Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mitt you had help, just own it man!

"What does piss me off is Mitt's perpetual assertion that people are somehow envious of his success. This line of reasoning comes up in every debate, as well as Mitt's assertion that he is a self-made millionaire who didn't inherit anything. The inference seems to be that practically anyone can pull this off, if they just happen to be smart and resourceful enough. This is obvious bullsh*t.
Romney's Dad was the one-time Governor of Michigan and CEO of American Motors Corporation. It's fair to say that Mitt's upbringing wasn't that of a typical American, and it's equally fair to say that his father's wealth and influence opened doors that many other Americans aren't privy to."

this pretty much says what I've been thinking for a while.  When you come from a background of privilege, there are doors open for you that are not open to those who grew up having to use food stamps or whose father worked as a construction worker. Nobody's begrudging this man his wealth.  What they are getting mad at is that he wants to act like he is one of us, just a slob like one us. HE'S NOT. He had help. Completely understandable help, given the successes of his father. But he shouldn't think that people aren't aware that he had doors open for him that others can't find, or even tunnel under, to get to where he is. There is a larger conversation to be had about class structure and mobility that we need to have. Mitt's envy assertion is similar to a person with a six figure income saying to a homeless woman and her children,"Why don't you just pull yourself up by your bootstraps and find a job?! Your children are hungry…don't you have any self-respect?!"

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