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.
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.