Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

Whoops. Romney dropped the curtain and let us see what he's really about when he was talking to a group of his fellow fatcats at a private fundraiser. By now everyone knows about The Videos in which Romney derided all of us out here in the world of government-tit-suckers who are "victims" dependent on government handouts, blah blah blah.

The magic figure is 47%. This is, not merely by coincidence, the same figure from the Faux "News" meme that 47% of Americans don't pay income tax. They've been harping on that for several years now, completely ignoring the fact that most of the people who pay no income tax also have no income... Talking Head/Spewing Mouth/Professional Asshole Steve Douchbag even went so far as to argue that those who don't pay income tax shouldn't get to vote!

So here I am, an elderly shutin on a fixed income, eking out a drab existence on the dole -- government "handouts" in the form of Social Security and Medicare, my VA Disability pension and a state government retirement pension -- so I guess that I'm in that 47%, too. Pretty much ALL of my income is from "the gubmint". And all of those income sources are apparently "entitlements" that I didn't earn and that I don't deserve and that I'm foolishly squandering on my riotous lifestyle.

Aside from the fact that I do have to pay income tax every year (hey, what's up with that?), I'm smack dab in the middle of that demographic that Romney derides. Jesus, I feel like such a victim... Especially since Romney says, "my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." [emphasis added]

Well, damn. I guess that's what I get for not being a member of the Lucky Sperm Club and instead choosing to be born into a family of "those people". You know, people who were not born into wealth, who had to actually work for a living, who had to go into the military to win WWII (and whose sons had to settle for getting sent to Vietnam as soldiers and not to France as "missionaries"), who were, it turned out, against all odds, exactly the kind of hard-working people who built the economic juggernaut that was the 1950s -- back in the day when the highest marginal tax rate was a staggering 91% on those "job creators" who still managed to somehow limp along and even make money and create jobs for the rest of us.

Yeah, damn it to hell. Maybe next time I ought to make better choices, huh? Take a little more "personal responsibility" in my choice of parents?


double nickel said...

What do you expect from a man who was born with a silver spoon up his ass?

Beach Bum said...

Looks like we finally got a look at Romney's true core values from that video. To me he always seemed to be communicating those very sentiments along with his huge ego.

The biggest problem I have over this situation is that despite the fact I now believe Romney will lose in November there is still a chance he could win if a few things go bad for the president.

This crap over in the Arab world is my best example.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Farnsworth, missed you a lot. I DETEST these Thurston Howell/Mittens types with a vengeance. Especially when they claim they were born in a log cabin, nobody ever gave them anything, etc. The reality for most of the plutocrats is that they were mostly born into wealth, they had everything laid out for them, they've never had to sacrifice a goddamned thing, and the government they hate so much hands them tax rebates and breaks left and right because they own it...


Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, guys. And WZ, don't leave out the part where they were born in a log cabin that they built themselves!

the yellow fringe said...

Oh, I get it now, I just saw on TV someone calling him The Willard of OZ, and they played the part of the old movie where Dorthy confronts the old coot at the controls.