Mitt Romney keeps opening his mouth and sinking his failed campaign. Insiders have formed a circular firing squad and are shooting each other over who’s to blame for this implosion of a presidential effort. I have a clue for them: the problem is your candidate.
At a high dollar fundraiser Mitt was caught demonizing 47% of America calling them moochers and freeloaders living off the government. He claimed that since they don’t pay income taxes they’ll vote for Obama to keep their entitlements. The video:
The damning part:
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.
I’m one of those 47% Mitt claims are deadbeats feeding off the government. See, I had the unfortunate calamity of suffering ahead injury in 1984. I had six bad concussions in about a three year period which turned my brain to mush. This happened because my employer maintained unsafe working conditions so I qualified for workers compensation. Unfortunately my employer at the time wasn’t trustful or honorable and refused to file the paperwork with their insurance carrier CIGNA. At the end of my rope I tried going back to work (they also conveniently fired me when I filed the injury claim) and made things worse when now I couldn’t speak or hear anything in my left ear. Twice I went eight months between workmans comp payments as we had to keep taking CIGNA to court. Thankfully I had a great landlord who knew he’d get his money as soon as I got mine. Through a twenty five year rehab process I did wind up homeless for 2 1/2 years while awaiting SSDI after my workmans comp ran out. I still have headaches, the current bad one has been with me for four weeks. This is why I can’t work. This is why I’m one of those “moochers” and “freeloaders” Mitt condemns.
I didn’t ask to get hurt. I didn’t ask to lose significant cognitive function. I didn’t ask to lose my short term memory at age 34. I had paid into Social Security since I was 18 however so I did qualify for benefits. Social Security is an insurance program we all opt into when we first begin working. Unfortunately i’m one of those who had to use it and it’s been enabling me to exist somewhat. I can’t afford my own home though and lived in some very decrepit places (think cheap, cheap) and in campground s for a while. Luckily I have family which helps a great deal.
Being a “moocher” and a “freeloader” isn’t fun. In RomneyWorld I get housing, food, health care and a great life bleeding those who work and pay taxes. I get no housing, no food stamps and my health care is taken care of by Medicare with a 20% co-pay. As a workmans comp injured worker I should have gotten my medical care paid for by CIGNA for life. Didn’t happen. My employer cut corners, I got hurt and they got off scot free.
So life as a moocher isn’t good. I used to work 15 hours a day and after I couldn’t work any longer I went into a deep depression. I loved working and not being able to hurt as much as the cluster headaches which never abated. I did overcome these issues and rehabilitated myself to the extent I can do what I do.
They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and I agree. I’ve learned a lot through my struggles and I’m OK with where I am. Until Mitt Romney insulted me that is. I’d love to be able to work again. My SSDI ends at the end of next year when I turn 62 and I really need to find a part time job to maintain enough income to keep the blog going. Who’s going to hire an old man with constant cluster headaches?
A man who won’t release his own tax returns so we’d know if he’s one of the deadbeats also gets a $72,000 tax credit for his dancing horse but feels he has the balls to criticize those of us who really don’t have any choices in our situations. But let’s look at the others who he says don’t pay income taxes. A bunch of these are retired folks who paid them all their lives but are no longer working. Another large group are military veterans, many of who cannot function because of their service to our nation. In gratitude for their selfless service we relegate many of them to the streets. Many are the working poor who, because we refuse to pay a living wage, don’t earn enough to pay income taxes. This was a trade-off made by Republicans in return for giving the really really rich tax cuts. To salve their consciences and get those cuts through they agreed to exempt the working poor. My how generous that was until they then decided to make them the scapegoats.
The working poor actually pay more in taxes proportionately than Mitt does. About 15% of what they make goes to payroll taxes which fund Medicare and Social Security. They also pay regressive sales taxes which take a higher proportion of their money than they do from the rich. Add in local head taxes and property taxes 9even the poor pay them through their rent) and there really isn’t anyone in this country who doesn’t pay taxes. Anyone paying payroll taxes is sending a higher percentage of their income to Washington than Mitt.
So who’s really the tax deadbeat here? ironically though Romney says those 47% are automatic Obama voters he has that wrong too. See the states which take more from Washington than they pay in are the real moochers. We call them Red States because they vote reliably Republican. Poor folks are actually very common in the South where racism prevents business people from hiring anyone of color (that isn’t limited tot he South by the way). Bad schools are also common in poor areas because of our fundamentally flawed method for funding them. The myth that throwing money at a problem not solving it is belied by the fact that students at well funded schools compete with students anywhere else in the world.
Paying teachers a professional wage actually attracts better teachers. reducing violence in schools by hiring security actually increases learning as do books, supplies, meals, and small class sizes. Unfortunately all these cost money.
We all pay taxes and conservative condemnation of those who have had unfortunate things happen to them (like being born Black) is unworthy of someone asking for our vote. This is race baiting actually because of the assumption that those who “mooch” are Blacks siphoning the hard earned bucks from white people. News flash: if you’d hire them they wouldn’t be on welfare. Romney has played the race card all summer with his commercials accusing Obama of coddling welfare queens.
Work brings dignity and not being able to work is tough. I try doing what I can and starting this blog has provided me with something I can do when I’m up to it. It doesn’t bring in any money but at least I think I’m doing what I can to better society by providing a service. I’m doing what I can and I sincerely wish I could do more. I’m sorry for Mitt Romney, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, who is a clueless bastard undeserving of support from any of the 100% of Americans who actually have empathy, who have an ounce of humanity in their souls.
By the way, even though I’m in Mitt’s 47% Obama didn’t get my vote. His very underlying assumption shows how stupid this man really is. If all those he just insulted in those deeply red states are also offended they shouldn’t vote Republican.