The 47 percent

Yesterday it was all about the 99% on the first anniversary of the Wall Street protests.  Later in the day, that changed to the 47%.  You know, those people! The 47% of the population who live off of government subsidies. The do-nothings; the leaches.

Who identified this half of the American population?  Why, Mitt Romney did, in a campaign speech to a group of wealthy doners. Just in case you missed Mr. Romney’s speech:

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. 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect… my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

…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.

Entitled to food. Entitled to housing.  Entitled to health care.

Yes, that’s what Mitt Romney said.

I believe that Jesus of Nazareth said something about that, too. And while he was preaching about the basic needs [entitlements] of people, he gave free health care to the The People as well.

Do you suppose that many on the Christian Right get that connection?

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12 thoughts on “The 47 percent

    1. There you go again! Using the word “entitlements” for natural rights of citizenship.

      That is not MY word; it is Romney’s.

  1. Cutting taxes for the wealthy does not generate faster economic growth, according to a new report. But those cuts may widen the income gap between the rich and the rest, according to a new report.

    A study from the Congressional Research Service — the non-partisan research office for Congress — shows that “there is little evidence over the past 65 years that tax cuts for the highest earners are associated with savings, investment or productivity growth.”

    In fact, the study found that higher tax rates for the wealthy are statistically associated with higher levels of growth.

    Wait, there’s more:
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tax-cuts-rich-dont-spur-151649273.html

  2. Speaking of the Christian right, here is a recent poll on a religious site:
    Do you believe in God?

    Yes – I believe in the Bible/Qur’an/Torah/other religious text word for word. 35.29% (4719 votes)

    Yes – God created the universe at the moment of the Big Bang, but has since played a mostly hands-off role. Humans are the product of evolution. 10.31% (1378 votes)

    I believe the existence of God is unknowable. 12.04% (1610 votes)

    I don’t believe in God per se, but I believe there is some higher power. 10.48% (1402 votes)

    No – I am an atheist. 31.88% (4263 votes)

    Total Votes: 1337

  3. The God Question: Will Science Rule Out God?

    “By Natalie Wolchover

    updated 9/18/2012 1:37:37 PM ET 2012-09-18T17:37:37
    Print Font: +-Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.

    Although cosmic mysteries remain, Sean Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist at the California Institute of Technology, says there’s good reason to think science will ultimately arrive at a complete understanding of the universe that leaves no grounds for God whatsoever.

    1. Yes, I’ve read about that possibility in several recent books. The one concept that absolutely ends a need for a divine deity hypothesizes that the ‘Big Bang’ is but one of many which occur and reoccur endlessly- no beginning and no end.

      Yet, many need to ‘cling to their Bibles’ because they don’t have the internal strength to go through life without their childhood Blanket.

      1. But, M_R, it will become a losing battle for the fundies. Doubt it will happen in our lifetime, but who knows with the speed things are moving these days. Basically, the argument over evolution is over. It’s only a
        rear guard action now. The right to die is more acceptable every day.
        Even have one or two states that permit unassisted suicide with doctor
        prescribed medication. I’ve told my family to leave a bottle of booze and
        a plastic bag on my night table when the end is near. Just recently we chatted about the “God Particle” being confirmed by hundreds of scientists from all over the world, meeting at the super collider in Switzerland. And, you rightly point out, the evolving scientific thinking on the Big Bang happening without the need of a supernatural push. We will have those
        hangerons, much like the stories we have had about finding Japanese
        soldiers on a deserted WWII island still believing they were at war.

  4. 47% – Wow, that’s sounds like a whole bunch of do nothin’s. And I know of at least three who comment on this blog who probably fall into that 47%.

    Mr. Mud and UTF are somewhat older than me so they are probably RETIRED. Oh my, collecting social security, a system they paid into their entire working life so they could retire. What a couple of bad eggs.

    Then there’s me. I retired after a long working life starting in the SECOND GRADE. I lived modestly and now live off investments. And the 15% tax on capital gains only goes so far. Because I’m still too young to get Medicare (still 65), I have to purchase health insurance on the open market. And guess what – it costs me an arm and a leg for insurance that doesn’t even cover prescription drugs. What I have left I spend taking care of my mother because social security and Medicare Parts A & B aren’t enough to keep her alive.

    The biggest chunk of the nonpaying 47% is made up of families that make so little they don’t even register on the tax schedule, but make too much for government assistance. Would you want your children to attend school and have to ask for the subsidized lunch program?

    The remainder, less than 15%, get government assistance. But don’t fret, the Republican controlled election boards are doing whatever they can to prevent these “loafers*” from voting.

    The Federal Tax Rate is at record low levels and the capital gains tax is a fraction of what it was when it was first implemented.

    * These “loafers” include single mothers, injured vets and physically/mentally handicap persons. Or people who are looking for work, but haven’t found it yet (6% is the normal unemployment rate for an economy operating at full tilt).

  5. There were some other more troubling aspects than the 47% comment …

    “We are having a much harder time with Hispanic voters, and if the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African-American voting bloc has in the past, why, we’re in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation.”

    Read that again … WE are in trouble as a NATION if Hispanic voters participate in elections.

    Romney is asked about the “Palestinian problem.” He gives a detailed, though somewhat rambling, response and says, “the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” “the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish,”
    Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel” and that the prospects for a two-state solution to Mideast peace were dim.

    Palestinian lawmaker and scholar Hanan Ashrawi accused Romney of “destroying the chances for peace” and called his remarks “irresponsible and dangerous and both ignorant and prejudiced.”

    – = – = – =
    OK, for discussion sake, let’s accept Romney’s premise that 47% do not pay income taxes …. is that something that Obama created or is that something that has grown out of the Bush tax cuts which lowered tax rates and increased deductions ? Second, Romney’s solution is to apply a 20% tax cut to those individuals that pay income tax (and 28.5% cut for corporations), so how does reducing tax collections address the deficit ?

  6. Well, i suppose, it’s the old supply side theory. A rising tide raises all boats…

    In other words, the 1% will use their ill gotten tax cuts to plow the money back into their factories and business and hire more people who will be working and paying taxes. In addition, the growing GNP will lower the debt.

    1. Not all of the 1% will ‘plow the money back into factories…’ They reinvest it back into their banks and financial institutions to make even MORE wealth for themselves.

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