Take A Number

So long as we’re talking about the freeloading, government-tit-sucking 47% who pay no income tax and therefore will never vote for the Mittney/Lyin’s ticket (clever Penn State reference there), here are some fascinating numbers to compare.

A poll conducted over the summer —  and good-bye summer; today is the first day of autumn — by Prof. Benjamin Valentino of Dartmouth found that 63% of Republican respondents still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) when the US invaded in 2003.  (I am disappointed that there was no follow-up question like, “So where are they now and who has them?”  And, “Are they available on e-Bay?”)

Same poll:  Just 27% of independents and less than 15 of Democrats believed the same misinformation. Oh, and just for good measure, 64% of Republican respondents believe that President Obama was born in another country.  I wonder if that includes Hawaii.

This suggests that there are quite a few ‘Pubs who are, for want of a better term, impervious to information.  Fact-Proof.   (However, their existence casts light on why so many conservatives disbelieve in evolution.)  The ‘Crats may safely turn their efforts elsewhere.

So long as we’re talking about numbers here, may I mention that the Romneys’ just-released tax returns which claim charitable giving at over $4 Million against revenue of $13.7 Million is an exemplary display of philanthropic endeavor?  That braying jackass Harry Reid owes the Romneys a public apology for his baseless accusation that they paid no taxes.  I suspect Romney gave away more than Reid even earned.  The country is a better place for all when private citizens support the non-profit sector.

The Romney campaign would be wise to highlight these numbers, but given its reluctance to even release the returns, I doubt they will.

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10 Responses to Take A Number

  1. 'Nonymous says:

    OMG — you actually wrote something positive about Romney, and negative about a Democrat. Did somebody slip some testosterone into your white wine?

    • Camiel Toe says:

      Here’s a friendly suggestion, darling. For your own credibility, don’t use the words “Romney” and testosterone” in the same paragraph. It’s not what the Misses meant when she said, “This is hard.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good for him for giving to charity BUT I think a great deal of that is the minimum 10% tithe to the Church of the Latter Day ( since Sean Payton’s suspension) New Orleans Saints, but to be fair, the Morms do take care of a lot of their church followers with the cash which is just fine by me , but if you removed what Mom Rittney has to give ( if that’s included and I think it is) what did he give truly freely elsewhere . And it may be a lot…I just don’t know.

  3. Frank of Oregon says:

    Romney said at one point that anybody who pays more taxes than he owes is unfit to be president, presumably because that person is an idiot or just incompetent. But by not deducting 100% of his eligible contributions, he did precisely that. Of course, he had a good reason: he’s running for office, said something dumb enough to get hung up on later, and had to make a retrofitted adjustment which ends uop costing him a lot of money to save face.

    But shed no tears — he has the money to afford this and besides, if he chooses to file an amended return making the claim or getting credit for it in future years, well, he has accountants.

  4. Dawgbowl says:

    Much of Romney’s charitable giving goes to his church. Mormons are expected to tithe (10%), and Romney takes this seriously. He also supports a charitable organization he set up himself called The Tyler Charitable Foundation. Tyler then redistributes through grants (see Romney “happens to like redistribution,” too!). Here’s a story on Romney’s giving and Tyler’s grants:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/edwindurgy/2012/05/17/an-inside-look-at-the-millions-mitt-romney-has-given-away/
    I agree with you: this doesn’t look like anything he should be concealing or get defensive about, which is the only reason I remain a little skeptical still.

  5. E.O. Hippus says:

    The disturbing number of people who cling to the belief that the Iraqis had WMDs shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who remembers that about a year after 911, 2/3 of the population thought that Saddam Hussein was responsible. Americans are gullible idiots.

    • mkhall says:

      Hey, that was unnecessary! The word “gullible,” that is.

      • E.O. Hippus says:

        I’m willing to substitute the word “naive.”

        BTW it’s not just Republicans. Look how every liberal in creation swooned over “Hope and Change” as if that meant anything substantial or feasible. And now the poor dears are heartbroken and disillusioned with their Fearless Leader. * gag *

  6. One Man's Opinion says:

    I overheard some people talking about why Romney won’t release any other tax return info. According to them it’s because one of the companies he was cultivating in the early 2000s was a firm that handled bio-hazardous waste; the main source of it’s work (& therefore income) was the disposal of aborted fetuses. I don’t know if it’s true, I don’t remember the name of the company & frankly I’m too uninterested to research it myself. But if it’s true I can’t imagine he’d want his Christian, conservative (stick-up-the-arse) base to know this. It would explain a lot. If anyone finds out some hard-facts about it I hope they’ll post it.

    • Frank of Oregon says:

      You’re referring to the Stericycle story, published over the Sumner in Mother Jones, which also released the infamous 47% video. Here: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/romney-bain-abortion-stericycle-sec

      While this might or might not trouble a certain number of his very Christian base, it is of no significance whatsoever to the red-meat Republicans who find nothing wrong in any money-making activity, even if it fouls the air and water, crashes the financial system, or creates war, poverty,, and misery for somebody other than themselves. Unfortunately, that is the vast majority of the base.

      As for Romney, he’s not worried. He gives to his church, remember, so his conscience is clear and his God will forgive him.

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