Mitt Romney doesn’t want you to know this but he and the 47% have a lot in common. After watching a very painful press conference where Mitt tried to convince us that we didn’t hear what we heard, a few things popped into my mind and when he is heard saying on the video that the 47% feel entitled to receiving freebies from–“Health care, to food, to housing…that’s an entitlement…and the government should give it to them”, I was completely offended and I found it ironic that the “entitlements” Romney spoke of are the same exact entitlements the very rich tend to feel they are owed.
I was a banker for 13 years and I worked in an affluent community for 8 1/2 of those 13 years and what I learned in my 13 years of giving “superior customer service” to both the wealthy and middle to low-income customers is how similar the attitudes are of the very rich and the 47% Romney discussed in his leaked “off the cuff” (his words…not mine) remarks at a GOP fundraiser last May. When it comes to money and getting things for free there is a feeling of entitlement but the entitled tend to be the rich.
As a banker I learned the following; The rich expect that because they are allowing you to hold their money, all of their services should be or will be given to them free. The 47% expect that you will charge them for holding their money and while they may ask for some service fees to be waived the overall expectation is that there will be a charge and they budget in that charge as a “Cost of doing business”. So I find it interesting that the very people who truly feel entitled to free services are the very people who then turn around and try to shame you for daring to think like them.
This years presidential campaign has taken on an “Us vs. Them” mentality and it reminds me of the lords and the serfs I learned about in Junior High School. History teaches us where we’ve been and how we got there and the discussions that are being held today over the haves and the have nots are eerily similar to those of the Middle Ages and for those who don’t remember, that ended with the serfs revolting.
What we all witnessed last night was the game changer. Mitt Romney’s campaign has begun to self-implode before our eyes and even for those of us who already know we are voting to re-elect the President, it is never fun to watch a man fall from grace.
Mitt’s actions and inability to clearly articulate his agenda have left him looking like a bumbling idiot with a holier than thou attitude and to the 47% of us who don’t speak the language of the “Entitled Asshole”, the one line from Mitt that was very clear and understood by all was that it is, “Not his job to worry about the 47%” and he is right because that job belongs to the President of the United States and his name is Barack Obama!
In this weeks round up of “Gaffe’s by Mitt”, we find the GOP candidate struggling to find a consistent platform on which to stand and his achilles tendon, foreign policy, being thrown in his face…the man can’t catch a break! What I find most interesting is that Mitt’s strategy seems to be throw out everything and see what sticks and this is odd because he is running on his experience and acumen in the business world and yet he can’t seem to translate all of that “experience” into the kind of strategy one would expect from a former CEO of one the foremost management consulting firms in the world.
You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps and the P.R. machine that Mitt Romney has enlisted to help him win the Presidency has shown that they know nothing about politics, nothing about diplomacy and I am beginning to think they know absolutely nothing about the very people he wants to represent.
After the bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Romney missed his opportunity to show us his presidential chops by showing empathy and taking a moment to reflect and speculate on what the next steps should be and instead took the opportunity to launch a political attack on President Obama calling the Presidents response “disgraceful”.
In times of trouble, no matter how one feels politically, we, the American people, have always been able to come together with one voice. Romney’s inability to take this moment and find consensus with the president shows how ill-prepared he is to lead a nation such as the United States and one has to wonder if his vision of the United States is stuck in an era where all you had to do was show up in the boardroom and offer up a smile and a handshake?
Wherever Mitt is, it’s obvious that he isn’t in line with the American people and members of his own party. He seems to be showing signs of desperation and Mitt should know better than anyone that when a company is looking to hire from a viable candidate pool, they will most assuredly pick the candidate who shows grace under fire.
When George W. Bush was running for re-election in 2004, I had a customer, who was a registered republican and her case for George Bush’s being in office for four more years was–“We’re at war, he needs to be able to finish what he started.”
At the time, I was so over the lies that the world had been told about our reason from deviating from the original plan to find and bring to justice, Osama bin Laden, just so he could take revenge on Saddam Hussein and destroy his non-existent “weapons of mass destruction” that I found no reason to keep this man as the leader of our country. So fast forward four years and the country was in a complete tailspin, we hadn’t found Osama bin Laden and I wanted to ask–“How are those four years working for you?”
I always found it interesting that leaders of the republican party felt no responsibility for their actions that led us into the worst financial crisis in modern history and then turned around and wanted us to believe that Obama was somehow a failure because he didn’t “clean up” the mess they created in a timely manner…now that, to quote Bill Clinton, “Takes some brass!”
If we ask people to honestly assess what they’ve seen happen over the last four years and take “parties” out of it, I’m positive that there isn’t one person who actually believed that in four years time, anyone, let alone one man, could get us back to the way it was especially since where we’d been had a false bottom.
Why is it with public figures we expect more from them than we do ourselves? If this were you at (insert company name) and you were faced with rebuilding an office, you would expect to be given support and you’d be highly upset if no support was given and management walked in and laid all the blame at your feet as if they had no part to play in your failure.
I was brought in to manage an office that had been managed into the ground by the previous staff and when I was brought in to do an “Obama” and clean it up, they instructed me to go in and get rid of the dead weight, hire replacement for said dead weight, bring the office back to code and oh, do all this and maintain goals and grow the office all while giving superior customer service! Being naive about what I was walking into, I thought that by doing what I was supposed to do, I’d receive the support that would enable me to successfully clean up and manage my office…it didn’t happen.
I covered my end of the bargain but was left high and dry and I received no support from upper management and because of the lack of support, I and my office were unsuccessful. When they talked to me about why I was unable to perform at a satisfactory level, I was completely incredulous at their ability to talk to me as if they were completely devoid of culpability. Apparently, their job ended when they put me in office…I wish someone had informed me. I eventually was able to turn my office around but it took time and teamwork and it wasn’t until everyone realized their role that we were able to accomplish the original goal.
It’s time for the citizens of this country to stop listening to outside forces and start to think for themselves. President Obama has worked tirelessly to turn this country around and whether you agree with his policies or not, you cannot deny that what he has faced has never been seen before in the history of the United States and he has faced it head on, with little to no support. So when I’m asked if Obama should be in office another four years, my response will be–“Bush got a second chance and didn’t accomplish what he said he’d do, Obama accomplished what Bush couldn’t in his first term…seems obvious to me!”
Has anyone else noticed that the only people who have been blessed with the parent gene seem to be members of the Republican Party? Since the 2008 Presidential election, they have been on this “We’re better than you because we have our babies” kick and I am so over it! The 2008 elections was the first election, in a long time, where EVERYONE had something to say and being a banker inside a grocery store, my counter was like the town watering hole.
The conversation that really got everyone going at the time was the nomination of Sarah Palin as John McCain‘s Vice Presidential running mate and when questions about whether she was qualified to be the Vice Presidential nominee came up, the answer from anyone who was republican or undecided was–“Well, she has 5 kids…” What? That had to be the most asinine response I had ever heard.
It became evident very quickly that because she didn’t have a true record to stand on, the only record she did have that was of any consequence was her record as a mother. Sarah Palin did the unthinkable and gave birth to 5 children…so that was all it took for you to be considered a qualified candidate for Vice President of the United States of America? Well we all know that the answer is “Yes“.
It was then that I realized the republican strategy…harp on her success at having given birth (like that’s unique) because that will correlate with our pro-life stance and voila…a platform is born! By the end of that campaign, I was so tired of hearing about the phenomena of giving birth 5 times and that, somehow, being a qualification to run for V.P. of the United States.
They convinced themselves that her managing to give birth 5 times was some kind of feat and not one that millions of women manage every year. To those who used the ability to breed as validation, I would always reminded them that what she’s “accomplished” has also been “accomplished” by plenty of welfare recipients, just to put everything into perspective…they didn’t like that.
Listening to how wonderful they were because they “valued” family was offensive and disrespectful to all the rest of us who “valued” our families and human rights. Somehow we were less american because we chose not to embrace their republican ideology…it pissed me off!
As the 2012 presidential election approached, it became obvious that they were going to stick to the same strategy and this time the poster child for being a great breeder (I mean republican) was Ann Romney. She, like Palin had done the impossible and given birth…wait for it… 5 times and along with her successful businessman husband, they were perfect to perpetuate the “We’re wonderful because we give birth” spin.
The Republican Party has, very irresponsibly, cornered themselves into the proverbial corner with their obscure stance on family and how their choices make them not only the better choice but better people…sounds like Hitler to me!
As a parent of two children (amazing…a democrat who chose to give birth!) who has never thought of aborting and loves and values family, the divisive rhetoric the party is spewing is doing nothing more than divide the very country they claim to love so much (It sounds like the parenting style comes with conditions).
Republicans will continue to spin their story of “Great parents are republican” but they will never be able to convince me that I wasn’t born with the parenting gene because I have the stretch marks to prove it and I dare them to tell me otherwise!