Our view: Romney and the 47 percent

DKS Editors

It’s well known that in political campaigns, facts get misused. Cue the 47 percent.

Romney stated in a speech to a group of his donors, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.”

If only Romney had the sense to stop there, but he continued:

“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 that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement, and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

Again, if only he stopped there. Yet he continued:

“These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax … 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.”

Well, Romney had one thing right. According to Politifact.com, 47 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes – emphasis on “federal,” because some still pay state and local income taxes.

These 47 percent are generally people who, because of standard deductions and tax exemptions, legally don’t make enough to owe the federal government a dime in income tax.

Let’s face it – we’re college students. We make minimum wage. A standard deduction for a single person who isn’t a dependent is $5,950 – meaning, if you make less than that in a year, you pay no federal income tax. We’re part of the 47 percent that Romney apparently doesn’t care about.

If Romney doesn’t care about the 47 percent, and the majority of college students are in that 47 percent, it seems fair to conclude that Romney just doesn’t care about us. Though, after his “borrow money from your parents” answer for the financial woes of college students, this was already pretty obvious.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.