Mitt Romney Thinks Middle Income Is Between $200K and $250K

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Living political cartoon Mitt Romney knows how middle income people feel when they sit around their kitchen tables talking about hardscrabble real people topics like: "How are we going to be able to afford to find enough truffles for the dancing horse this winter?" and "Where can we find a car elevator repairman at this hour?" and "I can't have illegals working on my property! I'm running for office, for Pete's sake!" He understands America. And he understands that "middle income" is people making from $200,000 to $250,000 per year.

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The expert bit of sociological analysis came this morning on Good Morning America, when Romney explained to George Stephanopoulos that he really gets it. From the AP,

‘‘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 best part of that article clip is when his campaign was like NO! WE MEAN FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE! because that makes Mitt Romney seem much more in tune with the struggles of the average American household, which, according to the AP, brings in around $50,000 per year.

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donnanobleismyhero
DonnaNobleIsMyHero

Do not give me some bullshit back-peddle about HOUSEHOLD income verses individual income. $250,000 per HOUSE is RICH and you are WRONG. You are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG to lump that into the middle class. You are a delusional bastard. You are so delusional and out-of-touch that it makes my head nearly explode to listen to a damn thing you say.

If both I and ManDork were working full time we might, MIGHT bring in 70,000 a year, IF I could find a really well paying job. We DREAM of a day when he has finally gotten into and completed medical school and residency and is bringing in 100k or more (much of which will go straight to paying down the soul-crushing debt it's going to take to put him through school in the first place, on top of our undergrad debt). And when that day comes we are not going to pretend that we're somehow just like any other middle class family. Some day we WILL pay off those educational debts and we will be rich, RICH. And we will never, ever pretend we're not. We will NEVER let ourselves forget what it was like having to applying for government subsidies to pay for MiniDork's preschool, or what it was like before she was born when we had to get help from a food bank. We will never pretend that making $100-200k a year puts us in the same bracket as the insurance adjuster down the street, or the teacher in our kid's 5th grade class. So FUCK you Mittens. And fuck the fancy horse you rode in on.