JIM CREES: This just in: 47% of this country are slackers

Recently, I decided to kinda lay off politics for a while. It’s exhausting, and there really are so many other things deserving of my attention.

And then ...Gov. Mitt Romney speaks out on who paid taxes in this country, and who didn’t. (Actually, he spoke out quite a while ago, but the tape of this event just recently surfaced.)

Mitt had a field day hanging out with friends and socioeconomic equals and really had a chance to get things off his chest. Unfortunately, someone taped the whole thing.


Mr. Romney said some pretty disparaging things about just about everybody who wasn’t white in the room, or wasn’t making about as much as he does in a year. He very succinctly noted that almost half of the people living in this country are slackers and leeches on society.

Forty-seven percent to be exact.

Now, before you sharpen your pencils and send off your “Jim Crees is a demonic liberal” letter, let’s review exactly what Mitt said:

“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 they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.

“These are people who pay no income tax. 47-percent of Americans pay no income tax.

“So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll (President Obama) be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years.

“And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”


Mitt is almost conceding the election. If he admits that 47-percent of the voters will vote for Obama no matter what, Mitt is virtually writing off the election because with a standard 3-percent margin of error, the incumbent president could log a full 50-percent and grab a few percent of the independents as well.

Bingo! Another four years of Nigerian socialism.

In Mitt’s comments, he at best is misleading. At worst, he’s just a liar.

There. I said it.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I implore you ...

It is true that some 47-percent of American do not pay federal income tax ...but not completely true.

What Mitt didn’t discuss with his crowd of deep-pocketed friends was that this 47-percent of slackers includes a HUGE percentage of people who actually DO pay other federal taxes or withholdings - such as payroll taxes and Social Security withholding.

He didn’t mention that a large majority - a very large majority - of the people he was so casually writing off DO have jobs but are struggling to make ends meet. They are called “the working poor” in this country.

A family of four with someone trying to support them on a annual salary of $26,400 does not need to pay any income tax other than what is collected through payroll deductions. But Mitt, and others of his ilk, simply don’t believe there is anyone in the country who makes $26,000 or less. It’s a lefty, liberal myth - like unicorns, or pregnant rape victims.

According to a study carried out by the Associated Press, of the 47-percent cited by Romney as being “dependent on the government” and who “believe they are victims”:

n 22-percent are those who get tax breaks allowed the elderly that offset limited, fixed incomes - retired workers.

n 15-percent get tax breaks for being low income, or working poor parents.

n 3-percent are people are going to school full-time.

Also in Romney’s list of slackers who don’t pay income tax are military personnel on active duty.

Hmmmmmmmm ...

Most telling, however, is what Mitt didn’t say when he so enthusiastically tried to pimp himself off to his ‘base.’

He didn’t mention that included in the 47-percent of those who don’t pay federal income taxes are the some 4,000 households with incomes over $1 million who did not pay one cent in income tax.


And there are another 14,000 households, (that’s fourteen thousand), who made between $500,000 and $1 million who didn’t send Uncle Sam even one dime.


As Mitt and his buddies were so disparagingly slagging off the slackers around the U.S. who don’t pay taxes, there were probably a good number of them in the room giggling along with the crowd.

And then, of course, there are the corporations who log billions and billions of dollars in earnings, and yet pay less than you or I do in income tax. They, (these so-called job creators who create nothing), pay less than the average tax payer - Total. Not just percentage wise.

When people speak what they truly believe, as Mitt did at this gathering of pseudo-elitists, I find it hard to understand how anyone, including traditional GOP voters in this area, can continue to support them.