During the 2012 US presidential elections, the Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney vs. the Democratic Party incumbent President Barack Obama, probably blew his chances to usurp his opponent to become the 45th US president with his infamous words uttered at a fund raiser (attended by very wealthy GOP donors), regarding his views of the 47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes. One of the people present at this event made a recording which captured his comments that went viral. The Democratic Party never did develop any campaign ADs that was more effective in portraying Mitt Romney as one of those entitled rich dudes, who while being a decent enough guy, was absolutely clueless about how the bottom 1/2 of this country lives, that were nearly as damning to his character as his own words. He all but wrote off the votes of half the country.
The reason Mr. Romney’s words on the 47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes, rings true is because he was speaking to a room of very wealthy Americans to where he was parroting their own words back to them. He was affirming their thoughts about the Americans at the bottom 50% rung as far as income goes.
He was empathizing with the same mega rich GOP donors who have been supporting the US presidency of Donald J. Trump.
This same Republican Party member, Mitt Romney from Utah has been elected to the US Senate in the 2018 November elections.
For me, he has been a disappointment as he has been backing President Trump’s 2019 government shutdown over his complaint that the US Congress had not allotted enough monies to construct about 200 miles of his US SW border wall; and the lifting of sanctions against the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who’s a friend to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and the American hobbyist for pro-Kremlin leaders within Ukraine as well as President Trump’s former campaign manager. This last action was a major surprise for me, as he had argued that Russia was a major adversary to US interests during the 2012 debates.
The above actions belies an op-ed piece that he wrote for the Washington Post where had been critical regarding President Trump’s character.
See: Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation …
As per a 12/10/12 MSNBC report, Romney’s 47% comment named quote of the year by Emma Margolin, “Mitt Romney’s failed bid for president did net him one victory—though not the one he was hoping for.”
“Yale Law School released its seventh annual list of the year’s most notable quotations, and coming in at number 1 is Romney’s infamous 47 percent comment.”
“The former Massachusetts’ governor’s campaign was rocked back in September (2012) when Mother Jones published a secretly recorded video of Romney at a May fundraiser, declaring that 47 percent of the population is made up of people who believe they’re “victims,” and are “dependent on government.”
“Despite his efforts to apologize and insist that he does care about 100 percent of Americans, Romney never fully recovered from his politically disastrous remark. The rest, as they say, is history.”
“Romney also took the Number 2 spot in the list, with his tone-deaf assertion that, as Massachusetts governor, he received “binders full of women” as potential candidates for jobs in his administration. The line became an instant internet sensation.”
For the transcript of Mitt Romney’s 2012 comments, thanks to Mother Jones, see: On the 47 percent
As per a 9/26/18 CNBC report, “In reality, the middle class now makes up just over 50 percent of the total U.S. population, according to a recent report from Pew Research Center, which used 2016 data. That’s compared to 61 percent in 1971.”
“Between 1971 and 2011, the share of adults in the middle class fell by 10 percent — but since 2011, Pew reports, the middle class has remained relatively stable instead of continuing to shrink.”
“Pew notes, the middle class isn’t close to catching up to the wealth of the upper class. In fact, the wealth gap between these two groups is expanding. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents said that moving from middle- to upper-class is the least likely kind of class mobility that could occur today.”
“Although the wealth of upper-income families has more than recovered from the losses experienced during the Great Recession, the wealth of lower- and middle-income families in 2016 was comparable to 1989 levels,” Pew reports. “Thus, even as the American middle class appears not to be shrinking (for now), it continues to fall further behind upper-income households financially, mirroring the long-running rise in income inequality in the U.S. overall.”
When did wealth become more important than people in this nation? What I would most like to see is people in government who have struggled financially, people who truly understand from first-hand experience what it is like to have to juggle bills, food, rent, medical care and make tough choices. People who overcame their circumstances with hard work, but still remember how some of the rest of us live. People like Trump, Romney and others who are calling the shots in our government have no clue what it’s like for the average American citizen, let alone the poorest ones. We have become a plutocracy, and that is never what was intended by the framers of the Constitution, nor by the people who fought for this nation’s independence.
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It does feel like we have a few more representatives in Congress who fit that bill now, Jill. I agree that that perspective is often missing from the government.
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I used to be a republican. In 2008, I did not vote for Sen. McCain because of his VP pick Sarah Palin. Fortunately, President Obama impressed me. He did an outstanding speech on the subject of race which won my heart. Then in 2012, I didn’t give Mitt Romney a second thought because of his 47% comments which showed what was truly in his heart. He was speaking in what he thought was a safe space to like-minded republicans.
This time, President Obama was an easy choice.
Still, I had hoped he had grown since then but he’s turning out to be a disappointment, again.
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I, too, thought perhaps he had developed a conscience, learned a lesson from the past, but apparently we were both wrong.
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I have to say, I don’t quite understand what Romney wants out of being a Senator. He’s been a governor, and led various enterprises, aimed for the Presidency. What does he get out of being a junior Senator?
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I had hoped that Sen. Romney would be statesman for the Republican Party in the same way that Sen. John McCain had filled that role. He is from the State of Utah where most of its citizens vote for republican candidates but they also dislike President Trump. Sen. Romney has the independence to do what’s right because he’s independently wealthy to where he’s not reliant on donor monies and he doesn’t have to worry about being primaried.
I suspect that he’s not living up to the statesman role that I had hoped for when he decided to run to replace Sen. Orin Hatch because he plans to run again to be the 46th US president. Because of his hidden motivations he can’t risk upsetting the president’s base of supporters. From my point of view, he has defined himself as just another loser.
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Agree — right now, I just see another loser.
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