Romney says he is taxed at around 15 ...

Romney says he is taxed at around 15 percent rate

There are 128 comments on the Reuters story from Jan 17, 2012, titled Romney says he is taxed at around 15 percent rate. In it, Reuters reports that:

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney walks to his campaign bus after a campaign stop in Florence, South Carolina, January 17, 2012.

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Dingo

Elk Grove, CA

#110 Jan 22, 2012
McGruff is happy today, newte gingrich the draft dodger, cheating SOB, won SC due to a huge turnout by ignorant white morons but the up tick of that victory, the good lord says it's OK to cheat on your wife.
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OK evangelicals, you are now FREE to cheat on your wives and have open marriages, newte gingrich says so.
Tony wrote:
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McGoof is a good little republican puppet.
He is a good laugh and good to laugh at.
The Group Of Pirates supporter he is.
Chicago Guy

United States

#111 Jan 22, 2012
McGruff wrote:
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Clinton lowered capital gains taxes. Ooouuuccchhh
Clinton lowered them from 30% to 20%, which makes sense.

Bush lowered them to 15%... WHILE cutting tax rates on the wealthy... WHILE starting two unfunded (and un-budgeted) wars...WHILE buying the vote in 2004 with an unfunded TRILLION dollar drug benefit.

You can cherry-pick facts all you want to. But if you don't acknowledge all of them, the truth's not in you.
McGruff

Buffalo, TX

#112 Jan 22, 2012
Tony wrote:
<quoted text>McGoof is a good little republican puppet.
He is a good laugh and good to laugh at.
The Group Of Pirates supporter he is.
and Clinton lowered capital gains taxes.
McGruff

Buffalo, TX

#113 Jan 22, 2012
Dingo wrote:
<quoted text>McGruff is happy today, newte gingrich the draft dodger, cheating SOB, won SC due to a huge turnout by ignorant white morons but the up tick of that victory, the good lord says it's OK to cheat on your wife.
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OK evangelicals, you are now FREE to cheat on your wives and have open marriages, newte gingrich says so.
when you said cheating draft dodger I thought you were speaking of bill Clinton.
McGruff

Buffalo, TX

#114 Jan 22, 2012
Chicago Guy wrote:
<quoted text>Clinton lowered them from 30% to 20%, which makes sense.

Bush lowered them to 15%... WHILE cutting tax rates on the wealthy... WHILE starting two unfunded (and un-budgeted) wars...WHILE buying the vote in 2004 with an unfunded TRILLION dollar drug benefit.

You can cherry-pick facts all you want to. But if you don't acknowledge all of them, the truth's not in you.
so if Romney said that he paid about 20% in taxes then you liberals wouldn't have your panties in a wad?
McGruff

Buffalo, TX

#115 Jan 22, 2012
Chicago Guy wrote:
<quoted text>Clinton lowered them from 30% to 20%, which makes sense.

Bush lowered them to 15%... WHILE cutting tax rates on the wealthy... WHILE starting two unfunded (and un-budgeted) wars...WHILE buying the vote in 2004 with an unfunded TRILLION dollar drug benefit.

You can cherry-pick facts all you want to. But if you don't acknowledge all of them, the truth's not in you.
you didn't acknowledge that republicans led by Newt forced clinton to balance the budget and to welfare reform. I guess the truth isn't in you.
Cleo

Marquette, MI

#116 Jan 22, 2012
McGruff wrote:
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I don't know that and neither do you. So what of they did? Clinton lowered the capital gains tax.
Its called intro to Business....a college level course.
Chicago Guy

United States

#117 Jan 22, 2012
McGruff wrote:
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so if Romney said that he paid about 20% in taxes then you liberals wouldn't have your panties in a wad?
Nope. We'd be delighted either way.

Because he'd still undoubtedly be paying a lower effective tax rate than his executive secretary... despite probably earning at least 50 to 100 times more than she makes.

Which would completely and unarguably prove Warren Buffet to be correct... thereby exposing the lies the GOP establishment and media have been offering in response.

This is a much bigger deal than you realize. The very tenets of the modern conservative philosophy will be exposed as lies.
Chicago Guy

United States

#118 Jan 22, 2012
McGruff wrote:
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you didn't acknowledge that republicans led by Newt forced clinton to balance the budget and to welfare reform. I guess the truth isn't in you.
I see.

Yet somehow your gleeful post about Clinton lowering the capital gains tax, which was done in direct response to Republicsn demands, failed to mention that, either.

Lol!!
McGruff

Buffalo, TX

#119 Jan 22, 2012
Chicago Guy wrote:
<quoted text>Nope. We'd be delighted either way.

Because he'd still undoubtedly be paying a lower effective tax rate than his executive secretary... despite probably earning at least 50 to 100 times more than she makes.

Which would completely and unarguably prove Warren Buffet to be correct... thereby exposing the lies the GOP establishment and media have been offering in response.

This is a much bigger deal than you realize. The very tenets of the modern conservative philosophy will be exposed as lies.
but Clinton lowered them. Chicago Guy said it made sense for him to do so.

His secretary pays the same on capital gains as Mitt pays. 15%. That is the tax rate on capital gains.
McGruff

Buffalo, TX

#120 Jan 22, 2012
Chicago Guy wrote:
<quoted text>I see.

Yet somehow your gleeful post about Clinton lowering the capital gains tax, which was done in direct response to Republicsn demands, failed to mention that, either.

Lol!!
so it wasnt Clinton's fault? Someone ask his to do it do he isn't responsible? Typical.
Chicago Guy

United States

#121 Jan 22, 2012
McGruff wrote:
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but Clinton lowered them. Chicago Guy said it made sense for him to do so.
His secretary pays the same on capital gains as Mitt pays. 15%. That is the tax rate on capital gains.
Oh. Romney's secretary makes $10
mil a year in capital gains?

Huh.

Did not know that.
McGruff

Buffalo, TX

#122 Jan 22, 2012
Chicago Guy wrote:
<quoted text>Oh. Romney's secretary makes $10
mil a year in capital gains?

Huh.

Did not know that.
doesn't matter what she makes. Capital gains are taxed the same no matter what you make. If she makes money in capital gains then she is taxes at 15%. If it is $100 million or if it is $1.
Don Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#123 Jan 23, 2012
rocky wrote:
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Any american can buy stocks that earn dividends that are taxed at 15% if they are long term qualified investments.You do not have to be rich to benefit from capital gains and dividends.Why don't you start investing in American companies by buying stocks so you too could benefit from the tax laws.But no,you would rather criticize those who have gambled their money in the stock market.
What is this? More spew from the right wing bloggisphere?

First, most Americans can't obtain jobs that pay enough to buy stocks. With the long standing GOP policy of using government to reduce wages, most barely get enough for food and shelter.

Second, even if you had enough for an investment, you would be better off investing in something that was not rigged against you. Take note that congressmen get to know ahead of time, where government funding is going. They know when a companies stock is about to rise of fall, depending upon who gets the contracts. They are not prevented from investing based on this information, and thus they all get rich, at the expense of those who don't have this information, and those for whom insider trading is illegal.

The stock market is completely fixed and if you don't have a legal way to cheat, you better not bet. So no, this is not a tax break for everyone, only for the very rich.
rocky

United States

#124 Jan 23, 2012
Don Joe wrote:
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What is this? More spew from the right wing bloggisphere?
First, most Americans can't obtain jobs that pay enough to buy stocks. With the long standing GOP policy of using government to reduce wages, most barely get enough for food and shelter.
Second, even if you had enough for an investment, you would be better off investing in something that was not rigged against you. Take note that congressmen get to know ahead of time, where government funding is going. They know when a companies stock is about to rise of fall, depending upon who gets the contracts. They are not prevented from investing based on this information, and thus they all get rich, at the expense of those who don't have this information, and those for whom insider trading is illegal.
The stock market is completely fixed and if you don't have a legal way to cheat, you better not bet. So no, this is not a tax break for everyone, only for the very rich.
Have you ever heard of penny stocks?LOL!You are absolutley wrong about the average American not being able to get involved in investing.These people you talk about seem to have money for smart phones,computers,designer clothes,welfare cadilacs,lottery tickets and big flat screen T.V.s.I will also bet they spend at least two hundred dollars or more on cigarettes,drugs and booze.Don't tell me that a person can't save enough to start investing.It is all about priorities and choices that one makes in life.This benefit of being taxed at 15% is available to all those that choose to invest in the market and not just the very rich.You need to do your homework skippy.
Don Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#125 Jan 23, 2012
rocky wrote:
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Have you ever heard of penny stocks?LOL!You are absolutley wrong about the average American not being able to get involved in investing.These people you talk about seem to have money for smart phones,computers,designer clothes,welfare cadilacs,lottery tickets and big flat screen T.V.s.I will also bet they spend at least two hundred dollars or more on cigarettes,drugs and booze.Don't tell me that a person can't save enough to start investing.It is all about priorities and choices that one makes in life.This benefit of being taxed at 15% is available to all those that choose to invest in the market and not just the very rich.You need to do your homework skippy.
You are simply making assumptions about something you apparently know nothing about. How about this, you invest all your extra wealth for a few years and then tell me how much money you get in dividends.

And, no, the people I talk about don't have smart phones, if they have cell phones, they have the free ones. They don't get designer clothes unless they find them cheaply at garage sales, where they get the rest of their clothes. They don't have the money for alcohol, or cigarettes. They often share cars because ones they have are over 15 years old and break down a lot. You need to look a bit at reality instead of just listening to Fox News tell you how the poor really have all that stuff. Do you really think someone would make the decision to buy a big screen TV instead of having surgery to alleviate massive pain?

You need to get a job and try to support yourself. When you assume everyone has parents as generous as yours is wrong. Many people have to support themselves.
Tony

Broken Arrow, OK

#126 Jan 23, 2012
Dingo wrote:
McGruff is happy today, newte gingrich the draft dodger, cheating SOB, won SC due to a huge turnout by ignorant white morons but the up tick of that victory, the good lord says it's OK to cheat on your wife.
.
OK evangelicals, you are now FREE to cheat on your wives and have open marriages, newte gingrich says so.
<quoted text>
Republicans support Gingrich family values.lol
Tony

Broken Arrow, OK

#127 Jan 23, 2012
rocky

United States

#128 Jan 23, 2012
Don Joe wrote:
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You are simply making assumptions about something you apparently know nothing about. How about this, you invest all your extra wealth for a few years and then tell me how much money you get in dividends.
And, no, the people I talk about don't have smart phones, if they have cell phones, they have the free ones. They don't get designer clothes unless they find them cheaply at garage sales, where they get the rest of their clothes. They don't have the money for alcohol, or cigarettes. They often share cars because ones they have are over 15 years old and break down a lot. You need to look a bit at reality instead of just listening to Fox News tell you how the poor really have all that stuff. Do you really think someone would make the decision to buy a big screen TV instead of having surgery to alleviate massive pain?
You need to get a job and try to support yourself. When you assume everyone has parents as generous as yours is wrong. Many people have to support themselves.
You are the one making assumptions about me.My Dad was a bartender with five children.We all attended an inner city public schools.He was hardly a rich man,but he taught me at a young age on how to save and be responsible.I have been working since I have been 10 years old and bought all my own clothes with paper route money. To this day,I am still am working at age 65.I am a Vietnam era Veteran.I spent 6 years in the military and then got out and went to school four nights a week and worked six days a week during that time.Everything that I have today was earned the hard way.I never had anything given to me.I even bought my first car with money I saved from my paper route.You acuse me of making assumptions and then turn right around and make assumptions about me.People need to quit looking for handouts and start looking for ways to better themselves.It is not the governments job to take care of people from cradle to grave.They need to get off their dead asses and help themselves.
Don Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#129 Jan 23, 2012
rocky wrote:
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You are the one making assumptions about me.My Dad was a bartender with five children.We all attended an inner city public schools.He was hardly a rich man,but he taught me at a young age on how to save and be responsible.I have been working since I have been 10 years old and bought all my own clothes with paper route money. To this day,I am still am working at age 65.I am a Vietnam era Veteran.I spent 6 years in the military and then got out and went to school four nights a week and worked six days a week during that time.Everything that I have today was earned the hard way.I never had anything given to me.I even bought my first car with money I saved from my paper route.You acuse me of making assumptions and then turn right around and make assumptions about me.People need to quit looking for handouts and start looking for ways to better themselves.It is not the governments job to take care of people from cradle to grave.They need to get off their dead asses and help themselves.
Yes, I did make assumptions about you. You seemed to attack anyone who was poor or middle class, parroting GOP talking points, accusing them of buying all kinds of goodies, then asking for others to bail them out. That sounds like rich bankers to me.

I to had a paper route when very young. In my area, you could not have one till you were 12, I got special permission and got started when I was 11. I didn't go to VietNam, I went to college. I graduated college before my parents graduated high school.

I earned everything myself as well. But I went to college with Pell grants, borrowed money and a few scholarships. There were jobs available to pay back those loans.

As to people looking for handouts, those are the rich. And they get all the handouts from the government they can handle. The middle class and the poor get nothing from the government, not even representation. So let's stop the handouts to the rich.

To me the issue is lack of opportunity. For example, if you go to college now, what can you get a major in, that will provide a job so you can pay back the college loans? There are no degrees which will get you a job, even if you do very well. The jobs are gone. There is plenty of opportunity for the rich, but none for anyone else.

I will even go along with getting rid of most welfare, if we can change society so there is opportunity. Right now, unless you are rich, you are out of luck.(I define luck as when opportunity meets hard work. You can work all you want, but if you never get opportunity, you will not succeed.)

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