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When asked by a friendly Fox hack why he decided to ignore the troops in his nomination acceptance speech, Mitt Romney responded:
Because when you give a speech, you don't give a laundry list. You talk about the things that uh you think are important. And I described in my speech my commitment to a strong military unlike the President's decision to cut our military. And I didn't use the word troops, I used the world military. I think they refer to the same thing [...]

And unlike the President who we understand from Bob Woodward's book, at least from the excerpts, the President was and the White House part of the author of this sequestration idea that would slash our military. I oppose that idea, think it is absolutely wrong to cut our military as the President is doing.

We've already noted how Romney is unable to see individuals. Corporations are people! The military are troops! Neither is the case. Nor is the bizarre notion that expressing support for the military is in any way the same thing as offering personal thanks and gratitude to the individuals making sacrifices to serve their nation. Heck, too many of them are making the ultimate sacrifice. If you're running for commander in chief, the least you can do is acknowledge that.

But there's another element to that quote that always struck me as obnoxious—the notion that keeping them over-funded was an adequate measure of support.

But those thoughts didn't crystalize until reading the this:

Romney so far has held far fewer public events than either presidential candidate did four years ago, and has spent a significant amount of time in states — Massachusetts, California, New York, Texas — that are not considered up for grabs in November.

Most of that time has been spent fundraising or preparing for his three coming debates with President Obama.

And this:
Romney has not held a public event since Friday and spent much of Tuesday raising money in Utah and Texas.

“He needs to be talking about the economy and not in Utah,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “He’s not going to get beat because of money. He ought to be running in Ohio and Florida like he’s running for governor and running in Virginia like he’s running for sheriff.”

Fundraisers are a part of any campaign. But what makes Romney's fundraising-centric schedule so amazing is:
Romney's busy fundraising schedule comes despite the fact that his campaign is flush with cash. Together with the Republican National Committee, it had $168.5 million in the bank at the end of August. In each of the last three months, Romney's campaign raked in more than $100 million.
There are roughly six weeks left in the campaign. And sure, Romney's relative dearth of small-dollar donors forces him to rely on traditional fundraisers which require the candidate's attendance. But at some point you decide you have more money than you will need for what little is left in this campaign, and you start focusing on trying to win votes.

Yet that transition has been difficult for Romney.

Part of it is that he's clearly more comfortable talking to his fellow One Percenters. Just compare his demeanor at the 47 Percent Fundraiser to the time he mocked the ponchos of fans at the Daytona 500, or told those sweet ladies that their fancy schmancy gourmet cookies looked like they came from 7-Eleven. The asshole Republicans at those big-dollar fundraisers are actually impressed that he knows the owner of the Dolphins! Heck, they probably want in on Bain's next investment fund.

But beyond that, like in the example at the top of this post, there's a clear sense that Romney believes that money is the solution to all. If soldiers want to feel appreciated, well, spending a few more billion on unnecessary F-35s or another nuclear submarine will take care of that! He's running behind in the presidential race, well, it's nothing that a few more fundraisers won't fix because he couldn't possibly be losing if he had fundraising parity with Obama!

In other words, Romney can't fathom that sometimes it's just not about who has the most money.

Not that this is any great revelation. Romney is a bishop who cries when he gives some of his multitudes of dollars to his own church. He is the guy who has unbridled rage at those 47 percent of moochers (including seniors and combat-zone troops) who don't have to pay federal income taxes.

His world revolves around money. And as powerful as money might be, it isn't everything—which is one of the big reasons he is losing this race.

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  •  sounds like the Chronicles of Mitt (18+ / 0-)
    And I didn't use the word troops, I used the world military. I think they refer to the same thing [...]

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:31:48 PM PDT

  •  I still believe he owes more $ to the LDS church (13+ / 0-)

    I think he shortchanged the IRS & the Mormon/LDS church.

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:33:34 PM PDT

  •  RMoney's world revolves around money? (7+ / 0-)

    What a shocker

    •  I think people are starting to get (8+ / 0-)

      that to Romney money counts and people don't, or that people are only valued by the amount of money they have. And even many people on the right are uneasy about that, like the woman i talked to at Pride about eight years ago who was with the Leviticus protestors. And when I stopped and started to engage her in conversation and ask about her church, she eventually she said she felt the country's biggest problem was materialism, and judging people by what they own and what they spend. I wonder if she's voting for Romney.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:37:48 PM PDT

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  •  He Didn't Learn the Lessons of California (13+ / 0-)

    Just ask i-Carley and Queen Meg.  At some point, money just doesn't do anything for you.  Frankly, I think they've both probably reached that point.

  •  Please change the caption text (5+ / 0-)

    It's well known to be a 'shopped image. Maybe, "In hindsight this joke proved accurate" Or, in a bit of Mitt-inspired hilarity "Retroactively accurate"

    If we got Mitt to be slightly less dishonest and gave him some personality he could pass as a used car salesman.

    by ontheleftcoast on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:36:05 PM PDT

  •  I think this is exactly on target. Romney can't (10+ / 0-)

    relate to people very well but he's excellent at relating to money. And it explains why he's entirely comfortable with bankrupting companies, looting pension plans, and walking away richer. His relationship with money is by far his most comfortable and interactive relationship.
    And people with lots of money fit into that comfort zone very neatly.

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:37:57 PM PDT

    •  I wrote an article at the time... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...that addressed Romney's aversion to human-like creatures. Here's an excerpt:

      Romney goes on to say that he expressed his commitment to a strong military, and that “military” and “troops” are the same thing. Actually, they’re not.

      The military is a massive bureaucracy that manages various divisions of public and private enterprises engaged in defense operations and preparedness. Troops are people who train and fight and bleed and die. His context was made clear with his reference to “cut[ting] the military.” Obviously he is referring to cutting budgets, not human flesh.

      This failure by Romney to draw a distinction between the two echoes his famous inarticulate insensitivity when he said that “Corporations are people, my friend.” Romney has a tendency to relate better to institutions than to mortal persons. This is further revealed in the “Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth” that is on his web site. It refers to workers as “Human Capital.” Makes your heart tingle, doesn’t it? For Romney everything is reduced to a line item on a profit and loss statement.


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      by News Corpse on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:23:39 PM PDT

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  •  IOW... (11+ / 0-)

    This lazy bastard has been spending the bulk of his time looking for handouts.

  •  Romney is the problem (8+ / 0-)

    He is a crooked banker running on the notion that President Obama hasn't fixed the problems created by crooked bankers. His main qualification to fix the economy is that he ran a company that specialized in finding broken companies and killing them.

  •  It's harder to fundraise to pay down old debts... (4+ / 0-)
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    Romney has to pay off his $20M loan he got in August by hitting up donors and getting them to knowingly donate to pay down that loan.  And since it's an official campaign loan I think he's capped at $2500 limit from new donors - he can't go back to donors who already maxed out to his primary campaign.  So he needs to find 800 new donors that he hadn't yet found yet to max out for him to pay his old debt.  He's a lot harder than it sounds - nobody likes paying for debt repayment.  

    We have a greed with which we have agreed. -Eddie Vedder "Society"

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:38:32 PM PDT

  •  Just throw money at it. The conflation of troops (1+ / 0-)
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    learn2Ctruth

    and military makes one think of a shitty parent who buys his kid a car instead f actually learning to interact with the child.

    2012 Elections: POTUS - Obama; CA-47 (new) - Lowenthal

    by mungley on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:38:37 PM PDT

  •  He fails to understand. (4+ / 0-)
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    Everyone, no matter how much money they have, only gets one vote.  He is treating this like he's pitching an investment fund and only the people who can buy into it matter.

    Don't confuse my lack of religion for a lack of spirituality.

    by Mxwll on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:40:04 PM PDT

  •  the secret tapes sound like Amway seminars /nt (7+ / 0-)

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:40:11 PM PDT

  •  Romney's Fundraising Is Overstated (9+ / 0-)

    One of the big stories of the coming weeks, in my opinion, will be how vastly overstated the money advantage Romney and Republicans would supposedly have down the stretch was.

    The reason Romney is fundraising is because his campaign only had 50 million dollars cash on hand at the end of August. His burn rate was astronomical last month, and the restrictions of the joint RNC money raised is making it hard to "carpet bomb" the airwaves with negative ads (which wouldn't work anyways).

    Just take a look at the ad spending the last two weeks:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/...

    Obama's campaign is outspending Romney, most likely because Obama's actual campaign has significantly more money to spend. The superpacs, at least in the last few weeks, really aren't spending that heavily, either.  

  •  Also Romney is mock debating like crazy... (5+ / 0-)
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    He mock debated something like 6 times(full 1.5 hour mocks) in a 48 hour period.  He basically knows no amount of rallies will flip the script, it's down to him and the first debate.  

    We have a greed with which we have agreed. -Eddie Vedder "Society"

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:40:51 PM PDT

    •  Do debates really make a difference? (2+ / 0-)
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      Political scientist, John Sides, says in Washington Monthly:

      "That presidential debates can be 'game changers' is a belief almost universally held by political pundits and strategists. Political scientists, however, aren't so sure. Indeed, scholars who have looked most carefully at the data have found that, when it comes to shifting enough votes to decide the outcome of the election, presidential debates have rarely, if ever, mattered."
      I often wonder why they still have them.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:59:12 PM PDT

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      •  I do remember in 1992 (5+ / 0-)

        when Clinton walked toward a woman who was asking a question and GHWB looked at his watch.  I said right then, "Bush just lost."

        Couldn't find the watch look, but this is what President Obama needs to do.  

        http://www.youtube.com/...

        •  But I think that this was something (1+ / 0-)
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          already noticeable about him. He seemed a bit disengaged, somewhat bemused by the emotional language of the Clinton campaign. The data says that he had already lost, although that was a signature moment.

          For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

          by Anne Elk on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:31:53 PM PDT

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      •  I often wonder why they still have them. (0+ / 0-)

        because they are about style, not substance.

        Nixon's unshaven appearance with JFK.

        Lloyd Bentsen's Zinger against Quayle...

        The format doesn't allow any in depth discussion... But "Coups" are allowed.

        That's why applause at any moment is discouraged...but still happens

        So it's a contest about who's coolest, and to  a lesser extent, who thinks on their feet best. Without teleprompters....

         I actually am more interested in Biden vs. Ryan. I think Ryan is in for a lickin'...

        I'm not worried....

        Without geometry, life is pointless. And blues harmonica players suck.

        by blindcynic on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:59:56 PM PDT

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  •  Another observation... (8+ / 0-)

    Whenever a presidential candidate host a campaign rally in a state - it makes local news.  And that candidate gets free air-time.  Most people watch their local news because they want to find out about sports, weather and the latest events in their area.  If you aren't in these swing states making local news, you are not reaching a corner of the undecided voters.  More Rmoney arrogance.

    Why is Mitt Rmoney so happy that an American embassy was attacked? Why does he hate America?

    by RichM on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:40:56 PM PDT

  •  Wasn't there a encounter Romney had... (8+ / 0-)

    ...with a young boy, who had asked him why he was running for President, and Romney gave the poor kid a lecture on the inheritance tax and how he wanted to end it?

    I suspect that if Romney could build a huge Money Bin, like Scrooge McDuck, he would. He's a real-life Milburn Drysdale!

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

    by JeffW on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:41:34 PM PDT

  •  I'd bet let's say .. (1+ / 0-)
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    $10,000.00 dollars that you're right.

  •  ♪♫♩♬ (3+ / 0-)

    ®MONEY:
    I've got ninety thousand pounds in my pyjamas.
    I've got forty thousand French francs in my fridge.
    I've got lots of lovely lire.
    Now the Deutschmark's getting dearer,
    And my dollar bills would buy the Brooklyn Bridge.

    ®MONEY and GOP:
    There is nothing quite as wonderful as money.
    There is nothing quite as beautiful as cash.
    Some people say it's folly,
    But I'd rather have the lolly.
    With money you can make a splash.

    ®MONEY:
    There is nothing quite as wonderful as money.

    GOP:
    ...Money, money, money, money.

    ®MONEY:
    There is nothing like a newly minted pound.

    GOP:
    ...Money, money, money, money.

    ®MONEY and GOP:
    Everyone must hanker
    For the butchness of a banker.
    It's accountancy that makes the world go 'round.

    GOP:
    'Round, 'round, 'round.

    ®MONEY:
    You can keep your Marxist ways,
    For it's only just a phase,
    For it's money, money, money makes the world go 'round.

    GOP:
    ...Money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, moneeeeey!

  •  In the same vein, on the secret video (9+ / 0-)

    Romney is asked by one of the donors what they should say to skeptical friends and colleagues about Romney. The questioner said something like, we're your ambassadors, how can we help? And Romney's response was, talking to your friends is nice, but the best way you can help is to raise millions and millions of dollars.

  •  yep. That's about right. (5+ / 0-)

    Nothing is more important to the man than money.  Nothing.  

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:47:21 PM PDT

  •  and about this: (3+ / 0-)
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    And unlike the President who we understand from Bob Woodward's book, at least from the excerpts, the President was and the White House part of the author of this sequestration idea that would slash our military.
           I seem to recall the President's choice was sign the 2011 Budget Control Act a compromise voted on by both parties or default. It was the republican control House that insisted on the cuts not the President.

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:47:57 PM PDT

  •  my God, who knew his campaign was BROKE!! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Because all he cares about is money (10+ / 0-)

    his only interest in government is to lower taxes.  

     Lost in the uproar following Romney's writing off half the country, saying that they are not his job, is an interesting tell about his own view of his candidacy.

    There was a time when men (at the time it was only men) campaigned for president with slogans like "a chicken in every pot!"

    Now we have drawbridge Republicans- "I've got mine, you can simply die."

    All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement.
    The notion that any human could believe, and then say out loud- and that those listening would agree- that health care, food and housing are not basic human rights is astounding.  
    Food for heaven's sake!  Who could believe that food is not a basic right? Are there no poor houses?  And who would say it out loud? and who would listen to such a message without walking out in disgust?  But I digress.

    Romney writes off the 47% he mistakenly believe pay no taxes because he cannot possibly convince them that more tax cuts are a sufficient reason to vote for him.

    These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect. So he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that's what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
    In other words, he doesn't have any other reason for anyone to vote for him.  No ideas other than tax cuts.  Nada.  Zilch.  If you don't want tax cuts, you will vote for Obama.
    No foreign policy which might attract your vote.  No jobs agenda.  No social compact. No strong on the border plan.  No nothing.  Tax cuts.  That's the whole shebang.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:49:16 PM PDT

    •  great point (2+ / 0-)
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      That's been killing me all week. The guy says right there that he doesn't think poor people should have food or shelter! It really pisses him off that people feel "entitled" to human decency.

      On the plus side, he, in some Romneyish/Scroogish way, has acknowledged that health care is as much a human right as food and shelter.

    •  and he assumes that all anybody cares (3+ / 0-)
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      about is money.

      One thing that was striking about his 47% comment was that he couldn't think of any reason that someone who already wasn't paying federal income tax would vote for him.

      How about some of the other issues mentioned in the Republican platform?  all the pro-life, pro-Israel, pro-military, anti-environmental regulation, etc stuff?  Surely there are plenty of low income and/or senior voters who could be motivated by those issues.   He apparently has no political instincts whatsoever - all that matters is money.

    •  A great Point -- Take Taxes Away, He's Got Nada (2+ / 0-)
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      Clearly Mitt Romney has an obsession with money -- with making as much of it as possible (and then keeping as much of it as possible) -- not necessarily out of any sense of fairness but because the man has an actual mania about it.  His whole 'I don't pay a dollar more in taxes than I have to' and the Swiss Bank stashes and the Cayman Island stashes... it all speaks to the fact that the man is pathologically obsessed with money and he sees anyone who doesn't possess the same pathological mania as a kind of bizarre other.  

      It's a dog-eat-dog world and we're all just different flavors of Alpo.

      by boyndog on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:38:27 PM PDT

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    •  "Drawbridge Republicans" - that's a compelling (1+ / 0-)
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      visual.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:20:40 PM PDT

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  •  Disagree in part (2+ / 0-)
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    In America today, money isn't everything. It's the ONLY thing.

    That Mitt can't translate that into electoral victory says more about his cluelessness than the dollars themselves.

  •  When Mitt said that he wishes he were Latino, (1+ / 0-)
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    maybe he meant to say, he wishes he were Mexican?

    Mexico Elections: Vote-Buying Worries Plague Voters

    The PRD and PAN, as well as the PRI, have been accused of giving out gift cards and groceries to garner votes. Technically, parties are allowed to give away anything they want, as long as they report the expense, don't exceed spending limits and don't make people feel the gift is payment for their vote.

    /snip

    A video posted on social networks shows a huge warehouse stuffed with election give-away groceries in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The PRD held a press conference Wednesday to display 3,000 gift cards from the Soriana department store that it said were worth about $75 (1,000 pesos) each and had been distributed to voters in the State of Mexico by the PRI in exchange for promises of support in Sunday's election.

    "You could say that, in the past, some cacique (political boss) would hand out envelopes filled with cash at his house, and now it could be a credit card with a certain pre-paid amount," Becerra said

    Hey, he's running for president, for Pete's sake!

    © 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 Sep 20, 2012 at 03:50:26 PM PDT

  •  Civilizations shit money & Romney is a dung beetle (1+ / 0-)
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    Hoarding wealth is not a success story.

    "I don’t know why, but Mitt Romney has gotten this reputation as a guy who can't identify with the common man, no matter how hard he fires them." ---Stephen Colbert

    by Amayupta yo on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:51:56 PM PDT

  •  Romney's life is about *accumulating more money* (5+ / 0-)

    Romney's entire life has been about accumulating money, more than any human might possibly need. Something is at work here in his psyche, and it's not easily turned off.

    So that's one reason why he focuses on storing up more cash in the basement; it's a primal drive that he can't, or won't, overcome.

    And I'd bet that he's terrified of losing and of being asked to contribute cash from his own family accounts to a campaign fund that's in the red.

  •  I noticed that trait a while ago. (5+ / 0-)

    Romney is really uncomfortable with ordinary people. They are a bit foreign to him, which explains why he makes these offensive jokes (NASCAR, cookies). But it goes entirely with being a member of a cult and extremely rich. It makes you uncomfortable with the public at large and it gives you a lot of weird little affects. The only reason he seems weirder now is that he was only seen in the presence of even weirder folk during the primaries.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:53:35 PM PDT

  •  Not only that, Kos, (9+ / 0-)

    but he doesn't, apparently, even consider himself one of us.
     

    "My campaign is about the 100 percent of America, and I'm concerned about them."
    That's a fairly strange linguistic construction. He doesn't include himself in the 100%. He doesn't say "us."  To bolster your point, he doesn't say "Americans," either.
  •  They don't call it the Prosperity Gospel (3+ / 0-)
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    for nothing.  Nothing is for everyone else.  Quite literally as it turns out.

    Chief neoconservative/fundamentalist allied belief: All things are possible if only you lie.

    by blueoasis on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:56:13 PM PDT

  •  I think it's strategic. (2+ / 0-)
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    The less people see him, the better.

    I just genetically engineer them, I don't nominate them for President.

    by happymisanthropy on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:56:45 PM PDT

  •  You Mean President of the 1.00% ? (0+ / 0-)

    He inelegantly omits the decimal when speaking in public.

    Corporations: The Collective Bargaining Units for the 1%.

    by Into The Woods on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 03:56:50 PM PDT

  •  Not just money; The "More Factor" (3+ / 0-)
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    I was having dinner with professors of economics some years ago and asked about greed. I was interrupted, quite gently, and was told:

    "Let's just call it 'the more factor'"

    Since then I've been observing how, for certain persons, MORE IS NEVER ENOUGH.

  •  The value of a person is also measured in money (1+ / 0-)
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    that the person has for Mitt (inherited is fine, doen't need to be "earned"). And he doesn't have a concept for a human society. And yes, any civilization needs redistribution. Too bad that Orson Welles is dead. Mitt Romney would be good material for a new Citizen Kane movie about the 1%. Well, for Mitt, the 1% is Middle Class. 0.001% or something like this.

  •  What I heard in his 47% "comment"... (7+ / 0-)

    Is that he also thinks the American electorate will vote solely based on money (i.e. taxes). He cannot fathom that people might vote on human and social issues as well, never mind character, integrity and compassion (all of which he is sorely lacking, being robo-mitt and all).

  •  Money (that's what I want) (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Hadn't heard that one in a while. (0+ / 0-)

      And I didn't even know there was a video. I'd always assumed there was only one vocalist, and that she would look more like her upper-class UK accent implied. And why dollar bills instead of pound notes?

      "Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous." -- Molly Ivins

      by dumpster on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:21:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  When did it become fashionable (4+ / 0-)
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    to be a money hoarder?

    Clearly the one of the main reasons Mitt has been running for office for six years is to help the True Victim Class, the one percenters, so that they can keep more of their money.

    But my question is why are they hoarding their money? What are they spending it on? It's certainly not job creation.

    Even the robber barons of yesteryear had a sense of citizenship and would build a library or a museum or a school every now and then for the classes beneath them.

    But when you listen to the donors at Mitt's Boca Raton gathering, you hear them filled with scorn bordering on rage about "those people."

    Seriously, how much of a congenital a-hole do you have to be to ask a question like this:

    For the past three years, all everybody's been told is, "don't worry, we'll take care of you." How are you going to do it, in two months before the elections to convince everybody "you've got to take care of yourself"?
    When the bottom fell out of the economy and lay offs were rampant, and credit froze and housing equity that had been used as a cash machine evaporated, people were desperate. They still are. They need help just like the banks did. More than the banks did.

    How can you be that detached from the day-to-day reality of what this Depression--it's not a Great Recession--has done to ordinary people who did not happen to be wealthy when the economy tanked.

    How can you not know that most who want to work can't get work because there are too many candidates going for too few jobs.

    How is someone supposed to "take care of yourself" when the means do that do not exist.

    I know the response.

    "It's not my job to worry about those people."

    What American wants their President to embrace the sick mentality represented by the donors in that room in Boca Raton?

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

    by FiredUpInCA on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:03:12 PM PDT

    •  When it became fashionable to hoard money (2+ / 0-)
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      It started, I think, around 30 years ago when a very determined man (I forgot his name but read his obituary in The New York Times) decided that there should be lots and lots more business and economic news in all the media outlets.

      Reagan Admin definitely made it fashionable.

  •  Mitt Will Put God Back In The White House (0+ / 0-)
    FOX31: Governor Romney, if you are elected, what will you do to change the course America is on, and restore all that has been lost under the Obama administration?

    Mitt: As your President, I will restore God back into our government...from day one!

    FOX31: Governor Romney, do you consider yourself to be God?

    Mitt: Oh, gosh no! I was referring to our money. Money is what makes God so great in America, and I will make God great in America...from day one!

    "Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to God alone. I inquire after no man's, and trouble none with mine." --Thomas Jefferson

    by glb3 on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:11:10 PM PDT

  •  Romney loves money (0+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:11:57 PM PDT

  •  The rich are owned by their money (2+ / 0-)
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    It's all they can think about. They are afraid they are going to wake up and it's gone. They are afraid someone who used to have less will now have more. They are obviously scared to death the govt is going to get a share. Their whole life revolves around the money.

    The rich really are different from you and me.

  •  Mitt says, "Donations are Votes" (1+ / 0-)
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    If Mitt could talk right now....

    "No, my friend, you have it backwards."
    "Campaign contributions, or rather Money, are votes in this campaign"
    "We need to make more Money than Obama right up to the election because Money Matters."

    "You can't spend votes. They don't matter. But you can spend money, especially rich donors' money, that matters the most in this campaign."

    "Obama isn't going to win this election with his small donations. It just shows how little he knows. He needs to win the big donors as I have. They are in my corner and I am in theirs."

    God, it goes on and on... I hate how easy it is to come up with this lines.. I need to wash out my brain with soap!!!

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:20:56 PM PDT

  •  "C.R.E.A.M." (3+ / 0-)
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    Cash
    Rules
    Everything
    Around
    Me

    Wu Tang Clan vid

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:30:14 PM PDT

  •  R-MONEY ... perfect (1+ / 0-)
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    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:30:37 PM PDT

  •  Well said Kos, the only things... (0+ / 0-)

    Rmoney knows how to do well are make money, not pay the gov't taxes and be an asshole.  LOL

    "Really nice but also very serious about his job." Jackie Evancho on President Obama 6/7/12

    by BarackStarObama on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:40:11 PM PDT

  •  Money has always been his game (3+ / 0-)
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    Not building stuff - just buying, selling - and borrowing on other peoples' dime.

    Then walking away with the profits.  

    Here's a question. Romney talks about companies he 'saved' - but have any of those companies seen the workforce benefit, or just the shareholders?

    Has he left behind any place where salaries and benefits were better for the workers, where more of them had to be hired to meet demand for a company's products? Have those companies opened more branches, given back to their communities?

    Why do I have the distinct impression Romney would be struggling to understand the point of these questions?

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 04:42:04 PM PDT

  •  If Romney is ever going to realise the hollowness (0+ / 0-)

    of his own life, I would say right about now is when it will happen.

    Re-elect President Obama because we don't need another selfish President

    by Timmethy on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 05:19:30 PM PDT

  •  Combat Pay Is Generally Tax Exempt (1+ / 0-)
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    Ergo, the troops are part of the 47% moocher parasite class, unworthy of mention by Him Romnitude.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 05:25:19 PM PDT

  •  Or does he plan to convert to a Leadership PAC? (2+ / 0-)
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    Thestral, learn2Ctruth

    I checked about a week ago, and neither he nor Ann have contributed to the campaign. Not sure about loans.

    Is this whole campaign just another one of his schemes to siphon money into his personal bank accounts?

    Reforms come from below. No man with four aces howls for a new deal.
    Keystone XL will raise gas prices!

    by Turbonerd on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 05:35:04 PM PDT

  •  Money isn't everything, but... (0+ / 0-)

    The fact that they are sitting on all that cash and he is still fundraising can only mean that the final ad blitz will be huge. Let's hope Meg Whitman is the relevant example.

    "Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous." -- Molly Ivins

    by dumpster on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 06:07:22 PM PDT

  •  If Rmoney can't see individuals... (0+ / 0-)

    ...does that make him a collectivist?

  •  RE: Mitt and the troops... (1+ / 0-)
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    learn2Ctruth

    Romney and the RNC had a video prepared that showed Romney with troops and with an address to the convention talking of his support for same. But...
    Then the hurricane happened and the schedule had to be reworked. Unfortunately, in the re-work, they dropped the video about the troops and then neglected to rewrite Mittens speech to add something in about them.
    And instead of owning up and saying something about how he does support the troops, their video had to be cut, etc., he comes out and calls them a "laundry list."
    Mittens is just one big bag of FAIL.

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 06:27:17 AM PDT

  •  Money (0+ / 0-)

    its what makes the world go around, right?  I don't think he doesn't think of others outside the 1  percent.  What about those people that spoke up about his kindness during their children's illnesses (at the convention).  That was very touching and human.

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