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September 18, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

Round Up of ‘47%/Freeloaders’ Commentary/Reading

  • NYT Ed: Mitt Romney, Class Warrior– –
    • It turns out that Mitt Romney was right. There is class warfare being waged in the 2012 campaign. It is Mr. Romney who is waging it, not President Obama
    • Mr. Romney may have been talking about electoral tactics: those people are going to vote for Mr. Obama, so let’s concentrate on our kind of people. It’s also possible that he was mouthing the words of the extreme right without really believing them. But all the possible explanations say terrible things about Mr. Romney’s character.
    • The right wing has long been whining about people who don’t pay taxes and who, therefore, don’t deserve a say in government. They have it backward. The shame is not that those people don’t pay income taxes. The shame is how many poor people there are when the top 1 percent can amass uncountable fortunes fed by tax breaks and can donate tens of millions of dollars to political candidates to keep it that way.
  • MotherJones: WATCH: On Letterman, Obama Addresses Romney 47% Comments
  • On Media treatment of the dustup: “47 Percent” Vs. “Bitter Clinger” | Blog | Media Matters for America (9/17/2012) –
  • The Fix – Mitt Romney’s darkest hour (9/17/2012) –
  • Full Transcript of the Mitt Romney Secret Video | Mother Jones (9/19/2012) –
  • Dear White People: You, Too, Are the 47% | Carolyn Edgar (9/2012) –
  • Nick Kristof – It Takes One to Know One (9/20/2012) – NYT –
  • Maureen Dowd – Let Them Eat Crab Cake– – (9/18/2012)
    • Willard, born on third base and acting self-made, whining to the rich about what a great deal in life the poor have. We thought Romney was secretly moderate, but it turns out that he’s secretly cruel, a social Darwinist just like his running mate.
  • How Romney’s Economic Plan Redistributes Wealth (To The Wealthy)| ThinkProgress (9/19/2012) –
    • Romney’s response also ignores that his own economic plan would redistribute wealth too — Romney would just redistribute it to the already wealthy.
    • According to a Tax Policy Center analysis, Romney’s plan would increase after-tax income for those making more than $200,000 annually, while lowering it for everyone else:
  • Chaos Reigns as Romney Pulls Video of Ann Saying Mitt Doesn’t Disdain the Poor(9/19/2012) –
      • The conservative base is finally getting some smug red meat for their hate addiction and they are NOT going to be denied. Mitt Romney will comply! He will tell the moochers and the takers and the parasites (aka, his base) to man up! They are in full gloat mode.
      • Somehow the party of no taxes just became the party of “most Americans want to pay taxes” (translation, Mitt really is going to raise your taxes if you’re poor or middle class), brought to you by a guy who won’t release more than two years of his tax returns. He said that he doesn’t pay income tax, but rather capital gains taxes at a much lower rate, “Under that plan, I’d have paid no taxes” he told Newt Gingrich in a debate about Gingrich’s tax plan.
      • Remember back in February when Mitt told us that he wasn’t worried about the very poor, because there’s a social safety net for them? “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there.”
      • He went on to explain that he cares about the 95% of Americans, “If it needs a repair , I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich…. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 to 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”
      • Now we know that’s not true, not only because his budget makes cuts to those social safety nets, but because Mitt told his wealthy donors in Florida that 47 percent of Americans felt entitled to food and therefor wouldn’t be voting for him so he wasn’t going to give them another thought.
      • So, not a social safety net that Romney thinks much of, apparently (victims!). What little we know of his policies backs up what we heard via the secret tapes. At the time, Gingrich fired back, accusing Romney of “dividing Americans against each other.”
      • Then Romney told us that he really did care about the poor. And then the Mother Jones videos came out, proving that in his secret heart of hearts, Mitt Romney not only doesn’t care about the poor, he thinks they are lazy and entitled losers who only want free stuff, and that’s why they don’t like him. Again, many of the 47 percent are actually his base, but whatever.
  • Daily Show – World of Class Warfare – The Poor”s Free Ride Is Over (8/2011) [wordpress doesn’t allow us to post video from the Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Click to their site and watch this terrific piece of satire]

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