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Krugman: 'Boca Moment' Reveals Romney's Disdain for Workers

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For the fact is that the modern Republican Party just doesn't have much respect for people who work for other people, no matter how faithfully and well they do their jobs.

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Teresa W (782)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 6:59 am
Down with Romney!

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 7:02 am
Quotes from the OP-ED:
Lest you think that this was just a personal slip, consider Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. What did he have to say about American workers? Actually, nothing: the words "worker" or "workers" never passed his lips. This was in strong contrast to President Barack Obama's convention speech a week later, which put a lot of emphasis on workers - especially, of course, but not only, workers who benefited from the auto bailout.

Needless to say, the GOP's disdain for workers goes deeper than rhetoric. It's deeply embedded in the party's policy priorities. Romney's remarks spoke to a widespread belief on the right that taxes on working Americans are, if anything, too low. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal famously described low-income workers whose wages fall below the income-tax threshold as "lucky duckies."

What really needs cutting, the right believes, are taxes on corporate profits, capital gains, dividends, and very high salaries - that is, taxes that fall on investors and executives, not ordinary workers. This despite the fact that people who derive their income from investments, not wages - people like, say, Willard Mitt Romney - already pay remarkably little in taxes.

Where does this disdain for workers come from? Some of it, obviously, reflects the influence of money in politics: big-money donors, like the ones Romney was speaking to when he went off on half the nation, don't live paycheck to paycheck. But it also reflects the extent to which the GOP has been taken over by an Ayn Rand-type vision of society, in which a handful of heroic businessmen are responsible for all economic good, while the rest of us are just along for the ride.

In the eyes of those who share this vision, the wealthy deserve special treatment, and not just in the form of low taxes.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 7:15 am
I correct the sentence:



TomCat S (129)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 9:00 am
That's what he really thinks.

David C (131)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 10:21 am
then corporations should pay their taxes and be jailed for criminal behavior.....

David C (131)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 10:22 am
by the way..regarding the 47%....aren't the majority of the poorest states that take the most federal government also the reddest?????

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 1:52 pm
You are correct Dave C, he insulted his base.....foolish man. But they are even more foolish if they still vote for him.

The Ayn Rand you speak of was a real sick individual, and her hero was a serial killer. This is who the right wing gets their inspiration from, that Self, and what Self desires is all that matters, and to be damn about anyone else.

William Hickman, who brutally killed a 12 year old child, dismembered her, propped up her torso, sewing her eyelids open so that at a distance her Father leaving the ransom money thought she was alive. After obtaining the ransom money drove off leaving this Father to find his child that way.

Ayn Rand said how she admired this monster William Hickman, "Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should," she wrote, gushing that Hickman had "no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel 'other people.'"

This is the ones the Right Wing admires, copy, even Ron Paul named his son Rand after her. Why would a Doctor name their child after this psychotic woman and serial killer admirer? Why does Clarence Thomas require reading of her books for all of his staff?

I don't want those in power to have these examples of whom they admire, is it any different than the sick and twisted stuff that went on in Germany, and how so many that were part of the brutality all thought it perfectly ok. There is not much of a leap between people admiring this sick and twisted thinking to then actually putting in place the events to carry things out.

Ever wonder why the audiance cheered when at a Ron Paul event they felt it was ok for someone to die if they had no health insurance. Or how rather than giving up a few extra dollars in tax monies they would rather let the Elders try to find some health care with vouchers (and the next step would be to lower that figure then remove it at some point) so eventually the Elders would have no health care. But with their sick and twisted thinking that is ok, it is not them.

Be real careful here people, this is not what most of us would think of, it seems so alien, almost unbelievable, but it is what a portion of our society is grabbing onto, taking into their lives, and many of them are now in places of power, they need to be pushed back, so they can crawl back under their rocks. Don't confuse having money with being smart and having a good heart, for some it is just all about having the money, the more the merrier and they do not have good hearts beyond the people that matter to them, and you don't matter to them.

If anyone wants to read about Ayn Rands ideas, and her admiration of this killer go to:
Ayn Rand Inspiration to Right Wing Leaders Was An Admirer of Serial Killer

Roger G (154)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 4:54 pm
noted thanks !

Robert B (60)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 6:32 am
Mitt RobMe would curl up in a wimpering ball if he had to actually work 40 or more hours a week on low hourly wages and worry about being able to pay all of his bills and have no health insurance. Being rich is fine and dandy, but being rich and not caring about those below your income level , especially the poor, is immoral.

Karen Martinez (17)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 8:25 am
Romney is scary, and what is even scarier is that I'm related to people who are planning on voting for him. Hopefully the "workers" in the country will come out to vote in November.

DORIS L (61)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 12:26 pm

Ray M (0)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 1:06 pm
Ya can't miss those TRUE COLORS coming through.

Janet R (38)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 1:30 pm
Dandelion - thanks for the info. I didn't realize that the nut Rand idolized a serial killer, that is just plain creepy. What you said is spot, they must be send back into their disgusting holes with their tails between their legs. It is critical that these nuts do not take control of the Senate and the Presidency.

Karen Martinez - please try to talk to your people and explain what life is going to be like in America if these monsters get in.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 4:14 pm
Does Romney's wife know he knew these swingers? 50/50? lol

catherine Buchanan (113)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 5:08 pm
romney and ryan = let them dirt

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 10:01 pm
Thanks Robert. How long before corporations ("persons") get the vote?

Sheryl G (363)
Monday September 24, 2012, 5:22 am
Corporations are people are already having the vote, just not in the sense you speak. They meet under the umbrella of ALEX, discuss what needs to be changed in laws or policy that best suits business and the Elites, then send their paid lobbyist to push their agenda. Many of "their" people are already sitting in the seats of Congress and the House of Representatives, as their campaigns were financed by the Corporations in the agreement that once in Political Office they will vote in the best interest of the Corporations and not necessary the best interest for the people. The American public has yet to fully realize the scope of things and that is what they count on.

Deborah W (6)
Monday September 24, 2012, 2:43 pm
is when your neighbor loses his job,
is when you lose your job,
is when Obama loses his.

There's still time, through November ... NObama!

reft h (66)
Monday September 24, 2012, 11:09 pm
a shiver goes down my spine at the thought of Romney being president. scary.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 11:20 pm
He is absolutely determined not to get re-elected.

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