There is much talk about the
47% 46%—those on the take in Romney’s formulation—who don’t pay taxes and will, the GOP candidate falsely told his rich bankrollers, all vote for Barack Obama.
Fortunately, we have people like Ezra Klein to open our eyes. He reminds us that:
Part of the reason so many Americans don’t pay federal income taxes is that Republicans have passed a series of very large tax cuts that wiped out the income-tax liability for many Americans.
And he says:
Some of those tax cuts for the poor were there to make the tax cuts for the rich more politically palatable.
Republicans are arguing that these Americans they have helped free from income taxes have become a dependent and destabilizing “taker” class who want to hike taxes on the rich in order to purchase more social services for themselves…
So notice what happened here: Republicans have become outraged over the predictable effect of tax cuts they passed and are using that outrage as the justification for an agenda that further cuts taxes on the rich and pays for it by cutting social services for the non-rich.
That’s why Romney’s theory here is more than merely impolitic. It’s actually core to his economic agenda.
And we must keep reminding ourselves that the reason so many folks don’t have jobs, and good paying jobs, such that they can pay income taxes, is partly because of the Great Recession that Mr. Bush handed President Obama.
And to exploit that situation and write off so many folks is, well, so Romneyan.