The Romney Alternative

The rapidly unfolding episodic drama of Romney’s private statements about the 47%, his newly released tax documents, and details about Bain capital are a continuing reminder of just how wrong this guy is for ordinary Americans.

It would seem to me that a person that wants to be president shouldn’t be condemning almost half of America as non-taxpaying freeloaders that ‘dependent on government’. In a very real sense we all depend on government to take care of little things like roads and bridges, police, fire and national defense, to name but a few of the benefits we all enjoy. Additionally he and his super rich supporters have been very busy for the past 40 years or so corrupting government to do their bidding at the expense of honest hardworking Americans.

Romney pays a lower tax rate than many middle-class families because of a set of complex loopholes and tax shelters only available to those at the top, yet he and his super rich tax cheat supporters begrudge and criticize those of us that haven’t achieved their exalted state of eminence. On top of that he still wants to give multimillionaires an additional $250,000 tax cut at the expense of middle-class taxpayers who will see their taxes go up.

Let’s do some fact checking on Romney’s claim. According the Tax Policy Center, 46.4 percent of American households paid no federal income tax, so while Romney’s statement may be factually true, let’s take a look at who these people he’s calling ‘dependent on government’ actually are. According to the tax policy center, nearly two-thirds of households that paid no income tax did pay payroll taxes, and most of those people also pay some combination of state, local, sales, gas and property taxes.

Tax policy center data also tells us that more than half of those not paying income taxes have incomes less than $16,812 per year, 29.2 percent are tax filers earning between $16,812 and $33,542, and 12.8 percent are those with incomes between $33,542 and $59,486. In short most of the people he and his rich friends are complaining about are the working poor, students, the elderly and disabled. Romney and his rich pals remind me of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol saying to America ‘If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population’.

It is interesting to note also that other data from the tax policy center shows that 78,000 tax filers with incomes between $211,000 and $533,000 paid no income taxes; 24,000 households with incomes of $533,000 to $2.2 million paid no income taxes, and 3,000 tax filers with incomes above $2.2 million paid no income taxes. The dirty rotten moochers! Is Romney including these folks too?

What is truly deceptive and contemptuous about Romney’s hyperbole is that the 47% he refers to that don’t pay taxes are also dependent on government handouts, which is not only misleading, but totally inaccurate. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services reports that …