“Screw ’em”

Oh goodie, we get to talk about Mitt Romney’s taxes now. { giggles }

Seriously, there’s not much I can say that wouldn’t just be piling on an already ample avalanche of criticism for Mitt Romney’s obvious contempt of Americans. Let me just direct people to Jonathan Chait, who takes those bogus comparisons to Obama’s “clinging to guns and religion” remark and makes this obvious distinction:

Obama was aspiring to become president of all of America, even that part most hostile to him, in the belief that what they shared mattered more than what divided them. Romney genuinely seems to conceive of the lowest-earning half of the population as implacably hostile parasites.

This attitude is standard among Republicans. We saw it all during the Bush years, this notion that people who didn’t vote for the president don’t matter. We heard it from Rove and Cheney and everyone in that Administration: Bush was president of the people who voted for him and screw the rest. This is what Republicans believe, to their core: to the victor go the spoils (and to the loser go the spoils too, if that loser is a Republican!). We saw it with obstructionist Republicans on the night of President Obama’s inauguration, people like our own Sen. Bob Corker, who met at a fancy to dinner to plot to make the newly-elected president a one-termer, not try to work across the aisle to pull the nation out of the worst financial crisis in over a generation. We saw it in Speaker John Boehner, who in the midst of the debt crisis negotiations refused to take President Obama’s phone call. This is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans believe you just have an obligation to the people who agree with you, not the nation as a whole. It’s at the core of who they are.

The other thing I need to point out is that Romney shows his ignorance of why so many people do not pay taxes in this country. A lot of it is because of policies that Republicans pushed for, going all the way back to the days of Saint Ronald. I’m talking child tax credits, mortgage deductions, “tax reform” and the like. The other reason is a large number of them are retired or elderly and have no income to be taxed. And finally, has anyone pointed out that after 30 years of lowering taxes, suddenly it sounds like a Republican candidate is criticizing low/no taxes? How weird is that?

Of course, he’s not saying that. He’s saying people who don’t pay taxes are dependent on the government and don’t have that “personal responsibility” to go and make something of their lives. This is so patently false and insulting that it’s no wonder he’s gotten into trouble. I mean, you can’t have it both ways: you can’t make tax breaks and low taxes the centerpiece of your every waking thought, and then tell people who aren’t paying taxes based on policies your side promoted that they’re useless leeches. Also? A lot of those people — especially the senior citizens, who make up the majority of the no-income-tax crowd — are your core voters. So, major fail.

I’m remembering at one of these Hamptons fundraisers — maybe even this one, where this recording was made — the guests were recorded saying things like how “the nails ladies” just don’t understand “how the world works.” Something to that effect. So that just shows you how endemic this Romney elitist worldview is. It’s gross, but no surprise.

And finally, I have to say one thing about Romney’s claim that 47% of Americans are “dependent on the government” and 53% are not. Let’s just set aside the dubious math here and point out that all of us are dependent on the government for something, at some point. Whether it’s keeping the country safe from invading armies or keeping the roads in working order or operating the prisons and jails that keep the criminals locked up, or making sure the Lear Jet can take off and land without running into a commercial airliner, everyone is dependent on the government to some degree.

The fact that one group recognizes this and the other does not tells you everything you need to know about the differing worldviews of the two political parties. I think failing to recognize the government’s impact on every citizens’ life pretty much disqualifies you from being put in charge of it.

[UPDATE]:

Another round of Romney fundraiser video was released today, and this one is possibly even worse. Asked about peace in the Middle East he said:

Romney was indicating he did not believe in the peace process and, as president, would aim to postpone significant action: “[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.

Magic! Isn’t that the Republican solution to everything? Just hold off taking any action at all and hope something magically happens to solve it?

So not ready to be president.

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14 responses to ““Screw ’em”

  1. ThresherK

    Romney genuinely seems to conceive of the lowest-earning half of the population as implacably hostile parasites.

    Well, Joe The Plumber’s concern about the taxes on that imaginary 250,001st dollar haven’t manifested themselves, and JtP seems implacably hostile.

    Oh, wait…

  2. Randy

    “We can’t have anything nice. The riff raff always break it .”

  3. Joe

    One Republican spin is that Romney was just giving political analysis. That point might fly even with it’s odious representation of who supports Obama, but then he says doesn’t care about that group of voters (yes, that was not elegant, Mitt). We understand that, all politicians know which voters are “persuadable” and he clearly believes 47% aren’t in his camp (what a helluva hill to have to climb!). But then he adds on this phrase that exposes his true colors, that moves it beyond a pragmatic political calculation. He says, “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” There it is, they’re takers, they’ll vote for he that is the giver and they’ll never “take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Holy Cow!

    David Brooks wrote a strong column until the very end where he just couldn’t bring himself to accept that Mitt Romney and his ilk will never buy the common good argument Brooks knows he can’t walk away from. They don’t care. Common good? That’s for chumps, he says. And the headline writer for the Times is far too benign with his Thurston Howell Romney. This isn’t a bumbling millionaire, this is a cold, calculating man of wealth who has no use for those who don’t have that some modicum of wealth themselves.

    • Yeah Brooks’ column was pretty strong until that last bit. Here it is for those who want to read it. He says in his last graf:

      Personally, I think he’s a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not — some sort of cartoonish government-hater. But it scarcely matters. He’s running a depressingly inept presidential campaign. Mr. Romney, your entitlement reform ideas are essential, but when will the incompetence stop?

      I don’t know about how “kind and decent” he is, I just think he’s isolated by his wealth and his religion and doesn’t understand that his actions affect thousands of people. He really believes — as a lot of these plutocrats believe — that if Mitt Romney is doing well, then the nation is doing well. That’s what they believe, they really do. They think that if their private equity company is profitable, it means it’s all raining down on the little people, the “nails ladies” and whatnot.

      And yes I do think he’s trying to be something he’s not by trying to mouth the Tea Party worldview. I just don’t see how the same man who gave Massachusetts RomneyCare is a “cartoonish government-hater.” I just don’t.

      What I do think is that he’s an opportunist, who will say whatever he needs to in order to get elected. This is probably how he’s run his business as well, you know, “Yes, Mr. GST Steel, yes Ms. American Pad and Paper, Bain Capital will buy your plant and make everything wonderful,” all the while knowing that he was loading it with debt so he could shut it down. That’s how it works.

      My guess is that back in May, when this was recorded, we were still seeing Republican Primary Mitt, the words and policies that had been programmed into the Mitt-Bott were all to appeal to primary voters so you get this “everyone who doesn’t vote for me is a moocher sucking off the government teet” stuff. That was before he was Etch-A-Sketched into “let’s appeal to independent voters” Mitt. The Mitt-bot 2.0, if you will.

      • ThresherK

        Brooks: “Mr. Romney, your entitlement reform ideas are essential, but when will the incompetence stop?”

        Translated Bobo: “Mitt Romney failed me because when someone scrapes the polite I work so hard to paint my special brand of turd with, people smell it as a turd.”

      • He had to go so far right to get the nomination. Now he’s trapped there, hence his standing by his odious statements from months ago. The shame is if he loses, the Republican Party will take the wrong lesson from the defeat.

  4. R. Manhammer

    When Rmoney said this, ” You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it,” I am pretty sure he meant something along the lines of a Palestinian genocide by Israel. Clearly, he’s not implying any sort of US-brokered peace process.

  5. democommie

    “Personally, I think he’s a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not — some sort of cartoonish government-hater”

    Mittmoroni is a lying piece of shit who’d sell his own mother’s body to the med school.

  6. Randy

    I think democommie is on to something. Sometimes these issues get over analyzed. Not only is Mitt the ultimate puppet but he’s a dork. Do kids still say things like that? Dork, Doofus? I mean don’t you almost expect to see him trip and fall whenever he walks up on stage? Who wants a dork for a President?

  7. democommie

    I came up with a “neoconologism” on another blog. Someone said that they thought that one of the the Mittmoroniminions (“economist”, Kevin Hassett) is not a quack, just an idiot.

    I’m thinking that he’s prolly both; a quidiot or idiuack, take your pick.

  8. * sigh *

    Do you know a big chunk of the 47 % don’t even know they are the ones Romney is referring to? Most of them believe they pay taxes ( like payroll taxes ) and they are now dumbfounded thay are subsidizing half the population of the US.

  9. democommie

    People who are disinterested in knowing the truth ( a majority of people I’ve actually talked to about politics, human rights, religion, etc.,) are perfectly happy to have the person who looks like someone they could enjoy having a meal, a drink, or a roll in the hay with TELL them what to believe.

  10. “My discussion about lowering taxes isn’t as attractive to them, and therefore I’m not likely to draw them into my campaign, as effectively as those who are in the middle,” he said.

  11. democommie

    “My discussion about lowering taxes isn’t as attractive to them, and therefore I’m not likely to draw them into my campaign, as effectively as those who are in denial or just too fucking stupid to know what’s really going on.”

    There, Mittmoroni, fixed it for ya.