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I am a white, middle class (I make less than the median income of the city I live in) small business owning job creatorer heterosexual male who loves sports, naked ladies and beer. My hair is kind of a boring (yet somehow lusciously beautiful) banker, parted on one side kinda style. I wear polo style shirts and jeans and tennis shoes. I'm in my mid (late) thirties and I pay a lot in taxes. It's probably no more than what anyone else pays but I have to pay it all at once so it's kinda like a kick in the balls. And I complain about it. All. The. Time.

Based on that description you'd be safe to assume I'm a republican. But I'm not. I'm a proud democrat. More after the nameless orange thing.

I wasn't always a democrat. My parents are big time democrats. My mom grew up a New York Jew Dem and even though she has gotten a little more conservative as she has gotten older she is still a straight ticket dem. My dad is one of them there ferners and I suspect he was a socialist before he came here and met my mom who made him into a demorat. He gets more liberal as he gets older.

In college I was a libertarian because of weed. Then I became a socialist. Because of a girl. Then an independent and now, since moving to this wonderful city I am in now, I proudly proclaim my democraticness to anyone who will let me talk their ears of for a few minutes. Why, you ask? I really have no clue. I have always voted straight ticket D except for a few judges in Florida once.

I've been here long enough that I'm sure no one would think of me as a troll. An asshole, maybe, but not a troll. So why do I, on paper, look somewhat republican? Honestly, because of stupid fucking stereotypes and that's what's going to sink Romney. Well, one of the many things that will sink him.

I am the guy Romney is trying to court for my vote. He wont get it because of the points I made above but lets assume I was totally indie. He still wouldn't get my vote. Mostly because he's an asshole. But also because he doesn't seem to understand business. And I'm a business man.

That's right. I AM A BUSINESSMAN!!!

I run a successful little pet supply shop (off topic but I am starting a 501 c 3 to help feed the homeless dog populations, dm me if you want some info). I don't want to sound like an arrogant ass but I know business. Romney's dad knew business. Mittens know how to ruin lives. He's not a business man. He built his fortune on the broken dreams and depleated pensions of hard working americans. Businessmen built those dreams. Businessmen ensured those pensions.

And I'm not alone in this. I know lots of fellow businessmen, not all of them liberal democrats and a few of them staunch republicans, who will not vote for this guy because they know their livelihoods depend on the 47% and the 53% that buy their goods or services.

Also, dividing us into the 47% and the 53% isn't going to work because we are all 100% Americans and the guy Romney is running a hatefully inept campaign against knows that. We are all in this together. United we stand and shit. Romney's toast.

I'm the 53% and if he doesn't have me, who does he have?




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  •  Might not be around to chat cause (59+ / 0-)

    I threw my back out and sitting is killing me. I had to get this out though because I think a large portion of the "53%", the people like me, are getting over looked in this ridiculously idiotic narrative today. Thanks for reading.

    Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

    by psilocynic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:16:15 PM PDT

    •  I'm also in the 53% (10+ / 0-)

      A lot of us Obama supporters are... which means there must also be a lot of Romney supporters in that 47% of Americans that Romney talked so much garbage about. Will they still be Romney supporters once they realize what their candidate really thinks about them?

      •  they will never admit to being in the 47%. The (1+ / 0-)
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        Romney supporters whose incomes are low enough, or whose medical expenses are high enough, or who are unemployed or who are retired with incomes mainly from Social Security and therefore don't pay federal income tax don't see themselves as moochers who are dependent on government and pay no income taxes.
        Possibly for those still working, they pay withholding, get a refund and/or tax credit and don't realize they've paid no income tax. And they're aware that their paycheck has deductions for Medicare and Social Security (see! I pay taxes!). And they know they pay sales tax and they don't distinguish between federal income tax and local sales tax. And they may pay property tax, and they may pay state income tax. So they know (and they're right) that they're tax-paying citizens so how could they be part of that mooching group Mitt refers to? That's those other people -- those damn welfare cheats! (sure, 47% of Americans are welfare cheats....)
        So long as you can see yourself as the overtaxed, hardworking American who just wants government to take less of your hard-earned money, you can identify with Mitt's POV no matter how factually incorrect you are.

        We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

        by Tamar on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:22:45 PM PDT

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        •  waitaminute (1+ / 0-)
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          I am almost certainly in rmoney's 47 percent, and I pay federal income taxes every year.

          Sure, I get a refund.  It's the amount that is taken out of my FICA over what I actually owe.  Nice chunka change but I still pay taxes.  Not my fault that they withhold more than I actually owe, every week, and then fifty-two weeks later they have to refund it to me.

          If Rmoney has a problem with that, well, I have a problem with his tax evasion scheme: and I think his tax evasion scheme makes him unfit for the presidency if only b/c he is no patriot, he is a law-breaker who should be jailed.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 03:47:48 PM PDT

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  •  like this, especially.... (18+ / 0-)
    Romney's dad knew business. Mittens know how to ruin lives. He's not a business man. He built his fortune on the broken dreams and depleted pensions of hard working americans. Businessmen built those dreams.

    Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything. —molly ivins

    by fumie on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:29:11 PM PDT

  •  Exactly.... (9+ / 0-)

    No one can stick us in a mold.  I'm not sure why Romney didn't try acting like a decent human being to get "joe every-man"'s vote, or I don't know, laying out some realistic policies.  

    It's like he thinks this is a leveraged buyout of America and if he wins, 47% of us will be laid off, pensions raided and thrown to the wolves.

    Ask Osama Bin Laden if he's better off than he was 4 years ago

    by SuzieQ4624 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:30:07 PM PDT

    •  Well, it will be a leveraged buyout. (6+ / 0-)

      And honestly, I think he thinks he is acting like a decent human being. It's the best he can do because we all see now that he most certainly is not a decent human being.

      You would think he would be smart enough to at least be able to fake it. Condescending, arrogant, self deluded, entiltled, VVIP,and no imagination. That's our Mittens.

      "Mitt Romney seems like the kind of man who immediately rushes off to wash his hands after sex. Really. Don't you think so?" My mother in law!

      by lexalou on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:45:59 PM PDT

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  •  The angle of attack is within this (14+ / 0-)

    The press is already starting to bury Mitt's 47% atrocity by parroting the idea that the 47% of people in that economic/tax bracket are also Obama's 47% base of support.  That was the Giant Lie within the whole thing.  The fact of the matter is that he was slamming a very large percentage of the people he's counting on for votes.

    I too am among the 53%.  We make just enough money to get killed on taxes every year.  That piece of shit pays a far lower rate than I do and I'm trying to support two kids and pay the bills.  Just a nice 'white' lower middle class family in a swing state that would move to Mars before voting for Mitt.  

    So if I'm not voting for Romney, who is?  For every one of me in Obama's 47%, there must be one of Mitt's "freeloaders" who is voting for him.  

    They want to play this as though he was just insulting Obama's supporters and, tragically, most people accept that from a presidential candidate in this age as fair game.  But the fact that could really knock him out is that he was talking about his own base.  

    When the truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

    by Sun dog on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:35:20 PM PDT

  •  I don't know how the general voting public (3+ / 0-)

    will react to Mitt's comments, but they already have a poll up at Business Insider.  respondents polled agreed with Mitt's comments 75% to 22% who disagreed!

    So, you are probably in the minority as far as business owners go... especially white male ones.

    But, whatever..  You make a good point.

    While Obama has a solid 47% base who will vote for him, there is no 1 to 1 correlation between those voters and the 45-47% or so of Americans who pay no income taxes.  

    And, yes, I know Mitt said "pay no taxes", not "income taxes".  So, not only were his numbers all wrong, he was trying to conflate two separate sets of statistics. And he was trying to give the impression ALL Dem voters are on the gov't dole and simply vote for Obama because that is their gravy train.

    The problem is, a lot of people will not stop to think about it like you have.. it "sounds" right to them.

    I would not be surprised to see his poll numbers actually go up after this.

  •  You should contact the Small Business Owners (9+ / 0-)

    for Obama group.

    You'd feel right to home. :)

    Thanks so much for this and for what you do for our favorite critters.

    Hope you are taking it easy and that your back feel better soon.

    Mine is acting up as well and it sucks, doesn't it?

    All healing energy heading your way.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:39:15 PM PDT

    •  thanks. was building a (7+ / 0-)

      Display for a new line of toys I just brought in. Its not even heavy. Luckily I'm engaged to the most wonderful woman in the world and she took off work to cover the store for me while I lay on my back with my kindle. The charity is going to be called it takes a pack. Hope to have it up and running by January.

      Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

      by psilocynic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:47:24 PM PDT

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      •  You will let us know when it's up and running? :) (3+ / 0-)
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        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

        by Onomastic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:55:22 PM PDT

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        •  of course. i will be begging for volunteers. :) (3+ / 0-)
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          There is this website called indiegogo that is the charity version of kickstarter that we are going to try to use to get started and then I will get a bunch of plexi donation boxes. There is a homeless shelter I already donate to but I don't think its enough. Im going to write a diary soon asking for advice. I have a lot of studying to do so I don't botch it up. The main focus of the charity will be feeding and vet visits for homeless pets. I already have two vets who are interested in donating discounted services. I'll try to explain it all, why this is important to me, in that future diary. It might be sad.

          Lo que separa la civilizacion de la anarquia son solo siete comidas.

          by psilocynic on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:06:34 PM PDT

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  •  I thin he insulted about 70% of Americans. (8+ / 0-)

    There are about 47% who do not pay federal income taxes, but these are not the same ones every year (and these people pay lots of other taxes), and there are about 47% who are reliable Obama supporters.  But I think the overlap of those two groups is about half.  I am in the latter group, but not the former.  So, about 70% are in one, or the other, or both of those groups.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:47:09 PM PDT

    •  Brilliant Point (2+ / 0-)
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      He conflated Obama voters with those who pay no federal income tax and you are right the overlap between these groups is probably only about half which means he insulted a huge % of Americans (70% sounds about right.)

      It's up to Obama supporting groups to make this point in ads because we know we can't count on the MSM to do any real reporting.

  •  Proudly 53 percenter (6+ / 0-)

    My proud union husband and I worked hard, our daughter is one of the 47% as a single, hard-working mom.  My son, a firefighter who was hurt and disabled on the job is straddling at 47.5 percent... but has returned to school and will soon be looking for grants to help him through med school, which I believe puts him back into the 47 percent!

    We're all Obama voters, along with my mom and dad, the ex-republicans, my sister the nurse, my sister the engineer, my sister the accountant, my brother the financial planner and my brother the blue collar worker ... not to mention numerous nieces and nephews.

    All democrats except my husband, who still mourns the Eugene Debs.

    by debk on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:52:42 PM PDT

  •  Random sampling of voters I know (6+ / 0-)

    Romney voters:

    - 52-year-old unemployed man, who hopes that a "Romney economy" would put him back to work

    - cancer patient on Medicare (go figure)

    - 86-year-old lady who believes that Obama will have her euthanized

    Obama voters:

    - founder and owner of a fast food chain

    - (white) NBA coach with multiple championship rings

    - Irish-Catholic man with a degree from a Marianist university

    261.A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience. -Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

    by MaikeH on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 01:55:26 PM PDT

  •  Most "creative class" liberals are in the 53% (6+ / 0-)

    I am.

    Not one single solitary bit of my lifestyle is funded by government aid. Not one. I'm lucky in life, and lucky enough to be intellectually gifted. So I make my own way.

    But I'm also not a sinner (although I'm not religious). So I believe in helping those who aren't lucky in life to lead a life of dignity - at least dignity. That may not mean they get to work, but I'm willing to pay my taxes towards welfare so that the rich can't exploit the poor with absurd working conditions. I don't believe anyone should have to take a job beneath the dignity of Americans in 2012, just because Republicans want to exploit them. We're not Chinese, we're not 3rd world, we're Americans.

    So yeah, Romney's fucked.

    A huge swath of Obama's support comes from white working class people exactly like me who work in the creative sector. We're the ones who keep this country moving forward with our taxes and our creative ideas. We're the ones who invent the ideas the rich trust funders profit on. Without us, Republicans are just rich people without ideas and without a future. We're the inventive Americans the Tea Party celebrates but doesn't have the talent to emulate.

    And we're for Obama.

  •  I've been teaching my students about faulty (2+ / 0-)
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    inferences this week. For ONCE I can say "MITT ROMNEY HELPED ME!"

    Mark Twain said "to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So to a man with a gun, what did Trayvon Martin look like? -- Max Minton

    by teachme2night on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 02:21:41 PM PDT

  •  lawyer & professor for Obama (5+ / 0-)

    I know we live in a bubble (don't most people??) but most people we know are lawyers and professors -- and Obama supporters. We probably make less than people think we make (I work for a non-profit legal services organization), but we certainly and (mostly gladly) pay our taxes.

  •  Me, too, except... (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm a small business manager, whose business was getting killed with rate hikes in health care premiums every year, and was getting beat out at the bidding war because competing businesses didn't even offer health insurance to their employees.  I see a crucial need for a sensible immigration policy that doesn't demonize our employees and doesn't waste young lives that we've nurtured and educated.  I don't want the military-industrial complex and the interest on Republican-fueled debt to wipe out our prosperity any more than it already has.  I want our underemployed population to have jobs and futures and contribute to our whole.

    And I'm a woman, but that's another whole story!

  •  I'm in that 53% too..... (1+ / 0-)
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    Never got a "handout" from the government (except those National Science Foundation scholarships for college).  I pay between 18-20% in taxes every year.  I do get a Social Security check and Medicare - but I hate that these are called entitlements when I paid into them for over 40 years - I'm really getting my own money back.  But as an educator, we must teach and train our young people to have skills necessary to take care of themselves and eventually their families. And we must always take care of our veterans, our youth, our seniors and the physically or mentally disabled.  That's why I am a Democrat.

    Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. - Einstein

    by moose67 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 06:18:49 PM PDT

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