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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.

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  •  Seriously..... (2+ / 0-)
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    shypuffadder, luckylizard

    if by some miracle of an alternate reality I were able to attend this dinner, knowing that I wanted someone to get rid of Obama at all costs (that's why they're there, eh?) and I heard this shit about the 47%...... I would have demanded my $$$$ back.... not so much on the issues, but just on principle that what rmoney said was simply HORRIBLE political strategy....... anyone who's already handicapped themselves in a two way race by 47% would not be a candidate who I would be anywhere near supporting.

    So on your point.... yes.... stoopid people.... but I would exempt anyone there who wanted their money back. Fat chance though that they got it back even if they demanded it back, eh?  

  •  The point about that dinner is that these people (5+ / 0-)

    paid the median average household income in the US to hear their candidate disparage half of the nation as whiny lazy moochers.

    The people being disparaged pay out a far greater portion of their income in taxes overall than anyone sitting in that room, by virtue of the fact that they pay payroll taxes, sales taxes, consumption taxes, property taxes, gas taxes, user fees, etc.

    The idea of people consuming a 50K meal while they ridicule half the nation as losers is getting into Louis XVI territory in terms of general unawareness.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 02:44:12 AM PDT

  •  Dementia clearly at work here. (3+ / 0-)
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    kevin k, shypuffadder, luckylizard

    Dementia is a creeping inability to thinK clearly, to reason cogently, to conclude using evidence--critical thinking.  These people do not have that skill.  This forces us to  conclude that they either never had it or lost it.  Dementia is only one choice; perhaps they are indeed stupid.

    Old Hippies Never Give Up!

    by ravenrdr on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 03:58:52 AM PDT

  •  It's more ignorance than stupidity, IMHO (4+ / 0-)

    I have an acquaintance (all right:  an in-law) who could easily have been one of those $50k diners listening to Mitt.  Let's call him Joe.  Joe would have found nothing unusual or objectionable in Romney's speech.  Joe has felt for a long time that he is the victim of a government that takes his tax money and gives it to people who lack personal responsibility.  Joe lives in an all-white community and believes that most non-whites are shiftless and basically worthless. Joe watches Fox News and CNBC and thinks that all Muslims are Arabs and inclined to terrorism.  Joe goes to church regularly and believes himself to be one of a diminishing number of 'good' people in this country.

    It's ignorance, willful ignorance.  This leads to a closed mind and prejudices of every variety.  In a way I feel sorry for Joe, but I don't like him very much.

  •  Well look at the previous occupant (0+ / 0-)

    of the White House.  I mean he did not get into Yale, because he was Einstein, or a Harvard MBA because he would one day challenge John Nash in advanced quantitative economic mathematical theory.

    One does not simply walk into Mordor! One invites a gas driller in, and one’s land becomes Mordor. Chris From Balloon Juice

    by Mr Stagger Lee on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 06:55:49 AM PDT

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