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ELECTION: Mitt Romney, the 47 percent man

Letter by Martin Litwak, Olympia on Oct. 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm with No Comments »
October 2, 2012 1:07 pm

Who are these 47 percent people Mitt Romney talked about? Could part of the 47 percent be men like myself who got drafted in 1966 to go to Vietnam, while Romney in 1966 was described as a “minister,” and the federal government deferred him for 30 months while he went to France and converted souls to Mormonism? After that, Romney got several other deferments, and he ultimately never went into the Army.

Could the 47 percent people be the hundreds of employees at KB Toys, one of which was in the Westside Mall? Bain purchased KB Toys for $302 million. Bain put up $18 million of its own money, and the bank financed the rest. Bain loaded KB Toys with debt, and then took $100 million for itself. At that point, KB Toys had to file for bankruptcy, and hundreds of employees nationwide lost their jobs, their health insurance and probably some personal wealth. Are they part of that 47 percent?

The last group of 47 percent people are those pining for George W. Bush, the same Bush that gave us eight years of “fear and loathing,” the same people for whom Romney represents “Bush’s third term.” For those people I say, to quote the poet John Lennon, if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow.

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