I’m spending the day watching documentaries about inequality and the global elite. Yeah, uplifting stuff. Anyway, I wanted to highlight this passage from an article about Willard Romney running for the Presidency, yet again:
Speaking below deck on the Midway, an aircraft carrier converted to a floating museum in the San Diego harbor, Mr. Romney criticized President Obama and sketched out a three-pronged campaign platform should he seek the presidency for a third time. He said the 2016 campaign should center on making the world safer, offering opportunity for all Americans and lifting people out of poverty.
“Under President Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty in American than ever before,” Mr. Romney said.
That bolded part left me gobsmacked. This is Mr. 47%, who couldn’t decry the poor fast enough for being “takers” (at least in the assumed privacy of his own class), now deciding that poor folks matter, that income inequality is a problem. This is a man who is part of the class that has most benefitted from the growth of income inequality, and a party that is consistently seeking to increase that gap.
Willard Romney has always been cynical. The complaints about his last campaign’s nonchalant dishonesty are part of that. It’s the ethics of the elite: “the only thing that matters is that which will help me win.” Willard Romney, and the plutocratic class of which he is a part, despises those of us who are beneath him. That the decisions of the plutocrats, in business and in politics, have hollowed the middle class and reduced opportunity is not only irrelevant to them, it is a lie. To those looking down at the rest of us, the gap is due to our failures, of character or effort, not to a game they’ve rigged in their own favor.
That Romney would name inequality and the concentration of wealth as campaign issues just highlights that cynicism. He’ll say anything to get elected. But he’s incapable of saying the one thing we all wish he’d say: “Goodbye.”