Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Romney: 99 Percenters Are Envious of 1 Percenters

“I think it’s about envy,’’ he [Romney] said. “I think it’s about class warfare. I think when you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing American based on 99 percent vs. one percent, and those people who have been most successful would be in the one percent, you’ve opened a whole new wave of approach in this country, which is entirely inconsistent with the notion of one nation under God.

“Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach, and I think it will fail.’’  Go here for the video of the Today Show interview.

Well, who doesn't want to be rich, arrogant and out of touch with 99% of the American electorate like Mitt Romney?

My mouth dropped open in shock this morning as I listened to Mitt Romney's victory interview on The Today Show.  Matt Lauer asked him why he thought there was so much discussion about income inequality now -- I assumed here that he referred to the Occupy Movement and their references to being the 99% and Wall Street representing the wealthy 1% in this country not President Obama -- was it about unfairness or?  Romney's reply is above.  Clearly Romney defines success in terms of money, your income level, and whether or not you have multiple homes as he does -- one in New Hampshire, one in California, and I'm thinking his main residence in Massachusetts.  If the middle class existed, we would have less income inequality and a real belief that opportunities exist to move up.  Right now, Americans have lost faith and belief that any opportunities exist except to become homeless and destitute.

We have, in America now, a huge gap between the rich and poor, and the middle class, such as it was, has been shrinking at an alarming rate.  This is old news and is an economic problem for us as serious as job creation.  It is truly scary that a man running for President and who touts his business and economic acumen says that the people who bring the income inequality issue to the fore are really just envious of the wealthy.  This betrays just how out of touch he is with the reality of the economic situation for 99% of the country.  It's not only President Obama and the Democrats who are talking about this, but also the American worker.  For most of those folks, they are just trying to take care of their families, have a home, and a good job.  The American Dream.  But the greed on Wall Street and at banks and mortgage companies brought down the American Dream in 2008.  Doesn't Romney get it?  The politicians need to work together not snipe at each other to get the work done to resolve this issue.

The Occupy Movement, among other things, wants the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act so that what happened in 2007-08 won't happen again, just as it was originally passed after the Great Depression so that that financial catastrophe wouldn't happen again.  The wealthy 1% also need to pay higher taxes.  I'm certain Romney is against this, as are most members of the GOP.  They believe that taxing the wealthy more will hurt our economy.  But I'd like to draw their attention to the 1950's and '60's when the wealthy were taxed at a rate north of 50% and this country enjoyed an economic boom.

This is what I truly detest about political campaigns in America:  No one really talks about what needs to be done and offer solutions to the problems facing the country which are legion right now.  The candidates play to the camera not to the people.  Romney may be a smart guy with a lot of business savvy and a genuine desire to work to help this country.  But after this morning, I don't believe him.....  

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