CNN keeps re-broadcasting its sanitized expose’ on presidential nominee Mitt Romney, but many voters say they still don’t know who he is, what he stands for or what he will do if given the chance to be president.
It's odd, for this is not Romney’s first foray into the national political arena. “Romney Revealed” did not reveal anything new despite Gloria Borger’s attempt to regale us with his life during her television prime-time special.
Where Borger and other journalists may have failed to get the former Massachusetts governor and venture capitalist to show all of himself, Mother Jones website may just have hit the "motherload.”
In the above video, parts of the real Romney was revealed, when the presidential hopeful was caught in a raw, uncensored moment, saying what he actually believed.
Reportedly speaking at a private fundraiser I'm sure he thought was on friendly territory and among trust-worthy company, the multi-millionaire nominee said this about the Americans he wants to govern:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, 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…These are people who pay no income tax."
Rich Romney hobnobs with Wall Street types like hedge fund billionaire John Paulson. Paulson, according to The Daily Beast, made his billions as one of the key players behind the risky dealing that plunged the housing market into near bankruptcy. Some say that big money was used to throw a lavish fundraising event for candidate Romney at one of his penthouses in New York in May of this year.
The hypocrisy in his statements on “entitlements” and “government hand-outs” are unbelievably telling about just who Mittens intends to be the president of and who he thinks are entitled to the spoils. If you were in any doubt before, you now know he's definitely the president of the one-percent. He practically said almost half of America were lazy moochers.
But the reveal didn’t end there for Romney added:
“And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49 percent, a huge number. These people are who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. And I mean that’s what they’ll sell every four years.
"And so my job is not to worry about these people. I’ll never convince them to take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to is convince the five or ten percent in the center that are Independents; that are thoughtful; that look at voting one way or the other depending upon, in some cases emotions—whether they like the guy or not.”
Again, Romney is looking down on “those people” who do not pay any income taxes, which I’m sure he sees as not worthy of full participation in our electoral process. It’s stunning that the reason “those people” pay no income taxes is woefully lost on the him. For in the rarefied air bubble where he lives, he fails to see his part in the government largesse of “dependency and freebees” he condescendingly whips the working poor over. Tax breaks, favorable tax codes of "risk takers" and off-shore stashes --all made possible directly or indirectly through Uncle Sam.
So just who are "those people" Romney has written off as "beyond help"--who can't seem to develop a sense of responsibility for their lives; pay no taxes and strain the welfare lines? Is he referring to seniors who have paid into their Social Security? Or young vets who have served several terms in senseless wars dreamed up by old men who neither fight in them nor send their children? Is he talking about that mother and father of five who do not have tax exempt investments like he and Ann Romney, or offshore accounts, but work two jobs and yet still can't pay all the bills adequately and with dignity?
What are his rich Wall Street friends' excuses for taking trillions of dollars in “government corporate welfare”? Did they take responsibility for the clamity they created? Do they feel they are the ones "entitled" to handouts? I could see how that mentality could develop, after all, they are already hogging most of the 'pie"--more than 99 percent of it, with Washington's corrupt politicians blessing.
Before he scoffs at folks not paying taxes, shouldn't he fix the problem that causes them not to be able to afford to pay those taxes? How about addressing the minimum wage? Corporations make billions in profit but barely pay a living wage or health care costs for their workers. How about addressing those pressing issues, Mittens?
Even fellow conservatives are embarassed by the disconnect that seem to encase the venture capitalist. A conservative columist for the New York Times, David Brooks, had this to say, "Romney doesn't understand American culture." Adding, "But as a description of America today, Romney's comments are a country club fantasy. It is what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other and it re-inforces every negative view people have of him."
The above video does not show the entire speech and one of the parts missing is a joke he cracked about Hispanics. According to CNN, Romney chuckled about his father's Mexican heritage, saying it would have paid-off even more if he had been born in Mexico. This "joke" is even more offensive than the moochers spiel, if that is at all possible.
One would expect this kind of biased, stereotypical prejudice from an ignorant bumpkin, but from a potential president of the U.S.A in 2012? Unbelievably dangerous.
My favorite Dr. Martin Lurther King Jr. quote comes to mind, "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
The troubling thing is Romney is neither stupid or ignorant, which makes it even worse.
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