Togetherness

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“We’re all in this together,” folks say. I’ve even said it. But are we?

Yesterday, I discussed Mitt Romney’s secretly recorded comments on the “47 percent” he believes are hell-bent on supporting President Obama . . . and an apparently different 47 percent not paying federal income taxes. Romney expressed a not unreasonable fear that government bailouts and handouts and entitlements will cause dependency, and there will come a breaking point where those working and producing will be unable to shoulder that burden.

But Mr. Romney shouldn’t go along with the bifurcation of the American public facilitated by the structure of the federal income tax and the payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare. Most people of all incomes are paying a lot more in taxes than they should have to, even when they do not pay federal income taxes.

Moreover, while no doubt some folks wallow in dependency through welfare or crony insider deals, the vast majority of Americans desire to stand on their own two feet. Part of the 47 percent not paying income taxes are people on Social Security, as noted in an online comment by John C. Bisely:

To lump Social Security in with the other parasites is very disturbing to me. I didn’t ask for SS, it was a government run insurance for my retirement that made sense, actually. The politicians used it as a cash cow and stole billions to buy votes — plus the fact, I gave them real dollars at the time I paid into it and they give me, inflated fiat!!!

Mr. Bisely, like most Americans, is not a parasite. He’s earned his way in this world. He deserves a less parasitic government.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Sep
    21
    8:53
    AM
    Brian Richard Allen

    …. This is Common Sense ….

    Yep.

    ‘Fraid so, Mr Jacob!

  2. Sep
    21
    10:41
    AM
    Drik

    de Toqueville said: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money”.

    Romney said that regarding the job of “running” for president, the people that were comfortable with those bribes would not be able to be counted on for votes.

    Pretty much the same thing. Hard to tell which of them to be more angry with for having the gall to be honest.

    Curious that the angriest persons over the comment are those that get to influence how other people’s money is spent. No anger hardly at all out of the people whose money goes into that slush pot or who are being put on the hook for the bill for what is spent over and above that.

  3. Sep
    21
    10:43
    AM
    Drik

    de Toqueville would now be just as vilifiied had he mentioned that the people being bribed were not the people whose money was being used for the bribery.

  4. Sep
    21
    4:42
    PM
    John C. Bisely

    As an “Oh by the way” I paid over $30,000 in income taxes in 2011, so I am NOT one of the SS persons that paid NO TAXES!

    John C. Bisely

  5. Sep
    21
    5:34
    PM
    Rocket Scientist

    But, but, but…

    My grandparents were scared out of their wits after hearing that the Republicans were going to take away their Social Security — back in the 1970’s !!!

    Anyone will hell-bent to vote for Obama IF the right buttons are pushed.

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