Monday, September 17, 2012

Reality Check On Romney

I love it when people who've had opportunities handed to them on a silver platter all their lives take to disparaging those who haven't. It's a very peculiar form of blindness, it seems to me (who wasn't born into any kind of wealth), because the folks making those remarks generally seem to have a very skewed perspective on just how lucky they've been compared to almost everyone else. They'll get their first job thanks to an influential parent pulling some strings somewhere, and then criticize others for their 'lack of initiative' in finding work. It'd be funny if it weren't so sad.

Which brings us to Mitt Romney's latest, and possibly greatest 'gaffe' - being caught on tape speaking his mind about "the 47%" who support President Obama, who don't pay any federal income tax, who are "dependent upon government, who believe they are victims..." He wraps up this rare, honest glimpse into his personal worldview with:

"My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

This is a man who's had everything handed to him his entire life and yet believes he deserves to be elected President of the United States. Has there ever been a more obvious disqualifier for any serious candidate for that lofty position?

[Update the next day: As commenters on various political blogs have quickly pointed out, Romney's dismissal of those who don't pay any federal income tax is incredibly ironic considering the tax-evading lengths he's gone to with his foreign bank accounts. Not to mention that he refuses to release any of his own income tax returns prior to last year's. Just unbelievable.]

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