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  1. I resent you saying Social Security is an entitlement! I and so many more were forced to pay into SS for 40+ years. So it’s our fault that the government has squandered this account and now can’t meet it’s obligation. We just want what is rightfully ours!

    1. James Wolfe

      And while you were working and paying into that social security lock box you sure enjoyed all those benefits the government was doling out to you and everyone else from that magic bottomless bag of cash and never for a minute questioned where they were getting it. It’s all their fault they spent your money promising you things so you would vote for them and you did and now the money’s gone and you complain that it’s not fair because they promised to take care of you. Well its all gone now, the Chinese are currently paying for your benefits and I doubt they’ll keep doing it for much longer. Good luck with that.

      1. ” now the money’s gone and you complain that it’s not fair because they promised to take care of you.”
        – breach of contract is actionable everywhere.
        I do understand that if the money ain’t there, it ain’t there. But that doesn’t remove the moral wrong of the broken promise. “Pay into this system and eventually it will take care of you” is a promise, an implied contract.

  2. Mitt’s comments were reprehensible, as they apparently included those on Social Security and Medicare, which were funded by the recipients. They also include the wives of serving soldiers who have to supplement their purchasing power with food stamps. These problems weren’t made BY the people Mitt complained about- they were made FOR them.

    In the meantime, Mitt pays a 13% tax rate- that’s less than I give a waitress in a diner. So who is the bigger parasite? Mitt, or someone who earns 50K a year and pays payroll taxes but no Federal income tax? You make the call.

    Of course, this narrative is straight out of the AEI playbook: as we’ve seen with the endless slander against CRA and the GSEs, the AEI’s standard rule applies: when the reckless actions of private capital trainwrecks the economy, blame the poor and the colored.

    Yours in Christ,

    Max

    1. the whole incident was a politically motivated set-up. Yes, Mitt was a bit lose with the facts, but no one mentions who was in the room and for what reason. Does anyone care about context? or taking things out of context?

      His one point was that the INCOME tax cut issue won’t resonate with those that aren’t paying INCOME taxes.

      What does it say about the other side, who are incredibly desperate to win at any cost or with any “dirty trick” in collusion with an liberal ass-kissing media??

      Mitt pays millions in taxes and pays what the tax code requires, of that I have no doubt. So, why would you be mad at a guy who pays millions if not 10s of millions in taxes? It’s a lot more than the 47% pay!

      Dear Jesus, help this gentleman calm his anger against someone that he only knows from incompetent and intellectually deficient and biased media personnel and his own personal bias. Help him see truth more correctly and thinking more clear. Amen.

    2. Hey Max,

      Just curious, we you this upset with Obama when he said he didn’t care about the white working class people because they wouldn’t vote for him?

  3. Oh please please Mitt keep talking. We are finally finding the depth and breadth of your ignorance and arrogance.

    BTW — you don’t need fissile material to build a dirty bomb. Everybody knows that why don’t you.

    Please Mitt keep telling use who you really are.

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