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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 9:50 am

Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment deserves an accurate analysis. First, there is little doubt that his statement that some 47 percent of U.S. households do not pay federal income tax is correct.

Who makes up this 47 percent? Contrary to Gov. Romney’s insinuation, these are not all young, healthy welfare bums who expect the government to support them while they never do a day’s work in their lives. The vast majority of this 47 percent is made up of the working poor, retirees on limited incomes and the more than 8 percent unemployed.

Many of these people pay payroll taxes, state and local property taxes. They do not pay federal income taxes simply because they do not receive enough money to require them to pay such taxes.

But Gov. Romney made no such distinctions. To him, these people are all voting for President Obama because they are “dependent on the government” and they will not “take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” So, Gov. Romney writes off all these people.

Now, these statements are not part of an off-hand remark or taken out of context. These statements are part of a reasoned, consistent speech by Gov. Romney at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser on May 17.

A number of letter writers and columnists, on both sides, will present biased half-truths or distortions of a candidate’s actions and words. You might accuse me of doing the same. I urge you, therefore, to go on the Internet and watch the video of this speech yourself or read an accurate transcript of what Gov. Romney says. He makes it clear that he writes off and despises this entire group of people, including the working poor, limited-income retirees and the 8 percent unemployed.

His remarks in this regard are especially bizarre when you realize that this includes the unemployed. This is a major complaint of Gov. Romney and his supporters, that President Obama has not significantly helped the unemployed (as though any president has such overwhelming power that he can manipulate the entire economy of a country as large as ours).

For whom does Gov. Romney expected the 8 percent unemployed to vote? He has already written them off and expressed derision for them as people “who are dependent on the government.” Can they expect that he will suddenly cease to despise them if he becomes president? Yet, at the same time, he claims that President Obama is incapable of helping them. For whom, then, does he expect them to vote?

Gov. Romney and his supporters will no doubt claim that he really doesn’t despise these people. The simple answer is, yes, he does. He makes no distinctions within this group of 47 percent and his attitude toward them is crystal clear. Listen to the speech.

If you belong to one of the three groups I mentioned above — the working poor, limited-income retirees or the unemployed — why would you even consider voting for a candidate who clearly expresses that he despises you and has already written you off?

The signs around Olean should not read “Obama vs. America,” but “Romney vs. America.” Gov. Romney is the one who stated his contempt for nearly half of all Americans.

(Mr. Muse lives in Olean.)

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  • DisgustedwithObama posted at 12:09 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    DisgustedwithObama Posts: 0

    Obama's True Colors;
    No jobs (24 Million unemployed), horrible economy!
    Record high welfare, foodstamps, forclosures & unemployment!
    Gas $5 gal & food is sky high
    More division in U.S, than people can remember!
    20+ new taxes in ObamaCare
    Obama increased the fed debt by $6 Trillion, that's more than all presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined!

  • DisgustedwithObama posted at 12:07 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    DisgustedwithObama Posts: 0

    Mitt Romney's True Colors;
    Mitt Romney’s Record:

    • His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney
    • He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.
    • His Father: George W. Romney, former Governor of the State of Michigan
    • He was Raised in: Bloomfield Hills , Michigan
    • He is Married to: Ann Romney since 1969; they have five children
    • Education: B.A. from Brigham Young University , J.D. and M.B.A.from Harvard University
    • Religion: Mormon – The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

    • After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.
    • After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar, but never worked as an attorney.
    • In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital a private equity investment firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States .
    • In 1994, he ran for Senator of Massachusetts and lost to Ted Kennedy.
    • He was President and C.E.O. of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and saved the games.
    . In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

    • Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in Massachusetts , turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores employing 90,000 people.
    • Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.
    • He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

    • He was an unpaid intern in his dad’s governor’s office for eight years.
    • He was an unpaid bishop and stake president of his church for ten years.
    • He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.
    • He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.
    • He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
    • Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.

    Mitt Romney is Trustworthy:
    • He will show us his birth certificate from the start
    • He will show us his high school and college transcripts.
    • He will show us his social security card.
    • He will show us his law degree.
    • He will show us his draft notice.
    • He will show us his medical records.
    • He will show us his income tax records as the required to become President.
    • He will show us he has nothing to hide.
    Barack Obama...not so much.

  • cgarme posted at 3:32 pm on Sat, Oct 6, 2012.

    cgarme Posts: 0

    You state "The signs around Olean should not read “Obama vs. America,” but “Romney vs. America.” Gov. Romney is the one who stated his contempt for nearly half of all Americans".
    And Obama hasn't by his actions?

    Your blindness as to our sitting president shows how biased you truly are. Prior to the hopey changey motto that he has run on, Obama has NEVER ran any type of a company let alone a Republic Nation such as ours.
    As a senator he sat on the fence and voted present instead of taking a stand for what he truley believes in. Have you tried to figure out just what he believes in?
    His parents were communistic creatures as well as his friends.
    This election should be fought on each individuals RECORD. Obama doesn't have anything to run except his mouth. His record will go down as one of the biggest failures in our history.
    I'm sure you and others just like you who havn't fought for our freedoms will side with Obama.
    New York state is such a failure because it has been run by one party for way to long.
    Keep on voting the same way each cycle and expect a different result, that my friend is INSAINITY.