Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday Politics: Romney Doesn't Know What "Middle Class" Means

Wowsa. Remember I posted awhile back that there was an important graphic that may explain what happens in the 2012 elections awhile ago? That graphic demonstrated that most people felt that President Obama's policies would favor poor people and middle-class people while they also felt that Mitt Romney's policies would favor wealthy people.

Now it becomes clear that Romney doesn't even understand what the words "middle-class" mean! In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopolous Romney claimed that people making $200,000-$250,000 are middle class.

The Washington Post has the deets:
“No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers,” Romney told host George Stephanopoulos. 
“Is $100,000 middle income?” Stephanopoulos asked. 
“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Romney responded. 
His campaign later clarified that Romney was referencing household income, not individual income. 
The Census Bureau reported this week that the median household income — the midpoint for the nation — is just over $50,000.
As you can see from the graphic at the top of this post, people making more than $200,000 are in the top 4% (not 50%, as Romney claimed!) of all income earners in the country. Maybe Romney was referring to the median household income of Republicans? Or of Republicans who have donated to his campaign?

Yet another example of Republicans seeking to exist and have a political discussion in a world which is based on their own fevered dreams, completely unrelated to a fact-based reality.

Simply astonishing.

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