Mitt Romney Will Cost Romney The Election
Mitt Romney is in a close race with Barack Obama to become the President of the United States. Despite a difficult economy, struggling jobs market and political turmoil, the Republican nominee is still trailing Obama. Recently Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan have not done the party any favors. At the Republican Convention, Paul Ryan lied and lied his way through various speeches and interviews. The most recent Romney gaff may be the worst of all though.
During a recent speech, Mitt Romney stated that there are 47% of Americans who don't pay any taxes and get free health care. He all but stated that these millions of Americans are none of his concern. In my opinion, someone saying this is not the man that should be in charge of an entire country. How far my Republican party has fallen.
The exact quote by Romney was: "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."
Much of Romney's statement relies on assumptions about one demographic: The 47 percent of Americans who he says "pay no income tax." So is it true that 47 percent of Americans don't pay income tax? Essentially, yes, according to the the Tax Policy Center, which provides data showing that in 2011, 46.4 percent of American households paid no federal income tax. The same data shows, however, that nearly two-thirds of households that paid no income tax did pay payroll taxes. And most people also pay some combination of state, local, sales, gas and property taxes. There are many people in all different income classes that may or may not vote for Obama, at least before this comment.