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Dear Mr. Romney,

I want to introduce you to my father.

He is a proud man.  He is also one of the hardest working people I know.  

He is also a veteran.

He served in Korea in the 1950s.

He is still married to the same woman he fell in love with (and still dearly loves) some 58 years ago.

He started his own business.

He raised three kids, all of whom are decent, hard working citizens.

He is a happy grandfather.

He loves America with all of his heart and soul.

But none of that seems to matter to you, Mr. Romney.  Your video tells us that you think of my father.  My father, in your view, is a government leech.  He's a lazy man that pays no taxes and thinks he deserves health care and to be taken care of and be provided housing and food.

My father does indeed think that he deserves health care and to be taken care of by the government and be provided food and housing, because that is exactly what the government promised him!

The government told my father that if he put his life on the line in the military, he would be rewarded with veteran's benefits.  The government told my father that if he dutifully paid his FICA taxes, he would receive monthly check to sustain him in his retirement years.  The government told my father that if he paid his Medicare taxes like a good little citizen, he would be given health care for the rest of his life when he hit the Golden Age.

He did all of that, Mr. Romney, and now you have the nerve to think he is some sort of drain on American society.  

He is one of the 47% you talked about, Mr. Romney.  When the economy collapsed in 2008 and 2009, my father and my mother saw their 401(k)s depleted by nearly 60%.  They had to take out a reverse mortgage in order to make ends meet.  So, because of that and their Social Security plus their deductions, they don't make enough gross income to have to pay federal taxes.

But I am willing to bet that my father would be more than happy to pay federal taxes if he could get all the money he lost from his 401(k) back.  I am sure that he would be happy to pay federal taxes if he didn't have to rely on his reverse mortgage.

You have disrespected my father, Mr. Romney.  My father deserves all of his benefits because he worked hard for them.  Tell me how tough your life was, Mr. Romney, bicycling around Paris and the French countryside trying to gain converts to the LDS Church.  I am sure it must have been significantly more dangerous than going to face the North Koreans and their Chinese allies near the 38th parallel.  

I will state again, Mr. Romney, that I am very proud of my father.  He is a veteran and a patriot and an American and he does, indeed, get government benefits and pays no federal taxes.

And he is 10 times the man you will ever be.

Originally posted to LeftofArizona on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM PDT.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos and Community Spotlight.

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  •  Special thanks to your father (24+ / 0-)

    Mitt was avoiding the NVA and the Vietnam War.  I am sure he thought it was just a police action since he got so many deferrments but he wanted to make damn sure his name was not on a black wall with 58,000 plus names on it.  He wanted to make sure he wasn't going to be one of those that had to depend on being pushed in a wheelchair and he knew he never would have to depend on compensation tax exempt but he would have taken it had he not been the chickenhawk he was.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 09:57:09 PM PDT

    •  Hey, have you ever tried to get the French... (7+ / 0-)

      to give up drinking wine? That's hard work!

      Much of Mitt Romney’s life as a Mormon missionary in France was not as poor or arduous as he has claimed, say those who knew him at the time.

      A day after being labelled “out of touch” for casually offering a $10,000 bet to a rival candidate, Mr Romney told supporters he had experienced austerity as a missionary in France, using a bucket for a lavatory and a hose for a shower. “You’re not living high on the hog at that kind of level,” he said.

      But the Republican presidential hopeful spent a significant portion of his 30-month mission in a Paris mansion described by fellow American missionaries to The Daily Telegraph as “palace”. It featured stained glass windows, chandeliers, and an extensive art collection. It was staffed by two servants – a Spanish chef and a houseboy.

      Personally, I'll never forget that buffoon comparing his sons' efforts on behalf of his campaign in '08 to men and women (like my brother) who were fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      And anyone who protests for the draft, and then refuses to fight, is a coward.

      Mitt Romney has no right to throw stones at anyone, let alone call half the country lazy and entitled.

      You can tell Romney’s depressed. Last night he just sat on his couch and bought the Häagen-Dazs corporation ~ Jimmy Fallon

      by AuroraDawn on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:57:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Well, frankly, I would not have wanted young Mitt (4+ / 0-)

      In my unit in Vietnam. Talk about someone you could not depend on to cover you and know that he would consider saving your life under fire just as important as his own!

  •  My mom made a point tonight (38+ / 0-)

    My father served 20 years in the US Navy, retiring in 1988 as a Lt. Cmdr.  Of course, all during that time, he paid taxes on his income.  Federal income tax? Check.  Payroll tax? Yep.

    So now, at the age of 66, he and my mother live off his Navy pension and social security.  (Mind you, she worked at different times while he was in the Navy - paying tax and earning her social security too.)

    Did Mittens just call my parents moochers who think of themselves as victims?  Oh, and just in case Mittens was wondering, my parents pay taxes on that income!

    Frankly, go fuck yourself Mitt.  While I knew you were an asshole of the highest order, I'm glad you've shown it to everyone now.

  •  Mitt is a dick, a pompous, self righteous one. nt (14+ / 0-)

    Republicans only care about themselves, their money, & their power.

    by jdmorg on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:04:22 PM PDT

  •  I fixed your tags (3+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic, Youffraita, JeffW

    so they're separated by commas. :-)

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:44:36 AM PDT

  •  Mine too; well said nt (3+ / 0-)
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    consciousempress, Onomastic, JeffW

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:57:57 AM PDT

  •  I was so sad to find out (11+ / 0-)

    there are those who feel men and women who served their country in wartime situations are not fit to be Americans since we accept benefits guaranteed to us by fighting on the front lines to protect the freedoms guaranteed by our constitution. I am a Disabled AMERICAN Veteran of the Vietnam era. I stomped the jungles. I cried when my friends, patriots all, were killed. I suffered miserable day after miserable day in the sweltering heat of the jungle knowing I was doing my part to protect all Americans, even the republican low life candidate Mitt Romney. "Where were YOU, Mitt Romney." I am also a proud member of the 47 percent this uber wealthy scumbag does not care about. If the republican party manages to steal this election by disallowing Americans to vote, we will certainly have our hands full to survive long enough to correct their greedy mistakes. I certainly hope all my Airborne brothers and sisters feel this way.

  •  Wonderful essay (6+ / 0-)

    A teensy quibble: change the words "the government promised" to "America promised."

    That change is accurate and would reach more readers.

    Great job! This one's a keeper!

    Enjoy the San Diego Zoo's panda cam! And support Bat World Sanctuary

    by Fonsia on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:02:07 AM PDT

  •  Lots of us are in the 47% (10+ / 0-)

    I didn't owe income taxes for 2 years because I was mostly busy taking care of my brother and my father, who were dying of cancer. I'm self-employed and kept my business limping along at subsistence levels while most of my time was spent in chemo centers and ERs. I still paid payroll taxes on the little I made, of course. And now that they've gone to their rest and my life is my own again, I'm focused on building up my business. I never felt like a victim and I certainly do take responsibility for my life. Romney is an unbelievable ass if he thinks that people who, for whatever reason, end up owing no income tax are a bunch of lazy shiftless moochers who feel sorry for themselves.

    Please visit: http://www.jkmediasource.org

    by Noisy Democrat on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:03:05 AM PDT

  •  A fellow veteran thanks your dad (8+ / 0-)

    And adds that I strongly doubt I ever was in as much personal danger as he was. Now he should register his opinion of that soulless bloodsucking disrespectful dickwad at the voting booth and tell everyone why.

    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

    by MichiganChet on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:27:06 AM PDT

  •  Not just that, but the huge numbers of women (6+ / 0-)

    That have created the next generation, some of them by themselves, with little help except what the government gives them, deserve the help too.

    They keep the children fed, housed, clothed, and educate them to be future workers in our society - not to become criminals that prey on others, including the wealthy.

    They deserve something for the sacrifice of their time, energy, bodies and lives.

    Women create the entire labor force.

    by splashy on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 11:31:53 AM PDT

  •  I'm similarly situated, with a later period of (8+ / 0-)

    service (Vietnam era).

    I wonder if Mitt recognizes that the $1.00 I (used to) spend at Staples, pays salaries of Staples employees, who pay FICA and state and  federal income taxes.

    And the revenue generated from my $1.00 results in Staples ability to make a profit and pay income taxes.

    And the suppliers Staples uses to generate that $1.00 of revenue includes employee costs and fuel tax costs and property taxes, yada yada yada.

    And Mitt?  The tremendous profit you generated from Staples was the result of the $1.00 I spent, along with all of the other $1.00's spent by people just like me.

    So, I know you avoid taxes like crazy...but did you recognize that my $1.00 keeps you in business?

    No, I didn't think so you stupid fuck.

    •  Wish I could tip you 1 million times (5+ / 0-)
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      Boris49, Calamity Jean, JeffW, SherwoodB, fumie

      for this:

      So, I know you avoid taxes like crazy...but did you recognize that my $1.00 keeps you in business?

      No, I didn't think so you stupid fuck.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:13:04 PM PDT

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  •  Does anyone really believe that Romney is (6+ / 0-)

    truely fit to be a president? Every single issue or policy statement this fool utters only proves his worth as a common farm impletement known as a manure spreader.
    A vet is a leech. Seriously? You really believe that Mitt? 47% of the American people are mooches? What about YOU Mitt? Shall we list the things that you are? Nevermind. It is a really long list with a lot of vulgar words that I could probably type for three straight days and not repeat myself.

    •  The op-ed columnists (1+ / 0-)
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      fumie

      at the NYT (with the probable exception of David Brooks) have pretty much all written columns to the effect that Mitt is inadequate and totally unfit for the presidency.

      ALL of them (except, probably, that lamedick Brooks).

      The NYT columnists rarely move in lockstep like this -- in fact, I don't remember ANY other time they moved in lockstep.

      And I think the editorial writers are moving in lockstep with the op-ed columnists.

      It's as though the Paper of Record's staff suddenly went:  OMFG, Mitt is a train wreck waiting to happen and we must stop this disaster!

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:19:17 PM PDT

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    •  You've just insulted manure spreaders! n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:23:01 PM PDT

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    •  Just watched his new campaign ad... (0+ / 0-)

      ...Obama had 7 opportunities to stop China from cheating the USA on trade agreements but he did nothing...words to that effect. Then another new Romney ad pops up during local news program...something about ...he wants to help the middle-class gain back the millions of jobs and earnings lost. He will balance the budget and create 12 million new jobs over the first 4 years he's in office.  So now Romney is going to become best friends with the middle class??? Obviously he doesn't believe the words that just spoke...my concern is why is he being so obviously ignorant about his politics...is it part of a strategy or just throwing shit against the wall and hope some sticks on POTUS Obama.

      Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

      by kalihikane on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:29:13 PM PDT

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  •  L of A: (3+ / 0-)
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    to me, the most tragic part of your story would be to hear that your awesome dad was being taken in----as many vets evidently are----by the rightwing notion that Repubs are the pro-troops party despite all the evidence to the contrary.
    I personally know too many vets who disengage their brains  when confronted with the FACTS and continue to vote GOP.
     It really drives me bananas

  •  Great Diary. Another example: My son the Marine (6+ / 0-)

    who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Military pay in a war zone is TAX FREE, by US LAW.

    Is Mittens trying to rag on my son, the US Marine, for following US law?

    Guess who is NOT voting for Mittens?

    A certain Marine that I know.

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry November 6, 2012 MA-4 I am voting for my friends Barry, Liz and Joe (Obama, Warren and Kennedy)

    by BornDuringWWII on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:33:50 PM PDT

  •  Korea (6+ / 0-)

    Those Korea guys never got the credit they deserved.  I was stationed in Korea 2000-2001 and I was shocked at how harsh a place it is.  Cold in the winter, hot in the sumer.  Rain, snow, spiders.  And the hills.  We would go on "terrain walks" - going over the ground we were going to have to fight on/ground men like your father did fight on - and it was terrifying.  If you were fighting up hill the chances of surviving approached zero.  Plunging fire, lack of cover and hard rock a couple of inches below the surface.  If you were on the top defending you were going to be blasted to bits because it was so easy to call artillery or air.  And there were so many hills.  

    I have the deepest respect for all veterans but Korean War vets have a special place in my book.  

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 12:36:05 PM PDT

  •  Thank your dad (5+ / 0-)
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    My dad was deferred from the Korean war because they had me.  But, he had worked from the time he was 9 years old delivering papers. After graduating from high school at 16 he worked in heating/ac.  He paid into the system and is now enjoying the benefits.  He's part of the 47% who worked his ass off to retire in a modicum of comfort.  

  •  Romney remarks to the stinking rich (3+ / 0-)
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    No surprise there. Remember Romney's sarcastic remark after a speech to the NAACP in Houston. Something about "if you people want free stuff then vote for Obama".
    Then his wife, when asked about Romney's tax returns, used the expression "you people".
    So what you are essentially hearing from Romney are his appeals to his base.
    He might as well come out and ask them for their support to overthrow the American government.
    That is what the insane Republican party is all about now and has been all about for many years now. Closeted coup conspirators.
    The master race of job creators, really job destroyers, don't want to pay taxes anymore and Romney is their man.

  •  And if he were, so what? (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Leeches are perfectly honorable creatures, what with being FDA-approved medical devices and all . . . '

    I wouldn't mind at all being call that!

  •  Please thank those vets for this one (5+ / 0-)

    who believed those government promises too.

    Believed 'em 'cause I'd seen 'em work -- and when I turned 18 I joined up to try to pay back some of what this wonderful nation had provided me, and my family.

    Likewise my kid brother.

    So, Mr. Romney:
    I won't be voting for you. I hope with all my heart enough of this country's citizens and voters find your opinions of us repellent to keep you out of the White House. But if not I'll work as hard as I can to stop you at every turn and block your policies at every vote, because you're one of those enemies, foreign and domestic, every last US Vet took an oath to defend our nation against.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:17:13 PM PDT

  •  Let's see... dependent on the government (3+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, JeffW, fumie

    Wall Street? (even before the bailout)

    Lockheed Martin?

    Boeing?

    Trucks on the roads?

    People that want safe air travel?

    People that want laws enforced?

    Farmers?

    Sport stadium builders?

    Alaska?

    People with money in banks?

    Home builders and lenders?

    Disabled Veterans?

    Able bodied veterans?

    People who buy life insurance?

    People who flush toilets into sewers?

    People opposed to rabid dogs?

    (reposted comment from the original anneonymous670 dairy last week)

  •  I know some of the 47% (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Nebraskablue, Ricochet67, Zinman

    Let me tell you a story about some of the people Mitt loathes.

    My Aunt Ann is 99 years old on Saturday. We're having a party in the nursing home for her. She's been retired for 34 years, after having worked her entire career as a secretary. She sent her brothers off to WW2, watched them return home safely, and helped her sisters bring up their chldren. When she was healthier, she was the biggest Republican I've ever known. She was kind and generous, never asking for a thing. Her monthly pension is $800. She's part of the 47%.

    John is my friends father. He fought in WW2 and received a bronze start and purple heart. He was the captain of a tank destroyer, and was lucky to survive the war. His tank was destroyed in battle, and he pulled two men out of the burning wreck. That got him the bronze star. He had piece of schrapnel go through one cheek and out the other. That got him the purple heart.He spent his working years as the head of a large farm operation. He is now 94. He gets $1200 a month pension. He's part of the 47%.

    Then there is my mother in law.  She raised her family and took care of her husband through significant illness.  She lost him while she was in her early 50's and scraped by as a clerk for a bus company.  She was frugal as a person can be, but also very generous to her grandchildren.  She is 77 years old, and gets $900 a month in social security. She's also part of the 47%.

    The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before they shall have gotten hold on us. Thomas Jefferson 1787

    by Jerry C on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:05:33 PM PDT

    •  The Democrats Need To Put These "47%" People (0+ / 0-)

      in front of the camera and make an ad - just like President Obama did with the folks put out of a job by Bain Capital. I would like to see these ads run nationwide - since every state has people who don't pay taxes for one reason or another. Let's let the American public know that the people not paying taxes are not moochers who "want stuff for free from the government."

  •  Tip Jar!!! How many more people like your (0+ / 0-)

    parents are out there that RobMe criticized.

  •  Veterans (1+ / 0-)
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    Zinman

    Thank your dad for me, OK?  Both of my uncles served during the Korean war - one was in Korea and one served in a few different places - he was a mail transport / delivery guy - ended up being a letter carrier after the war (just like his grandfather).  

    They are part of the 47% - the one that didn't become a mailman went to school on the GI Bill.  They worked their whole lives and live off of their Social Security and small pensions, plus savings bonds that they purchased through work (the oldest of which started maturing a few years after they retired - since they bought one every month of their working life, they are still cashing them in - that's their extra pocket money for doing things for the grand kids or splurging on dinner out.  

    They are definitely responsible for themselves, they are not moochers, but they use the benefits which they paid into and they pay no taxes.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:12:37 PM PDT

  •  So sorry for your Moocher (0+ / 0-)

    parents, says Mitt, I have some cake for them to eat.

    Great diary, thanks.

    My parents never took a dime of federal aid for anything, but my Mom was a food stamp counselor so she got to see up close and personal how important the aid was for people with no opportunities.  The process she had to put the people through to qualify was quite stringent and she always did her best to help people qualify if it was at all possible.  That's something people don't think about much:  on the front lines of the welfare part of our state are some very caring individuals who are bending rules all over the place to help people.  That's what we do for each other.  

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:28:34 PM PDT

    •  Oh and I am wrong w my "inelegant" statement (0+ / 0-)

      My father most definitely went to college on the GI Bill and we all benefited from many many federal programs in general - in my haste I seem to imply there might be something wrong with anyone who for one reason or another have ever accepted federal help.  I certainly don't mean that.

      Still enjoying my stimulus package.

      by Kevvboy on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:29:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Powerful diary, great job. So your parents wealth (0+ / 0-)

    re-distributed from their 401(k) made them pariahs's in Romney's vision of America?

    Funny how Mittens and his ilk have no problem with that kind of redistribution when it lands in their pockets.  

    All the wealth supposedly destroyed during the recession wasn't burned in piles by what The Willard waxes obnoxious  as America's irresponsible parasites.  \

    Isn't there one and only one economic truth, that wealth is neither created nor destroyed just redistributed based upon market factors and the combination of ethical and unethical business practices?

    If there isn't call it MayorJake's first law of Eco-nomics.

    All that $ alledgedly destroyed ended up in someone's pocket.  I'd guess that a lot of it ended up in Mitt's safe ofshore pockets and that is really why he doesn't want to show his tax returns.  It would show that he is way way better off now than he was 4 years ago.

    The really sad thing for him is that he probably didn't intend his remarks to be taken personally, only becasue he just doesn't see the people, like your dad, who he insulted.

    This is why he is unfit to be president.  Truth is he really doesn't care for rich people either, just their money.  Its all about the shitload of dimes for mittens.

    Maybe there is no justice in knowing that in  a few months he will go back to the full time job or raising the height of that shitload of dimes to the right level, which is always higher than the last time he looked.

    The good news is that he won't be overseeing the further destruction of the wealth and self esteem of hard working Americans while he re-foxes the henhouses and insures a syatem that will multiply the height of his shitload of dimes at our expense.

    "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

    by jakewaters on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:01:53 AM PDT

  •  RMoney Is An Arrogant, Elitist, Entitled, (0+ / 0-)

    comtemptible, 1% piece of **it. Funny how Mitt Robbed Me thinks it is okay for the rich to want "something from the government" (i.e. tax breaks, intellectual property rights protection in US courts, etc.), but when it comes to the poor or middle class getting something from the government, they are nothing but moochers who want stuff for free. The Democrats need to run with this - let's run ads nationwide to educate those 47% of people who don't pay any taxes exactly what the Rethugs really think of them.

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