Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Is 47% The Limit?

According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, 93% of the non-taxpaying freeloading Americans earn $50K or less, 5% earn between $50K and $100K, and the remaining 430,000 nonpayers earn more than $100K per year. The last group includes about 4,000 households with annual incomes in excess of $1M. In spite of what Mr. Romney said, I doubt that all of these “government dependent” people are going to vote for Mr. Obama.
But lately there have been signs that the group of people which the GOP considers unworthy of consideration is much larger than the 47% group. For example, in honor of the Labor Day holiday, Eric Cantor, the house majority leader, sent out the following Tweet: “Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.”
This would come as a surprise to Matthew Maguire, who first proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as the secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, or Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, who also proposed the holiday about the same time. In 1894, just six days after the deaths of a number of workers (not owners) during the Pullman Strike at the hands of U.S. Law Enforcement officials, Labor Day became a national holiday.
Apparently Mr. Cantor, a leader of the party, would forget laborers in order to honor business owners.
Mr. Romney himself gave an insight into the party thinking in his nomination acceptance speech. In speaking of immigrants, Mr. Romney said, “They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life. . . And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands.” Apparently, if they came just to earn a living, they don't deserve recognition.
It appears that the underlying party belief is that only business owners, officers and entreprenuers deserve commendation. Forget the workers.
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