September 18, 2012 2 Comments
Romney said so many stupid things at the fundraiser, it’s easy to overlook something them, but Amy Davis keys in on this stupefying bit of arrogance and cluelessness:
And how can they stop being poor? Simply and only by taking “personal responsibility.” And this connects with something else Romney related in the video: the story of his own wealth.
I have inherited nothing. There is a perception, “Oh, we were born with a silver spoon, he never had to earn anything and so forth.” Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America.
Romney was the son of a governor and an auto executive who gave him a wealth of connections, a private education, college tuition, a stock portfolio that he lived on while in graduate school, help buying a first house. That he recognizes the value of none of these things is both dismaying and discouraging for anyone who thinks that he will be able to do much to actually encourage opportunity in America.
Truly breathtaking that Romney thinks he literally “inherited nothing.” If that isn’t quite some insight into the “I deserve everything I have” conservative mindset. Anne Richards had a famous quote that George HW Bush was born on third base and thinks he hit a home run. Romney was born on home plate and thinks he built the stadium (I’m not sure if that actually makes sense, but you get the point ).