Remember Mitt Romney’s little declaration at his $50,000./plate dinner in the video that Mother Jones uncovered; the one where he called:
“47 percent of Americans—those who back President Obama—”victims” who are “dependent upon government” and “pay no income tax”.
Where he said “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Well it seems that if you’re poor, or take your legal deductions like child tax credits, or you’re on social security, or a disabled veteran, you are a moocher who takes no responsibility. UNLESS THAT IS, you can afford that $50,000. donation; in that case, you are evidently cleansed of your 47%ness.
It turns out that one of those in attendance at Romney’s little get-together was none other than James Batmasian, an influential Florida developer. According to the latest from Mother Jones:
In 2008, James Batmasian pled guilty to a felony tax evasion charge for failing to pay more than $250,000 in federal taxes for employees at his company, Investments Limited.
He was sentenced to eight months at a South Carolina federal prison and a subsequent two years of supervised release. Along with serving prison time, he had to pay the outstanding taxes and was also fined an additional $30,000.
At the time, he was the largest property owner in downtown Boca Raton. Following his conviction, Batmasian, an attorney, was suspended from practicing law by the Florida Supreme Court.
In other words, if you cheat the government out of taxes you actually owe, but you’re still a wealthy guy, well, no harm no foul; but if you take the legal deductions you’re entitled to, as laid out in the tax code, you’re the mooch.
This folks, is Republican rationale.