Is Romney the Heir Apparent or Will His Riches Get in His Way?

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With both Chris Christie and Sarah Palin declining to run for the Republican presidential nomination this week, the path now seems to be pretty clear for Mitt Romney.  This should guarantee a fair amount of media attention to the speech outlining his foreign policy direction that he’s planning to give at The Citadel on Friday.  No doubt he’s fresh off of some intensive coaching by the cadre of foreign policy advisers he has recently hired.  The roster is heavy with veterans of the Bush administration era so the general direction of Romney’s policy ideas shouldn’t be too hard to predict.

However there are still some significant obstacles ahead of him.  Romneycare, the precursor to Obamacare is an obvious one and his challengers aren’t going to let that one drop.  Neither will the Tea Party groups.  In addition to that his religion still remains an obstacle for evangelical Christians who are not an insignificant portion of the Republican voting block.

But I think something even bigger looms on the horizon - something the Dems will no doubt bash him with and bash him hard.  It was particularly ironic to hear Mitt (today we are all the unemployed) Romney whining about the class warfare being waged (presumably against him and his cohorts) by the dangerous hippies currently occupying Wall Street.  After all, some might call acquiring companies and stripping off assets like “workers” in order to make huge profits, a form of class warfare all its own.

But the real irony here is that Mittens would be one of the gazillionaires paying a lot more taxes if Obama’s Buffet Rule ever makes it through.  Michael Scherer at Time Magazine ballparks Mitt’s tax rate, based on information provided by Mitt himself, at about 14%.  This may be even lower than Buffet’s estimation that he paid about 17% on his income.  Scherer posits that maybe what we really need is the “Romney Rule”.  That has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?  And Greg Sargent notes that Obama allies are already beginning to pick up on the idea.

Further muddying the waters for the uber-rich would-be presidential candidate is the little matter of his beachfront vacation home in La Jolla, CA.  La Jolla is not exactly your cozy little unassuming beachy dive.  Median  home prices are around $960,000.  Mitt and the family bought a beachfront property there in 2007 for a measly $12M.  But with kids and grandkids, how can a self respecting millionaire expect to entertain in something that modest?  So the plans are to tear this one down and replace it with a somewhat more expansive 11,062 foot cottage.  Not to worry, though.  They won’t even break ground until after the campaign so how could that possibly be an issue?  I mean just because millions of people in this country are struggling to hang on to their own little first homes, don’t we all really wish we had a leader whose vacation home is a beachfront mansion?

So all I can say is RUN, MITT, RUN!  I can’t wait to see what the Obama campaign will create with such great raw material!

SOMEWHAT RELATED:  Speaking of rich jerks, Herbie Cain weighs in on the Wall Street protests by stating that people who are unemployed and not millionaires have only themselves to blame.  Seriously, have Republicans always been this heartless or was I just missing something a few years back?

Posted by marindenver on 10/06/11 at 05:56 PM • Permalink

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Don’t overlook that fact that Middle Class Mitt is hands down one of the weirdest motherfuckers ever to grace the stage at the Klan rally known as GOP primary season.  And I’m not even going to bring up his weird ass religious leanings, either.  This guy is so wooden, so rehearsed and so transparently phony that Lt. Cmd. Data comes off as more personable.  At least Data eventually had an emotion chip installed. Willard traded his in for a lifetime supply of Pomade, a permanent shit-eating grin and a case of caffeine-free Diet Coke with lime. 

Seriously, if Mittens were POTUS during a visit by intergalactic diplomats from the vicinity of the Betelgeuse system, I imagine the planet would be cordoned off from the rest of the Galaxy as a precaution guarding against the spread of Willardism.  They wouldn’t even bother turning us into feeding stock or even demolishing the planet for an intergalactic hyperspace freeway.  Any planet that puts somebody that fucking strange and phony in charge of anything larger than a Krispy Kreme shop is doomed to an infinite existence of being ignored.

He’s their John Kerry, only without the national political office experience, military service, medals and what have you. But at least he has that dog-atop-the-car thing and the passel of patriotic boys going for him.

Yup, he’ll really connect with the Real America(tm).

Don’t overlook that fact that Middle Class Mitt is hands down one of the weirdest motherfuckers ever to grace the stage at the Klan rally known as GOP primary season.

Yeah, Mitt falls pretty squarely in the uncanny valley.

May I just point out that anything larger than about 1200 square feet is not, and never will be a “cottage”  A cottage is a cute little 800 square foot house with tiny rooms, low ceilings and a thatched roof. 

There was also the other story today of Mitt whining about Obama’s Harvard elite on his foreign policy team, while introducting his own foreign policy team, a full third of which have either graduated from Harvard or who are currently on the faculty.  You can’t make this shit up.

In a nation where it’s legal to call Velveeta™ ‘cheese’, you think there’s a problem with phony?

America perfected phony.

See that picture at the top of the page? That’s more “America” than a gallery full of Ansel Adamses.

Kerry = Romney
Dean = Bachmann
Edwards = Perry
Hillary = Palin
Lieberman = Pawlenty
Kucinich = Ron Paul

Oh and I was too lazy to provide a link previously to the Harvard thing here it is

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/mitt-romne y-slams-harvard-faculty-lounge-names-14-harvard-connected-ad visors.php

CORPORATIONS R PEOPLE 2!

Seriously, just loop that soundbite and you’re done.

Also, Mittens is from elitist liberal Ground Zero for Equal Marriage sans the faux just-plain folksiness of a Texas ranch.

Seriously, have Republicans always been this heartless or was I just missing something a few years back?

They’ve gotten more blatant and disconnected from reality. But after Hooray for Trickle Down! this sort of thing was inevitable.

Cain has certainly taken things to the next level by stomping on the myth that since you could be a millionaire tomorrow, you must defend all millionaires today. In effect, if you aren’t a millionaire today, FOAD.

I love it.

did anyone say “hair apparent” yet? or am I like years too late?

up to $14,000   10.5 cents   12.54 cents
from $14,001 to $48,000   17.5 cents   19.54 cents

ballparks Mitt’s tax rate, based on information provided by Mitt himself, at about 14%

That is more than someone in NZ pays in tax if they earn under 14K (12.54%*) but less than someone who earns 14-48k (19.54%*).


*these rates include the ACC levy** but you can’t avoid the ACC levy when you’re working so I don’t know why the IRD site shows two different rates.

**In New Zealand part of the tax you pay is an ACC (Accident compensation) levy.  This means if you get hit by a car, fall off a ladder changing a light bulb, break your leg playing rugby etc you get 80% of your current earnings paid to you by ACC after you’ve been off work for two weeks (I think that’s still it, it’s been a while) until you are fit to return to work (imagine all the lawyers out of work in America if you guys did this) and trips to whomever for treatment are subsidised.

oops, didn’t delete my c&p of the rates before and after ACC Levy.

CORPORATIONS R PEOPLE 2!

Seriously, just loop that soundbite and you’re done.

That really is a bonehead argument he makes - deliberately conflating the people who run the corporation with the fictional person that is the organization. Plus as you say the soundbite is unbelievably tone-deaf.

Bad timing, too, just as this Occupy stuff is ramping up. Reminds me of a voter info pamphlet we got for the 2006 midterms, for which the candidates wrote their blurbs just before the Katrina/Schiavo one-two torpedoed Bush’s popularity, so all the Republicans were still riding the “we do whatever president Bush wants!” pony.

CORPORATIONS R PEOPLE 2!

Seriously, just loop that soundbite and you’re done.

This.  Hand the loop to a decent documentary maker like Robert Greenwald, select from ten fucking miles of footage of closed factories and unemployment lines, have some smart copy writer do the script, get Peter Coyote to read the v/o, and you’re done.  Music by Bruce.

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