RUSHVILLE — Dear Editor:
By now, everyone in Rushville knows what the 47% refers to. This is a significant portion of the population whom presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, has given up on because he feels these people are chained to Obama and the Democrats by ties of benefits and by avoiding taxes and so on. He insinuated these are bought votes. The leaked video has done Romney a lot of damage and fuels speculation in the liberal media that he is out of touch and a man of the rich. Whether the views are sincerely held or not, the argument plays into the hands of both the Tea Party and more damagingly the Democrats.
Let’s ignore the latter and look at how these remarks have outraged and demoralized many Republicans. Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal has summed the mood up by saying “I think there is a broad and growing feeling now, among Republicans, that this thing is slipping out of Romney’s hands.” The problem is not just the gaffs, but the lack of solutions to the problems at hand. Elections are never won by attacking, but by offering hope and ideas as well as an air of confidence in a person to lead. Sure, it does not always work out, look at how Obama has betrayed the hopes of his supporters. With such a failure, the Grand Old Party’s candidate should be making mincemeat out of him. Truth is, he’s not.
The 47% and Tax
Jeff Madrick of the Roosevelt Institute has pointed out that Romney’s stats were not even right. Tax is an emotive issue to the public, whether it is a feeling the rich pay too little or that not enough lower wage people pay any tax. The truth is, when social security, Medicare, sales taxes and so on are included a large number of people pay some kind of tax or other. The vast majority paid more as a percentage of their income in taxes than Romney did. If Romney wants to represent the GOP he needs to be above such poor assertions. Investigations into lower incomes, according to Madrick, proves that they have risen very slowly, especially compared to the increases in already higher incomes.