Consider this an open response to Mitt Romney’s comments at a fundraiser:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
“…who believe that they are entitled… to food”? Willard Mitt Romney, shame on you!
Count me in as one of those “47-percenters” who do pay income taxes and who also support Barack Obama. I paid $12,804.06 in federal income taxes for tax year 2011 (somewhat more than that was withheld, and I got a refund), and I consider what I received from the federal government in return to be a damn good bargain. I also paid federal payroll and Medicare taxes (maybe not such a good bargain, yet) and state income, sales, personal property, and real estate taxes.
Romney has released his federal income tax return for 2010, and has released an estimate for his 2011 return. He remains coy about his returns and tax liability in earlier years. How much did you pay in 2009, Mitt? I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours.