The ironies of we, the lazy-ass 47% who do not pay federal income taxes, are many. These are among them:
. Numbers of the working-poor and the retired elderly and the ill and elderly are part of the 47%.
. Too, many of the working-poor and elderly-retired pay no federal income taxes but have paid and many still pay payroll taxes. The smarmy suggestion in Mr. Romney's smug and incomplete assertion is that citizens in the latter category are sponging off their betters.
. The states above in red have, from the onset of a consistently-levied federal income tax in the early twentieth century, have paid far, far less in federal income taxes to Washington than they get from the federal government (for roads, education, Aid to Dependent Children, health initiatives, special education, and much, much more). And they resent it and they resent that we know it.
. Fewer than one percent of those who also pay no federal income taxes do not pay because they are enormously wealthy and have very solid accountants who help them take advantage of legal tax loopholes, ones they expect Mr. Romney to protect and multiply.
And the hits just keep on coming, because, when you add to all this
. Mr. Romney's liking to fire people;
. Mr. Romney's assertion that corporations are people;
. Mr. Romney's disparaging the Pennsylvania family's cookies as "bought at a 7-11" and not "homemade";
. Mr. Romney's disparaging a woman's raincoat (as she offers to shake his hand at a rally) as bought at a discount store;
. Mr. Romney's telling the same donor group who heard we were moochers that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is thoroughly and hopelessly unresolvable now and forever;
. Mr. Romney's dogged refusal to share taxes while scoring the rest of us for not paying taxes;
. Mr. Romney's thoroughly confusing, at that Boca fundraiser, nuclear with so-called 'dirty' bombs;
. Mr. Romney (again at the Boca event) saying that Hispanic voters are a threat not simply to his party but to our country;
...when you consider all this, what you might easily be tempted to conclude is that
to win, Progressives don't need Stupid-And-Fiercely-Proud-Of-It Sarah Palin on the challengers' ticket as the vice-presidential nominee because Sarah Palin now heads that ticket.
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