Romney Foot-In-Mouth Disease: Sep 14, 2012

I am busy writing up a couple of longish posts, so here is something to keep you entertained for the rest of today. As many of you know, Mitt Romney has a long history of making remarks that betray his general disconnect from the vast majority (as in over 95%) of Americans. Here is the latest example-

Romney Believes “Middle-Income Americans” Make $200,000 to $250,000 a Year

“No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers,” Romney told host George Stephanopoulos.

“Is $100,000 middle-income?” Stephanopoulos asked.

No, middle-income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Romney responded.

However the median income of individuals in the USA is about 27,000 $/ yr. The “average” (not median) household income is barely 50,000 $/yr, and the median household income is very likely less than that (somewhere between 35-45,000 $/ yr.

Only 6% of Americans make over 100,000 $ /yr. Therefore, even under the most optimal of circumstances only 5-6 % of American households (probably less than that) could be considered “middle” income based on Mitt Romney’s criteria.

So is the guy out of touch, the messenger of a latin-america type plutocratic future or possibly both?

What do you think? Comments?

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17 Responses to Romney Foot-In-Mouth Disease: Sep 14, 2012

  1. hans says:

    He´s a brilliant success story.

    The only thing he and his cronies had to do was keeping Ron Paul and an actual Republican grass roots movement down. While getting the stupid sheeple to follow him.

    Obama is doing a VERY good job in implementing ALL the elites agendas, while still effectively paralyzing the left and having the right impotently chomping at their bits.

    No reason to shoot such an obedient Uncle Tom Nigger in the face with an overly competent “adversary”(ha).
    Everything going as planed. Oh yeah, and DO go voting. It really makes a difference, true story.
    LMAO

  2. P Ray says:

    It’s going to be fun to see how the elections will turn out.
    Both sides seem to be exactly the same, the poor will pay for the rich + free benefits for all women.
    Want to bet there will be more English teachers heading overseas on the cachet of “I come from America, I teach you well speaky”?

    • P Ray says:

      Oh wait.
      Not sure it’s going to make much of a difference who Americans pick:
      The guys in the middle and the bottom who enforce policy … are still going to be the same people.
      That’s why organisations suck…

  3. Wilson says:

    A teacher-firefighter couple probably makes $200,000, and his point was that he isn’t going raise taxes on them. The liberals run with this as if they are more in touch with the poor when Obama’s platform defines “wealthy” (which is what this is really about, not “median”) at exactly the same point

  4. whatever says:

    hans, allow me to explain something to you.

    As a 78 year old man, there is no chance “Ron Paul” was ever going to be elected President. There is a very high chance he would just die in office EVEN WITHOUT THE INCREASED STRESS OF THE OFFICE. As it is, were this country so lacking in even basic sanity as to elect an “about to die” person President, he would CERTAINLY die in office from the stress of the position. He would be EIGHTY-TWO by the end of his term. EIGHTY TWO.

    “Ron Paul” blocked all the people that could stop that stupid animal Romney from getting the nomination while having no chance of getting it himself. Solely to make his f’ing worthless ego happy, Ron Paul played spoiler. F’ck him.

    • P Ray says:

      Should Ron Paul have made it easier for someone else to have gotten ahead?
      “If you don’t get to pick a smart guy, you get your pick between idiots” seems like a good way to teach people a lesson.
      An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind,
      BUT
      You can’t put a price on education
      AND
      It takes a bad decision for people to get experience.

      • whatever says:

        Should Ron Paul have not taken away votes from people who had similar positions to him and could have actually won?

        Yes.

      • P Ray says:

        Do you participate in something to let your rivals win?
        That’s something I don’t see much of.

  5. jhbowden says:

    Obama will sweep all of the swing states and win decisively.

    Which is a good thing for the country, since moderates and progressives will get to see the full consequences of their agenda.

    It is also a good thing for conservatives, since Romney is a progressive pretending to be a conservative. A Romney administration would look like the Nixon administration, general opportunism, cutting corners on laws, combined with progressive policies that please the masses shortterm, but destroy the GOP brand longterm.

    • whatever says:

      That’s funny, I though Obama was a hard-right wacko with his Austerity, his bailouts of the wealthy, his desire for non-national health care, and his desire to dismantle all social safety nets? Makes him hard, hard right for all Western European countries which are currently doing as good or way better than the United States. Especially Germany and France.

      Oh, wait, I’m sorry, your insane.

      • jhbowden says:

        Progressives and moderates claimed that Obama’s massive deficits would pay for themselves because J.M. Keynes back in the 1930s theorized such deficits should have a stimulatory impact. Turns out massive deficits just create massive deficits, lol. In five or six years the Estados Unidos will be in Greek-like territory.

        But be comforted — as Obama’s colossal agenda fails, we’ll hear more fantasies about how he isn’t a true progressive, just like socialists claimed the USSR wasn’t true socialism when it failed. After all, if progressives and moderates took responsibility for their own actions, they wouldn’t be progressives and moderates.

  6. whatever says:

    And non-children know that the Republicans run up higher deficits than Democrats while you crazy people cheer them on.

    • jhbowden says:

      Yes, there are progressive Republicans who like to spend lots of money. Romney is one of them.

      But I’m not worried about the GOP. I’m worried about a socialist behemoth called Medicare — a program that had 47 million enrolled in 2010 — ballooning to 79 million enrollees by 2030. It racked up 450 billion in bills in 2007, will be over 650 billion this year, by 2017 will be somewhere in the ballpark of 900 billion.

      If we want to be adults, then we need take math seriously. Linear increases in taxation will never pay for quadratic increases in spending.

      BTW, I thought everyone hated old fatass white people. I guess you all want to spend your entire working lives paying their medical bills. Who knew?

  7. Matt Strictland says:

    Romney is partially right. It takes about that much, say 150k depending on where you live or so to make a person Middle Class

    Middle Class here is defined as no bill pay stress for normal purchases, new car cash paid every 3 years and a house comfy for 3 kids and a wife on one salary. What he and the right wing twats don’t get is how small the number of people can do that is.

    Many other Americans are working class (can do this on two salaries) but that is brittle (c.f Warren, the Two Income Trap)

    However most are poor (can’t do this on any salary) and sooner than not, it will blow up in their face. There are a host of outcomes, none of them good or pleasant. My guess is we’ll get either a Soviet style dissolution (peaceful end to the Republic) or Idiocracy

  8. Just sayin says:

    Romney is correct for the most part – in areas of the country like metro areas of DC, Boston, California 200K is middle income – of course in Tx, 200K goes a lot farther so it depends on where you live… But the reality is that more and more people with the option, are shifting things overseas. Take your losses in the US, make your money over-seas and keep it there.

    I’m a firm believer in starving the beast which is Washington, they ran out of my money in the first year Obama was in office – since then between tax credits for buying non-sense items, and writing off my “losses”, I’ve paid zero taxes and fired almost half of my work-force – increasing my work-force overseas by about 2x as much. I could see where things were going with this idiot and started shifting things overseas. I may post-pone the inevitable if Romney gets elected, but the reality is this country is doomed just like all of the other countries that reward failure and punish success…. (Just wait till the hyper-inflation starts – the result of printing all of that worthless money.)

    But I figure most of the people I’ve fired over the last 3 years voted for him, so they really didn’t want to work – I just hurried the inevitable along for them… Unfortunately for them, there are other opportunities out there – just not in the US any more – most of my money is coming from the Asian markets – okay, so in the US it looks like I’m going bankrupt – and those corporations are mostly to funnel more cash overseas. Sure it will all collapse – but I’ll be dead when the real fun begins so I couldn’t care less…

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