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10/2/2012 1:37:00 PM
Romney has no interest in the middle class

To the Editor:

We had to wait in order to read and hear in the media that Mr. Romney actually said what we heard him say yesterday on television. That’s how unbelievable this is.

A video filmed in May was recently released. It is of Mr. Romney speaking back in May to a closed meeting of rich donors.

He began to define the 47 percent (his number) of voters that back President Obama. He said: “These are voters who back President Obama, no matter what. They are dependent on government and believe they are victims, entitled to health care, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, housing and they take no responsibility for their own welfare. They do not pay taxes.”

He added that he was not going to try and change their minds or get their votes because it would be useless to try: “I’ll never convince them that they have to help themselves. My job is not to worry about them.”

These are his beliefs. He, in fact, is only reiterating an agenda that Republicans stand for in this election: “Forget the middle class, they will not vote for us.”

Here is a candidate who has open disdain and contempt of 47 percent (his number) of the people of our nation.

When he defines the middle class, he means all of us ... adults, children, seniors, those on Medicaid and Medicare, students looking for loans for college, the military, including those serving in Afghanistan, veterans, workers of all stripes: union, non-union, factory, mill, teachers, service providers, family farmers, unemployed ... everyday people who are proud to be citizens of this country.

He forgets one elementary fact: Our middle class is the strength and backbone of the USA. His campaign has ignored us from the beginning.

He also recently released the very first ad that tells how he will help the middle class. 

Too little to late. 

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

We can decide to ignore these facts ... but they will not change ... or we can recognize that it is President Obama who, in these last four years, has consistently worked to further the middle class. 

Get the facts straight and vote to re-elect our president for another four more years.

Dick and Gail Gumness 
Lake Tomahawk

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: c. martenson

Let me point all of The Conservative LLTimes readers, to your Republican super-PAC attack ad from "Restore Our Future" -- titled, "The New Normal": http://restoreourfuture.com/. (Currently playing on WI TVs everywhere). In this attack ad, they cite that under President Obama, America has lost "economic competiveness" to the vilified, hated, Socialistic, Collectivistic, EU. They rank America seventh in "economic competiveness" behind, Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Germany. (World Economic Forum Competiveness Rankings, 2012).

Um, if that's the case, why are we vilifying Europe? They take care of all their citizens, they have universal health care, they have a higher rated standard of living than us, and they're "economically more competitive" than us, according to your own neo-con, super-PAC, "Restore Our Future".

I think the American Investigator should have a look.

Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Article comment by: Rick Smith

I have the facts straight and I am voting for Mitt Romney!!! I want to stay middle class!

How about that debate last night, the empty chair couldn't find his teleprompter>>>

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Rick Smith

:Keep drinking the Kool Aid!

"We Couldn't Agree More"
The Middle Class Has Been “Buried” Under $16 Trillion In Debt – An Increase Of $5.4 Trillion Under President Obama. (U.S. Treasury Department, Accessed 10/2/12)
The Middle Class Been “Buried” Under 43 Straight Months Of Unemployment Above 8%, While More Than 23 Million Americans Are Unemployed, Underemployed, Or Have Stopped Looking For Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 10/2/12)
The Middle Class Has Been “Buried” Under Falling Incomes That Have Declined More Than $4,500 Since President Obama Took Office (“Household Income Down 8.2 Percent Since Obama Took Office, Study Shows,” Fox News, 9/26/12)
Middle-Class Families Have Been “Buried” Under Gas Prices That Have More Than Doubled From $1.85 Per Gallon To $3.80 Per Gallon. (U.S. Energy Information Agency, 10/2/12)
Middle-Class Families Have Been “Buried” Under The Rising Cost Of College – Which Has Increased By 25% At Four-Year Public Schools Across The Country. (“Trends In College Pricing,” College Board, 2011)
Middle-Class Families Have Been “Buried” Under Skyrocketing Health Care Premiums That Have Increased From $12,680 To $15,745 – An Average Increase Of Over $3,000 Per Family. (“Employer Health Benefits, 2012 Annual Survey, Exhibit 6.4” The Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012)
American Enterprise Institute Has Calculated That The Annual Cost Of President Obama’s Current And Looming Debt Burden Amounts To $4,000 Per Year In Higher Taxes On The Middle Class. (James Pethokoukis, “Study: Obama’s Big Budget Deficits Could Mean A $4,000 A Year Middle-Class Tax Hike,” American Enterprise Institute, 10/2/12)
President Obama’s Tax Hikes Would Subject Small-Business Owners To Higher Taxes And Would Jeopardize 710,000 Jobs. (J.D. Harrison, “Obama Plan To Lift Top Tax Rates Would Plague Millions Of Small Businesses, Study Warns,” The Washington Post, 7/17/12)
Under President Obama’s Policies, The National Debt Is Projected To Surpass $20 Trillion By The End Of 2016 – An Increase Of More Than $4 Trillion In New Debt. (“Fiscal Year 2013 Mid-Session Review: Budget Of The U.S. Government,” Office Of Management And Budget, 7/27/12)

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Chris FAdrowski

I have to disagree with this letter. Romney was talking about the 47% who don't pay Federal taxes but get money back from those who do (the other 53%). Obama's plan is to make more people dependant because they know they won't vote to take their "free" stuff away. He was correct. I would also like to ask, what has obama done for the middle class? What policy of his has helped? Is it more that 15 million more people on food stamps? Is it 8.1% unemployment with NO ECONOMIC growth? Re-electing Obama will just be more of the same thing as the last 4 years but I afraid it will get worse. You can't strengthen the middle class by going after people who buy the what the middle class produces in our factories and other business'.

Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Lepper

Just remember one thing Dick & Gail, when the number of "Gimmedats" outnumber the self reliant hard working folks, there will be no turning back. We will have become a "socialist society" much like Greece and Spain. We will never have the votes needed to turn the country back around to growth and prosperity. Illinois will bail out Chicago and the Federal Government will bail out Illinois and OUR country will be on the fast tract to it's demise. I can't believe that you fail to see this.

Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Article comment by: Bruce Van Hoozen

Under Obama, Poor, Middle Class Incomes Fall Sharply
Mon, Oct 01 2012 00:00:00 E 00_WEB

Posted 08:05 AM
Despite repeated promises that he would build prosperity from the bottom up, President Obama has presided over three years of income losses for the middle class, according to the latest household income data from the Census Bureau.

Since 2009, the middle 20% of American households saw their average incomes drop 4%. In 2011 alone, they fell 1.7%. The poorest 20% have fared even worse under Obama, Census data show. Their incomes have dropped more than 7% since 2009, and are now lower than they've been at any time since 1985, after adjusting for inflation.

These results are in direct contrast of what President Obama said his policies would produce when he ran for president in 2008.

At a high profile speech in March of that year at Cooper Union in New York City, for example, Obama said "I've put forward a series of proposals that will foster economic growth from the bottom up."

Later that year, he said the country faced "a choice between more of the same policies that have widened inequality, added to our debt," or policies that "will restore balance to our economy that will invest in the ingenuity and innovation of our people that will fuel a bottom-up prosperity."

And in his first budget, released in February 2009, Obama said his policies would bring about "bottom-up growth that empowers hardworking families to climb the ladder of success."

But so far, none of that has happened during Obama's recovery, which started in June 2009 and has produced historically low rates of economic growth.

By Matthew Daly, MitchWeiss, James Rainey
Associated Press
Charlotte, N.C.
2 October '12
Vic President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been "buried" during the past four years, not the most artful statement coming from the No. 2 in the administration in charge during that time.

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