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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Class Warfare? You're Soaking In it

A Kinsley Gaffe is defined as a gaffe where a politician inadvertently tells a truth that damages them.

Perhaps a Romney Gaffe is a gaffe where a politician actually expresses the core truths that are unpopular to the population as a whole.

The PA state rep above is an example of the sort of assumptions that animate today's GOP.  This is the root of Romney's 47% bullshit.  When Romney said 47% of Americans don't pay taxes, he was referring to income taxes.  Anyone who works pays payroll taxes (including many undocumented aliens).

So 47% of Americans don't pay zero taxes.  It's 47% who pay no income taxes, in large part because of Reagan's earned income tax credit.

From there, it's a hop, skip and a jump to Galt's Gulch.  There, we find the idea that 47% of Americans are simply moochers for wanting food, shelter and medicine.  And those lazy moochers shouldn't be allowed to vote.

Just remember that the next time some Republican starts whining about class warfare.

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