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I resent this notion Romney has that he is successful because he is wealthy. Why do they let him get away with saying this? No one ever questions this. His father was a Governor and CEO of American Motors. How hard was it to become wealthy with that start in life?

How is he more successful than say someone who began their life in poverty but managed to get educated and able to achieve Middle Class? Does he actually think that he worked harder than someone who for example began with a GED and took on debt (not their father) and were able to obtain a College degree? Does he really think HE is more successful than that?

I resent how he throws this word around as if "success" can only be measured by your bank statement. I am sure he believes this...

Is he somehow surprised that he is a wealthy man? Does he think we are impressed?

In fact it would be MUCH more surprising if someone born into his socio-economic class were to lose their wealth and end up in poverty....NOW that would be an interesting and unique story. But how often does THAT happen?

By allowing Romney to continue this meme, we are all accepting that those of us NOT in his socio-economic class....those of us not in the 1% are just a bunch of schmoes and losers! By no one calling him on this...we are internalizing this message. Why are we accepting this disgusting definition of the word success?

Are we going to continue to accept this insult to our intelligence? Can we contact Rachel or Ed or LOD...someone...anyone to point out to America....Success is not measured by the size of your wallet.

Mitt Romney.....you are a "success" in your own mind. There is nothing special about you....any number of us who had your "opportunities" could have easily done exactly what you have done in life.

People with this kind of wealth cannot seem to reconcile why they have it. They want to believe they worked harder than the rest of us (lazy losers) for it. They don't want to believe there was any luck involved at all. It's the only thing they can come up with that rationalizes it in their minds. To them whoever has the most gold sets the standard.

Romney thinks he is rich because he is better than the rest of us!

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  •  It's SOP for Republicans. If you don't make money (8+ / 0-)

    you're dirt.  Pure and simple.  If you don't make money, you don't deserve "luxuries" like voting and stuff.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 07:55:14 PM PDT

    •  Actually, it's (2+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694, zenbassoon

      If you don't HAVE money, you're dirt.

      They don't care if you've worked a day in your life. Having money, critical. Making it, irrelevant. Actually, you can make lots of money and give it all away to charity , you're still dirt to them.

      It's the balance sheet that matters. The bottom line.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 02:12:42 AM PDT

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  •  It bothers me, too (4+ / 0-)

    Success and wealth are different.  A successful person is one who is happy, has friends, and who treats people well.  A wealthy person may or may not be successful.  

  •  One quibble... (5+ / 0-)

    ...George Romney was president and CEO of American Motors, not General Motors.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:17:07 PM PDT

  •  I voted "other" (4+ / 0-)
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    webgenie, DerAmi, grover, wintergreen8694

    because unfortunately, for too many people, success IS measured by wealth. But I do agree with you and I do like this rant. My husband and I are successful beyond my wildest dreams, meaning we don't have any day-to-day worries about paying bills, as my family did while I was growing up. Meaning we are able to afford to indulge ourselves sometimes, even though the "new" car is 8 years old. Meaning we can afford to invest for our grandchildren's educations, even though we both worked our way through school. Sometimes I think about where we are (in MANY WAYS, not just locationally or $-wise) and shake my head, wondering at our success. We can pay all our bills (as long as there's no catastrophic illnesses...) We're quite successful, but we're not one-percenters.

    Thanks. I'm glad I read this.

    Life is short. Tell someone you love that you love them. Don't miss the chances while you have them.

    by Melanie in IA on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:36:04 PM PDT

  •  Romney is a spectacular failure. (5+ / 0-)

    His actions directly contributed to the contraction of the American economy, the evisceration of US manufacturing, and the impoverishment of American workers, and a substantial portion of his wealth comes directly from being subsidized by taxpayers with less money who pay higher tax rates than he does.

    A libertarian is a conservative who will acknowledge that your rights exist in exchange for eliminating any credible mechanism of enforcing them.

    by Troubadour on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:50:35 PM PDT

  •  Wealth vs. Success (1+ / 0-)
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    DerAmi

    "Some people are so poor all they have is money." - Source unknown.

    “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction... but everything else requires time." - First Lady Michelle Obama

    by FiredUpInCA on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 09:18:49 PM PDT

  •  Success & Wealth do not equal Happiness (1+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694
    Success is not measured by the size of your wallet.
    I have never been wealthy, and don't really anticpate being so, but I have often been successful in my endeavors, and I am quite frequently happy--none of which has anything to do with wealth.

    How does a true Christian reconcile the fact that wealth= success?

  •  The worship of money (and the power it brings) ... (0+ / 0-)

    is condemned as idolatry by most religions.  Even most non-theology philosophies are not keen on wealth as a measure of success.  

    So when does Romney open up the new cathedral for the worship of Moneta or Mazuma? I assume the holy site will be on Wall Street?  Or perhaps Vegas?

    On the other hand am I successful because through my own  hard work and help (yes help) from a lot of people, I went from poverty to the middle class?  I have not reached riches, nor do I want to do so.  Does that make me a failure?

    By successful does Romney mean to make a fortune out of nearly nothing by one's own efforts?  If so he is a failure!  You daddy's money and influence does not count!  You can be a total wastrel and be rich by inheritance.  Also is a Mafia Don successful?  A drug lord?  A murder incorporated CEO? The owner of a profitable gambling den or brothel? A Wall Street banker who has just wiped out his or her customers, but managed to profit personally?   After all, they are just businessmen or women and business is god!  Why should we bother with ethics or morality?

    Note:  I am not against Capitalism, but it has to be tempered  with some sort of ethical framework - otherwise it becomes piracy.

    •  Agree with you totally (1+ / 0-)
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      Romney isn't really a Mormon....cause he worships the church of Mammon!

      Yep I do made it from poverty and minimum wage jobs with a GED and no idea what Algebra was  to a college degree and middle class through hard work and a little help from the U.S. Govt. Which means from my fellow citizens....but guess what now I TOO am a tax paying one. America, your small investment in me has paid off! Thank you all for your help...

      oh and a big FU Romney....with your 13.9% taxes....you helped the least!

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