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What else is one to conclude after hearing Mr. Romney's candid remarks during a fund raising event with the few, the wealthy, and the entitled?

 Ezra Klein's Wonkblog analysis of Romney's contemptuous untruths, points to Romney's disdain for the very age group in which he holds the largest lead over President Obama.

In his comments, Romney says that “these are people who pay no income tax,” but they are people “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.”

In other words, Romney is arguing that about 47 percent of the country is a “taker class” that pays little or nothing into the federal government but wants to tax the productive classes for free health care, food, housing, etc......

For what it’s worth, this division of “makers” and “takers” isn’t true. Among the Americans who paid no federal income taxes in 2011, 61 percent paid payroll taxes — which means they have jobs and, when you account for both sides of the payroll tax, they paid 15.3 percent of their income in taxes, which is higher than the 13.9 percent that Romney paid. Another 22 percent were elderly.


The elderly includes what remains of the "Greatest Generation" - the generation who came home from WWII to build the world's largest economy.  The "elderly" includes the children of that Greatest Generation, a generation who sacrificed and labored in order to create a better world for their children and grandchildren.  

In the midst of pulling my thoughts together on what is, to me at least, an important illustration of just what Mr. Romney's callous remarks mean, I read this piece in the blog section of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The writer and a friend had attended the funeral of a Philadelphia trial lawyer,  one of the dwindling numbers of the Greatest Generation. At the funeral they heard "...speaker after speaker attested to Joe's transformative good deeds, just as stunning were his small acts of kindness ."

After the service, Ceisler and I were silent as we walked to our cars. "You know, every time I go to one of these," Ceisler said, meaning the funeral of a member of what broadcaster Tom Brokaw has dubbed the Greatest Generation, "and I listen to what these guys did, I feel like our generation has lived small lives by comparison."

We're losing these Greatest Generation guys, those born between 1900 and 1930, at a rate of nearly 1,500 per day. You see them walking among us, in their worn-out cardigans and members-only jackets, and it never truly dawns on you just what they did - until the funerals. And that's when you realize the degree to which those of us who followed have come up short.

They were the good guys who saved the world from fascism and then turned around and rebuilt the countries they had defeated. They created the greatest economy known to man - one based on values of shared sacrifice and reward. They believed that progress stemmed from our collective efforts, not from narrow interest-group wrangling or the Ayn Rand go-it-alone playbook.

I highly recommending the entire piece. It stands in sharp contrast to Mr. Romney's fact and compassion devoid remarks about not only our parents and grandparents, but all our people who do not inhabit the world of the vampiric one percenters Romney represents.


Mr. Romney, his fellow vulture Capitalists, and their political lackies think bending the tax code just this side of snapping in order to avoid their fair share of taxes is a good idea.

Off shore accounts? No problem.

Paying less in Federal Income taxes than their secretaries? No problem.

Taking advantage of tax loopholes in order to push companies into bankruptcy, lay off employees, and destroy their pensions? All at the cost of the American tax payer? No problem.

Ship what were American jobs overseas and then loudly blame the Obama Administration for continued high unemployment? No problem.

Block every piece of Legislation that would have created millions of jobs while improving America's infrastructure? No problem.

They don't even inhabit the same universe in which the Greatest Generation gave so much.

And yet, these are the people who dare to look at our parents, our grandparents and call them irresponsible takers.

The Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (P.L. 78-346, 58 Stat. 284m), known informally as the G.I. Bill, was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans (commonly referred to as G.I.s). Benefits included low-cost mortgages, loans to start a business or farm, cash payments of tuition and living expenses to attend college, high school or vocational education, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. It was available to every veteran who had been on active duty during the war years for at least ninety days and had not been dishonorably discharged. Combat was not required.[1] By the end of the program in 1956, roughly 2.2 million veterans had used the GI Bill education benefits in order to attend colleges or universities. An additional 6.6 million used these benefits for some kind of training program.[2]

Since the original 1944 law, the term has come to include other veteran benefit programs created to assist veterans of subsequent wars as well as peacetime service. Historians and economists consider the GI Bill a major political success—especially in contrast to the treatments of World War I veterans—and a major contribution to America's stock of human capital that sped long-term economic growth.

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After WWII our government invested in the American people. We built roads, dams, enlarged the electrical grid. We made ground breaking discoveries in science and medicine that led to life saving vaccines, cancer treatments and men walking on the moon. Our government and the Greatest Generation worked together to create a standard of living that was the envy of the world.

Romney and his ilk show no understanding of what this country accomplished. They've been too busy feeding off what the Greatest Generation built.

And now they view the remaining members of that generation as "takers."

The hypocrisy could not be more stunning. The disdain for those not like them more clear. The insult to honored American values more deep.

Our grandparents deserve far better than Mr. Romney. So do our parents, children, and grandchildren.

Unlike Romney and what is left of the GOP, we're not going to destroy what our parents and grandparents worked so hard to build. We're going to preserve and enlarge the work of the Greatest Generation.  It's what we've been working to do for decades.

You see, like them, we believe that together we can accomplish miracles great and small. We believe that things need to be better for all of America's people, not just the fortunate few.  Like the Greatest Generation, we want a better world for our children and grandchildren than the failed polices of the Republicans have left for us.  

The only thing Mr. Romney seems to mistakenly believe in is his right to the Presidency of the United States.  He seems to believe that it is his for the taking. Now that's entitlement.

The very things that make this country great, that enlarged opportunity and hope for so many, are the very things he view's so contemptuously. We know our Government and people working together can create something wonderful.  After all, we've done it before.

The choice this November is crystal clear. It's one between a man who honors our country, its history and people, and one who does not.


We will re-elect the man who does to his second term on November sixth.

Originally posted to Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 09:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  President Obama's fight to ensure more of our (35+ / 0-)

    children can attend college is a continuation of what created the Greatest Generation.

    We play it forward, so others can live their dreams.

    “As a college student I depend pretty heavily on grants and loans to pay for school. I want this education so badly and I believe that everybody should be able to have this chance. It shouldn't come with crushing debt. President Obama believes it too, and that's so, so important. Without federal financial aid and Pell Grants, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today, and I know that I'm not alone.

    "President Obama's program to manage student debt made it so my loan payments won’t be greater than what I'm actually earning when I'm done with school. That's a big, big deal. It wasn't like that before President Obama made a point to fix it.

    "Mitt Romney literally told students to 'shop around,' and to borrow money from your parents if you have to. What is he talking about? Is everyone who goes to college supposed to have parents with unlimited funds? We all need to be able to pay for an education—all of us.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 09:57:41 AM PDT

  •  GI Bill was for moochers. Same with VA benefits, (12+ / 0-)

    Social Security ... oh, don't get me started again!

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:00:47 AM PDT

  •  Mitt is just being Patton, slapping the goldbricks (8+ / 0-)

    Look what it did for George!

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:04:37 AM PDT

  •  funny how things connect.. OWS is one year old.. (8+ / 0-)

    and what a birthday present!!

    OWS got the 99/1 thing going.

    in response the Teaparty types came up with

     "we are the 53%"..

    I wonder if Romney would have ever used the phrase "47%" if the above events didn't occur. I seriously doubt it.. that 53% thing was meant to portray the group of people that are "carrying the rest".. and that would be the other 47%..right??

    Yes.. OWS just might the real group entitled to receive the credit for this whole Romney mess today!!

    and what a mess it is.

  •  Well said, and well written. (8+ / 0-)

    thank you, Onomastic!

    "The American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon – it’s a relay." Julian Castro (DNC 2012)

    by bjedward on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:23:03 AM PDT

    •  Thanks, John. (3+ / 0-)

      I just keep thinking of all those Seniors who think Romney is "their" guy. '

      They need to know that he doesn't return the favor.

      Really appreciate you stopping by, honey.

      Hope you're staying dry down there. :)

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:30:14 AM PDT

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      •  great diary, ono. (2+ / 0-)
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        Onomastic, belinda ridgewood

        i just wish the right (and i do mean right) seniors would read it.

        "It's about what they've done, and when what they say is some distance from what they've done, that distance is the story. This is what the press is for. " Rachel Maddow

        by politik on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:23:23 AM PDT

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        •  So do I. :( (2+ / 0-)
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          belinda ridgewood, politik

          Was thinking about your folks and so many others. Thinking about my grandfather who fought in WW! and what that did to him.

          Of course our troops are also part of Romney's 47%.

          The man's absolute blindness never ceases to amaze me.

          Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words honey.

          Wish the diary was better but lack of sleep would not allow.


          "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

          by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:31:08 AM PDT

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  •  Rmoney is Vile. (4+ / 0-)

    To equate the 47% who pay no federal income tax with those who support Obama is a lie, because too many of them are stupid enough to support him, without realizing that he does not care about them.

    GOP Agenda: Repeal 20th Century.

    by NormAl1792 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:46:51 AM PDT

  •  Hell, Romney didn't even see fit to mention (2+ / 0-)
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    our servicemen and -women at the convention -- and they're in harm's way right now.  You think his peabrain can actually remember that Greatest Generation?

    Those folks were our parents and grandparents.

    Wonder where George Romney was then...

    "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

    by Yasuragi on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:11:44 AM PDT

    •  Had to make me go look, didn't ya? :) (3+ / 0-)

      Like his son, George Romney spent part of his youth doing missionary work in Europe. Like his son, he never served in the military. Unlike his son, he actually seems to have given a damn about the poor and minorities.

      At this point, I figure he's listening to what his son has been saying and doing and is spinning in his grave.

      Romney was born to American parents living in the Mormon colonies in Mexico; events during the Mexican Revolution forced his family to flee back to the United States when he was a child. The family lived in several states and ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they struggled during the Great Depression. Romney worked in a number of jobs, served as a Mormon missionary in England and Scotland, and attended several colleges in the U.S. but did not graduate from any. In 1939 he moved to Detroit and joined the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, where he served as the chief spokesman for the automobile industry during World War II and headed a cooperative arrangement in which companies could share production improvements. He joined Nash-Kelvinator in 1948, and became the chief executive of its successor, American Motors Corporation, in 1954. There he turned around the struggling firm by focusing all efforts on the compact Rambler car. Romney mocked the products of the "Big Three" automakers as "gas-guzzling dinosaurs" and became one of the first high-profile, media-savvy business executives. Devoutly religious, Romney presided over the Detroit Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      Romney entered politics by participating in a state constitutional convention to rewrite the Michigan Constitution during 1961–1962. He was elected Governor of Michigan in 1962 and was re-elected by increasingly large margins in 1964 and 1966. Romney worked to overhaul the state's financial and revenue structure, culminating in Michigan's first state income tax, and greatly expanded the size of state government. Romney was a strong supporter of the American Civil Rights Movement. He briefly represented moderate Republicans against conservative Republican Barry Goldwater during the 1964 U.S. presidential election. He requested the intervention of federal troops during the 1967 Detroit riot.

      Romney was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1968. While initially a front-runner, he proved an ineffective campaigner, and fell behind Richard Nixon in polls. Following a mid-1967 remark that his earlier support for the Vietnam War had been due to a "brainwashing" by U.S. military and diplomatic officials in Vietnam, his campaign faltered even more, and he withdrew from the contest in early 1968. Once elected president, Nixon appointed Romney Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Romney's ambitious plans for housing production increases for the poor, and for open housing to desegregate suburbs, were modestly successful but often thwarted by Nixon. Romney left the administration at the start of Nixon's second term in 1973. Returning to private life, Romney advocated volunteerism and public service, and headed the National Center for Voluntary Action and its successor organizations from 1973 through 1991. He also served as a regional representative of the Twelve within his church.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:27:07 AM PDT

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  •  I'm embarassed to ask this ... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... but i'm not understanding why a Payroll Tax is in a separate category as Income Tax.  They're both taxes on income, no, the difference being that one is automatically withdrawn from paychecks as they're issued, while the other is paid once a year?

    •  Here you go. Obviously the Republicans (3+ / 0-)

      would rather we don't talk about payroll taxes, especially since they'd love to do away with SS and Medicare, programs we've paid into for decades.

      Payroll Tax
      Your contribution to Social Security and Medicare: 15.3% of your salary, up to a limit, half of which is paid by your employer.

      A huge number of people pay far more in payroll taxes than they do in income taxes. On the other hand, the payroll tax isn't a true "tax" in the sense that it isn't supposed to be a source of revenue for the government - it's supposed to be a contribution to an account that you'll be entitled to withdraw benefits from at a later date. For that reason payroll taxes generally aren't included in discussions about tax cuts: the only way you can get a cut in your contributions is to (a) accept a corresponding cut in benefits, or (b) have your benefits subsidized by somebody else, or (c) reform the entire system.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:02:08 PM PDT

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  •  My Parents are Grifters (3+ / 0-)

    Father "Steals" from the Taxpayers every time
    He walks into the VA Hospital.  The 23 Years He Served
    in the Military doesn't count as Work.

    Mom "Steals" from the Taxpayers every time She cashes
    one of Her Pension Checks.  28 Years as an Underpaid
    school Teacher doesn't count as Work either.

    When Mitty and Ryan Destroy Medicare and Social
    Security, that will be "Just getting Even" for all the
    "Stealing" we have done.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:48:14 PM PDT

    •  I'm proud of your "Grifters." (1+ / 0-)
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      belinda ridgewood

      They've both served this country well.

      Heck, my SO is a disabled Viet Vet Grifter and I'm a social security Grifter.

      That's us. Five kids and three grand babies later. Just feeling victimized and entitled.


      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:58:16 PM PDT

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      •  You and Me Both (1+ / 0-)
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        Makes Me Ill when I think about Mitty talking
        about My Parents as if They were the Problem.

        Right about now, My mother (D) is explaining
        Mitty's Comments to My Father (R).

        I Don't think My Father will be Impressed.

        On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

        by Brian76239 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:16:00 PM PDT

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  •  BRAVO!!! Ono. Well done. This is just a (1+ / 0-)
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    marvelous piece of writing and so true.

    I am an orphan now and I am still in a freaking rage that this little twit would speak of my mama this way were she still alive. She was a proud women who raised two girls on her own after my father died. To be accused of this would have enraged her. She paid into social security all of her life. She took no handouts. My elderly aunts are the same way. They paid their way their whole lives. Now, they are widows and Social Security and Medicare keep them secure.  

    I loathe this bastard prick. (Please excuse me)

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:33:31 PM PDT

    •  Honest to god, ruby. (1+ / 0-)
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      I can't help but now view Romney and today's GOP as anything else but unAmerican.

      They're spitting the face of everything that makes this country truly great, including those of every generation who worked so hard to do the right thing by their families, friends, community and country.

      I'm just stunned.

      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 12:00:59 PM PDT

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      •  Me too, stunned, furious and profoundly sad. (1+ / 0-)
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        Thanks, again, for this wonderful diary.

        "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

        by rubyr on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 01:48:13 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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