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Mr. Romney,

Someone is going to bring up that 47% comment, and while it is technically true that 47% of Americans pay no federal income tax, I think you need to address the problem this way:  Out of the 47% of Americans who pay no federal income tax, I would imagine that more than 30% of you do not find that a good place to be. I would imagine that you would gladly choose to be in the position of having to pay those taxes rather than being in the position of making so little that you struggle to make ends meet every month. Most people do not choose foreclosure. Most people do not choose to default on student loans,especially after spending years preparing to enter the workforce with the supposed  advantage of higher education. Most adult people do not choose to live with their parents. Most people do not like being out of work, or underemployed. But how can you dig yourself out when you are buried beneath a middle class that has been, by this administration’s own words, buried for the last 4 years?

You know what happens in your own life when you can’t pay the bills. You lose the house. You can’t borrow more money. Some people end up on other people’s couches or in someone’s basement. Other people end up on the street. What do you think happens to nations who continue to spend beyond their means? Think Greece. Think Spain. Think it can’t happen here? Think again. We’ve already seen our credit degraded. We are not too big to fail. Not only that, there are a number of nations that would love for us to fail.

What the president proposes is doing more of what got us in this mess to begin with. It makes absolutely no sense to continue a course that is clearly not working. In 1921 Warren G. Harding faced a huge economic downturn. Do you know what he did? Nothing. He allowed the market to correct itself. It took about 18 months. No one remembers it. But people do remember the Great Depression. Some historians would have you believe that FDR saved the US with his “New Deal”. What saved the US was a world war – not the New Deal. FDR’s policies turned what was most likely a recession into a depression that lasted at least a decade.

Is that really what you want? Do you really want to be buried under an already struggling buried middle class for another 4 years? Are you living out your dream? Are you living the life the Founding Fathers laid out for each of us?

I believe we are the most capable, competent, and productive people on the face of the planet, and I believe you deserve a government that thinks we are, too.

That’s what I would like Mr. Romney to say tonight.