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Juan Cole: Tax Deadbeat Romney Calls Other Non-Taxpayers Leeches [View all]

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Tax Deadbeat Romney Calls other non-Taxpayers Leeches

Published on September 18th, 2012
Written by: Juan

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Food? I mean, donít human beings kind of deserve food? Is Romney for starving the poor to death so as to avoid having to pay any taxes? Would 46 million emaciated dead American bodies be all right by him? Note that food stamp recipients typically are temporarily on the program. Some are low-paid members of the US armed forces.

The first thing to say is that Romney himself may well have paid no income taxes in recent years. (He claims he paid 13% annually in taxes, but has not proved he paid *income taxes.*) Generally speaking, American corporations pay more for lobbyists than they do in Federal taxes.

The second thing to say is that a hundred percent Americans pay taxes. Federal income tax is only one kind of tax. Most workers pay payroll taxes. In Michigan, we have a 6% retail tax that is regressive and is paid by all consumers, no matter how poor or unemployed or retired. We have local property taxes that even the retired have to pay. Then, everyone who works pays social security, though the rich pay it only on income up to $96,000 a year and after that their further income is exempt (but why?). So actually, the working poor, workers and the middle classes are paying for social security all by themselves.

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Only by not looking too closely into all taxes and who exactly pays them and why can Romney create this phantom of the non-tax-paying leech. Well there is some truth in it. All he has to do is look in the mirror to see it.

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