Sunday, September 23, 2012

Will the real 47% please stand up?

The nice thing about the Occupy movement's "99%" is that whether or not someone agrees with their politics, they understand that they are a part of the 99% of Americans who are not insanely wealthy.

The problem with Romney's "47%" is that many people hear the message (almost half the country is a bunch of lazy, dependent moochers), without realizing that Romney is indeed talking about them. And let me tell you, the conservatives who rely on government services other than Welfare and Food Stamps are the most vehement, foaming-at-the-mouth defenders of the "heroic job creators who are unfairly persecuted with taxes."

So I'm going to do a Jeff Foxworthy version of breaking it down for folks.
  • If you've ever been exempt from paying federal income tax because you or your spouse was deployed in the military... you might be the 47%.
  • If your itemized deductions (for business expenses, child care, housing, education, healthcare, municipal bonds, etc.) were equal to or greater than your federal tax liability... you might be the 47%.
  • If you have ever been able to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit... you might be the 47%.
  • If you have taken out federally insured student loans... you might be the 47%.
  • If you have ever attended a community college... you might be the 47%.
  • If you are retired and receiving Medicare... you might be the 47%.
  • If you are a family of 5 making $50,000 a year or less... you might be the 47%.
  • If you are a family of 4 making $45,775 a year or less... you might be the 47%.
  • If you or your spouse have ever received Unemployment or Disability ... you might be the 47%.
  • If you have a union job... you might not be part of the 47% because you receive enough wages and benefits from your employment to make ends meet, and you may even have a bit left over. 

1 comment:

Gerald E. Lavey said...

Let me try this again. Posting a comment on these sites, including mine, is like trying to break into the Pentagon.

Good stuff, Heather. Really good. Glad you are doing this again.