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User avatar #9115 - anog (09/20/2012) [-]
Mitt Romney says 47% of Americans pay no income tax.
Everyone gets angry at him.

Funny thing is, he is right.
#9257 to #9115 - thesageteffect (09/23/2012) [-]
It was technically correct, but the way he said it implied that those people were evil nasty baddies, when in honesty many have real and excusable reasons for tax amnesty.

Romney is just a poor speaker. He says stupid things and doesn't think about it. But Obama said fantastic things and didn't live up to them.
#9159 to #9115 - feelythefeel (09/21/2012) [-]
If you're going to be an insane rich person dead set on fucking shit up, you might as well do it right. You know, a little flare. That's why you should vote for Maximillion Pegasus. Guaranteed to make you at least chuckle at your own demise.
User avatar #9162 to #9159 - anog (09/21/2012) [-]
I don't understand why everyone keeps calling Mitt Romney so rich. All Presidential candidates are rich.
The only reason people are complaining about that is because Romney has 20 Million and Obama only has 5 Million.
#9170 to #9162 - feelythefeel (09/21/2012) [-]
It's less how much money he has, and more what he plans to do with it. Sure, that would be "Fucking shit up", but the way he plans likely has no flare, no spark, no creativity to it. Again, Pegasus 2012. He'll at least make your demise a spectacle. Better than going out quietly....
#9165 to #9162 - drmcninja (09/21/2012) [-]
I'm not sure if this accounts for inflation, but if you were to double the combined wealth of the past eight presidents, youd be at Romney. He would be in around the top 5 for wealthiest president in history.
User avatar #9133 to #9115 - ghostninja (09/21/2012) [-]
how about middle class people pay less tax and the rich/people with more income pay more tax just a thought?
User avatar #9152 to #9133 - Ruspanic (09/21/2012) [-]
They do.
User avatar #9130 to #9115 - CapnInterwebz (09/21/2012) [-]
regardless, you can't write off 47% of the people who may be voting as freeloaders
User avatar #9126 to #9115 - durkadurka (09/21/2012) [-]
And most people aren't even angry. The people who have been saying everyone is angry are the media. a CBS poll had 76% of people agreeing with Romney's statement.
User avatar #9121 to #9115 - Ruspanic (09/21/2012) [-]
That's not why people are angry at him. It's old news that 47% of American's don't pay income taxes. The full quote was this:
"There are 47 percent who are with [Obama], 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."

THAT's why people are angry.
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User avatar #9147 to #9142 - Ruspanic (09/21/2012) [-]
The majority of the 47% who don't pay income taxes still work and pay payroll taxes - they just don't make enough money to qualify for income tax. A good portion of the 47% is retired, and most of the rest of them are unemployed, students, or very poor.

It's ridiculous to draw conclusions about people's political views and personal beliefs based on their income level. Just because people are poor or retired doesn't mean they believe they are victims, think they're entitled to services, or will vote for Obama "no matter what".

Romney basically indiscriminately derided nearly half of the population based on the fact that they are poor.
User avatar #9151 to #9147 - vivapinatapro (09/21/2012) [-]
Does anyone really believe that Romney was addressing 47% of the population? Like, really? I mean do you REALLY think that he believes 47% of the country are lazy shitlords? Or do you just think it was an embellishment/miss speaking at a private fundraiser? Because common sense leads me to believe the latter.
User avatar #9153 to #9151 - Ruspanic (09/21/2012) [-]
Oh, it was almost certainly rhetoric. Romney has a well-known record of saying things he didn't really believe in order to pander to a particular group. I have seen people claim that this time he actually meant it because he didn't know he was being filmed, but considering he was talking to a group of wealthy donors at the time, I don't think that's likely.

The point, however, is that you just can't say stuff like that about 47% of the population. Especially if you want to be the President of 100% of the population.
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User avatar #9116 to #9115 - Slipperynuts (09/20/2012) [-]
But that's not all he said. And he was implying something much more than that.
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