Dear Governor Romney,
This past week a video was released of one of your private fund-raisers in Boca-Raton, FL wherein you make a few disparaging comments with regards to whom you consider to be worthy of your concern in the job you are currently applying for. I’m sure you are familiar with these comments… if not, allow me to give you the quote I am bringing up for context:
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, 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 — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Please allow me to introduce myself… I am a 40 year old man, I have been married for almost 16 years, have two fantastic daughters, have always held a full time job (with the exception of a few months while taking care of my kids after an interstate move), pay my taxes, have always maintained proper insurance for myself and my family, have never once taken a penny from any government program, have always taken responsibility for my life, and have never considered myself a victim. In addition to these facts, I voted for President Obama in 2008 and intend to do so this November. Nothing that you said is representative of me or any of the people I know who will also be joining me in voting for President Obama in November.
I realize that I am not one of the free-loading-government-teat-sucking-moochers you are referring to… and although your figure of 47% is in fact accurate, the spirit in which you blast these people is not. Most of the people not paying any income tax (>50% of the 47%) are poor. Of the middle class, people not paying any income tax are actually paying a great deal in payroll tax but are able to take advantage of many deductions that were originally set up by Republicans as a way to encourage family and children… not to mention the very high number of veterans on disability who are not paying income tax… you know… because they are veterans! I would be curious if this is how you feel with regards to the 24,000 households not paying any income tax with incomes between $533,000 and $2.2 million… or the 3,000 households making over $2.2 million not paying any income tax. Are all of these people not taking personal responsibility and care for their lives?
Of course, this now leads to the big question… do you, Governor Romney, pay your income taxes? Or is it that you technically have no “income” because it comes in the form of capital gains, much of which may not be subject to taxation since you have taken much of your wealth and removed it from the United States economy by sinking it into offshore banks and tax shelters? I am not at all sure about this… but I am curious. Perhaps, since you demanded 10 years of back taxes from your Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, it would be germane to this discussion if you were to release more of your back taxes. Just an idea.
The next question I feel compelled to ask is, do you believe the President of the United States of America represents all Americans, or simply the ones he or she prefers? Your comment about how it is not your job to worry about these people you have just thrown under the bus disturbs me. Knowing your feelings of how corporations are people, do you feel the same towards corporations who also pay no taxes yet receive giant federal subsidies while at the same time raking in massive profits? Are they, how did you put it… “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”?
I certainly do not expect you to take the time to answer any of these questions Governor Romney, but I would like to know whether or not you will address any of these questions before the American people have the opportunity to vote for either you or your opponent. As a person who does not believe in karma, luck, or universal payback… it is my hope that you will gain exactly 47% of the popular vote in November… because I, sir, am part of the 53% who will be voting for President Obama.
Cornelius J. Blahg
*Data given is taken from the 2011 Tax Policy Center via CBS News