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I was reading Ann Romney's comments about how she and Mitt are not releasing any more returns.  As I stared at her picture from the MSNBC interview, with her upturned lip and her sanctimony, I started to think about her at the Olympics watching a horse she has spent more on than most of us can spend on our kids in their entire lifetimes, I wondered to myself, how can we get the uninformed to see why the Romneys are the most dangerous people to ever vie for the White House?

As I allowed this thought to float, I came across this article:

"Rich Kids of Instagram:  Overserved and Undersharing

This article, originally posted at CNBC, talks about the spending habits of the children of the wealthy elite.  Not only are they obnoxious and arrogant, but they are proud of it:

The blog on Tumblr features photos set in gilded frames of rich kids and wanna-bes in various states of excess, undress and indulgence, and ever since its launch last month, "The Rich Kids of Instagram" has touched off a firestorm of debate over rich kids and social media.
You may ask, "what does this have to do with the election"?  Well, consider this quote:
One shot shows three teens swimming at a lake - and pouring Dom Perignon into one other's mouths. Another shows a guy sticking a giant foam finger out of his Ferrari, while in another kids slide down a giant inflatable slide attached to the side of their mega-yacht.
The site also marks the debut of a whole new genre: "receipt porn." Some posts consist of a photograph of a 100,000-euro meal receipt from St. Tropez or a $42,000 bar bill.
Want more outrageous habits of the young capital gains generation?
There is a shot of a guy getting off a yacht with the caption "How else do u expect to get around in the Hamptons."
A shot of five dudes in a private jet bears the caption "Flying private with friends." Shoes, watches and jewelry make up the bulk of the shots, and there is one shot captioned, "All my Amex," exhibiting a gold card, black card and platinum card. Another depicts a guy wearing a necklace made of money.
These kids are the offspring of the "job creators" those who have been telling us for over 40 years that if we give them tax breaks, the wealth would "trickle down" to us, that we, too, could have a shot at the American dream.  Anyone of us who dares to challenge this meme are, as Mitt and Ann Romney put it, "envious of our success".  I mean, after all, we pay you people minimum wage.  It's what the law requires.  Kind of like them paying only the taxes that are legally required, forgetting to mention to the voting public the tens of thousands of loopholes available to them that we will never get the chance to use (showhorse anyone?)

The oligarchs have convinced a chunk of the middle class that they are looking out for their best interests, and that if we could just eliminate those pesky unions and create "right to work" states that give everyone the chance to be a peasant for life, they would be most grateful.  Let's cut education, they tell us, because we can't afford it.  We can't afford to feed your children because you don't make enough, we can't afford to provide healthcare to the poor because its too much.

After all, the Democratic Party is the party of wasteful spending, right?

Rebecca Greenfield sums it up adequately in The Atlantic:

To be certain, these wealthy kid pix are particularly funny (and also sad) because they showcase a gross variant of entitlement. Preteens posing with helicopters they did nothing to earn and posting the pictures online for others to ogle provides an easy in for commentary on the state of the American dream. (Dead.) While we don't disagree with that reading, it's par for the course on Instagram, a shallow medium all about promoting superficiality that photo takers did little to nothing to earn.

So what do we do with this?

My friends, this is the stuff superpac commercials are made of.  This is why we fight.  This is why Mitt Romney, one of the "job creators" doesn't want to release his tax returns.  This is why Paul Ryan's budget wants to eliminate capital gains taxes.  This is where your job creators are putting their breaks. Let's show America how they have duped for forty years. Let's show America how they can't send their kids to the dentist or to college but the job creators' kids are indulging their every whim with interests from capital gains, ALL WITH VIRTUALLY NO TAXES.

If Moveon or any other superpac supporting the President wants to make an impact, if any one of them wants to get the apathetic mad enough to fight and, most of all, to vote, let's get this message out.

Originally posted to Carlo408 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM PDT.

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  •  I agree (15+ / 0-)

    I grew up with these kids.  The world is their personal playground.  The working folks are derided ... for chuckles

    Here's how Mitt's friends ride to his party

    It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

    by War on Error on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:04:09 PM PDT

  •  It's not a bad idea, in theory.... (8+ / 0-)

    the hard part is going to be framing it correctly.  Obama has been hammering away the fairness angle for months.  

    No matter how the left brings us spoiled assbags like the preteens pictured in the article, or their outrageously gawdy, greedy parents - it's always going to be rebuked by the right as "class warfare" or that we're "jealous".

    Unfortunately they do have about half the country convinced that one day, they too will be filthy, disgustingly rich, so they need these rich-friendly tax laws in place, so when these delusional fools "make it", they will be living on Easy St too.

    Facts are liberally bias

    by SuzieQ4624 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:04:22 PM PDT

  •  Well, we know where to find them all when (5+ / 0-)

    the new guillotines arrive!!

    •  "new guillotines"? (5+ / 0-)

      I don't even plan on cleaning the old French ones. Let them eat caked on blood.

      (I sincerely hope this isn't too over the top.)

      You can make a lovely hat out of previously-used aluminum foil.

      by reddbierd on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:28:29 PM PDT

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      •  It IS too over the top. Anything like that,... (4+ / 0-)

        ...ANY sort of violence, only ever hurts the poor and the middle class.  Yes, a few of the aristos may suffer -- but, after much suffering by the working classes, there would soon be a new aristocratic class.

        "He looked from man to pig and from pig to man, but he could not tell the difference."

        What is needed is democratic change, not violent revolution.  And one of my greatest fears for the people of America is that, through techniques such as the Citizens United decision and voter suppression, the oligarchy may remove the mechanisms for democratic change, leaving only a boiling tempest of anger and frustration.

        A PALINDROME: Slip-up set in Utah. Trail, no? M. Romney -- odd! Elder an AMC man, a Red-led doyen. Mormon liar that unites pupils?

        by Obama Amabo on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:44:38 PM PDT

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        •  Well, maybe, makes me wonder how France is (2+ / 0-)
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          doing these days.

          BTW, I agreed with your take on this...

          "Governor, if as you say this is a cut in Medicare, can you name for me ONE, just ONE benefit that has been cut for Medicare patients? "

          You can make a lovely hat out of previously-used aluminum foil.

          by reddbierd on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:48:24 PM PDT

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          •  Don't misunderstand me -- I'm as angry as... (1+ / 0-)
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   anyone.  I am an immigrant to this country. When I arrived in the Sixties, I was so proud to be part of a society that was a middle class country -- even the working class was middle class, and the poor could work to make their children middle class.

            And I've watched that being stolen for over 30 years. I believe that America is finally saying : "Enough!" But violence will only destroy the middle class.

            And as far as France is concerned, the quarter century after the storming of the Bastille was a horrible time for the French, and then the Bourbons returned...  

            A PALINDROME: Slip-up set in Utah. Trail, no? M. Romney -- odd! Elder an AMC man, a Red-led doyen. Mormon liar that unites pupils?

            by Obama Amabo on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:02:50 PM PDT

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          •  And BTW, thanks for the kind words. n/t (0+ / 0-)

            A PALINDROME: Slip-up set in Utah. Trail, no? M. Romney -- odd! Elder an AMC man, a Red-led doyen. Mormon liar that unites pupils?

            by Obama Amabo on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:03:54 PM PDT

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        •  most revolutions waged by the middle class (1+ / 0-)
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          Pretty much every revolution in the entire history of the world has been carried out by well-to-do commoners who were only against arbitrary restrictions on membership in the ruling class.  Robespierre was a lawyer, but the sans culottes were Paris' urban underclass, while in many parts of rural France, the peasants rose up to defend the Church against the revolutionaries.  Marx and Lenin were educated men from upper-middle class families with dreams of a brave new world, but they failed to notice that the Russian peasants already had communism.  Our own revolution was led by the wealthy and educated who were really only angry about not being in charge.  In Latin America, native-born haciendados resented the monopoly on official power that Spanish-born instruments of the monarchy enjoyed.  You're right that the revolutionaries just become the new establishment: that was their goal all along.

          When the working class gets ideas of their own, they invariably decide they don't want to make the system work better for everyone so much as they want to tear it all down and build something in their own image.  Radical populism, often religious in its inspiration and rarely purely leftist, is the usual form.

          To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

          by Visceral on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:19:40 PM PDT

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        •  the french revolution only hurt the poor and MC? (0+ / 0-)

          that's a novel historical argument.

          •  Perhaps you missed this sentence: (0+ / 0-)
            Yes, a few of the aristos may suffer -- but, after much suffering by the working classes, there would soon be a new aristocratic class.
            And there's nothing novel about it. Some aristos suffered. Many more of the poor suffered. suggests that 40,000 died in the internecine lethality of the Reign of Terror and 100,000 in the Vendee rebellion, both of which occurred years after most of the aristos had either fled or bee killed.

            A PALINDROME: Slip-up set in Utah. Trail, no? M. Romney -- odd! Elder an AMC man, a Red-led doyen. Mormon liar that unites pupils?

            by Obama Amabo on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:43:19 PM PDT

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  •  this reminds... (16+ / 0-)

    me of when I was in high school, I went to a public high school and we had a great hockey team my senior year we went to the state championship and won. During the final minutes of the final game against a major prep school we start hearing the chant from their student body "that's alright that's ok you're going to work for us someday" so we said if that's the case then this is the only time we are going to get a chance to beat up our bosses so we proceeded to do so.

    As a nation, the U.S. consumes the most hot dogs per capita. So you'd be wise to never underestimate our powers of denial.

    by jbou on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:08:18 PM PDT

  •  That site is bookmarked. Thank you. (3+ / 0-)
  •  I worked hard and played by the rules, . . . (8+ / 0-)

    and I feel like a chump.

    I was born working class to a union carpenter who used the military to escape being a tenant farmer and an immigrant waitress mother who had a third grade education.

    I graduated during the Reagan recession and  went into the military to pay for college.  Married my high school sweetheart, and had four kids.  Owned a small business, took a hit during W's administration and sold it in 2008.  Went back to school to become a history teacher, but due to budgetary and an oversupply of social studies teachers, I shall be a substitute teacher once again this year.  After I put my last child through college, the equity in my home will be gone, and all I'll have left into my fifties and sixties is my IRA, which is less than those kids pay on high end booze.

    Hopefully, the Washington elites won't "reform" my Social Security and Medicare to give the "job creators' more tax cuts.

    •  Believe it or not, there are many out there who (11+ / 0-)

      face similar circumstances.  I thought I did everything right.  Three degrees, 100,000 later, here I sit, jobless.  I used to be able to teach because I passed the NTE, but now they won't accept it in my state, and our sub list is full and they aren't accepting new applications.  My daughter is starting college next week living with my sister and her husband in another state, because I could take care of her anymore.  I saved up over 40,000 for her college tuition, only to go through it trying to stay afloat after losing my job.

      We're different because we care.  The most I ever made was 66000 a year, and I was happy to pay taxes for social programs, because I know what it feels like to try everything you can and still not get ahead.  That's the difference between us and them.  We empathize.  They don't.

      I know that there are people out there, like us, who are tired of being blamed for the crisis we are in, when no one consulted us over the past 40 years for how we would handle the economy.  They met in "quiet rooms" to decide our fate, and decided that it was okay to dupe our children while giving their kids excess.  That's why I say, if they're so proud of their accomplishments, let's show the world what they have really accomplished.

      •  we also know what "enough" means, and they don't. (1+ / 0-)
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        That will probably turn out to be a neurophysiological defect on their part, like not being able to sense pain.  But meanwhile it drives them to live like King Farouk at our expense.

        As for their kids vs. our kids, that's all about genetic competition.  There are many more of us than there are of them, so in order to make more room for their kids, they rob ours.  Plain and simple, just like any other animal in the jungle, except that they don't eat us (yet).  ("New Soylent Green: with more students and old people!")

        So:  In order to avoid an eventual Civil War II, GOTV as if your life depends on it.  They have the expensive booze, but we've got the numbers.  

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:49:54 PM PDT

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  •  They are kind of Gatsby-esque (5+ / 0-)

    Bar tabs and new yachts of a certain style and cars, stuff you can rent or spend in a night, interspersed with genuinely weird images of wealthly kids with more money than love.  At the very least an ad would have to know where it came from -- some of these stories are likely ridiculous, tragic, or both.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:32:04 PM PDT

  •  And Romney wants to cut their taxes, (2+ / 0-)
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    paid for by raising ours and gutting our social safety net. Abominable.

    "In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction." -Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

    by rigcath on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:34:21 PM PDT

  •  I dunno about "changing" the trajectory (1+ / 0-)
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    As far as I can tell, this election is already on that trajectory. If anything, that article is gonna accelerated it, not change it.

    You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

    by kenlac on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:36:32 PM PDT

  •  I met a few of these kids my freshman year (2+ / 0-)
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    at college in the Boston area. One evening, 3 girls in my dorm flew to Chicago to get some pizza. The rest of us were typically too broke to afford pizza, even within walking distance.

    One of the 3 passed her phys ed requirement sailing... on her own yacht. I had a 17-foot wood-and-canvas canoe, my high school graduation gift that was something my Dad had always wanted.

    This was back in the early '70s, before blatantly flaunting one's wealth was in vogue. Today, I imagine that these things would be considered low-rent.

    Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

    by cassandracarolina on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:02:11 PM PDT

  •  on the other hand (2+ / 0-)
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    didn't someone build the yacht and thus jobs were created?

    didn't someone bottle and sell the wine?

    If you buy a Maserati, it took 50 guys to make it...

    Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

    by mattinjersey on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:04:10 PM PDT

    •  They would have to do a lot better than that (1+ / 0-)
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      Unless every voter works for the manufacturers of luxury products, of what moment would it be to them that people pieced together the toys of the super rich?  We both know that very few luxury items are built in the US.  If anything, it hurts their argument more than it helps.  

      Think about it:  French wine, French caviar.  I thought the GOP hated the French?

    •  keyword search "plutonomy." (0+ / 0-)

      Per a study by Chase, sent out to its high-end clients:

      The plutonomy consists of the economy surrounding the top .001%, and the conclusion is that well over half of us are "surplus population" they don't need.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:52:31 PM PDT

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  •  I have no doubt at all that ads like those (1+ / 0-)
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    you suggest WOULD resonate with the voters... and would alienate no one not already determined to vote for the Thugs.

    We'll never see those ads though.

    As fast as the Right and the MSM (a distinction without a difference) could scream "class warfare," the Dems would join in to denounce the ads... just runrunrun away from them as fast and as far as humanly possible.

    See: Prosecution of bankers, lack of.

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 03:42:23 PM PDT

    •  Who needs the MSM? (1+ / 0-)
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      Create memes with these pictures and quotes from Paul Ryan's favorite author. The Internet provides.

      "We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology."-Edward O. Wilson, in "The Social Conquest of Earth"

      by sparkysgal on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 03:55:27 PM PDT

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  •  Alas, (0+ / 0-)

    framing this wrong just leads the already well-worn path of "they are just jealous!" comments.

    This has to be framed with shots of the Paris Hilton crowd - the kids who inherited way too much, and have no clue what it is really worth, and who abuse it, as described in the diary.

    If done carefully, this can work.  But it can be derailed very easily.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 04:47:29 PM PDT

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