And they deserve to have their wealth taken away from them.
That might sound awfully anti-capitalist to some, but it's really not. It's an intervention, and I say what I do actually in hopes of preserving our capitalist economy, because something has gone awry.
Possibly the most important realization about the secret 47% Romney video debacle is that a bunch of people who could afford a $50,000 donation (in the form of dinner theater) were actually expected to believe the line Mitt was selling them. They were expected to buy it, and they did. A fool and his money... so they say.
But really, these people are embarrassingly ignorant. Something has gone seriously wrong with our precious precious capitalist system. The mouthbreathers can afford $50,000 steaks. Survival of the fittest has broken down.
Mitt Romney's team sent him in there armed with a statistic on income taxes and a mythology to explain why he wasn't winning, that much is clear. Whether Mitt is dumb enough to believe it is totally beside the point (and I'm not sure I've ever heard "sincerity" in his voice other than in that video, so I'm inclined to believe he does).
The point however, is that Romney's team somehow felt assured that the wealthy donors in that room WOULD believe it - despite the fact that 1/5th of the 47% are seniors, or that the 47% includes combat vets and poor rural Republican voters - or even for Pete's sake that the idea that 47% of America thinks of themselves as victims seems at all rational. Romney's team knew the wealthy people in that room didn't know better. How could that be? But if they did know better, the mythology, the "excuse" for why Mitt was losing the election would be dead on arrival.
I'm not sure what's scarier, the idea that the potential next Leader of the Free World actually said what he said to a bunch of aristocrats, or that those aristocrats are stupid enough to believe it and can be expected to be that stupid by the NeoCons behind Romney's campaign.
If America's rich really are as stupid as Romney's team believe they are, and I'm sure the strategists believe what they do based on personal experience, then America is in serious serious trouble.
Survival of the fittest has become an aristocracy of the witless. We need to get capital OUT of the hands of people that deficient in brain cells, via taxes, via any means possible - for the good of capitalism itself.