David Brooks wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times titled “Thurston Howell Romney.” Mitt Romney was secretly recorded at the home of Marc Leder, a 50-year-old private equity executive, who made his fortune buying and selling distressed companies. Leder was joined by his multimillionaire and billionaire friends who were supporting Mitt Romney with their cash because of a desire to bring back the days gone by.
Marc Leder, according to the Chicago Tribune, is under investigation by the New York state Attorney General for potential tax dodging. most certainly a good reason to try and get close to Mitt Romney by throwing a fundraiser.
What was controversial about the video was the Romney soliloquy of “There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims.”
The use of the word victims has set off quite a firestorm. He continued that these victims “who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”
“These are people who pay no income tax, 47% of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll (President Obama) be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich,” said Romney to the group of wealthy donors.
Romney defined what he needs to do in view of these numbers. “What I have to do is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”
The term of “Thurston Howell Romney” refers to a fictional character on a short-lived but memorable television series titled Gilligan’s Island, but now simply referred to as Gilligan. Among the characters marooned on this desert isle is a millionaire, Thurston Howell III. And his wife Lovey.
The similarities of these two out-of-touch wealthy people, one non-fictional and the other fictional, is striking. Both have said silly things that millionaires say.
Thurston Howell III once said, “No one can pull the wool over my eyes. Cashmere maybe, but wool, never.”
Thurston Howell Romney once said that “corporations are people, my friend. . . of course they are.” He went on about corporations, “human beings, my friend.”
Thurston Howell III would have been proud with a “Here, Here!”
Thurston Howell Romney also made a statement that “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.” But the favorite one must be “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
Somewhere, in fictional land, Thurston Howell III must be smiling about his alter ego, Thurston Howell Romney.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books