米特和游民

华盛顿—共和党有一些在11月美国总统和国会选举中胜出的杀手锏。美国人长期对政府持怀疑态度,具有抵制政府管得过多的传统——这可以追溯到建国岁月。这一传统体现在现时代就是美国人拒绝公共补贴,并且拥有厌恶“依赖”国家支持的文化。

但共和党总统候选人米特·罗姆尼及其他该党领导人在本次选举周期中把这张牌用的十分糟糕。罗姆尼显然认定许多美国人——所谓的47%——不用支付联邦所得税。他认为他们视自己为“受害者”,并且“依赖”政府。

但这显然存在两大错误。首先,这47%中的大多数缴纳着相当多的收入、物业和商品消费税。在这个中位家庭收入已降至20世纪90年代中期水平的国家,他们必须拼命工作才能活下去。

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