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COMMENTARY | By now, you've already heard all about the leaked video where Mitt Romney said this:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what....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....These are people who pay no income tax.....And so my job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Mr. Romney, I'm one of the 47%. Last year, I completed graduate school at the University of Massachusetts. It took me six months to find a job, so I only had a paying job for 6 weeks. I had no income tax liability, and paid a token amount of payroll tax. This year will be much better, for me and the government.
Here's the problem, Mr. Romney. Most of the 47% are working poor families, students or retirees. A whole lot of them are actually Republican, since most of the non-income, tax-paying people live in the South. When you said your job wasn't to worry about "those people," that we don't understand "personal responsibility" or "care for their lives," you showered distain on us. Especially students, who wouldn't be in school if they didn't care about their lives. You don't even want to try to earn our vote?
Up until this week, I was considering voting for you. I voted for you in 2002. You don't want my vote now? You think I'm a no-good moocher, a blight on our country?
No problem. I'll vote for the Other Guy. Want to bet I'm not the only one that's going to now?
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