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ROMNEY: Critics need to do their research

Letter by Craig Chilton, Bonney Lake on Jan. 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | 55 Comments »
February 1, 2012 11:51 am

A letter writer claims Mitt Romney has an empathy gap due to his wealth (TNT, 1-18). I would suggest the writer has a hypocrisy gap. He and the Democrats had no problem with their 2004 presidential candidate, John Kerry, who is more wealthy than Romney.

Last year, we didn’t hear a peep out of them when Democrat Warren Buffett announced he paid his income taxes at the 15 percent rate. Romney stated that he paid the same rate on his investments, and the Democrats were outraged. More hypocrisy.

I believe this writer also has a research gap, since he knows nothing about  Romney. I would recommend he read David Brooks’ Jan. 22 column in The Seattle Times, “Wealth doesn’t define Mitt Romney.” Brooks writes “Mitt Romney is a rich man, but is Mitt Romney’s character formed by his wealth? Is Romney a spoiled, cosseted character? Has he been corrupted by ease and luxury? The notion is preposterous. All his life, Romney has been a worker and a grinder.”

Romney gives back to society by tithing to the Mormon church and donating millions through his foundation. His average annual donations are well over 10 percent of his gross income. The year he ran for governor of Massachusetts, it was 13 percent.

What percentage of their gross income do President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden give to charity? In 2007, Obama gave 5.7 percent (other years as low as 1 percent) and Biden 0.3 percent.

Who has an empathy gap?

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