I've been wondering about that for a while now. The Tampa Bay (formerly St. Pete) Times publishes some amazingly dense letters in their Your Letters section of the editorial page. I've always wondered whether people are really that dumb, or blindly indoctrinated, or perhaps they're just trolls -- writing what they think the paper wants to hear so they'll get published. Now I'm sort of wondering if someone in the editorial section dreams these things up to keep various memes going.
In today's paper, the suspiciously named F.M. Younglove of Brandon trotted out the class warfare meme using Mitt Romney as punching bag. He writes in part:
The man who isn't president (Mitt Romney) is a perfect example. When a person can make $22 million a year and pay less than 14 percent income tax, it is safe to say progressive tax rates are all but gone.
Really?! Didn't we clear this up during the election? Didn't we point out that Romney's supposed low tax rate was actually a capital gains tax, since Mitt doesn't actually have a job -- he just lives off his investments. So he's paying taxes on money earned that was taxed previously. That's double taxation on his money, dumbass! And didn't we point out that the Romney's donate something like half their income to charity? And even if this foolishness was true, 14 percent of $22 million is over $3 million in taxes! How much did Mr. Younglove pay last year? I doubt he'll pay that much in his lifetime, if he even exists, and Mitt pays that EVERY F*CKING YEAR!!
I mean, this is a dead issue. These facts have been out there for over a year, and this moron hasn't heard any of them? Like I said, I find it hard to believe an actual person wrote this stupidity.
And I'm not even going to get into the letter by Orfeo Trombetta. Seriously?! Try something believable like Joe Smith, guys.