Re: Romney’s “47%” Speech
Below is an incredibly insightful, articulate ‘commentary’ by New York Times columnist David Brooks – regarding the recent disclosure of Romney’s incredible “47%” speech and opinion that nearly half of all American citizens are deadbeat, worthless, freeloading bums – lazy losers looking for a free ride. Brooks is a right-wing conservative commentator.
If you didn’t have a chance to read Brook’s commentary – here it is.
Worthy of note: Romney never has a disparaging remark to make about the corporate welfare programs that have been in place for as long as anyone can remember - corporate welfare programs via gov’t subsidies (e.g., Oil Industry subsidies) and via back-door tax breaks, loopholes, exclusions and exemptions.
MSNBC STORY: “Conservative reaction mixed to Romney 47 percent video”
David Brooks, The New York Times.
Headline: “Thurston Howell Romney.”
“This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn't know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare? It suggests that Romney doesn't know much about the culture of America. … The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. …
“The Republican Party, and apparently Mitt Romney, too, has shifted over toward a much more hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view - from the Reaganesque language of common citizenship to the libertarian language of makers and takers. There's no way the country will trust the Republican Party to reform the welfare state if that party doesn't have a basic commitment to provide a safety net for those who suffer for no fault of their own. …
“[A]s a description of America today, Romney's comment is a country-club fantasy. It's what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney. 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.”
Romney’s remarks DO accurately represent the views of the Tea Potty Republican GOP establishment. And those denigrating views are so sweeping that they disparage 85% of the U.S. population.
Every state and every person who accepts FEMA help after a horrific natural disaster is a lazy low-life freeloader looking for a handout, by their reckoning.
What a decrepit, deplorable way to characterize the vast majority of Americans.
But the Romney Tea Potty Republican GOP establishment has nothing but kind words of support to offer for the back-door welfare handouts given to the wealthy and the corporations via ‘subsidies’ and stealth tax deductions, exemptions, exclusions and write-offs which only the wealthy ever qualify for.
This malevolent Tea Potty Republican GOP establishment platform is at least consistent when you consider the fact that in the midst of the BP Gulf Oil Spill Disaster Republicans and Tea Potty members of Congress flat-out defeated a bill in Congress that would have increased Oil Spill Liability from the current preposterous joke Maximum (ceiling) of $75 million to a more realistic $10 billion, while Republican \ Tea Party zealots complained that Obama was "unAmerican" for being "too harsh" and "too hard" on the BP corporate mentality that caused the disaster.
Make no mistake about it. The Romney Tea Potty Republican establishment is NOT opposed to ALL ‘Government Handouts!’ They only oppose handouts to “those in need” -- as distinguished from those who are so wealthy they have no need. For the latter, Tea Potty Republicans will fight to last bullet to protect the “Corporate Welfare State.”