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And The Hits Keep Coming … — Why Now?
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And The Hits Keep Coming …

From the blind side for the Mittster. It is appropriate that the latest problem was the result of his speaking in Boca Raton. It is a bit childish on my part, but I find humor in the fact that Boca Raton means “Rat’s Mouth” in Spanish. [If you looked at an old map of the inlet on the Atlantic Ocean before real estate developers changed it, you would see the origin of the name.]

CBS NEWS actually fact-checked the 47% comment:

In order to assess whether or not, as Romney claims, these non-income tax payers “will vote for the president no matter what,” it’s helpful to look at a breakdown of who they are. According to 2011 data from the Tax Policy Center, more than half of the filing units not paying income taxes are those with incomes less than $16,812 per year. Nearly a third – 29.2 percent – of those paying no income taxes 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 other words, the poor are least likely to pay federal income taxes, but many middle-class families are also exempt. Smaller but significant numbers of the higher-income earners are also exempt: The same data shows that in 2011, 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.

It’s the 105,000 filers who made more than $211,000 in 2011 and paid no income taxes that really burns and shows how broken the tax systems is. What happened to the Alternate Minimum Tax that was supposed to kick in? Congress keeps messing with it, but it obviously isn’t very effective.

After the fold are three maps that I find interesting:

Note: I generated these maps to ensure consistency. The graphics are linked to the sources of the information.

David Graham of the Atlantic used a graphic from the Tax Foundation that identifies the 10 states where most of those who pay no income taxes reside.

This is from one of my posts and represents states that receive at least a $1.20 of Federal funds for every $1.00 of Federal taxes they pay.

This is based on NPR’s final map for the 2008 Presidential election.

Romney is apparently unaware that it is the Republican base that isn’t paying taxes.


1 Kryten42 { 09.19.12 at 3:03 am }

I’m still PMSL!!

I think Keith Olbermann had the definitive take on this on a vid he posted here (come back Keith! We miss you!) :'(

HERE is tonight’s Twitter Special Comment on Romney’s Tape and his Fundraiser Who Stages Sex Parties

Love his laugh! It’s infectious. 😆

…still laughing! 😆

2 Kryten42 { 09.19.12 at 3:18 am }

This comment by David Neiwert in his C&L thread say’s it all for me, and I am the same. Paid taxes all my life (and paid more than many) but believe Social Security is essential for so many reasons!

Romney’s ’47 Percent’ Rant Reveals a Right Wing Voting Bloc Built on Lies

The dissonance is different for different people. For me, it lay in this: I pay federal taxes. Lots of them. I have every year of my adult life. Moreover, I have never taken a dime of government largesse and am not in any sense dependent on it. And I would never vote for Mitt Romney or the Republicans or their whole every-dog-for-himself philosophy. Nor am I alone. Like millions of other smart Americans, I want a strong and complete social safety net, because I’m smart enough to understand that making sure everyone is cared for appropriately makes the whole of society better for everyone, me included. I might add, for the privileged particularly — even though they’re too stupid and selfish to get that.

Cognitive dissonance… Whenever I hear the sheer stupidity and ignorance of the Republicans, I feel more than mere ‘cognitive dissonance’. These days, my mind just goes ‘TILT! Game over.’ Bizzaro World, indeed.

3 Bryan { 09.19.12 at 12:07 pm }

The Republicans have created this fantasy world based on their ignorance and biases and are trying to force the real world to conform to it. The reality is that poor people in the US don’t vote. To vote you need a permanent address, and many of the poor can’t pass that initial requirement. The people that Romney is casting aside are the Republican base, and he is too ignorant to understand that.

This is what happens when you watch Faux News – studies have shown that people who watch Faux know less about current affairs than people who say they don’t pay any attention to the news. The purpose behind the right-wing media is to reinforce bias, not to inform the audience.