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A 12 Year Old’s Letter To Mitt:

Dear Governor Romney,

I’d like to say congratulations on winning the republican nomination. But, I wish you stayed in Massachusetts. You’re plan for America isn’t what we need, and would hurt us more than it would help.

First, repealing Obama care and other health plans he’s put in place have helped families across America, including mine. I live in a middle class family, and two years ago my little sister; Kennedy was denied insurance because of her pre-existing condition. This was a huge emotional stress and financial burden on my entire family. Under Obama Care, insurance companies can no longer deny Kennedy and kids like her, the coverage they need and deserve. Because of Obama care my little sister was able to have the several surgeries she needed that helped save her life. Once the President was elected he put Obama Care into action, just like he promised and made it so that you could get insurance with pre-existing conditions. This has made a direct impact on my family. My family is with out a doubt better off now, than we were four years ago!

It is to my understanding that you stated that you were going to repeal Obama Care, including the part I have mentioned, which will take away the insurance we have and need for my sister Kennedy. Why do you think she doesn’t deserve health care? Also, when you were interviewed on “Meet the Press”, you stated that you would NOT repeal this part of Obama Care, but then your campaign backpedalled and on the “Tonight show with Jay Leno”, you said that you WOULD repeal this.

Also, you’re domestic plans (birth control, gay rights etc.) are horrible! Women should get to manage their own health, and if you wonder why you’re not appealing to many women voters, rethink your birth control and women’s’ rights plans. And people should be able to marry whom they want. We built this country so people could have freedom, and not have religious beliefs control them to that length. This country was in no way built on any religion, so we should not create laws that repress the American people in a religious way and hurt our most vulnerable.

Jackson Ripley, age 12


Mitt Admits His Plan Won’t Help The 47%

We’ve all seen the video.  We are all appalled.  We now know what he truly thinks of us: leaches upon the teet of society.  Lazy moochers, who believe we are “victims” who are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”  Yes, the man who is vying for our Presidency holds utter disdain and contempt for almost half of this country.

But, beyond the crude insults and undeniable arrogance, there lies the truth about his economic plan for us.  It was what he said after typecasting Obama supporters as lazy welfare moochers that caught my eye.  He stated, “Forty seven percent of Americans pay no income tax.  So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.”  He adds, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”  He then says he needs to concentrate on the “5 to 10 percent in the center,” or the “thoughtful” voters.

In his own words, he says he’s not going to worry about half of his electorate because his message of lowering taxes doesn’t connect with us.  Why would he say that?  Why would he tell this room full of rich donors that his master plan of lowering taxes won’t connect with the 47%?  Did he actually admit that his trickle-down plan won’t really help “those people” so he will just ignore them?  My gosh, I think he did!  He finally admitted, albeit unknowingly, what we have suspected all along.  He finally admitted that his plan won’t really help the middle class like he tells us, but it will bring more wealth and prosperity to those at the highest rungs of society.  He’s not going to worry about the middle because the middle doesn’t matter to him.

We know who the 47% are.  They are the working poor, who may not pay income taxes, but certainly pay payroll taxes, which means they hold jobs.  They are the elderly who have retired from lifelong service and paid their dues and now collect Social Security.  They are hard-working Americans who work low-paying jobs.  They are the poorest of our poor, struggling to get back on their feet after layoffs and unemployment.  They are the vulnerable.  The ones who need the most help.

They are the ones Mitt Romney has been trying to convince, in public at least, that they will prosper under his economic policies.  They are the ones whose questions he has been avoiding regarding specific details of his policies.  They are the distractions in his campaign.  They are Republicans, and Democrats.  They are the ones, in private, he classifies as parasites, and vows to not represent because “they will never learn…”  They are the ones, under his plan, who will be paying more in taxes, and taking less home to their families.  And, the ones he will ignore.

Mitt Romney won’t worry about half of us because his plan doesn’t include half of us.  And since we aren’t his affluent donors and billionaire buddies, he can only pretend to care about our needs.  To most of us, $50,000 is more than one year’s salary, not the price we would pay for a plate of food.  Why would he waste his time on the likes of us?  To him, we are “Those People“, and hence, not worthy of his worry or attention.  We are his Bob Cratchits.  He is our Mr. Burns.

We may not have money to buy his attention, but Mitt Romney forgets we have something more valuable that can’t be bought: OUR VOTE!  On November 6 lets show Mitt Romney that we are “thoughtful” voters and reelect President Obama!

Who Are These Moochers?

Mitt Romney is desperate.  And it shows.  He thinks that half of us are lazy moochers, but, he wants to be our President.  He insults us, and wants our vote.  He doesn’t want to waste his time with us, yet he wants us to make him our leader.

In his words, 47% of Americans do not pay taxes, and cannot be convinced to take care of themselves because they see themselves as “victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it.”  And, he said his “job is not to worry about those people.”

I’m confused.  I thought the President’s job was to worry about ALL Americans, not just the ones who pay taxes, or are wealthy enough not to rely on Social Security, Medicare, or Food Stamps.  When did this responsibility change?

And, I’m also confused about who exactly his 47% of moochers are.  While some Americans don’t pay federal income taxes, the majority of them do pay other taxes, like payroll taxes, and state taxes.  These are college students, people who lost their jobs (like Bain employees), and families who take advantage of  tax credits.  The rest of the 47% are the elderly and the working poor.

But, not all moochers are poor.  In addition to the lower class, there were over 35,000 wealthy Americans who did not pay taxes in 2009.  These were the top 3% of all earners with more than $200,000 in “expanded income”  These people zeroed out their tax bills using tax credits and loopholes.  I wonder if Mitt Romney was referring to them as part of the 47%.  Probably not!

The fact that Mitt Romney is distancing himself from a vast majority of Americans tells me he is not qualified to be our President.  One of the roles of the POTUS is Chief of State, which involves the responsibilities to represent the nation as a whole, and to be a symbol of national unity.  Mitt Romney has already failed this test.  He is not a symbol of national unity.  How can he be when he has alienated himself from us, the Haves versus the Moochers?

On November 6, 2012 we need to show Mitt Romney that he failed.  He doesn’t deserve our votes.  We will do ourselves a great disservice if we elect someone who wants to take “The People” out of government.  We can’t let him turn government of the people, by the people, for the people to government of the people, by the rich, for the rich.

I Am Part Of The 47%

The last few weeks of the Presidential elections have been entertaining, to say the least.  But, up until recently my interest in this race had been rather indifferent.  I’ve never been a fan of politics.  I think its because campaigns are often dirty, and candidates will take the low road, making false promises they know they will never keep.  And, once they are in office, I am never surprised with their mediocrity.  But, I am a voter and I do believe in the principle of exercising this right.  Although I had never classified myself as belonging to any particular party, I tend to identify with values of equality, fairness, and liberty and justice for all Americans, regardless of their economic status.

What started out as just another run-of-the-mill, dirt slinging campaign, quickly caught my attention when Romney began airing ads using former President Clinton as a mouthpiece.  I, as were many Americans, was drawn into this allegation they were making that President Obama wanted to strip the working requirement from welfare.  Could it be so?  Maybe its true.  They are using President Clinton, Democrat, to make this point after all.

Knowing how politics is played, I decided to research this further.  I quickly learned that the Republican claim that President Obama wants to strip the welfare work requirement was a blatant LIE!  And, that was just the beginning.  When confronted about this, the Romney campaign stood by the lie and stated their campaign would not “be dictated by fact checkers.”  Wait! What?  They made up a lie.  They are using President Clinton to try and convince people that the lie is true.  They know its a lie.  And, they stand by the lie.  President Clinton has since told America that this claim is not true.  But, they continue to tell the lie.  Personally, I’m surprised that President Clinton hasn’t sued them for using his image to propagate this lie.

This little incident perked up my ears.  I wanted to know more.  If Romney was unscrupulously standing by this lie, what else is he capable of?  I was insulted that a candidate for President, who should be courting the country for votes, was instead insulting our intelligence with, not just half-truths and skewed facts, but blatant LIES.  How stupid does this man think Americans are?  Does he really think that we will never know the truth?  Mitt Romney had taken dirty politics to the next level, and I took a personal interest in shedding light on him, even within the confines of my small social circle.  If there is one thing I hate, it is a liar.  Spot-lighting Romney was my new favorite spectator sport.

The fact that Romney is a liar is no secret.  And, he seems proud that his campaign is being dictated by so many lies.  So many, many lies.  In fact, Steve Benen chronicled Romney’s 533 lies in 30 weeks, and that was just from January through August (  After reading that article I had to ask myself,  “why does this guy have to lie so much?”  And my first response was, “because he won’t win this if he tells the truth.”  So rather than running on a platform where he tells America how great he is, and what he will do, and how he will do it,  he lies, lies, and lies some more.  Rather than getting the electorate excited about cheering for him because of how great he will be, he is reaching into the ugliest far right territory just to tear down his opponent.  He has to make Obama look bad for him to look good.  He aims to win by default, not by deserve.

If you give a man enough rope he will eventually hang himself.   And I think Romney did just that.  In secret footage released to Mother Jones Romney lets us know what he really thinks.  This video shows me, the average American, one of  “those people,”  that this man is not a leader for all, does not have all our interests at heart, and is only running for office for self-serving reasons.  He is divisive.  He is out of touch with mainstream USA.  And he will sell us out in a New York minute if he is given the chance.

I am part of that 47% he slammed.  I am the working poor.  I don’t get welfare, or Medicaid, or food stamps.  But I used to.  I raised 3 kids on welfare after leaving an abusive, drug addicted husband.  Mitt Romney would have rather seen me get beat up every day.  I put myself through college while receiving assistance so I could feed my children at the same time.  Mitt Romney would say my kids weren’t entitled to eat.  I have 2 kids who counted on student loans to pay for their college education, and a son who is actively serving the US Army.  In Mitt Romney’s world they should have never been given those loans to attend college, and my son should never been given benefits after sacrificing life and limb for our freedoms.  I also have elderly parents who rely on Social Security and Medicare.  But I’m sure Mitt Romney would rather they just suffer through homelessness, hunger, and disease until death finally claims them.  In Romney’s delusion the poor, sick, elderly, children, and veterans are all just a bunch of lazy moochers, who enjoy being taken care of by government.  What an immoral, corrupt, and vicious man!

Unlike Mitt Romney, I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth.  But, despite the challenges I have endured, I have NEVER seen myself as a VICTIM!  I’m not a victim.  My children are not victims.  My parents are not victims.  We are Americans.  We are average Americans.  We live in the greatest country on the planet.  We have dreams.  We want a better life for our children, and for our children’s children.  We take responsibility for our lives, and we want a government that does, too.  We are Americans and we count!

Mitt Romney does not deserve to be my President!  He hasn’t earned my vote, nor my respect.

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