What a dour, dismal, and highly misinformed view Mitt Romney has of nearly half of his fellow countrymen and countrywomen.
According to this presidential candidate, every other person we see on the street each day are “victims” – people who are “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”
Romney was caught making these comments by Mother Earth News, which has released actual recordings of this man uttering such nonsense to a crowd of wealthy campaign donors.
Mitt blows it off by saying these were just inelegant, off-the-cuff remarks.
The sadly pathetic nature of this latest incident is that this is what Romney actually believes. He is not alone. The let-them-eat-cake crowd, of which Mitt is the standard-bearer, all believe this. Too many of my conservative friends and acquaintances would agree with him.
These “victims” include your mom and dad on Social Security and Medicare, your relative or friend who just returned from Middle East war zones (with and without limbs or sanity), your Downs Syndrome cousin, many of the people you interact with who do not (God forbid!!!) pay federal income taxes because they were also subject to all the “legal” deductions and loopholes that Mitt took advantage of, your kids going to college or just emerging from college – all of these terrible, terrible scofflaws who are just sucking off the likes of Mitt and his country club pals.
Unfortunately, none of this is true.
The 47 per cent who do not pay federal income taxes pay all sorts of other taxes (sales, excise, real estate, Social Security, Medicare), but Mitt and the backroom boys who spend their lives concentrating the nation’s wealth in their Swiss and Cayman bank accounts do not care about this.
This guy who wants so badly to be our leader, even though he spits on half of us, says, in his inelegant off-the-cuff remarks, that half the kids coming out of college cannot get jobs. That is not true either. Fifty per cent of those who “can’t get a job” actually do have jobs, just not the jobs they wanted. And economic studies of recent graduate joblessness show the problem to be much smaller than Romney implies.
This elitist, in his inelegant off-the-cuff remarks, also repeated the claim that Barack Obama promised to get the unemployment rate below eight per cent – a claim the president never made – ever. There is still an unclaimed $10,000 prize for anyone who can produce the quote. Mitt and his white linen pals like $10,000 bets, don’t they? He ought to put in a claim for the prize.
Never mind that more than half of those Social Security and Medicare “victims” are Republican voters and will cast their ballots for him. Only God knows why.
And never mind the slurs he hurled at Latinos during his inelegant off-the-cuff remarks, or the revealing conclusion that there will never be peace in the Middle East (that means more wars if he is elected president) – as though inelegant and off-the-cuff remarks are some sort of back-room excuse for saying anything you want – or maybe saying what you believe.
It is clear that this man, who has so wasted our time all these years, actually believes what he said. He even stood by all his inelegant off-the-cuff remarks, inaccurate as they were.
Accuracy and truth, mean little to Mitt or the rest of this crowd, so long as they can continue to retain their power to concentrate our nation’s wealth and export it to offshore, secret bank accounts.
Former Denver journalist and corporate communications consultant Richard J. Schneider writes mystery novels and studies public policy in his spare time. He is a “victim” utilizing Social Security and Medicare programs he help fund for nearly four decades.