A new, hitherto unseen video of Mitt Romney explaining to an audience in 1985what his new start-up company Bain Capital was in business to do surfaced last week. The left-leaning magazine Mother Jones aired a video of Mr. Romney telling the audience that Bain Capital’s business model was to acquire companies and then “harvest them at a significant profit” five to eight years later.
Is it harvest time yet?
Mitt Romney and his young-gun running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, have been tagged by many as economic plutocrats out to protect the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent. Team Romney-Ryan has been unable, so far, to shake that perception among Americans, especially the 47 percent of the 99 percent Mitt Romney told wealthy donors who see themselves as ‘victims’ of society, who feel ‘entitled’ to government handouts including health care, housing, food and “you name it.”
The donnybrook between Republicans and Tea Party-patriots, who to a large degree control GOP messaging, and Democrats who back Team Obama-Biden, which has come out for growing an economy from the middle out and top up instead of trickle down as Romney and Ryan would do, has been succinctly captured in the Aesop fable “The Wolf and the Lamb.”
As translated by G.F. Townsend, Aesop’s fables, which if he ever existed in real life six centuries B.C., offer a message through animals with human characteristics speaking. While fables like the “The Hare and the Tortoise” or “The Lion and the Mouse” are well known to this day, the fable of “The Wolfe and the Lamb,” whose message, that tyrants will always find a pretext for their tyranny, may hold special meaning to many who have or will vote in the 2012 election for president.
Last year, the battle of Occupy Wall Street was all about the growing economic inequality between the so-called “99%” against the “1%.”
“The Wolf and the Lamb” addresses this division between the have-and- have-nots in 21st century America.
The Wolfe and the Lamb
“WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s right to eat him.
“He thus addressed him: ‘Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.’ ‘Indeed,’ bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, ‘I was not then born.’
“Then said the Wolf, ‘You feed in my pasture.’ ‘No, good sir,’ replied the Lamb, ‘I have not yet tasted grass.’
“Again said the Wolf, ‘You drink of my well.’ ‘No,’ exclaimed the Lamb, ‘I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.’
“Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, ‘Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my imputations.'”
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