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I really could not have written this any better than Eugene Robinson.   It has puzzled me why any candidate would go out of his way to antagonize teachers, firemen and policemen

“[Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers,” said Romney. “Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
Today, the hedge fund manager doubled down on his disdain of the working class by adding bus drivers and clerks to the list of "not useful people:"
When a young person makes the honor roll, I know he took a school bus to get to the school, but I don’t give the bus driver credit for the honor roll.”
He went on to say that a person who gets a promotion and raise at work, and who commutes to the office by car, doesn’t owe anything to the clerk at the motor vehicles department who processes driver’s licenses.
Robinson skewers him expertly:
What I hear Romney saying, and I suspect many others will also hear, is that the little people don’t contribute and don’t count.

I don’t know whether Romney’s sons ever rode the bus to school. I do know that for most parents, it matters greatly who picks up their children in the morning and drops them off in the afternoon.

It may not be the driver’s job to help with algebra homework, but he or she bears enormous responsibility for safely handling the most precious cargo imaginable. A good bus driver gets to know the children, maintains order and discipline, deals with harassment and bullying. Romney may not realize it, but a good driver plays an important role in ensuring a child’s physical and emotional well-being — and may, in fact, be the first adult to whom the child proudly displays a report card with all A’s.

School bus drivers don’t make a lot of money. Nor, for that matter, do the clerks who help keep unqualified drivers and unsafe vehicles off the streets. But these workers are not mere cogs in a machine designed to service those who make more money. They are part of a community.

The same is true of teachers, police officers, firefighters and others whom Romney and Ryan dismiss as minions of “big government” rather than public servants.          

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  •  It takes a village (8+ / 0-)

    And the village includes all the good people of the village. The school bus driver, the clerk at school office, the crossing guard, the librarian, the janitor who keeps the school clean, all can take some credit for a successful school. There are many people outside the schools, too  who contribute to success in part due to help from the rest of us. Maybe, for example, grandma and grandpa are healthy retirees who can take time to support and encourage grandkids--because Medicare and Social Security provide the beginning of secure retirement. The examples go on and on.

    This same thinking as Romney showed here leads to blindness on environmental issues--since my car doesn't pollute much, there's no problem.

    Romney seems to believe that he, and he alone, is responsible for his own success--while actually his main accomplishment was emerging from the right womb. How can we allow a man to be our president when he despises us. I wonder if he treats his household help this way? I wonder if he enjoys his food with an extra helping of saliva?

    No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. H. L. Mencken

    by jim0121 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:20:25 AM PDT

  •   More Gaffes? (10+ / 0-)

    Romney is either a self saboteur or his disdain for the average person is real & ugly.  It almost seems as if he has NO filter.

    Everything that cross his mind just flies out of his mouth.

    Today he was in front of a group of coal miners in Ohio.  Governor Kasich was at his side.  The miners looked like they had just come out of the mines.  Their clothes were worn & dirty, some had coal dust on their faces.

    Romney promised to keep their jobs for them in the coal mine.  All I could think of was black lung disease.  How about elevating their lives a bit so they don't have to work underground & inhale coal dust all their lives?

    Romney never worked a day in his life in a coal mine.  He had absolutely no clue what these workers go thru every day.  It's dangerous, it's underground & there are risks that Romney could never understand in a million years.



    •  Applying Mitt's logic (3+ / 0-)
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      In Mitt's world, the coal miners are less worthy of praise than the guy on Wall Street trading in energy futures. So why have them stand behind him as a prop, if he doesn't have any respect for anyone that isn't a job creator or market manipulator? He should have been standing in front of traders with dollar bills stuffed in their suit pockets.

      The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

      by FiredUpInCA on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:16:13 AM PDT

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    •  The disdain is real. (0+ / 0-)

      He has absolutely no idea that what he says could be offensive to anyone.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 07:46:55 AM PDT

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  •  Well, they don't like themselves much (0+ / 0-)

    either.  Probably because they don't have a sense of themselves.

    On the other hand, busing children to school has really backfired.  It's produced a generation of people who don't want to drive themselves, who don't mind sitting with strangers and use public transportation, who don't mind milling about in crowds, such as one finds in cities. All of which accounts for why suburbs are emptying out and young people are flocking to the cities for a more compact and connected existence. Isolating the youth in their own compounds so they wouldn't bother the adults has had the opposite of the desired effect. If need be, they don't even mind moving back home.
    So, the assumption, consistent with their perception as isolates, that the independent individual is the ideal, has been turned on its head. Of course, they're not going to see it.  Just as my mother living with her daughter and son-in-law and having grand-kids nearby to help whenever needed was certain to her dying day that she was alone. She did not see us.  Four days before she died, in a moment of clarity, she dismissed us as if we'd been good and faithful servants. Her subconscious thought to thank us -- something she'd never done with any sincerity in her 98 years.
    Here she is at age 95 recovering from a bout of pneumonia

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage". He's not into "catch and release."

    by hannah on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:34:11 AM PDT

  •  there's gold here for the campaign (4+ / 0-)
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    More examples of the tuneless, toneless, tasteless, insightless, heartless, sinister and unfeeling GOP; and Robme.
    And now he has a little voodoo (ryan) doll to play with.
    What a horror show.

    You can hold an opinion, or a grudge, or a stock, or a picket sign. But the time really to be at your best Is when you hold the hand of a trusting child.

    by renzo capetti on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 04:02:47 AM PDT

  •  he is tripling down on 'you didn't build that' (1+ / 0-)
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    He is further illustrating examples of how the 'support network' Obama was referring to isn't really useful or necessary. The kid would have gotten to school without the gov't. The employee would have found a way to get a license without the DMV, or some other way to work (not public transportation of course). Just reinforcing what rugged individuals these self-made awn-te-penoors who DO NOT need the gov'ts help.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 04:42:01 AM PDT

  •  Unbelievable... (3+ / 0-)
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    Just DRIPPING with scorn and contempt. So the bus driver is nothing, then? WTF is the kid supposed to do...make sure his parents get a private limo to school every day dressed like Alex P. Keaton?

    How did it get this fucking bad? That politicians running for president would get to this point?? They REALLY believe rich people are the only people that matter. You would think that a political party that supposedly values work (HA!) would heed what my father once told me: "There's no shame in working." As long as it's honest.

    Not these despicable assholes, apparently. The bus driver doesn't get credit for the kid being on the honor roll?? NO SHIT, SHERLOCK!! But without the bus driver, the kid couldn't GET to school in the first place to be able to BE on the honor roll!!

  •  J'adore Eugene Robinson (1+ / 0-)
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    He always know just how to skewer Mitt's arrogant, self-absorbed way of life.

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