Romney's Goal Is To Tax Veteran Benefits And Social Security - And Response (6)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In a recent video released of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Mr. Romney is recorded as saying that 47 percent of our citizens pay no income tax, that they wanted a handout from the U.S. government, and are "victims."  He continued that he had no desire to reach out to those people who were dependent upon government, and that those people would assuredly vote for President Obama.  Later, he tried to re-frame the discussion by claiming that what he really meant to say was that his campaign is about stopping the idea of "redistribution of wealth" as compared to the Obama Administration, who was intent upon "redistribution of the wealth." 

The comment on the video has no relationship to an argument to/for "redistribution of wealth."  Mr. Romney characterized half the population as deadbeats and people he had no intention of representing.  This is nothing new for the Romney campaign.  A few months back he was quoted as saying that he "didn't care about the poor."  The most glaring point about this entire issue is that while it is a fact that 47 percent of the population pay no income taxes, to categorize these people not paying income tax as "lazy, victims, or freeloaders" is a huge injustice to many of these citizens.

Who are those people that do not pay income taxes?  They are people over 65 who are on Social Security.  They are people who are drawing disability from Worker's Compensation.  They are the WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, and Iraq veterans who have disability payments coming from the Veterans Administration.  They are retired military members who are not taxed on their pensions.  They are people who work but their income is below the poverty level.  Amazingly, the states with the largest number of people expecting a government check every month are the southern states.  Only a small percentage of the 47 percent who do not pay income taxes are people, who in the widest interpretation, could fit the categorization made by Mitt Romney.

Shame on you, Mr. Romney.  You never served your country, but now your true feelings are made known about what you really feel about people who have faithfully served their country.  You have reaped the best benefits this free society could afford anyone.  You've made millions off the backs of the hard working people in this country by taking their savings and investing it into strategies that directly hurt the people who's money you were investing. Most of the money you made, was made by sending jobs to China from the U.S.   You pay less in income taxes than poor working people.  Have you no shame?  

What Mr. Romney spoke he really believes.  He really believes retired military, people over 65, and people on disability should be paying income tax because right now they are "freeloaders."  In fact, many in the Republican Party applaud this characterization made by Mr. Romney.  This is how Mr. Romney is going to fix the budget, by taxing our elderly, our disabled veterans, and our retired military.  Nothing more can be derived from the comments of Mr. Romney than he looks at these people as freeloaders upon society who should be paying income tax.  Preposterous!  MItt Romney is the freeloader.  Never mind the 7,000 millionaires in the U.S. who pay no income tax, he believes the burden of the U.S. debt should be put on our elderly, military veterans, and the disabled.  People would do themselves a great service to really examine the comments made by candidate Romney.

Stephen Durham 

* * * 

Mr. Durham,  

In reponse to your letter to concerning Mr. Romney and taxes I would like to make a statement. That one word is bull.  Your contempt for success is utter senseless.  Your attempt to use class warfare and class distinctions is shameful.  Your acccusations are like a statement I heard before in another elections. They could say something like “Mr.-------, When did you stop beating your wife?.....Your response would be “ I never did and how dare you accuse me”...  The point is the damage is done because now ignorant people who don’t pay attention will always have in the back of their mind that you may have beat your wife.   

I believe that we should be asking Mr. Obama what his qualifications were to be president, his grades in three different schools (colleges), his total disdain for the military and so on and so on. Two can play that game of misdirection.    

Richard Elrod

* * *

Bull, indeed Mr. Elrod. 

Regardless of your political inclination, how Mr. Durham can take Romney’s statement, which in political terms was most likely accurate, and derive from that a goal to tax veterans and the elderly is planned, defies logic. It is pure political fodder and an attempt to inject “scare tactics” to sway voters. 

Hopefully most folks will see beyond conjured up rhetoric about hidden agendas and look at performance.

Gus Bryan

* * * 

In Stephen Durham's letter he stated that  veterans are, "retired military members who are not taxed on their pensions."  This could leave the reader with the idea that all military pensions are not subject to federal income tax.  

Just as a point of clarification, pensions of veterans that are based on age and length of service are taxed at the normal rates by the federal government.  However, military disability retirement pay and veterans' benefits may be partially or totally excluded from federal income taxes. 

Kenneth Barker

* * *

Stephen Durham clearly outlines those who aren't paying taxes on various incomes. I ask: shouldn't everyone  be paying their "fair share?" Our President indicates that everyone should be paying their fair share. Why are some exempt from the president's approach? 

Tim Giordano
Knoxville

* * * 

Well said, Stephen. Let me put in my two cents. 

For starters, I have to think that Governor Romney has no real goals other than wealth and power. Sure, he can spout his hypocritical pandering to whatever audience is there, but he lives by the bottom line just like our senator and freshman congressman who refuse to shout out his disgusting disrespect for one half of our population. 

Personally, I can't understand Romney's rationale at his $50,000/plate dinner in Boca Raton. First, he says he doesn't care about the 47 percent who will vote for the President. Count me among those, but at least the President in his winning moments gave respect to those who voted against him and vowed to represent all Americans. 

Then, he castigates his 47 percent who supposedly pay no taxes, live on the public dole and have no personal responsibility. Well, this 47 percenter doesn't fit that mold, and I find his remarks insulting and, frankly, a bald-faced lie. I have willingly paid income taxes since the late 1950's and still do well into my retirement. I  paid Social Security payroll taxes for over 45 years and now have some supplemental income as a result (also taxable). I paid Medicare payroll taxes for over 40 years. Thanks to Obamacare and Medicare, I found potential problems which could have cost local hospitals megabucks otherwise. By the way, I pay almost $4,000 a year in various premiums. That is nothing compared to my wife's costs, thanks to the insurance industry in which Romney is probably invested. That'd be nice to know.  

So would knowing whether Romney is one of the 47 percent he so disdains...those who don't pay income taxes. Since he won't release his tax returns, I have to assume he voted for Obama in 2008 and will again this November. 

 Mark Rudisill

* * *

Stephen, first let me just say I am not sure where you got your figures but they sound right out of the Main Stream Media's laughable headlines. How can you say that 7,000 millionaires paid no tax? I understand that there are about 265 of those in Washington D.C. now belonging to the Democratic party that have not paid taxes in several years but that figure of 7,000 seems really fictitious.

There is, however, a true figure that at this time the United States has the largest population of individuals getting help from the government in the way of food stamps or other benefits.

But to the point of Romney putting the cost of his plan on retired veterans is a joke. How about the change of military benefits that current military personal are now facing. Never have there been co-pays or out of pocket medical expenses but that was before Obama implemented them. Yes, he and he alone made that decision, so just ask any former or current military person you want about who they favor in this election and I will be totally surprised if 9 out of 10 do not say they will be voting for Romney.

Dee Layne

Christmas

It was December and we were headed home from our annual Christmas dinner with friends. Turning right to go up our mountain, Nanners laid her head on my shoulder, cold nose in the crook of my neck, causing me to look hard left… smack dab at that pair of Golden Arches. Her life philosophy is “being good gets ya stuff” and except for Elvis staying out one night chasing that 4-legged ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Trump's Latest Delight

I was quite amused this week when Donald Trump’s administration “locked out” several news organizations from the daily press briefings at the White House. The reason I loved it because in the 50 years I have spent in the news business, I have been locked out of press conferences, too. To be truthful, I am a longtime veteran of a bunch of “you versus me” squabbles and, if I do say, ... (click for more)

Car Crosses Center Line And Grazes Bradley School Bus; 3 Students Taken To Hospital For Observation

A car came across the center line and grazed the right side bumper of a school bus in Bradley County on Monday afternoon. Three students were taken to the hospital for observation. School officials said Bradley County School bus #48 was involved in the accident on Old Chattanooga Pike and Black Fox Road. Students were assessed and three were taken to the hospital ... (click for more)

NASA Employee Gets 10-Year Federal Prison Term After Being Caught In Child Sex Sting In Chattanooga; De Matties Placed Ad Looking For "Petite Young Teenage Slut"

Thomas de Matteis, 54, of Hazel Green, Ala., was sentenced on Monday by Federal Judge Sandy Mattice to serve 10 years in federal prison for coercing or enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Matteis entered a guilty plea to the charge in November 2016.   At the time of his offenses, Matteis was employed by NASA in Alabama.  An investigation started by ... (click for more)

Region 3-3A Girls Tourney Resumes Tonight At Bradley

The Region 3-3A girls’ basketball tournament resumes Monday night at Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, and the host Bearettes are once again in the spotlight. Bradley Central, ranked No. 1 by coacht.com, go into a semifinal contest against Stone Memorial at 6 p.m. in Jim Smiddy Arena as a heavy favorite to extend their season winning streak to 31 games. Bradley routed ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Softball Falls To Saint Louis 5-2 In Frost Classic

 The Chattanooga Mocs softball team fell to Saint Louis, 5-2, on the final day of the annual Frost Classic hosted by UTC at Frost Stadium. The loss drops the Mocs to 5-9 on the season. Chattanooga will head south for the next three weekends as they round out the non-conference tournament slate. The first runs of the game came in the top of the second when SLU scored ... (click for more)