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Georgia Rep Says Romney Right About ’47 Percent’

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Georgia Rep Says Romney Right About ’47 Percent’



Apparently Republican representative Rob Woodall of Georgia didn’t get the memo about his party’s “rebranding” effort to avoid offending half the population, or at least avoid getting caught doing it on camera.

Woodall, who sits on Paul Ryan’s House Budget Committee, said last month at a town hall meeting that Mitt Romney was right in his secretly videotaped remarks that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes.

“You know, folks mock Mitt Romney for what he said, but he’s right,” Woodall says in the video. “Forty-seven percent of American citizens pay zero in income taxes. It’s just true.”

Many pundits believe those remarks significantly contributed to Romney losing the election. And even Romney himself admitted in an interview last October that his comments were “completely wrong.”

Romney was right about being wrong. The Washington Post points out that “Among the Americans who paid no federal income taxes in 2011, 61 percent paid payroll taxes — which means they have jobs, and, when you account for both sides of the payroll tax, they paid 15.3 percent of their income in taxes, which is higher than the 13.9 percent that Romney paid. Another 22 percent were elderly.”

The Republican “rebranding” has not been going as planned, as the GOP leadership appears to have no control over right-wing members of the party who continue to make inflammatory remarks that offend the millions of Americans the party would like to win over. Two recent examples include Representative Don Young (R-AK) using a racial slur about Hispanics and Georgia GOP chair Sue Everhart saying that “if same-sex marriage is legalized across the country, there will be fraud.”

And Americans are not buying the Republican “rebrand” so far. A recent Gallup poll shows that 21 percent of national adults and 26 percent of Republicans themselves believe the GOP is “inflexible” and “unwilling to compromise.”

Here is the full video, which was appropriately released on Tax Day by Georgia Fair Share — a group that advocates for a fairer and more progressive tax code in the United States.

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  1. charleo1 April 15, 2013

    What neither Romney, or any Right Wingers, amusing themselves with
    this bit of reality, ever say, is this is the results of their own policies! For
    example Take Wal-Mart. Please, the low, low prices, and the even lower
    wages, are bankrupting the Nation. The other NRA, The National Restaurant
    Association, has lobbied, and won for years to exempt itself from minimum
    wage requirements. So, 10 million Americans labor at a wage scale that
    starts at $2.13 per hour, for servers. With the majority of other staff making
    just at the minimum wage. No benefits. What this arrogant dick, what’s
    his name?, needs to do, is work for a little while in the real world, where
    people live from one lousy paycheck to the next. Deal with a sick child,
    and take your Medicaid card, and sit all night at the local emergency room.
    Then, wonder how you’re going to stay home and take care of your child,
    and pay the rent. They really don’t know what, “skin in the game,” is.

  2. Lynda Groom April 15, 2013

    That man is an idiot. Believe what you want, but at times it is best to keep the more idiotic beliefs to ones self. Pathetic.

    1. neeceoooo April 16, 2013

      Maybe he is taking a page out of “how to do your job” from Michelle Bauchman. Just let them keep up and it will make it so easy in 2014.

      1. BDC_57 April 16, 2013

        Are you saying he is crazy like lana?

        1. neeceoooo April 16, 2013

          You hit the nail on the head

  3. old_blu April 16, 2013

    You do realize that part of that 47% are people that have worked all of their lives to get there right? And the tea party and rich righties love dumb easily brain washed people, the prove is in your statement.

    1. BDC_57 April 16, 2013

      They forget that part of The 47% are vets that are disabled because of the unwanted war the Bush and Cheney started.

      1. old_blu April 16, 2013

        Exactly! And good morning to you I like the new avatar.

      2. neeceoooo April 16, 2013

        Very good point

  4. old_blu April 16, 2013

    These Republicans just don’t get it. The majority of the people don’t agree with that statement and it will show in 2014.

    1. neeceoooo April 16, 2013

      You’re right, it was apparent in 2012 and this will follow through in the next election.

      1. whodatbob April 16, 2013

        Sure hope so!

  5. Joan Maurer April 16, 2013

    ONLY people who are liberal are explouters of the poor, or Only people who are liberal ENJOY exploiting the poor?
    So it was the rich left (which I thought were mostly in Hollywood) who exploited the stupid and lazy poor to create the stock market crash and houseing bubble?

  6. evidencepls April 17, 2013

    This guy is funny, believes what Romney said about 47% of people being takers: this coming from someone who is a complete taker of our tax dollars for pay and doing nothing for it. Sounds like a taker, not a maker, to me.

    1. Dana Es April 20, 2013

      Do you suppose he’d give the people of Georgia a refund?!

  7. Merle Dickey April 20, 2013

    Why are you all berating a man that gave away his inheritance to the church and made himself a multi-millionaire with his brains? You accuse him of hiding money in other countries. Then why is it on his income taxes?His accountants have proven that theory wrong. If I had his funds and could make money off other countries then I would too. It isn’t illegal!! He should have been more careful about talking ( like our current leader) about the 47% that don’t or seldom pay income taxes. I think we just have some who are jealous of success. As for as our political parties, neither one of them are decent anymore. That is what we really should be concerned with.


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