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September 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

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Mitt Romney says nearly half of Americans don't take 'personal responsibility'

Not fit to lead this country

There is a kind of refreshing honesty in Mitt Romney’s remarkably stupid comments about the 47 percent of Americans he evidently regards as dependent slackers suckling at the public teat. [“Romney words spark fireworks,” page one, Sept. 18]. To have Romney’s elitist, Randian view of humanity confirmed is a relief. It raises questions about his fitness to lead the country.

I guess I fall into the category of “dependent” Americans because I receive Social Security. Yet, I worked for 45 years. I still pay taxes. Next year I will qualify for Medicare, putting me squarely in the middle of the vast pigpen of Americans feasting at the public trough.

That’s 45 years with my shoulder to the capitalist wheel, not asking for a handout but only a fair shake, to live a modest and secure life, happy to pay taxes as the dues for membership in the greatest society in the world.

I feel insulted to have my efforts to lead a self-supporting, ethical life so casually dismissed by Romney. Has he not benefited from the services government provides? Would he turn America into a Third World nation that provides few services, protects the wealthy and keeps the majority in subservient penury? What a vision.

— Carl M. Milner Jr., Edmonds

Facts are facts

Mitt Romney could have stated the facts more eloquently, but why? Facts are facts, and If we do not steer this country in another direction, the number of people dependent on government, and who do not contribute to the tax base, will continue to grow.

A democracy will not survive when those numbers grow much above 50 percent. The same dependent people are electing our leaders, which just perpetuates the problem. At some point a percentage of the people who actually pay taxes will throw their hands up and join the ranks of the new majority. This downward spiral must stop!

I only hope this country has the intelligence to put a little thought into the facts. The facts do not lie.

— Richard Eirich, Kirkland

Comments out of line

I read Mitt Romney’s comments about the 47 percent who aren’t going to vote for him as despicable and unpatriotic.

I am a proud American who runs a small business in America and I have never felt that the government should give me anything. I get up every day, work my heart out, and unlike Romney, as a CEO I have never tried to avoid paying taxes through tax havens overseas.

For someone who is trying to be the leader of all Americans, Romney’s comments are out of line, unacceptable, and he needs to be held accountable for them.

— Kevin Wilhelm, Seattle

Romney without the curtain

Thanks to Mitt Romney’s uncensored remarks being made public, the curtain has been pulled back. Now we can all see that this election is about the survival of the middle class.

Romney has made it quite clear he has no clue about middle America or compassion for our struggling families. Presidential responsibility for all Americans seems to have escaped the Republican candidate, with greed being his motivating factor.

His focus is to make the rich richer and 47 percent of Americans are less than an afterthought.

— Peggy Thesing, Shoreline

Feeling entitled

I got a chuckle out of “Romney words spark fireworks.”

It seems Mitt Romney is whining about people feeling “entitled.” He obviously feels entitled to the wealth created by people who actually work for a living. Not only that, but he feels entitled to a lower tax rate than those same people.

— Howard Hance, Snohomish

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