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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What He Said: Barney Frank on Mitt Romney

Posted by on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

JMG has the quote:

"Mitt Romney’s attack on the moral character of disabled veterans, elderly and disabled Social Security recipients, and hard-working Americans in low-wage jobs because they do not pay income taxes is especially galling given the great energy he has put into evading income taxes on his very high income. Many of those whom Mr. Romney impugns pay a significant portion of their income in payroll taxes which support Social Security and Medicare. And until Mr. Romney stops hiding his own tax records, we can speculate that those people pay a higher percentage of their income in these taxes than Mr. Romney does on his foreign accounts, tax shelters, and other evasive devices."


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He's becoming a fine twitterer as he nears his happy married retirement!
Posted by gloomy gus on September 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Matthew Richter 2
overheard: "The Romney campaign is so dead the Mormon church just baptized it."
Posted by Matthew Richter on September 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
Maybe if the companies Mitt took over/founded/sat on boards of paid their entry level workers a livable wage, they'd make enough money to need to pay taxes. I mean, either you pay "entitlements" so that they can afford rent and food while working 40/week to ring up post it notes, or you can pay them what they can actually survive on, instead of stuffing it in the pockets of your investors and yourself. Then they have enough money to buy other things. See how that works?
Posted by MinnySota on September 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 4
Posted by Gurldoggie on September 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Perhaps the most stupid thing in this steaming pile of stupid: the topic to shifts back to "Exactly how much have you been paying in taxes, Mr. Romney?" and won't go away until he releases the returns. It can't. He's painted himself into a corner.

Above anything else, the last few days have demonstrated that Romney is not qualified to be President.
Posted by usagi on September 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM · Report this
Like Paul Krugman said yesterday: the vast majority of the adults who don't pay income tax are either elderly, students, or cyclically unemployed. Meaning: they either paid income taxes in the past or will in the future. They're not grifters and suggesting that they are is grotesque.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on September 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
merry 7
That whooshing sound you hear... is what's left of the Rmoney campaign going swirlingly down the toilet...

After all, "water seeks its own level"....
Posted by merry on September 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
My goodness, this comment thread is already full of win, right on top of Barney's winning Facebook post. I'm looking at you, previous commenters!
Posted by Evn on September 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 9
Gonna miss Barney, but he certainly deserves a good retirement.

Here's the thing about the Romney faux pas: He said that shit at a fundraiser, so we can deduce, I think, he thought that it was something his supporters (with money) wanted to hear. Therein lies the malignancy in America. We've become a country of the Haves and Have Nots to a degree that I certainly don't ever recall in my lifetime, and the Haves blame the Have Nots for not having. This is more than the "rational self-interest" egoism of Ayn Rand. This is mean, despotic aristocracy just a shade or two above proposing a final solution. Let the poor, useless motherfuckers starve, it says. They deserve it.
Posted by Bauhaus I on September 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 10
If the Repubs get to keep using Obama's comment (also made at a fundraiser) about Republicans -- or rednecks, or whatever group it was -- clinging to their guns & religion, then we get to keep using this.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on September 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM · Report this
Yes, the difference however is the guns and religion comment was mostly correct, albeit insensitive.
Posted by wxPDX on September 18, 2012 at 8:13 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 12
Haha -- yeah, well there is that.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on September 18, 2012 at 8:49 PM · Report this
Just Jeff 13
Romney has articulated the class war-and who is waging it on whom-better than any lefty ever could.
Posted by Just Jeff on September 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM · Report this
Stay vigilant. Get out the vote.
Posted by Suzy Greenberg on September 19, 2012 at 6:33 AM · Report this


One of your most Ardent FanBoys

(Bob. In Baltimore....)

claims to have found a secret recording of you from 2006

in which you endorse legalizing Polygamy.

He has even posted a transcript
(on Slog, for crying out loud.
Punked on your on blog!
damn- the internets are a jungle....)

"I have the same reaction to legalizing marriage for gays as I do for polygamists. What’s the big deal? Legalize it. It’s kind of like arguing against giving women the vote because then women will want to enter the work force. (Horrors!)"-Dan Savage

Please clarify.....

(we call this to your attention because we are sure you want to get out in front of this budding scandal early...)
Posted by your Pal on September 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
If the Repubs get to keep using Obama's comment (also made at a fundraiser) about Republicans -- or rednecks, or whatever group it was -- clinging to their guns & religion, then we get to keep using this.

Here's the quote in full. Obama was actually speaking in sympathy for those people and goes on to say that he needs to court their votes. HUGE difference in both the tone and the attitude of what Romney said

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Posted by Global Traveler on September 20, 2012 at 5:44 AM · Report this

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