GOP thinks we are moochers

Mitt Romney did let the cat out of the bag.

The Republicans think almost half of our country is a nation of slackers, living in an entitlement society, mooching off the rich. The narrative is right out of an Ayn Rand novel.

Of course, he has his facts wrong: Most of the 47 percent are senior citizens living off Social Security, military families, young people working at minimum-wage jobs, and millions of Americans with disabilities. The majority of the 47 percent live in southern states that vote Republican.

Romney also doesn't factor in that the 47 percent who do not pay federal income taxes do pay other taxes, and this group is not static.

Millions of Americans, at one time or another, have not paid federal income taxes, but then move on up the ladder and pay taxes, or they have finished their careers and now live on Social Security in low-cost states.

It was an incredibly insulting comment to make about his fellow citizens who are among the hardest working people in the world.

Robert V. Zimmerman

Lafayette

Is GE one of the freeloaders?

So if Mitt Romney says that 47 percent of the population does not pay federal income taxes, and "corporations are people, my friends," how would he classify the zero tax paid by the person also known as General Electric?


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Irving B. Phillips

El Sobrante

No. 1 story was officer's death

I was deeply sorrowed and shocked when I saw you put the daily headline (Sept. 6) in about President Barack Obama and further down the front page was a piece telling about our dearly departed police officer, Kenyon Youngstrom. Where are the priorities? Our state and Bay Area have lost another dear friend and public servant by the passing of the CHP man who chose to do a job few would do in protecting the public.

We can read politics daily and listen to it on TV and radio, but fail to realize the sudden death of a public servant is No. 1 in our thoughts at this time.

Possibly your paper is a Democratic group and that's why politics took priority over the death of a CHP officer?

We all need to realize the truly important things in our lives and we need to concentrate on assisting the ones in grief at this time (not only the family, but fellow officers).

Marilyn Young

Oakley

Brown using wild plans in search of a legacy

Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to establish his legacy by the building of the bullet train and the water pipeline to send Delta water south. In my eyes, he is ignoring that this state doesn't have the money for his goals.

The Delta levees are in need of major improvements. They protect our fragile ecosystem, fishery and drinking water. If Brown thinks the federal government will do it, he's dreaming. All we have gotten from the feds is talk, talk, talk. This is the area he should spend the money. What has been done so far is nothing but a Band-Aid solution to a major problem. As to his legacy, he could be remembered as the man who saved the Delta.

Joseph J. Congi

Concord

Look in the mirror for elusive militia

In a recent letter, Robert Zanker made the following statement concerning firearms, the Second Amendment and the militia: "there must be lots of militia members around" but he has "never met any."

If Zanker wants to meet one of the elusive members of the militia he is searching for, I suggest he do an Internet search of the California Military and Veterans Code, Sections 120-130, and the United States Code, Title 10, section 311, and then look in the mirror and see if he knows the person looking back at him because he is, was, or will be a member of the militia under both state and federal law.

Bob Greenslade

Walnut Creek