He’s really not like us

Honestly, I don’t begrudge Mitt Romney this:

He also characterized as “not very much” the $374,327 he reported earning in speaking fees last year, though that sum would, by itself, very nearly catapult most American families into the top 1 percent of the country’s earners.

When you are worth hundreds of millions, as Romney is, a few hundred thousand really is “not that much.”  Dare, I say, pocket change.  It is revealing, though, that Mitt Romney inhabits a world where nearly $400,000 is “not that much.”  I have no idea what the world is like, and nor do the vast majority of Americans.  It’s not to say that Romney doesn’t really understand what our world is like, but I think, on balance, the evidence suggests that he actually doesn’t.  If he did, he would not try and suggest that he was worried about “pink slips” or that all concerns about inequality were simply matters of “envy.”  I don’t think understanding the average American is the most important thing for a President.  But it sure helps.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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