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Oct. 15, 2012 @ 11:20 PM

Romney and Ryan 'just don't get it'

Governor Romney has done it again, demonstrating why he is not fit to be our next president. In his now infamous chat with wealthy donors in Boca Raton, secretely recorded, he claims that 47 percent of Americans are "victims," non-income tax payers and dependents on handouts from the federal government. The majority of those "victims" pay taxes, in payroll deductions (Social Security and Medicare) and whenever they buy anything in a supermarket. The retired (who spent a lifetime paying income tax); the military (who defend our country's interests); and the very poor, whose income are just enough to make ends meet. Oh yes, I forgot, it also includes the very rich whose income derive from revenues from market investments. They are a class apart, not having actually to work for a living. (Work, you know the drill, eight hours daily on the factory floor, in the classroom, in the office, in the field, ...) Governor Romney is one of them, based on his latest income tax release.

Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan just don't get it. When I vote, I want a candidate who represents us all, the young and the old, the rich and the poor, all of us who pay into the federal treasury one way or another. And those who cannot.

Sadly, Governor Romney's comments in Florida remind me of a poll tax of the past. Only white males with property could vote in federal elections. How fine that would be for the Republican Party! (Some states, with their requirements for "photo-IDs" to vote, are attempting a similar type of exclusion.)

Governor Romney needs to understand that this is the United States in the 21st Century, a multi-cultural nation, with many ethnic and "racial" groups. And we are all Americans.

Nicholas Freidin

Huntington

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