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EXCLUSIVE: Moby Speaks Out About The Secret Tapings Of Mitt Romney, And His Comments About The 47%.
ok, i think i figured it out.
mitt romney is disdainful of anyone receiving government assistance because:
1- he comes from a rich and privileged background, so he’s never needed or
received government assistance.
2- he comes from a rich and privileged background, so he’s never known
anyone who’s needed or received government assistance.
almost everyone i know has received some sort of government assistance,
whether it’s student loans or small business loans or medicare
or medicaid, and almost everyone i know now pays taxes and contributes to
i’ll use myself as an example.
i was the only child of a single working mom. we struggled a lot
economically, and there were times when we lived off of food stamps and
social security and government assistance. and then when i went to university
of connecticut and suny purchase i received pell grants and student loans.
so, according to mitt romney, i was part of the 47%: “who are dependent upon
government, … who pay no income tax. … My job is not to worry about
those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal
responsibility and care for their lives.”
in the last 20 years i have either personally or professionally paid millions of
dollars in income taxes to the state, local, and federal government. i have
employed hundreds of people, who have in turn paid income taxes and in
many cases have gone on to start their own businesses.
so i think it’s safe to say that the government assistance my mother and i
received was money well spent. i was able to go to decent schools and get
a decent education, all thanks to ‘government assistance’. my mother and i
were able to eat, all thanks to ‘government assistance’. i was able
to see doctors, all thanks to ‘government assistance’. we were able to pay
our rent at times thanks to ‘government assistance’.
not to mention the roads, clean water, streetlights, police departments,
fire departments, clean air, libraries, public transit, electricity, etc
that all came from the government and enabled my mother and i to stay
alive and live good, educated, safe, and healthy lives.
mitt romney came from extreme wealth. he has never once needed financial
assistance from the government, as his family had millions and millions of
but there are millions and millions and millions of americans like me who
didn’t come from extreme wealth and who needed help with education and
food and health care and shelter, but who have gone on to start businesses
and pay taxes.
we are not an ‘entitled’ class, we are not ‘dependent upon the federal
government’ and we do not consider ourselves ‘victims’.
we are the hundreds of millions of americans who had the misfortune of not
being born to millionaire parents.
so i understand why mitt romney is disdainful of government assistance, as
his parents paid for everything and he never needed help being fed or
educated or looked after by doctors. i understand that in mitt romney’s entire
life he’s never known anyone who’s needed student loans. he’s never known
anyone who needed food stamps to keep their family fed. he’s never known
anyone who’s had to spend hours in a health clinic just to get basic medical
care. he’s never known anyone who couldn’t pay the rent.
i understand that mitt romney grew up with phenomenal wealth and privilege
but i don’t understand why that leads him to contemptuously dismiss anyone
(like my mother and i) who have, at times, needed government help with
food and education and shelter and health care.
mitt romney is a product of wealth and privilege. that does not give him
the right to loathe and dismiss the rest of us who are not the product of
wealth and privilege.
oh, for some reason i was thinking of ‘common people’ by pulp when i heard
“But still you’ll never get it right,
cos when you’re laid in bed at night,
watching roaches climb the wall,
if you call your Dad he could stop it all.
You’ll never live like common people,
you’ll never do what common people do,
you’ll never fail like common people,
you’ll never watch your life slide out of view.”
-Common People by Pulp
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