Monday, October 29, 2012

Romney's record shows plutocratic view toward America workers

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Many voters are being taken in by Governor Romney's experience as a businessman. However, his experience with Bane Capital was described by Romney opponents in the primaries -- other Republicans -- as "vulture capitalism." However, with Romney's selection as running mate, Glenn Beck's "soulmate," Paul Ryan, there is a hell of a lot more at stake besides the speed at which the nation recovers from the worst economic collapse since the great depression. 

We live in, and execute our professional lives in, a global economy. We have to compete with rising nations, and that is going to require investments in education. Romney has flip flopped on the issue of hiring teachers, like he has flip flopped on so much else. It seems that he is more concerned with the well being of corporate investors than he is with the workers. Romney is clearly of the 1% or more accurately the 0.01%. He is, in no uncertain terms, a plutocrat, a member of the plutocracy. This was clear, for those who have listened to the entire recording, when Gov. Romney was addressing his donors earlier this year and not expecting his words to be made public. What does this mean?

Plutocracy:  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.
A recent interview on The Colbert Report with Chrystia Freeland, the author of Plutocrats, helped shed some light on what the priorities are for the plutocrats in the contemporary global economy.

So what would it mean to have a plutocrat in the White House? Predictions are impossible to make with any kind of certainty. Circumstances change, and challenges arise when you're a president of an "empire." The case has been made that Governor Romney is willing to say anything, no matter how inaccurate, to win over voters. Lately, he's been saying and running ads, that are so false that some of the national, objective media are picking up on the deceitful nature of the ads. That lie is covered in this graphic as is the plutocracy as well in the second sentence. This is what plutocracy looks like:

When you're a plutocrat running for national office and your tax plan will mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans, it is probably a good strategy to lie about what your intentions are, lie about your opponent and lie about your record. Otherwise, most Americans will simply vote for the other guy.

But isn't Obama lying about Romney and his record as well? According to Beck, he's the only candidate who is lying. Beck does not publicly mention Romney's lies. (Cherry-picking facts is an element of propaganda.) Indeed the President has been dishonest, but take a careful look at the following charts developed by PolitiFact. Which candidate is mathematically more honest?


The President's claims are true more often and "Pants on Fire" false far less often than Romney's are. However, voting for the lesser of two liars is not exactly inspirational. If the President no longer inspires, he is something that Gov. Romney is not: consistent. Unlike Romney, we know what Obama wants for the country. The point of this piece though is that Romney is something that Obama is not: a plutocrat. There are many reasons for someone the left to vote for or against President Obama, but opposing a plutocrat who believes that corporations are people is one of the best reasons to vote for anyone but Governor Romney. What is more interesting for Beck's programmed followers, who have been conned into thinking Obama is a Marxist socialist, are the highly informed conservatives who are either supporting Obama or leaning toward supporting Obama.

If you're still undecided, ask yourself how many liberals are supporting Gov. Romney?

Update, 10/31/2012: There is an excellent piece today in WaPo which describes the class war "waged by the upper class."  describes Romney's plutocratic nature splendidly. 

Update, 11/03/2012: According to WaPo columnist, Dana Milbank:

“It's difficult to quantify a candidate's relationship with the facts, but The Washington Post's fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, has calculated that, for much of the campaign, Romney and Obama were roughly even in their prevarications until the past few months.  Back in May, Romney's average "Pinocchio" rating from Kessler was 1.97 on a scale of 0 to 4. Obama was at 1.91. Now, Obama is at 2.11 and Romney is at 2.40 -- putting him at the level of hogwash perpetrated during the primaries by Rick Perry (2.41) and Newt Gingrich (2.44)….  Romney is in a whole new category….  When is comes to truth, Romney still lives in Defiance.” 
In a coming post, the issue of voting in swing states will be looked at from two sides. It will analyze the choice between the lesser of two evils vs. voting for a candidate that really reflects your values. 
These previous posts  show just how extreme, dishonest and of poor judgment Gov. Romney has indicated he is.
If you doubt that Gov. Romney is trying to lie his way into the White House, check out the 49 lies listed on just one of 39 web pages listing his many false claims. See "Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Volume XXXIX."

Before voters are taken in by Mitt Romney's mendacious manner, 
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