My mom's 'the 47 percent'
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 9:02 p.m.
Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, when talking about Mitt Romney's “47 percent” remark, said on Sept. 18, “The way to get those 47 percent of Americans who are not income taxpayers to become taxpayers is to get them jobs.”
Well, Mr. Ryan, my mother is one of the 47 percent. Mom is 88 years old and has full-blown Alzheimer's.
She lives off my dad's pension — he worked for 43 years in the coal mines of Western Pennsylvania. Mom pays her property taxes every year on time.
According to Mitt and Paul, Mom should get a job so that she wouldn't be part of the 47 percent. I guess my dear mother is a slacker, according to this dynamic duo — a pair I'd be willing to bet never worked as hard as my dad did in the bowels of this earth.
If anyone can justify putting Romney and Ryan in the White House, bring it. But don't you dare call my parents lazy, moochers or non-entities.
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