Plutocracy: --noun 1) the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy. 2) a government or state in which the wealthy class rules. 3) a class or group ruling, or exercising power or influence, by virtue of its wealth.
Mitt Romney: "I was too important to go to Vietnam."
While many genuine conservatives* were criticizing Governor Romney and/or his incompetent campaign in the aftermath of a release of the surreptitious recording make while he was speaking at a $50,000/plate fund raiser held at the Boca Raton home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder last May, reactionary Glenn Beck, so desperate to see President Obama defeated this November, was distracting his listeners this week by distorting what Obama said four and a half years ago and by whining about what the media should have been covering besides the content of these revealing statements from Romney.
First, for those who have not heard what Romney said at the fund raiser, the following two videos are available at the liberal Mother Jones Magazine website. This is what Beck thought the media should be ignoring.
According to the source of these recordings, the recording device was accidentally turned off here. He noticed this after 1-2 minutes and turned the device back on to capture the rest of Romney's remarks at this fund-raiser.
Now, what was Beck's response on his website? The link from Beck's newsletter reads " See the not-so-shocking shock video and Glenns reaction," which goes to a page entitled "SHOCKING LIBERAL VIDEO: MItt Romney thinks people can take care of themselves." Consistency is not the hallmark of Beck or his reactionary crew, but I digress. Beck's only relevant response on that page was:
I have absolute disdain for those Americans who can support themselves but do not. I don’t for those who can’t those who can’t make it. That’s what we’re there for. That’s what we do as people. We help each other. But there are far too many people that can help themselves that don’t.The lead paragraph to this piece on his site begins: "The media are falling all over themselves today at a so called ‘controversial’ comment from Mitt Romney that was ‘caught’ on secret hidden video at a private fundraiser." Got that? Controversial is in quotes because Beck ignores who are actually in the 47% to whom Romney referred to focus on a small segment of the population who can but do not work. (Like wealthy millionaires, who have retired young for example, and other would-be supporters of Gov. Romney.)
I'll come back to the make-up of the 47% momentarily. First, Beck, the self-proclaimed rodeo clown and shill for the Party he just months ago (falsely?) claimed to hate, Beck thinks the media should ignore what Governor Romney said to his fellow millionaires to cover any of nine stories overseas. Pay no attention to the man behind the waiter, and look: there is a strike taking place in South Africa. Beck also reminded listeners that President Obama had previously derided Middle America as “clinging to their God and guns”. Except, not surprisingly, that quote is wrong and he wasn't referring to "Middle America." Obama actually said:
You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.Ignore what the man behind the curtain said in May and bust your asses to get him elected. If "they" are people who support Obama, "they" had better see what Beck's gullible and purposely misinformed followers are up to in the coming weeks. With Romney losing staff, the co-chair of Romney's campaign, Governor Pawlenty, quitting to become a lobbyist for bank group, he will need Beck's supporters working to get him elected. It is doubtful that many of them have listened to this entire recording or even know what plutocracy is.
It is claimed by many that this will be a "base election" meaning that Republicans and Democrats will be working to get their known supporters out to the polls. Beck is certainly doing his level best to do this and has been for months. With Romney suffering the worst week of his campaign to date, it is possible that the election will fall to the slice of low-information voters who are only now beginning to tune in.
As if what is in the video is not damaging enough for Governor Romney's quest for the White House, remember that not long ago he said, "I don’t pay more than are legally due and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires." Yesterday, Romney released his 2011 income taxes as he said he would. His tax rate for 2011 would've been around 9-10 percent but he did not take some deductions to intentionally increase his tax bill. So Romney cooked his tax return and used an accounting trick to pay more than he actually owed in order to not undercut his previous claim that he paid at least 13% every year. Romney is paying more in 2011 than is legally due. By his own admission, he is not "qualified to become president." You will not hear Beck explain this to his gullible followers, but voters in swing states can count on hearing about this from the Obama campaign in the coming weeks if they are not already.
Can you say "rolling calamity?"
Update, 9/25/2012: The following video from a school teacher in CO demonstrates, again, Romney's condescending, plutocratic attitude toward the working stiffs who make this country great:
At one point, I said to him, "I have an answer for that." And he said, "I didn't ask you a question."
How very "presidential."
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