touch millionaire. They also worried the fallout would cost him a crucial week of messaging as he struggles to close a narrow gap in the polls with Obama.

"Couldn't come at a worse time," one Republican strategist told The Hill Monday night. "I hope the [Romney campaign communications] team in Boston doesn't have any sharp objects nearby."

David Brooks said, "Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?... It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.”

And just for run... nah, just to rub it in: Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'

Anyone for popcorn?


"Romney Decries His Red State Southern Base as Lazy Moochers: the 47%"


Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

No, he didn't use those exact words, but in condemning 47 percent of the nation for paying no income taxes, Romney was denigrating the sacred base of the modern GOP: the Deep South.

In a nutshell, here's why: seven of the lowest ten paying states in income taxes are in the Deep South. Yes stretching from South Carolina to Texas, the states that have the highest percentage of people Romney considers leeches on the government are in the GOP Southern Strategy vote belt.  And if you toss in Idaho, which is a red state, you have eight of the lowest paying states in income taxes getting a sneering kick from Romney. [...]

The only blue state among the states Romney apparently reviles for being loaded with non-tax payers is New Mexico, with Florida – a swing state – also included. [...]

Here, according to the Tax Foundation are the top ten states with percentage of non-filers in 2008:

1 Mississippi

2 Georgia   

3 Arkansas  

4 New Mexico

5 Alabama

6 South Carolina    

7 Louisiana  

8 Texas

9 Florida

10 Idaho
In fact, the southern states, as BuzzFlash has pointed out before, are subsidized, in government dollars, by the taxpayers of northern blue states. [...]

BuzzFlash at Truthout covered Romney's hypocrisy about the Mississippi federal dependency syndrome in a March 2012 commentary entitled "Mississippi Freeloads on the Back of Blue State Taxpayers for Federal Subsidies to Survive."  [...]

In short, Romney's foundation for any chance of electoral victory is composed basically of welfare states.

Not to mention that there remains the outstanding question of whether or not Romney paid US income taxes in any of the years, particularly 2009, for which he has not yet released his tax returns.  

In addition, not paying income taxes does not mean not paying taxes.  ...

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