Proud to support DemocratsI am one of the 47 percent Mitt Romney speaks of. However, I am neither a victim nor irresponsible.
Although I am now on Social Security and Medicare, I have not expected the government to support me during my working years. I am a 71-year-old, retired professional who still works almost every day as a substitute teacher. I am from a working-class family whose dad worked two jobs until a World War II injury finally disabled him completely.
When I was not playing sports in high school, I took jobs sacking groceries and pumping gas. I graduated high school on a Friday and went to work full-time the following Monday. I have held a job every day for more than 53 years except for a few weeks between jobs due to bankruptcies and still work every day there is a teaching job available. As a professional, there were times when I was in the top 3 percent of wage earners and at times paid more than 30 percent of my pay in taxes.
During this time, while working full-time and raising a family, I earned a college degree and completed an additional two years of professional training, every penny of which came out of my pocket.
Mr. Romney, I am proud to support the Democratic Party and to be a part or the 47 percent you have abandoned.
Dennis Thompson, Newnan