Letters to the Editor

Romney has his priorities off kilter

Mitt Romney made a point to a closed fundraiser for the wealthy that 47 percent of voters don’t work, live off welfare, unemployment, and/or other forms of government assistance and don’t pay taxes. My first reaction? Class warfare in its purest form. He also joked about his Mexican birth. Had his parents actually been Mexican, it would help win votes. However, if he had actually been born in Mexico from Mexican parents, he would not be qualified to be president.

The continuing discussion of Romney’s classification of the “lower half” of voters is disgusting, discriminatory, false and insulting. Seniors pay taxes on their Social Security and Medicare benefits that they paid for while working which were also taxed at that time. The unemployed pay taxes on their short-lived (20 weeks in South Carolina) benefits (approximately 15 to 20 percent). The requirement to work to receive unemployment benefits is an oxymoron. If we could find a job do you think we’d be collecting unemployment? There is age discrimination. However, employers are quite adept at hiding it from legal retaliation. Those who qualify for welfare, food stamps and other government assistance (most of them, anyway), can barely keep food on the table, heat/cool their residence, or pay for affordable and reliable transportation.

For the past 10-plus years, corporations (people according to Romney) and the wealthy, those considered job creators, have had tax breaks that would have been windfalls to many struggling families and their extended relatives. After all this government money, I must ask, “Where are the good paying jobs?” We, as a country cannot have the majority or a large minority of our work force employed in low paying jobs. We, as a country, cannot survive on a majority retail work force.

I must question those people who spend $30,000 or $40,000 dollars (or more) every few years on a car but expect the teachers and caretakers of their children to live on a wage that barely qualifies as minimum. Do we really value a CEO who outsources American jobs for profit more than the people who take care of us?

Something is very wrong with this thought pattern.

The writer lives in Columbia.