I'm a conservative (Though not the kind you see on the Fox News). I believe in the death penalty, and in a lot of fiscal conservative policies - though, to be fair, you don't need to be conservative to believe in those - I know people who are otherwise diehard liberals that advocate for them.
But hearing this from the Republican presidential nominee (albeit taken surreptitiously, it would seem), makes me say only one thing.
Allow me to elaborate. I'm married. My wife works two jobs, and I've been working while going to school to get a teacher's certification (just had to quit my job because I'm starting student teaching). We make enough money to get by - rent, food on the table, gas in the vehicles, insurance. Plus maybe a little every so often to do something special. When the two of us get money from another source - such as gift money for our anniversary, or birthdays, or Christmas - we stretch it out to the extreme, try and make it last months instead of blowing it all in a few days. And that's only if we don't use it to help pay the bills first.
But this past year, we didn't pay a dime in income taxes, federal, state, or local (nor the years before it). And between the first two, we received around $3k in tax refunds from the Powers That Be. Now, as has been pointed out, my wife and I are part of the 28.3 percent that pay taxes deducted from wages, like SocialSec and Medicare. But the big April 15th tax bit cost us nothing.
So, according to Romney, my wife and I are moochers who are living off the government, and will vote Obama because I believe that the government's responsibility is to take care of me.
You think I want to live this way the rest of my life, Mr. Romney? You think I want to be trapped in a crappy apartment living paycheck to paycheck, telling anyone who pesters me about kids that we don't have the money to afford to raise a child right now? Not when we're barely breaking even just for two of us?
According to you, anyone who doesn't pay income tax to the government is gaming the system, welfare kings and queens sitting at home, getting money from the government, never working to try and improve their condition.
I want to pay taxes! Because paying taxes will mean I actually have a good, steady job! Paying taxes will mean that I have income that can be spared to help out my fellow Americans! Paying taxes will mean that I have finally gotten enough money to start a family!
I am a big believer in personal responsibility, that I have to pay for the decisions I make (and that that payment is not necessarily financial), the good ones and the bad ones. But you? You just take allllll that away from me and slap me with the moocher label.
Oh, and to echo Stattick? I love how you claim that food and shelter are entitlements. News flash, Hotshot! You need those things to live. Or do you believe that when the Founding Fathers advocated life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness they were just talking about yours?!
And yes, Obama will be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich, because you people don't need tax cuts! Fact Alert: a 40% tax rate on $300,000 means that you still have $180k to live on! And that's just the money you get from people actually willing to listen to your crap! Doesn't count all the sweet 15% capital gains millions you have simply because you decided to take over the family business of being in business.
You are building a wall, Sir, in America. A financial wall between men like yourself, who game the system to hoard millions, and men like myself who have no interest in gaming the system, I just want to take care of my wife and (one day) kids.
And to you, in a manner that you find memorable, I say this:
Governor Romney, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the United States: Come here to this gate! Mr. Romney, open this gate!
Mr. Romney, tear down this wall!