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Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Exactly who are 'the 47 percent'?

In response to the letter printed Sunday, Aug. 18, titled "Another Democrat in the White House could spell disaster":

When you say "50 percent of the country pay NO taxes," I assume you are talking about Romney's infamous 47 percent.

First, he was talking about federal taxes; it's ludicrous to think that any country could function with half its citizens paying no taxes. Everyone pays state taxes, local taxes, Social Security, Medicare, sales taxes and a host of others.

Second, let's look at who these freeloaders are: of that 47 percent, 23 percent are low-income (defined as income under $26,400 for a family of four), 10 percent are the elderly living on Social Security (who are they to think they are entitled to something they spent their whole lives working for?), 7 percent are people receiving the earned income tax credit, and 6 percent are folks who are so rich that they have found ways to itemize their way out of paying federal taxes.

Herald-Dispatch, you should be more responsible with what you print. I understand that this is an opinion column, but people who do not have the ability to research and educate themselves about these types of statements just believe them because they are printed in the paper. Worse yet, they repeat it. I can't tell you how many people on Social Security I've heard repeat this who had no idea he was talking about THEM!

Space prohibits dealing with the rest of the contents of that letter, but I would encourage people to educate themselves before taking any generalized statements like this to heart.

Etta French




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