Mitt Romney's Party -- Checks OK, iPhones Not
In other words, take out your checkbook but pocket your iPhone.
It was in
"And so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
These words, uttered by a fellow who will show us only two years of his own tax filings, were caught on tape. He was schmoozing with a small crowd of ordinary rich folks who paid
President Obama courts wealthy campaign contributors, too, but he's not stupid enough to trash about half the U.S. population during his private pep talks.
Romney didn't intend for his comments to leak from that elite venue. Now, instead of apologizing, he's trying to defend and clarify what he said.
It hasn't been easy, because he insulted such a broad spectrum: retirees, military veterans, college students, people who've lost their jobs, and many millions of Americans who work but don't earn enough to pay taxes.
Also included are the many whose payroll tax withholdings are offset by standard deductions.
These are Romney's so-called victims and dependents who think they're "entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."
He was close only with his statistic -- about 46 percent of U.S. households paid no federal income taxes last year. If Romney had visited some non-gated communities in
They worked hard their whole lives, and now rely on
In truth, about half of all Americans benefit from some type of federal program. Everybody who's reading this column has, or will have, a family member who uses
You probably never thought of them as victims or, in the Republican parlance, "takers." They don't think of themselves that way, either.
According to the
When Romney was in
And nobody reminded him that most of these programs were put in place decades ago by bipartisan votes of
In an onstage interview with Univision, Romney was questioned about his secretly taped "47 percent" slur at the Boca fundraiser.
Said he: "My campaign is about the 100 percent of Americans."
By way of elaboration: "I have a record. I've demonstrated my capacity to help the 100 percent when I was governor."
Perhaps he was referring to the universal health-insurance law he supported for
Romney's mission in
First, he was reaching out to Hispanics, a voting segment he's had trouble connecting with.
That won't change as long as he makes lame jokes about wishing he was a Mexican.
His second reason for coming was to raise more campaign money at private events. Newly mindful of a cellphone's video capabilities, he likely was more careful about what he said out loud to donors.
That 47 percent figure is one he should definitely steer away from.
A report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center shows that among those non-taxpayers whom Romney derided are lots of millionaires -- a prized demographic.
Imagine that. About 4,000 American households earning more than
These are the folks that Romney can't afford to insult, the ones with the dough. It's safer to bash the less fortunate.
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