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Romney means an end to free rides

Mitt Romney complained to people paying $50,000 a plate that people making less than $50,000 a year don’t pay income taxes and expect the government to furnish them health care, food, housing, and you name it.

Shiftless as they are, though, it’s pointless to try to convince them to take personal responsibility.

The way he did, for instance.

He took the personal responsibility of putting himself through college without having to get a job. His wife Ann told The Boston Globe that they were so poor, “we had to sell some of our stock to get by.”

He took the personal responsibility of raising $37 million from rich investors to start Bain Capital.

And now that his fortune is more than twice the net worth of the last eight presidents combined, he takes the personal responsibility of putting money in Swiss bank accounts and tax shelters in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying income taxes on it. The rest of his income is taxed at about half the rate paid by people who actually work.

If Romney becomes president, the free rides will be over. His running-mate already has a plan to make Medicare a personal responsibility.

— Ann Adams

Oak Harbor


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