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Race And Religion Split Electorate As Campaigns Begin

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Race And Religion Split Electorate As Campaigns Begin

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By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — As presidential hopefuls officially begin their campaigns, the two parties face each other with opposing coalitions clearly defined along lines of race, religion, and culture.

Nearly 90 percent of the Americans who identify or lean to the Republican Party are white. In particular, white, evangelical Protestants, who make up just under one-fifth of the overall U.S. population, account for more than one-third of those who back the GOP.

By contrast, the Democrats depend heavily on minorities, people without a religious affiliation, and the most highly educated segment of the white population, particularly women with graduate or professional degrees.

The contrasting portraits come from extensive data about party preferences released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The data, drawn from about 25,000 interviews Pew conducted last year for its surveys, provides a detailed look at where the two parties stand as the presidential campaign begins to take shape.

The share of Americans who openly identify with either of the two major parties has declined over the last decade as more Americans call themselves independents. Most of those self-described independents, however, lean toward one party or the other, and they have voting behavior that is almost as predictable as more open partisans.

The contrasting nature of the two coalitions drives the issues on which each party focuses. The Republicans’ heavy dependence on evangelical Protestants, for example, helps explain why the party’s lawmakers have backed what supporters call “religious freedom” legislation in many states and also why they have had so much difficulty navigating the fast-changing politics of that issue.

The Democrats’ reliance on minorities lies behind several of President Barack Obama’s policies, notably his push for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in ways that would benefit many Latino and Asian-American families.

Because its candidates have done poorly with minorities in a nation that has grown steadily less white, the GOP needs to keep winning a bigger majority of white voters to prevail in presidential elections. Republican strategists have split in the past couple of years on whether the strategy of depending on white turnout remains viable in presidential contests.

Overall, the Democrats enjoy a 48 percent to 39 percent advantage in the share of Americans who lean their way, but that edge shrinks to 48-43 percent among registered voters, the Pew figures show.

The Democratic advantage has been fairly consistent going back to 1992, a period during which the party has won the popular vote in five out of six presidential elections. But in elections that don’t involve the White House, the voters whom Democrats count on do not turn out as reliably as Republican backers, creating a major advantage for the GOP in off-year contests.

While many of the demographic divisions between the two parties have been constant for years — Democrats consistently do better with women than with men; Republicans do better with married people than unmarried — the Pew data show two major recent shifts, one favoring each party.

Democrats have greatly improved their standing among Americans with graduate or professional degrees, particularly women.

In 1992, Americans with more than a college education divided their political loyalties equally between the two parties. But since the middle of the last decade, that group has become increasingly Democratic. They now favor the Democrats 56-36 percent.

Combine the gender gap with educational differences and the contrast become huge. Women with education beyond college favor Democrats by about two to one, for example. By contrast, white men without a college degree favor Republicans 54-33 percent.

The other major change has been the growing Republican advantage among white evangelicals, which has expanded steadily during Obama’s presidency. They now back Republicans 68-22 percent.

Although the two parties also have a generational divide — with older Americans favoring the GOP and younger ones leaning heavily toward Democrats — that difference has more to do with religion, ethnicity, and race than age itself.

The so-called Silent Generation, made of Americans born between 1929 and 1946, is the whitest of the country’s major age groups and favors the GOP 47-43 percent.

By contrast, Millennials, who range in age from 18 to 33, comprise the most racially and ethnically diverse generation in the voting population. They favor Democrats 51-35 percent, but mostly because more than four in ten of them are nonwhite. White members of the Millennial generation have political preferences much like their elders; nonwhites of their age favor Democrats 61-23 percent.

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64 Comments

  1. bobnstuff April 8, 2015

    If the lift and center doesn’t want their rights taken away from them they had better start voting. The voting districts are so gerrymandered that the house will be Republican for at least the next few elections. If you don’t vote don’t complain about the fools we let run the country.

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    1. ringostarr1 April 8, 2015

      The real truth is that so called Millennial voters are shallow and they keep gravitating to a candidate perceived as cool or hip. At some time in the future all this “We are the World” BS will sour.

      Then the Millennial vote will be faced with either voting for the GOP or else knuckling under to groups like the Iranian Mullahs backed by a second Democrat Party inspired Nettle Chamberlin. It there is any truism in politics it is this, “Political success always carries the seeds of its own destruction!”

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      1. bobnstuff April 8, 2015

        No they will have to choose between the Democratic Party or one of the many republican party spin offs. There already is the Christian Right Republican Party, The Business Right Republican Party, The Moderate Centrist Republican Party non of which can get along with the other. Each one calling the members of the other RINO’s.

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        1. ringostarr1 April 8, 2015

          You do have a point, unfortunately your point is on the top of your head. Nixon won in 1968 mainly because Governor George Wallace split or syphoned off the racist Democrat vote. Similar to the way that Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican vote in 1912, resulting in the election of Woodrow the Racist Wilson.

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          1. bobnstuff April 8, 2015

            I’m not sure I see your point, are you wearing a hat? The republican party is falling apart in case you didn’t notice it. I read a number of news posts and it amazes me just how much the Republicans are at each other. When the speaker of the house has to go to the democrats to get a bill passed you know you got trouble.

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          2. ringostarr1 April 10, 2015

            For your information all 435 elected members of the House enjoys the right to vote on all bills before Congress. That right cannot be denied to either the Democrat Party members of Congress or to the GOP members of Congress as much as you seem to whish to deny that right to every voter with who you disagree.

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          3. bobnstuff April 10, 2015

            Tell that to John Boehner. If he doesn’t put the bill up for a vote to bad. Also you can delay a bill a large number of ways. It’s done all the time, check the record.

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          4. Independent1 April 10, 2015

            Nixon won in 1968 because he committed treason by having some of his campaign staff negotiating with the South Vietnamese to sabotage LBJ’s peace talks. If LBJ could have gotten elected he would have had Nixon tried for treason. That little escapade was Tricky Dick’s most nefarious caper and he just squeaked out getting elected in ’68. Today’s Republican party are nothing more than gangsters – the America equivalent of the Italian Mafia. A bunch of hoods masquerading as politicians. Hoods that know absolutely nothing about running a country.

            There have been 17 recessions and 3 depressions in America since 1901 and 14 recessions and all 3 depressions occurred during GOP presidencies – mostly in their 2nd term proving it was their incompetence that resulted in the recessions/depressions. And interestingly, Eisenhower, possibly the GOP’s best president since Teddy was in office holds the record for having 3 recessions occur during his 8 years.

            And since 1929, the stock market during the 47 years or of Democrat presidencies has produced a gain overall of over 300% – while during the 38 years the GOP has been in office the stock market return as effectively been ZERO!!! Base on the GOP’s propensity for crashing the market. And since Carter was in office, the Dems have created virtually twice as many jobs in America as the GOP in 2 less years in office: Reagan and the 2 Bushes could only create a mediocre 20 million jobs in 20 years while Carter, Clinton and Obama have created 39-40 million jobs in 18 years. And even when it comes to GDP, the GOP are losers – with a meager 2.6% GDP growth average since 1900; whereas under the Dems, the GDP has averaged close to 4.5% growth/year.

            The GOP are losers, any way you look at it!!

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        2. ringostarr1 April 9, 2015

          In truth the Republican Party has become more like the Democrat Party was 50 years ago. Todays’ GOP is dynamic, forward looking, and confident. Now it is the Democrat Party who is forced to cobble together voting blocks.

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          1. bobnstuff April 9, 2015

            Today’s Republican Party is out of touch with the world, they want to go back to so mythical time when everything was great. Restore America to Greatness. The only problem
            is that time never was. Just look at the bills they write. There is nothing new or forward looking about any of them. The Republicans only know how to vote against things. Our President is working with the leaders or the major nations of the world to stop Iran from being a nuclear nation but the republicans are trying to block it. They say it’s because you can’t trust Iran but it’s really to keep Iran,s oil off the market. The Republican party has no ideas, nothing new to bring. If you see some great Idea to fix anything I would like to see it. Where is the plan for replacing the ACA? Where is there immigration reform bill? If they are going to fix the IRS whats their plan. It’s been four months. When are they going to begin?

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          2. ringostarr1 April 10, 2015

            Gee bobbing for stuff, the Democrat party has not passed a budget in over 4 years. When are the Democrats going to take your own advise and do the job that they were elected to preform?

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          3. bobnstuff April 10, 2015

            If the President sends a budget to Congress and they fail to pass it is it the Presidents fault or the Congress’s?If the House passes a budget knowing that the senate will not pass it and that the President won’t sign it is it real anyone but the houses fault? If the Republicans won’t work with the Democrats and the President to pass a budget, who’s fault is it that there isn’t a budget? The Republicans are very good at one thing in congress, naming Post Offices.

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      2. jointerjohn April 8, 2015

        The GOP or Iranian Mullahs? Those are the choices? Your political pool of knowledge is shallow enough to walk through without getting my shoes wet. Go ahead, keep discounting the millennial voters. Your racist, homophobic, misogynist, and nauseatingly gratutitist GOP is headed for the ash heap of human history.

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        1. ringostarr1 April 8, 2015

          No, it is you who has stepped off into the deep end of the political pool and your sinking fast. Meanwhile Communism, Marxism, Socialism, and Fascism all four co-exist in Putin’s Russia. The 1919 Paris Peace Conference ended on June 28 1919. Five years to the day following Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s murder by a Socialist. WWI was named “The War to End All Wars” by Woodrow Wilson who has to be the arch type racist, homophobic, and misogynist. So only 20 years and 62 days later The War to End All Wars became the Nettle Chamberlin’s “Peace in Our Time” Besides, 1964 1932 was supposed to be the swan-song of the GOP then 1964, but only 4 years later the Grand Old Party stormed back riding to victory on Democrat Party arrogance. Then in 1974 and again in 76 the chattering class administered the last rites to the Republican Party. But like in the 1930s and 60s the GOP returned thinks to the help of LBJ, Jimmy (the traitor) ‘Karter’ and his band of Mullahs.

          joinerjohn, my advise to you is this, “Don’t be writing no rubber political checks that your butterfly arse can’t cover.

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  2. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

    the dem base is the 47% who don’t pay taxes and the 4 million illegals who voted in 2012

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    1. ringostarr1 April 8, 2015

      That must be why President Obama wants to sick his G-Men on the American Citizens who refuse to take out a health insurance policy or refuse to vote for Obama’s mistaken policies. That is why Obama is frantic to send out the DHLS every 2 years to round-up the citizenry and march them to the polls with a gun in their backs, like the NAZI Party marched Jews to their deaths.

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      1. charleo1 April 9, 2015

        This is the nuttery the GOP must somehow unlearn it’s base. Or they are doomed, and will be replaced. It’s a fact, it’s a complicated World we live in. One that’s growing smaller, more connected, and more inter-dependent by the day. And it’s filled with different people, of different color, cultures, and religions. With science, technology, and the dissemination of information advancing at a pace only dreamed of a
        mere decade ago. And no people with a wit of common sense, are going to trust a Party driven by, and made of, the kind of simpletons who go around trying to deny, or turn back the tide of progress. Then, there’s the hate, intolerance, fear, and intentional lack of inclusiveness, that have become the stock and trade of the extremist ideologues, and racist. Who proliferate the base, who now decide thru a gerrymandered process, who will, and will not be strident enough to be presented as representing them. And finally, the Conservative Right, if they are to survive at all. Must find another ways, and come up with new ideas, to give energy, legitimacy, and reason to support their cause. Other than being rich, White, ideologically rigid, and preferring a Party that’s willing to pander to the lowest of our common denominators, and embrace the statue quo, against the interests of the vast majority, for it’s survival.

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        1. ringostarr1 April 10, 2015

          How funny you are chareoli. What happened to the Democrat Party’s ability to play to the lowest common denominator by embracing every sexual perversion known to man while claiming that it is every Democrat voter’s right to beat his wife as long as he doesn’t beat her with a stick bigger than a 2 X 4? Like all Democrats you obviously believe that it is no ones business but yours if a man beats his wife but instead this behavior is a private matter between the husband and his Democrat Party

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          1. charleo1 April 10, 2015

            Where’s all this wife beating stuff coming from? You’re really out there my friend! Playing to the lowest common denominator is playing to the ignorance of stereotype, or the science deniers who are of the opinion they can pretend climate change is a hoax, or enforce Biblical dogma, by claiming being Gay is a perversion, or choice. When the science of both says differently. Or, people are learning for themselves something very different, on their own, without the help of science. But just using their own common sense. And given that tolerance is in, and intolerance, and discrimination is definitely out. The GOP should concentrate on expanding their own shrinking tent, instead of trying to tear down the opposition’s, and hoping for converts. What are they for? Making the rich richer, the powerful, more powerful. Okay, what else? What other popular ideas do they have, once they ditch the bash the Gays agenda? Bash the Blacks, Bash the Muslims? Bash the Poor, Bash the teachers, Bash the scientists, and secularists? Who’s left in their tent?

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          2. ringostarr1 April 10, 2015

            My little lady, your income redistribution undies are showing. I don’t care who sleeps with who and never have but I do oppose exposing sexual appetites in the street or forcing my sexuality on a reluctant population especially in the manner that ACTUP or NAMBLA do at every Gay Pride event. As for you playing the anti-science card there is overwhelming S-C-I-E-N-C-E that it is the left wing who are the Science Deniers on both the climate as well as the Homosexual wing of Scientific inquiry.

            It takes a special talent for you to deny scientific evidence on the one hand yet embrace scientific fallacy one the other hand, while on your ‘third hand’ you run around shrilly screaming about how righteous your side is. “For What its Worth” I suggest that you listen to some Buffalo Springfield music called For What its Worth from 1967. You have became the “Man with a gun over there telling me that I got to beware” In other words your own political motivations have become the enemy of free men and women everywhere.

            Yours’ is a typical shallow response from a Political Liberal. Because to believe the fallacies that you hold requires you to first throw all logic and previous knowledge to the 4 winds. Thank you for reading my entire post.

            My little lady, your income redistribution undies are
            showing. I don’t care who sleeps with who and never have but I do oppose exposing sexual appetites in the street or forcing my sexuality on a reluctant population especially in the manner that ACTUP or NAMBLA do at every Gay Pride event.

            As for you playing the anti-science card there is overwhelming S-C-I-E-N-C-E that it is the left wing who are the Science Deniers on both the climate as well as the Homosexual wing of Scientific inquiry.

            It takes a special talent for you to deny scientific evidence on Homosexuality yet embrace proven scientific fallacy about Climate Change on the other hand, while on your ‘third hand’ you run around shrilly screaming about how righteous your side is.

            I suggest that you read to some of your own rants
            before firing up your browser and shooting off your mouth
            especially when you know so little about what you are shouting about. “For What its Worth.” Perhaps this song from The Buffalo Springfield in 1967 can help you pull yourself together.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5JCrSXkJY

            Yours’ is a typical shallow response from a Political
            Liberal. Because to believe the fallacies that you hold dear
            first requires that you first throw all logic and previous
            knowledge to the 4 winds. Thank you for reading my entire
            post.

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          3. charleo1 April 10, 2015

            You really got your prude on, don’t cha, corn pone? What logic makes you think you’re so entitled, high and pure, that you get to dictate what ‘appetites’ law abiding, tax paying citizens of this Constitutional Republic. May or may not, exercise, expose, or otherwise, enjoy to the fullest extent allowed to every other such citizen? In other words, what you got caught in your craw about liberty? What is it that scares you most about freedom? That you would control it, and dole it out, like it was something dangerous? Perhaps you prefer an authoritarian consul, who makes a separate set of freedoms for some, and denies a certain set for others? Maybe you also believe this is a Country where such a thing would be right, and just? Those seem to be your “fallacies.” That I am a woman. I am not. And income distribution is just fine the way it is. And it certainly is not.

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      2. Independent1 April 10, 2015

        The only reason the GOP won the senate seats in 2014 was because their senate wins were all in Red States where they had implemented significant voter suppression. Overall in the senate races, the Dems actually pulled 20 million more votes than the GOP; because they trounced the GOP in all the Blue state senate contests. So aside from the senate wins in only red states, and a few governorships, the GOP effectively lost everything else: the lost ever senate election in a blue state; they lost ground in most state legislatures thinning their red state majorities; they lost every political office in Oregon where the turnout was over 60%; the Dems now hold every office in Oregon open to election; and the GOP lost every single ballot issue which included min wage raises even in some red states and they lost every person-hood initiative that was on the ballots in 2014 in the red states. Essense, despite their senate wins, 2014 was a political disaster for the GOP – it was only their voter suppression that saved them face by giving them the senate seats.

        But even reliable Republican voters stayed home; in a country where around 37% of the voters are registered Republicans less than 50% of them turned out – only around 17-18% came to the polls. Not a good sign for Republicans!!!

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    2. ralphkr April 8, 2015

      The Republican base are all those white folks on lifetime welfare or retired who are easily suckered into voting against their self interest because they lack education and vote fear & ignorance.

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      1. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

        Its not the party of illegal aliens who vote

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        1. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

          Its the party of space aliens who vote

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        2. Hmmm?? Be kind to immigrants

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      2. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

        Its not the party of legal aliens who vote

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        1. ralphkr April 8, 2015

          Are you sure, Whatmeworry? Both of my Grandfathers were legal aliens (Father’s father from Prussia, Mother’s father from Germany) and they both voted Republican every election because Republican Presidents & Governors reminded them of the Kaiser.

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    3. bobnstuff April 8, 2015

      You mean all those evil people on SS and all those serviceman’s families on food stamps. How about all those lazy disabled Vets. Yes that 47% really should be thrown out on the street.

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      1. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

        Those folks pay taxes that’s why hey don’t vote for socialists

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        1. bobnstuff April 8, 2015

          Then I guess what you said about the 47% is wrong because all those people are part of the the group. Most servicemen with families don’t pay income tax because they don’t earn enough, in fact a master Sargent with a wife and two kid can get food
          stamps. SS is not taxed by the IRS.

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          1. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

            Are you that dumb or just ignorant? Service men all pay income taxes. And SS is taxed depending on your income

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          2. Whatmeworry April 9, 2015

            I am that dumb and ignorant? Service men pay 0 income taxes, and don’t pay into their pensions like federal employee do

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          3. dpaano May 11, 2015

            I guess I could show you the form I get every year from the DFAS which shows how much taxes I paid on my Army pension….but you probably wouldn’t believe that!

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          4. Whatmeworry May 11, 2015

            You can thank the taxpayers for your golden parachute retirement package, you know the people who pay taxes

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          5. dpaano May 12, 2015

            You, sir, are a bona fide idiot!!! I spent 25+ years in the military keeping your butt safe! I earned every penny and I paid taxes on every penny of it! There was no “golden parachute” as you call it! I still get taxed on my pension! Apparently, you don’t care about all the soldiers that have come back injured or maimed from a war that YOUR ex-GOP president got us into for no apparent reason other than his ego! Get a life and go crawl back into the hole you came out of! As a note, I’ve worked from age 16 to my present age of 69 (and I intend to keep working until age 75), so I will continue to pay taxes on not only my earnings, but also on my income from social security! I also pay property taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, etc. My meager Army pension was well earned! Which is a heck of a lot more than you can say!

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          6. Staci Kittern Disbrow April 9, 2015

            No way baby! GIJoe don’t pay no taxes fool!

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          7. Lance Koontz April 13, 2015

            Actually they do pay federal income tax and cashed strapped
            military types borrow money from payday loan companies
            againest thier anticipated refund checks.

            it’s really sad……………

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          8. dpaano May 11, 2015

            Funny…..I spent 25+ years in the military, and I paid income taxes??? Hmmm, maybe I was doing something wrong! Or, just maybe, you’re wrong!

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        2. bobnstuff April 8, 2015

          http://www.businessinsider.com/43-of-americans-dont-pay-federal-income-tax-2013-9
          Here are some facts that you should see before you say anything more.

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          1. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

            Its not relevant to the topic Payroll taxes aren’t income tax

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          2. bobnstuff April 8, 2015

            A Master Sargent makes less then $30,000 per year and if he has a stay at home wife and two kids he will get earned income credit of around $7,000 per year. The reason people don’t pay taxes is they are poor or they have tax free income. My father didn’t have to file taxes for the last twenty years of his life because all of his income was non taxable.

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          3. Whatmeworry April 9, 2015

            Are you that dumb or just ignorant? Service men all pay zero income taxes

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          4. bobnstuff April 9, 2015

            Just ignorant. But that makes them part of the 43% that pay no taxes.

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          5. Staci Kittern Disbrow April 9, 2015

            Yeah baby, you are a dumb fool!

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          6. Lance Koontz April 12, 2015

            What planet are you from ?
            Military types are some of the biggest tax deadbeats around.
            You wouldn’t know anything about that would you ?

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          7. Staci Kittern Disbrow April 9, 2015

            He got you FOOL! Do you not know how to read baby?????

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          8. Independent1 April 9, 2015

            Given that many states today have or are cutting income taxes as a way of generating state revenues, and there are actually some Republicans who are thinking of wanting to run for president in 2016 who have suggested getting rid of federal income taxes and the IRS, why are you limiting the taxation issue to income taxes??

            Is it that you have too much tunnelvision as a good RWNJ to realize that people like myself, who don’t pay federal income taxes any more, still pay thousands of dollars in property, sales, state income and other taxes?? I’ll venture that even though I don’t pay federal income taxes anymore because of my age and how long I’ve been retired – that if I were to combine all the other taxes that I do pay, I may well pay more in “taxes” in a year, than you do, and that millions of Americans that actually don’t consider themselves to be in the 43% of people who pay no income tax actually end up paying in taxes.

            Especially considering that for 2013, the IRS said that the average tax payer who earned $30-$50,000/yr, actually only paid 4.7% of their gross income in income taxes; which is under $2,500; which if that’s true – I pay way more than that in taxes even though I don’t pay an income tax. So if you’re not in what you consider to be the 47%, that doesn’t mean that you don’t pay less in taxes overall that people who are in what was the 47%.

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          9. Whatmeworry April 10, 2015

            Only folks who worked all their lives should pay taxes and support special cases like mine who claim disability. I don’t give a hoot about payroll taxes supporting lazy welfare coloreds and illegals

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          10. Independent1 April 10, 2015

            There you go!! Like a good RWNJ mischaracterizing who really get’s the vast majority of welfare in America – and IT AIN’T blacks and illegals – it’s RWNJs like you!!

            Fact is that blacks and illegals generally vote democratic, yet in the 2012 election, of the 456 voting districts in America that suck the most welfare dollars, more than 90% of them voted for Mitt Romney – 421 out of 456. Only 35 of the high-welfare voting districts in America went for Obama.

            And illegal aliens do not sign up for welfare in big numbers because they’re too concerned about getting caught and deported. About the only real benefit illegals get is that hospitals have to care for them in ERs if they get sick or hurt in some way.

            Like the typical RWNJ you are not only narcissistic; you are very misguided about reality.

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          11. Whatmeworry April 10, 2015

            Must not read newspapers where u live or u would be ifnormed

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          12. Independent1 April 10, 2015

            Yeah! That supposed left-wing media from news outlets 90% owned by right-wing companies and billionaires!!

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          13. Lance Koontz April 12, 2015

            That’s rich…….

            I thought you were quoted in the past saying ” all federal
            employees who collect disability are welfare Queens .”

            Yeah right ………

            Which is it ?

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          14. Whatmeworry April 11, 2015

            Sorry I’m a conservative and pay 25% in income taxes. The little bit you pay doesn’t come close to what you cost society

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          15. Whatmeworry April 11, 2015

            Sorry I’m a conservative and pay 2% in income taxes. The little bit I pay doesn’t come close to what I cost society

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          16. Daniel Max Ketter April 11, 2015

            When I was a cool aid drinking conservative, I was paying 0 in taxes (except union dues), all thanks to Matthew Lesko insider stuff. You must not have any Lesko books where you live. Of course I changed my ways and found the light and became a proud registered democrat, hopefully for life. Hilary’s got my vote in 2016.

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          17. Whatmeworry April 11, 2015

            Sorry I’m a conservative and earn 25% in income taxes. The little bit I earn doesn’t come close to what I cost society

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          18. Whatmeworry April 12, 2015

            Sorry I’m a conservative and pay nuttin in income taxes. The little bit I don’t pay doesn’t come close to what I cost society

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        3. folks like dan ketter don’t pay taxes but collect

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      2. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

        Those folks don’t pay taxes that’s why heyt don’t vote for socialists

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      3. Independent1 April 9, 2015

        When you get into the groups that earn too little to be required to pay federal income taxes, you’re mostly into seniors and the people living at or below the poverty level in red states – a number of which have no min wage law; or they have a right-to-pay-you-as-little-as-I-can (aka right-to-work) law.

        So when Romney, and even Whatmeworry, denigrates the 47%, which I think they’re believing are mostly ‘no-good’ democrat goof-offs, they’re actually mostly denigrating a lot of seniors across the country like me on social security, and also millions of very low income Red State residents (keep in mind that of the 24 states with more than 12% of their populations living below the poverty level – 20 of them are red states) – so they’re actually denigrating a very big chunk of the voting electorate that Mitt was hoping would vote for him for president. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. (And thanks for the link to the Business Insider article on what are the 43% today.)

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        1. bobnstuff April 10, 2015

          Well put. Add to this the fact that it’s only income tax that they don’t pay. If you look at the percentage of their income that go to all the other taxes the you often find that they pay a larger percent of their income in taxes then those that pay income tax.

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  3. Whatmeworry April 8, 2015

    the dem base is the 47% who pay taxes and the 4 million legals who voted in 2012

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  4. dpaano May 11, 2015

    Interesting….I’m one of those “Silent Generation,” but I certainly DON’T lean Republican in any way, shape or form!!! I guess it must be because I have several college degrees which imbues a certain amount of intelligence. I can see through the BS that we hear from the GOP candidates!!!

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