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It turns out Colorado's new Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez had ol' 47 percent Mitt beat by two whole years.
On Wednesday, Democrats circulated a little-noticed 2010 video in which Beauprez rails against the 47 percent of the American population who he claims are dependent on government. Sound familiar?

From the Denver Post:

"I see something that frankly doesn't surprise me, having been on Ways and Means Committee: 47 percent of all Americans pay no federal income tax," Beauprez said in the video. "I'm guessing that most of you in this room are not in that 47 percent—God bless you—but what that tells me is that we've got almost half the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill, and most of that half is you all."
So Mitt wasn't even being original when he lambasted precisely 47 percent of America for being lazy slobs, he was just repeating a much-passed-around conservative trope to that effect. Almost word for word, it seems.
"I submit to you that there is a political strategy to get slightly over half and have a permanent ruling majority by keeping over half of the population dependent on the largesse of government that somebody else is paying for," Beauprez said.
It's still not clear why being too poor to pay federal income tax automatically makes someone "happy that someone else is paying the bill," or why being exempt from federal income tax specifically, as opposed to all the other taxes even the poorest Americans do pay, is the thing that renders all the dirty little urchins unclean, but Republicans are certainly dedicated to the bit.

Originally posted to Hunter on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:26 AM PDT.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity and Daily Kos.

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  •  It Has to Have Come From a Thinktank No? (13+ / 0-)

    I stopped believing that any conservative spoke for themselves way back in the early 80's when it became obvious that each morning, every conservative and most of the pundits of the country were all on the same topics and phrases.

    When they're original they sound like Palin or Bachmann. And even Bachmann is just parotting something else, usually fundamentalist literature.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:34:03 AM PDT

  •  Beauprez just launched his "Unity" tour in Colo (5+ / 0-)
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    elwior, JML9999, hbk, Jeff Y, OooSillyMe

    ... great first step there Bob-oh.

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:34:10 AM PDT

  •  BWB=Both Ways Bob (4+ / 0-)
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    We Shall Overcome, elwior, hbk, Jeff Y

    We are awaiting his flip-flop reply. BWB does more flopping than any soccer player yet never gets a red card.
    http://coloradopols.com/

  •  Manchurian Candidate (7+ / 0-)

    Mrs. Iselin: Would it really make it easier for you if we settled on just one number?
    Sen. Iselin: Yeah. Just one, real, simple number that'd be easy for me to remember.
    [Mrs. Iselin watches Sen. Iselin pour Heinz Tomato Ketchup (with its "57 Varieties" slogan on its label) onto his dinner plate]
    [Cut to Senate chamber]
    Sen. Iselin: There are exactly 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the Department of Defense at this time!

  •  I think it's interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    that he doesn't specify whether he's talking about all Americans or just adults.  Is Bob Beauprez calling for having children pay a federal income tax?  If your parents give you a $10 a week allowance, should the federal government get $2 of that?

    30, white male, TX-07 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 11:53:04 AM PDT

  •  I've heard about the epic flip-flopping capability (3+ / 0-)
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    of Beauprex out there in Colorado. I know that in recent years he's tried for a couple of different runs at public office but still keeps getting shut down. Now, it's probably just a case of sour grapes because he's running against one of the most popular governors ever in Colorado, John Hickenlooper. Go Hick! Both-Ways-Bob has the same chance as he ever did - nil.

  •  Also to Know About Beauprez (7+ / 0-)

    He presents himself as the self-made entrepreneur who knows how to "create jobs." The fact is that he received virtually for nothing an initial stake of hugely valuable property (his family's farmland) that luckily lay in the path of urban development in the Boulder-Denver metro area. The timing was right for him to develop it in housing, something that his hard-working parents were unable to do. I'm not saying he was an inept businessman because he did develop the vacant land and later went into banking, but the idea that he came up by his bootstraps is malarkey.

  •  WTF: It never fails to astound me how 'Ignant'... (3+ / 0-)
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    supposed Christians are about the teachings of Jezus...

    So 'God bless' those who are lucky enough to earn a (semi-) decent wage, but fuck the parasites who need a helping hand... Again W. T. F.

    Because Jezus was ALL ABOUT ragging on the poor and whining about how the rich were being persecuted.

    Seriously, I'm pretty sure we could train an earthworm that this makes no sense.

    I ride the wild horse .

    by BelgianBastard on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:08:23 PM PDT

  •  Jefferson had a different idea... (4+ / 0-)
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    Two quotations from the author of our Declaration of Independence helps put this hack's historical and moral standing into perspective.

    "Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1785.

    After being president his views on this had not changed.

    "The rich alone use imported articles, and on these alone the whole taxes of the General Government are levied. ... Our revenues liberated by the discharge of the public debt, and its surplus applied to canals, roads, schools, etc., the farmer will see his government supported, his children educated, and the face of his country made a paradise by the contributions of the rich alone, without his being called on to spend a cent from his earnings." --Thomas Jefferson to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 1811.

  •  I would be delighted (6+ / 0-)

    to pay more income tax...if I got more out of it.

    Like, Medicaid.

    Like, safe roads and bridges.

    Like, guaranteed Social Security.

    And where I am now?  I need to apply for food stamps.

    Yes I work full time and still qualify for food stamps.

    Does that suck or what?

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:23:35 PM PDT

  •  I can't believe (1+ / 0-)
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    METAL TREK

    Mitt got away with saying something we thought was an original idea for 2 damn years.
    We should have known better.

  •  tax is an exceedingly poor measure. (2+ / 0-)
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    Why would anyone think money is a good measure of a person (or families) contribution to society? what about churches which also pay less than 0 net tax; do they contribute to society??

    I am aware this is specifically about income tax but the point still stands.

  •  "Federal income tax?" (2+ / 0-)
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    BelgianBastard, Dave925

    That's a made up metric. As though paying "federal income tax" is the only measure of one's contribution to society and the wealth of this country --  or to their wealth.  I have nothing but contempt for people who only contribute money.

    Oh, hell, I'm preaching to the choir!

    A right answer to the wrong question is a wrong answer.

    by legalarray on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:25:39 PM PDT

  •  Wow. A man ahead of his, um... Whatever... (2+ / 0-)
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    Just another friggin' republican jerk.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:28:57 PM PDT

  •  I'm sure Mitt and Bob both got it from the same (4+ / 0-)

    source. Some, as of now, unidentified ALEC piece of bullshit disguised as a report on how many Americans are Taker losers which is the basis for some new junk Bill to end more unemployment benefits or aid to families with dependent children. Or something in that vein.

    allegedly


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 07:30:38 PM PDT

  •  Headline: (1+ / 0-)
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    "Mitt Romney's most famous quote was 'plagiarized' from some nobody in Colorado, who may one day run for Governor"
  •  As if this "Largesse" wasn't a pittance (1+ / 0-)
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    and shrinks to insignificance when compared to corporate welfare, not to mention the ludicrous defense budget which so much of ends up in the pockets of the truly wealthy.

    What the pukes really love to do though is keep taxes high on the middle class then rail at how they're supporting all the welfare cheats. Go ahead and ask some middle class Puke what our largest discretionary expenditures are and they'll most likely start moaning about "welfare" and "foreign aid" as if either of these weren't completely dwarfed by aforementioned categories. This tactic has been getting them loads of votes for decades now and is probably the one single thing that does the most to get them votes that are directly against those voters' interests.

    And it's true, the middle class is way over taxed compared to what they get for their money and that's what sticks in most people's craws. True the Europeans may pay 50% but look what they get for it. We easily pay 40% and what do we get? Not much and you have to be worse than destitute to get the penurious sums we call "welfare", not that things like our retirement and medical care aren't a complete joke as well.

    It's time to get the truth out there, folks. The Dems being beholden to many of the same interests as the Pukes won't be blowing the whistle on what is becoming the most unfair tax system on earth.

    "Those who fail to learn from History are doomed to repeat 11th grade"

    by Dave925 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 08:04:14 PM PDT

  •  ...gosh, Belgium immigrants were his... (1+ / 0-)
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    white blitz

    ...ancestors that came to Colorado. He and his bro sold the family farm and built a golf course. He got three deferments to avoid the Viet Nam War, but did a photo op as those he was a military dude.

    He was involved with some shady shit vs. the Denver District Attorney. Shady shit.

    This guy is a creep...

    Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

    by paradise50 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 08:19:12 PM PDT

  •  How Coloradans will vote for Beauprez (1+ / 0-)
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    is beyond me. Too bad that Hickenlooper is such a smarmy hypocrite.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:12:11 PM PDT

  •  I remember it being a (1+ / 0-)
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    fairly widespread conservative meme before Romney's tape surfaced. Perhaps because my job requires me to consume more conservative thought than is healthy for a man of my age and physical condition, I never thought Romney had coined it.

    You won't believe what this gay dolphin said to a homeless child. First you'll be angry, but then at the 1:34 mark your nose will bleed tears of joy.

    by cardinal on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 09:54:22 PM PDT

  •  The 47% meme... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...is standard republican boilerplate. It was definitely circulating in the Bush era, if not earlier.

       It is total intellectual dishonesty. Many hard working people have been ushered in to low paying part time jobs that only require paying payroll tax. The jobs are just low paying  wage slavery. Include young and old people out of the work force and the whole meme just collapses.

    "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein

    by PlinytheWelder on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:10:51 PM PDT

    •  It surprises me it was around for that long (1+ / 0-)
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      When I first heard about it, I looked it up and it seems the numbers had just reached the 47% mark, but they had been inching up year after year.

      The most ridiculous part of this meme is that these 47% are voting for dems because they are getting free money. This is so provably false. The highest per capita states of 47% trend very red.

  •  What we need is a chart showing the (3+ / 0-)
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    income and wealth of the huge corporations and rich people who paid no federal income tax (or got subsides that offset all their income tax) versus the income and wealth of all those who are too poor to pay income tax.  That 47% who pay no federal income tax includes a few of the top 1% who have mooched off and robbed off the rest of us.  I wonder if any Congressman might be among that group?  Darrell Issa, anyone?

    Republicans claim "tax cuts pay for themselves" but unemployment insurance, food stamps, student loans, road repair, disaster aid, must be offset with spending cuts. Who benefits most from tax cuts? The Ultra-rich. Who loses? You.

    by monkeybrainpolitics on Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 10:15:28 PM PDT

  •  Hating on the poor is a foolish strategy. (0+ / 0-)

    Let's hope he shows his true colors and makes it central to his campaign.    

  •  I have a question. (0+ / 0-)

    I've never needed to used welfare programs but I'm so happy that they're there for people who down on their luck. Since I've never had to use them, I don't exactly understand how they work.

    If many of those 47% paid federal income tax, wouldn't that cause many of them on the borderline to qualify for all kinds of welfare programs that the right says they hate so much? I've always been curious about this because if that happened, it could cost the government more than the taxes it collected from them.

    Or is this just another instance of them trying to snag even the crumbs on the table for the rich?

  •  Funny thing (0+ / 0-)

    about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which allows folks who don't make enough to pay little or no federal income taxes -- it was a Dem/Rep tax reform compromise (1975) that has been expanded several times since, in part to avoid passing an increase in the minimum wage. Huh. Pass laws, then bash the people who take advantage of them (except when it comes to corporate tax loopholes). Brilliant.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by ssnbbr on Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 07:21:30 AM PDT

  •  Conservatives are a Strange Breed (0+ / 0-)

    They love their country to distraction, but hate its government and despise its people.

  •  THANK YOU, "paradise50", for that bit of info. (0+ / 0-)

    How about plastering that all over out hyar in Injun Fightin' Country - or Cowlorado, as we natives fondly know it - just so everyone knows how good old Both Ways Bob plans to run this time?

    Well, "Active Activist", that just about describes good old Both Ways Bob perfectly.  As it does most of the rest of the Teabaghead/Republican Party.  They talk out of both sides of the mouth at one time, with forked tongue; and then call it "Patriotism".

    We've got one of them "Think Tanks" around, too.  Called the "Independence Institute", if memory serves.  Might even have been the source for that 47% business to begin with, as it just about measures up to what's usual and customary coming out of there.  And both Mitt the Twitt and Both ways Bob have "endorsements" out of that claque, too.

    And some of our ranges have a lot of loco-weed on them, too.  Bad enough when the cattle get poisoned.  But it does beat all get out when a flop in Congress, and a loser Nationally, show up with the same symptoms.  That WOULD make a "pair" for 2016, though.  Mitt the Twitt and Both Ways Bob(!) - seein' as how Mitt's makin' a kinda "comeback" try, that is.  A couple of loco horse's rear-ends would be more fun than even a Palin-Bachmann show.

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