Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Class Warfare: The Exclusion of the “47%” Demographic

Over the past 48 hours, I’ve been debating on Facebook with many over Willard Romney’s “47% victims” fundraiser video leak and it’s strange to realize that many liken those “47%” as welfare, deadbeat, leeches of our society.

As Willard stated on video, "All right, there are 47 percent who are with him {Obama}, 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 healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it."

Yes, there is no doubt that there are people in our society that believe the government owes them and they’ll find the way to get that entitlement, but it’s the “47%” stamp that is misleading.

Yes, the pundits love to keep the term “47% don’t pay taxes” looping on their programs but even they are misleading the public with a false claim. The “47%” do not pay federal taxes, yet still pay into Payroll, SSI, Medicare, State and Locality taxes.

I don’t completely blame Willard for this misleading statement as it’s been manipulated by the Punditry in a regular loop for the past year and it’s still misleading.

However, I can blame Willard’s campaign staff for letting him use the phrase and basically eliminating a massive grouping of voting demographics, because it bunches everyone under the “47%” claim as a whole, when his staff should be breaking down the group into subgroups; the elderly, the disabled, the impaired, the underemployed, the veteran, the millionaire and so on.
Yes, I said “the millionaire” as some do not pay federal income tax, but are excluded in thought by everyone because they find it hard to believe someone with money wouldn’t pay their tax.

Honestly, the fact that Willard is not backing down but standing firm on his statement shows he does, indeed, have a backbone, it’s his campaign staff that is a spineless bunch and should be fired.

Willard needs to show that he is fighting for all Americans, no matter their economic value.

Willard needs to show he will fight for the poor, but as he stated earlier this year, he’s not worried about the poor because they have a “safety net” with entitlements. These are the people that are part of the “47%” he was talking about in the video and he’s not worried about them.

With his statement of exclusion he has cemented the thought that he is only for the higher income value voter.

I agree the entitlement and tax system are in shambles, I would say 85% of Americans would believe so also. Every tax payer is using the system in one form or another.

How would people feel if the tax code is redefined? We all enjoy the tax credits of home ownership, college loans and child(ren), but what happens if they go away? People will be screaming in front of the Capital Building & White House. We enjoy those credits.

There are people, legitimately using the entitlement system for legit reasoning, these are the people Willard needs to represent and help with policy changes. But, sincerely to all politicians, stop talking about fixing the system and do something. It’s easy to lay blame on a certain percentage, but never discuss where the problem begins and begin the hard work to correct.

It also appears that Willard is just going to phone the election in for the next 40+days as he has no scheduled stumps on the current weekly calendar in big swing states, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t having high donor closed door fundraiser elsewhere.

Why is he not stumping in Ohio, Virginia or Florida, yet worried about New Hampshire?

New Hampshire has 4 electoral votes! Florida has 29, Ohio has 18 and Virginia has 13. He needs the big states, but is worried about the smaller ones of New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

There are Ohioans that are part of the “47%” that Willard needs to fight for. Just look at some of the numbers; 1.7 million Ohio families are receiving food stamps costing roughly $249 million/monthly in assistance and 2.08 million are enrolled in Medicaid costing around $1.4 billion on monthly average and that’s after Gov Kasich took office and reformed policy.

By not scheduling stops in big battle ground states with 40+ days left before the election makes it appear that Willard is waving a white flag of submission.

Where’s the fight? Where’s the substance? Is this what we can expect from a Pres Romney administration?

One can only hope that Willard’s spine stiffens more and wins each of the 3 upcoming debates, but I think there are a bunch of Ohioans replacing their trailer park plastic pink yard flamingos with Obama/Biden 2012 yard signs after hearing that Willard has given up on them.

That’s it, Slap the Tap, pour the Dog Bollocks beer and play with the Electoral Map at


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