Where does this disdain for workers come from?
Posted in the Olney Forum
#1 Sep 21, 2012
Contrary to conservative hopes, media pundits and voters alike won't soon forget Mitt Romney's fundraiser remarks in which he throws 47% of Americans by the wayside. Paul Krugman in The New York Times analyzes Romney's remarks as part of the larger Republican philosophy:
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 Mr. 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 G.O.P. 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. They must also receive respect, indeed deference, at all times. That’s why even the slightest hint from the president that the rich might not be all that — that, say, some bankers may have behaved badly, or that even “job creators” depend on government-built infrastructure — elicits frantic cries that Mr. Obama is a socialist.
Now, such sentiments aren’t new; “Atlas Shrugged” was, after all, published in 1957. In the past, however, even Republican politicians who privately shared the elite’s contempt for the masses knew enough to keep it to themselves and managed to fake some appreciation for ordinary workers. At this point, however, the party’s contempt for the working class is apparently too complete, too pervasive to hide.
“Mind over Matter”
Since: Oct 09
#2 Sep 21, 2012
The very same thing could be said about Osama Bin Bama..........
#3 Sep 21, 2012
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