PA Legislator Doubles Down on Romney’s 47% Stupidity

PA Legislator Doubles Down on Romney’s 47% Stupidity September 21, 2012

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the Pennsylvania state legislator who sponsored the voter ID bill that could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of people, doubled down on Mitt Romney’s idiotic comments about those who don’t pay federal income taxes, claiming that those people are just too lazy and probably shouldn’t vote:

HOST: Are you absolutely convinced…that the methods to implement this law are effective and will in fact make sure no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised?

METCALFE: I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsiblity that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.

And once again, the reality on this planet differs strikingly from the reality on Planet Wingnuttia. As has been previously explained, the 47% who don’t pay federal income taxes are primarily made up of two groups: the elderly who are living on Social Security and the working poor, who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit. The first group already worked hard all their lives; the second group is currently working, for wages too low to live on, rather than being on the “public dole.”

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  • eric

    As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people…living off their neighbors’ hard work

    As opposed to those who live off investments. They are instead living off their neig…uh oh.

  • Trebuchet

    And both groups are paying more than their share of state & local taxes such as sales tax, gas tax (including FEDERAL gas tax) and the like. That includes property taxes passed on by landlords, as well. Except the landlords get a deduction on it, while the renters do not.

  • NitricAcid

    Eric, people who live off of their investments aren’t living off of their neighbor’s hard work. What an insulting idea!

    The investors have put up the money, so clearly, they’re living off of their employee’s hard work.

  • HOST: Are you absolutely convinced…that the methods to implement this law are effective and will in fact make sure no legitimate voter will be disenfranchised?

    That’s the wrong question, anyway. The question should be, “Does this bill address a real problem?”

    Because the answer to that is a resounding, “Fuck, NO!”

  • jeremydiamond

    Do you think he knows that “lazy” is a code word? Or is he just parroting what he’s been told?

  • raven

    , doubled down on Mitt Romney’s idiotic comments about those who don’t pay federal income taxes, claiming that those people are just too lazy and probably shouldn’t vote:

    If they didn’t vote, Romney would lose.

    A whole lot of those non-income tax payers are Tea Partiers, poor and/or old people.

  • lofgren

    Do you think he knows that “lazy” is a code word? Or is he just parroting what he’s been told?

    He knows… Oh yes, he most certainly knows…

  • ArtK

    It’s just the “Welfare Queen” dog whistle, v47. Romney’s statement is “true” because it fits a lot of people’s preconceieved notions about how the world works.

  • John Hinkle

    If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that.

    However, if (the 47%) individuals are engaged enough to get their photo ID, the state can fix that. And we can do that by limiting the photo ID locations to one per county, and the hours to the fourth Thursday of every month, 9am to 11am. And if the person providing the IDs calls in sick, well, suck it poor people.

  • Akira MacKenzie

    Why is everyone acting as if Romney and Metcalfe’s comments are new or radical? I’ve been hearing shit like this spew out of the mouths or pens of American conservatives all my life. Hell, I certainly believed this shit when I was a Republican.

  • I highly doubt Metcalfe even knows what 47% means. Hell, I doubt he even has a concept of what the number 47 represents. The number is way too high for him. He can’t get above the number 10 without taking off his shoes. And even then he counts “one ten, two ten, three ten….. ” God help us all if he has to count to 22.

    Also I don’t think that dear old Metcalfe considers anyone who would vote for a democrat a legitimate voter.

  • Are rent-farmers “lazy”?

    Fucking republicrats.

  • Fact: 47% of Americans pay no income tax.

    Fact: The main character from Hitman is named Agent 47.

    Conclusion: You do not want to piss off the 47%.

  • Michael Heath

    Trebuchet writes:

    And both groups are paying more than their share of state & local taxes such as sales tax, gas tax (including FEDERAL gas tax) and the like. That includes property taxes passed on by landlords, as well. Except the landlords get a deduction on it, while the renters do not.

    You are correct to note that renters effectively pay the property taxes of landlords passed on in their rent by landlords. However the discriminatory nature of renters paying this tax isn’t with the landlord (not that you necessarily wanted to convey that), it is instead from two other perspectives:

    1) Landlords in many states are charged a higher property tax rate since their rental properties aren’t their primary residence (“homestead”). So they almost always have to increase their rent which in turn is paid by the renter. So renters are effectively paying more in property tax than homeowners do on their primary residence.

    2) Renters don’t get the tax deduction for their domicile that home-owners with a loan on their property get where they can deduct the amount of interest expense on home loans. So renters are paying both a higher stated rate and a higher effective income tax rate because they don’t have this tax break relative to homeowners with the same income.

    I haven’t been a renter in a long time, but I’m fairly certain they can deduct the amount of state taxes, including property taxes, from their federal income tax liability. I know I can deduct my state income tax and an estimated amount of what I pay in state sales tax.

    In addition, while landlords do deduct property taxes as an expense prior to reporting their taxable income, the only fair thing to do if we’re going to tax income since it’s a pass-through expense, getting such a break doesn’t mean the landlord benefits from paying property taxes which are passed on to their renters. They still have to pay this expense out of their revenue. For example, if a landlord pays $100,000 in property taxes for a given year on his income properties and has a 28% stated rate, his taxable income is reduced by $28,000. So he’s not out $100,000 but instead out $72,000. This assumes rental rates are unaffected by operating costs such as taxes, which they almost certainly are in most areas of the country.

    In addition to paying sales taxes and taxes like those embedded directly into the price of gas, all consumers effectively pay the taxes of all businesses in the price they pay for goods and services. So even those who Mitt Romney and others claim pay no federal income taxes are effectively paying the federal income taxes paid by businesses. These consumers probably aren’t paying the employer-share of payroll witholding taxes since that tax probably just suppresses a given company’s employee wages. But business incomes tax effectively paid by consumers is one of a slew of effectively regressive taxes which makes the U.S. an effectively flat tax state.

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