I’m one of “those people” … are you ???
I’ve spent a lifetime trying to do the right thing. I’ve worked hard and paid my taxes, including payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security. Now I am a senior citizen and living on a fixed income and I receive a monthly check from the government … and yes, it’s true that I don’t pay Federal Income taxes.
So that makes me part of the 47% of “those people” that Mitt Romney so glibly has decided to ignore. Those are the ones he says …“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.”
In other words…lazy losers who contribute nothing and live on government handouts. Well, if I’m in that group it’s news to me. The small Social Security check I receive from the government monthly is not a handout… it’s recompense for paying into the SS fund faithfully until my retirement, at age 68, in 2001 and, as promised, it does provide security for my old age.
I’ve tried to keep an open mind but this last gaff by Mitt Romney is just too incredible to ignore. Can it possibly be true that he fails to realize that nearly a third of the 47% he’s disparaging are senior citizens like me with an income less than $16,812 a year?
…And, even more intriguing, is he ignoring the fact that many of them are Republicans and Independents? Hmmmmmmmm.