Skip to main content

Cross posted at Blog For Arizona

So, Mitt has doubled down on his disdain for the so-called forty-seven percenters --those Americans from households that don't pay income tax.

I wonder if Mitt knows how Peter and Molly Farnsworth, members of that group, feel about his disdain for them. Here's Peter and Molly's situation:

Peter and Molly earn $60,000 per year, which places them comfortably in the top half of American households. They work hard to provide for themselves and their five young boys, whom they of course claim on their income tax return as dependents. Molly and Peter are fiercely loyal to their church, and happily meet their $6,000 per year tithing obligation. They live in a modest home on which they pay $10,000 per year in mortgage interest and another $1,000 in property taxes. they incur $1,000 per year in state and local sales taxes and $200 in personal property taxes on their vehicles.

Molly and Peter live frugally and responsibly. They contribute $6,000 per year to their IRAs and another $1,000 per year to a Health Savings Account. Molly works from home to be able to provide most of the care for her boys, but occasionally requires help with childcare, which runs her $400 per month and qualifies for the childcare credit.

Molly and Peter pay no income tax. They are devastated to learn of the contempt with which Mitt views them. They voted for him in the Arizona primary and have proudly displayed a Romney Ryan yard sign in their front yard.

5:17 PM PT: [Note -- Molly and Peter Farnsworth are not real people]


Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site