Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government.
He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending. In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the Tea Party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region’s long-serving Democratic congressman.
Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice.
You don’t have to be a political expert to know that when your opponent posts your message without any kind of spin, you’ve made a terrible mistake. An even bigger sign that the Romney campaign has made a huge mistake? There’s absolutely no reference to yesterday’s Trump endorsement anywhere on Romney’s official Twitter feed.The feed mentions endorsements all the time. But if you’re just looking at official Romney materials, it’s like the Trump endorsement never happened. It’s not on the Romney site’s home page. A quick search of that site just turns up one lonely press release from yesterday.