The Rogue Speaks:
Running? You think I run? I would secretly love to, for all those endorphines one gets, but my poor feet would be screaming at me after the first 50 yards! Anyway, it's not THAT running. It's running for office! Some of my friends have suggested that I should run for office. Never gonna happen! It's too much work, and for someone way smarter than I am. Hmmmm..wait a minute. Romney's running, and how smart can he be?? I mean, come on! He tells his rich friends one thing, and the rest of the voting world something else. How smart is that? "Hey, Mitt!" she whispered, "You're running the wrong way! The road to the presidency is the OTHER way!"
So Jimmy Carter's grandson was really pissed off about remarks Mitt made about his beloved grandfather, and he secretly video taped Mitt speaking to a group of wealthy voters. It seems that Mitt doesn't really care about the votes of the 47% of people who don't pay income taxes, because they won't vote for him anyway. Well, guess what, Mitt? I'm not in that 47%, and I wouldn't vote for you if someone held a gun to my head! What kind of person wants to be president of only 53% of Americans?
To paraphrase Aristotle in his Rhetoric, Book II, Chapter 16, "Rich men also consider themselves worthy to hold public office; for they consider they already have the things that give a claim to office. In a word, the type of character produced by wealth is that of a prosperous fool."
I guess the thing that really angers me is the way people like Mitt, the so-called conservatives, tell some groups what they want to hear, and others, something entirely different. In my book, that's called sociopathy. A sociopath has a way of finding one's weak spot and playing on it. In the case of Mitt's wealthy group, of course that is money. In the case of the average conservative voter, it might be abortion, or same-sex marriage (two things that are NOT going to get this country out of the financial mess it's in because of deregulation). The people who don't pay taxes because they LOST their jobs are not going to vote for Mitt anyway, so he doesn't care about finding their obvious weak spot, since he helped to create it.
Mitt told his wealthy group that he wants to change people's thinking about "entitlements" like Social Security and Medicare and make them stand on their own two feet. I am on Social Security, and yes, I AM entitled to it BECAUSE I PAID into it all my working life. It's MY MONEY, Mitt!!! And I am on Medicare for the SAME REASON.
According to Mitt, middle class income is $200 to $249,000. That is sooooo disheartening to me, because all this time I thought that Rod and I were in the middle class. Mitt goes on to say that the $100,000 income is "below middle class." Somehow, this just doesn't compute with me. Does it compute with you? Is there a new slice on that pie chart? Does it say that $100,001 to $199,999 is "JUST below middle class?" I'm confused, Mitt! Your obfuscation is making my head spin!
When I started this blog, I had intended to write about the arts, but over time, it has morphed into something quite different, so I have decided to post more than twice a week. Starting this Monday, I will begin posting three times a week. Mondays will be devoted to the arts, and artists. Please come back then.
Alphabe-Thursday is the brain-child of Jenny Matlock, Off on My Tangent. I hope you will read the homework of her other students.
POST SCRIPT: For those of you who would like to read the entire transcript of Romney's speech, go here.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/full-transcript-mitt-romney-secret-video
In addition, it seems that I misspoke regarding Carter's grandson (my hearing is VERY poor, as many of you know), so please read the comment made by Deb at Storybeader. She was kind enough to correct me.