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September 19, 2012

DUVALL: Romney's cynicism is appalling


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Actually, the vast majority of Americans who don’t make enough to meet the threshold for federal income taxes are either employed at a low-wage hourly jobs (sometimes two or three of them) or are elderly seniors whose Social Security payments are low enough they don’t qualify (60 percent who don’t pay federal income tax have a job and 44 percent are elderly). Still more are wounded veterans whose injuries prevent them from working. Another major group: College students who are going to school to get an education so they can find work. The remainder, nearly a third, are middle class households where parents earn enough to qualify were it not for child and marriage tax credits — which Mitt Romney supports — that put them under the threshold.

So can we stop with the welfare queen schtick? These aren’t free loaders, they’re average, hard-working Americans or retirees who’ve done their time.

I’m certain any number of veterans, parents, blue collar workers, seniors and students will be shocked to learn they aren’t worth a presidential candidate’s time — much less his attention or concern — because they’re such a drain on society.

By now I should be able to say Romney’s inability relate to the lives led by ordinary Americans is unsurprising. This is the man who said “corporations are people, too,” that he doesn’t “care about poor people” and that he “likes firing people.” His idea of a friendly wager is $10,000, not $10. His wife owns a dancing horse and their garage has an elevator — for the cars. 

With all that, why in the world should anyone be surprised at his inability to articulate a vision for the country that addresses problems plaguing average Americans?

Still, this is particularly disturbing. 

A man cannot be president of this country and write off the concerns of half the electorate. He is correct that his message of lower taxes won’t resonate with many people who don’t pay them. He is blind to the fact his campaign offers no solutions for them.

That Mitt Romney can’t understand why people aren’t embracing his campaign is sad. Sadder still is his unabashed cynicism concerning their support.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. His column appears Wednesdays and Sundays. Contact him at

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