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(AEI Ideas)   Romney needs to keep talking about our fiscally and morally disastrous Entitlement Society   ( divider line
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1321 clicks; posted to Politics » on 19 Sep 2012 at 10:11 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-19 10:18:23 AM  
4 votes:
Yes, those lousy deadbeats, like my retired parents who are in their 70s and paid into the system their entire lives, are horrible people for receiving Social Security and Medicare entitlements and not paying federal income taxes. Yes, Mitt Romney should keep talking about this.
2012-09-19 10:45:58 AM  
3 votes:
Romney is a man whose parents sent him to an expensive preparatory school on their dime. He is a man who went to college with substantial cash reserves in his pocket because his father invested thousands of dollars of "birthday money" which Romney cashed out at a substantial profit before college. He is a founding member of the club of vulture capitalists, a group that makes its money by eat companies alive for their assets and shipping jobs overseas. Romney pays only 15% in taxes on the majority of his income - if he pays any taxes - by exploiting loopholes in the tax code available only to the superwealthy who can afford to live exclusively off idle investments. Romney hides money in offshore accounts to dodge tax liability. Romney refuses to release his tax returns.

Romney thinks people who work for a living and have children or are retired after working for decades or are in the military or were laid off or are too sickly to work are entitled because they pay no taxes.

Just let that sink in for a minute. The man who won't show anybody his taxes and is hiding assets in Cayman and Swiss accounts, who had every advantage in the world handed to him because of his father's hard work and status and who made the majority of his money by killing people's jobs and destroying their employers has no problem criticizing working Americans, retirees and active duty military as entitled for their tax liability even though he won't let anybody see his own.

Just. Let. That. Sink. In.
2012-09-19 10:19:29 AM  
3 votes:
The GOP just needs to have the implosion and get over with.

As a Democrat I don't want a vacuum where were allowed to go overboard. It's detrimental to a democracy that we have someone to keep us in check. And right now the GOP is just shooting themselves in the foot over and over again.

Please guys....pull it together. Cast off the nutcases that are doing you harm. Come back to reality and let's get some work done.
2012-09-19 10:15:52 AM  
3 votes:
The good old days before all the darn welfare...
2012-09-19 10:15:23 AM  
3 votes:
In the past few months conservatives seem to have completely lost their ability to mask the deep contempt they feel for the working poor. Their loathing is building on itself, with each eruption of disdain calling forth even greater expressions.
2012-09-19 10:15:01 AM  
3 votes:
What, you mean like how rich people feel entitled to keep the fruits of their labours, as well as the fruits of other people's labours?
2012-09-19 10:14:29 AM  
3 votes:
Sure, he can talk about poor entitlements. As long as he includes rich entitlements too.
2012-09-19 10:28:57 AM  
2 votes:
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville
2012-09-19 10:27:42 AM  
2 votes:
Using the word "Entitlement" to describe welfare negatively is utterly stupid. Of course you're entitled to something you pay into, and even the poorest earners pay taxes to their localities or to their state. Even if they receive benefits from a federal government that doesn't tax them, they contributed money to a state and/or city government that the federal government would have to help a little less, so it balances out. That is as capitalist of an idea as you're going to get.

It's amazing how Republicans manage to argue how taxes are too low (because those filthy poors can get their ENTITLEMENTS) while arguing that taxes are too high (stifling INNOVATION and JOB CREATORS). And conservatives wonder why they are laughed out of any adult conversation.
2012-09-19 10:21:53 AM  
2 votes:
I pay SS, Medicare, and federal income taxes. I pay unemployment insurance.

They are called entitlements because if I need them, I am entitled to them.

Welcome to society, douchebags.
2012-09-19 10:20:47 AM  
2 votes:
Corporations are the biggest "welfare queens" of all. So let's start cutting entitlements with them.
2012-09-19 10:17:37 AM  
2 votes:
2012-09-19 10:17:15 AM  
2 votes:
Keep talking, Mitt.


Do programs like Medicare and Social Security need some reform?


Does Wall Street and the tax code need it first?

2012-09-19 10:13:17 AM  
2 votes:
Yes, please. Do this.
2012-09-19 11:57:14 AM  
1 vote:

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2012-09-19 11:09:40 AM  
1 vote:

fenianfark: [ image 543x415]

/Shamelessly stolen from another Farker

And I'm stealing it again!
2012-09-19 11:08:09 AM  
1 vote:

qorkfiend: No, Mitt Romney's donation of thousands of pints of milk more than makes up for that. Milk! Thousands of pints!

That was when he was governor of Massachusetts.

You know, when he signed the assault weapons ban, was supportive of gay rights, and... oh yeah! Signed RomneyCare which became the basis for ObamaCare.

Gotta wonder why Romney supported RomneyCare when he thinks it's somehow a parasitic entitlement when Obama signed it.
2012-09-19 10:55:49 AM  
1 vote:

Corvus: So republucans want to get rid of social security, Medicare and public schools?

Have you been under a rock for the past 32 years?
2012-09-19 10:53:07 AM  
1 vote:

The Reverend Smith: Let's hear the quote.

He was complaining about people who believe they are entitled to health care.

Veterans receive health care courtesy of the Federal government as part of their service. You might say they're entitled to it. They are, in essence, dependent upon the government for their health care. Let's also remember that soldiers in combat zones have exemptions on their income taxes.

By Mitt Romney's definition, veterans at the VA and soldiers in combat zones are entitled parasites.

Then there's all the old people who get social security and medicare after paying into the system their whole lives that Romney also considers entitled parasites. Now let that one sink in too. he's saying that because you pay for something, believing you should receive what you paid for is entitlement. Not only is this ridiculous, but it also says that he thinks the government is entitled to take your money without giving anything in return.

See, it's not quite as simple as your youtube page and teabagger chainmails would want you to believe.
2012-09-19 10:50:05 AM  
1 vote:
Watching rich people openly condemn poor people as lazy and moochers is just so vomitous.
2012-09-19 10:47:21 AM  
1 vote:

The Reverend Smith: Aarontology: Keep calling them parasites.

I'll go with FARKING parasites.

So that's the 47% of the country you're talking about? You believe that the people who vote for Obama because they think Democrats in office are a path to a free ride are 47% of the country?

There will be leeches and abusers of the system, but the fact is that destroying programs with a proven record of reducing the negative externalities of crippling poverty (crime rates, homelessness, starvation, low intergenerational social mobility) that weigh down a society as a whole is worth it to stick it to the bad eggs?

"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of people tempered by fear." - William E. Gladstone
2012-09-19 10:44:44 AM  
1 vote:
These rich farks got a little too comfortable and actually started believing their own bullshiat.
2012-09-19 10:43:38 AM  
1 vote:
America cannot afford to keep giving money to people that feel entitled to it just because they've received money in the past.
End corporate welfare now!
2012-09-19 10:37:44 AM  
1 vote:

Aarontology: Keep calling them parasites.

I'll go with FARKING parasites.
2012-09-19 10:30:22 AM  
1 vote:
I'd love to hear him talk about how entitled the people who qualify for the preferential tax rates on long-term capital gains, qualified dividends, and carried interest are.
2012-09-19 10:27:00 AM  
1 vote:
98% of Americans don't pay boat taxes. Entitled freeloaders, I tell you.
2012-09-19 10:25:18 AM  
1 vote:
That's right. Government for, by, and of the people should never return anything to the people.
2012-09-19 10:23:32 AM  
1 vote:

/Shamelessly stolen from another Farker
2012-09-19 10:20:06 AM  
1 vote:
Haha. I'd love to see them put faces on this "society".

The impression: minorities
The truth: white, also voting base
2012-09-19 10:19:28 AM  
1 vote:
Meanwhile, Wages have stagnated, jobs have been moved over seas, and food pand gas prices are at all time highs. But there is no accounting for that 700% increase in entitlements, is there?

Just let them starve in the street i guess.
2012-09-19 10:19:20 AM  
1 vote:
I fully support this idea. I'm sure the elimination of any federal tax breaks or government loans to companies like Bain will be front & center in Rmoney's plans, cause, you know, dependence on the government is always bad, m'kay?
2012-09-19 10:19:04 AM  
1 vote:

Philip Francis Queeg: In the past few months conservatives seem to have completely lost their ability to mask the deep contempt they feel for the working poor. Their loathing is building on itself, with each eruption of disdain calling forth even greater expressions.

Sadly, they keep getting away with this paper thin disguise because of how gullible their base is.

He called almost half the country incapable of taking responsibility for themselves. And yet, let's get outraged over Obama's bitterly clinging to guns quote from years ago because both sides bad.
2012-09-19 10:17:39 AM  
1 vote:
Huh. A respected conservative thinktank site? On *my* Fark? GTFO.

/so we get Brookings Foundation links approved soon too, right?
2012-09-19 10:17:13 AM  
1 vote:

TimonC346: Sure, he can talk about poor entitlements. As long as he includes rich entitlements too.

No kidding. Heard the quote on NPR, and I was like "What the fark is that little pause and emphasis on entitled people about, jagoff? You're talking to a room of the most entitled motherfarkers I can think of!"
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