…and yet Romney might win, if Karl Rove can keep enough voters from getting to vote.
In the upside-down world of Romney and his like, it is working people—those who actually produce all of the wealth—who are leeches, looking for a free ride at his expense. This is from a man who accumulated a fortune of $250 million heading Bain Capital, a private equity firm that bought up companies, loaded them with debt, charged them exorbitant fees, stripped their assets, and either closed them down or resold them, at the cost of thousands of workers’ jobs and living standards.
He is the beneficiary of government subsidies, a tax code grotesquely skewed in his favor, and the protection of politicians and regulators who give Wall Street swindlers a free pass—not to mention the multi-trillion-dollar taxpayer bailout of the financial system. He refuses to make public his own tax returns beyond the past two years, defying past practice for presidential candidates.
His 2011 tax return listed his income for the year at $20.9 million, about 770 times the median annual wage of US workers. His effective tax rate for the year was about 14 percent, less than the tax rate paid by millions of working people.
via Romney’s words.