Under fire for writing off 47 percent of Americans as government dependents who will never vote for him, Mitt Romney clarifies that what he wants is for more people to have jobs good enough that they do pay taxes. Many agree about slippage in 'good jobs.'
Under fire for telling campaign donors that 47 percent of Americans are "dependent on government" and pay no income taxes, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has offered this clarification: What he wants is for more Americans to have jobs good enough that they do pay taxes.
“I do believe that we should have enough jobs and enough take-home pay such that people have the privilege of higher incomes that allow them to be paying taxes," the Republican nominee said in a Fox News interview Tuesday.
"The problem right now," he added, is "so many people have fallen into poverty that they’re not paying taxes. They have to rely on government.... The right course to help them is not just to have government handing out but instead government helping people to get back to good jobs.”
His words, from a political standpoint, were obviously aimed at deflecting criticism that his earlier comments – released this week after being videotaped secretly at a May fundraising event – were insensitive to many Americans who don't view themselves as reliant on government handouts.
But Mr. Romney's response also points to a serious challenge for the US economy: how to create not just more jobs but more good-paying ones.
At a time when Americans already put jobs at the top of their agenda, some recent reports have underscored broad challenges in the US labor market:
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