Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quotation for Today: Mitt Romney's Welfare Policies (Updated)

Social Darwinism appears to be alive and well in the Republican Party and plutocracy is the ruling theory that guides the GOP. The plutocratic governance of the GOP is maintained, nourished and reinforced by its economic welfare policies for the One Percent. 

As the quotation for today highlights (across the jump), the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, is a strong advocate of welfare policies for the One Percent; policies that would continue the intense inequality that is now prevalent in the United States. This  inequality was created by 30 years of Republican economic policies that are embraced by Mitt Romney.
"This is about common sense. Romney's a beneficiary of a broken tax system and he wants to keep it that way. He wants a system in which firefighters, cops, teachers, and middle-class Americans all pay a higher tax rate than he does. We think that's wrong."
Jim Messina
Jim Messina is the Campaign Manager for the Obama 2012 presidential campaign.

Mr. Messina's comments are in response to Mitt Romney's refusal to publicly release more than two-years of tax returns.  Several news articles, including the one cited in this post, report that Mitt Romney released 23 years of tax returns to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign; but then he was only competing  to be John McCain's vice presidential running mate.

For more on Mitt Romney's tax return saga, follow the link in the U.S. News & World Report article that is cited below.  

The issue of inequality, via the tax code of the United States, is likely to be a major topic during the 2012 presidential campaign, and you can read more about the issue by following the link provided in The New York Times article cited in the related information section.

Metzler, Rebekah. "Obama Campaign Hits Mitt Romney on Buffett Rule, Tax Returns." U.S. News & World Report 9 April, 2012: online edition.

Related information:

Calmes, Jackie. "Obama to Make Case for ‘Buffett Rule’." The New York Times 10 April, 2012: online edition.

Updated information:

Kitcher, Philip. "Opinionator: The Taint of ‘Social Darwinism’." The New York Times 8 April, 2012: online edition.

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