Now, I want to bring something up. I want to talk about Mitt Romney for a moment.
I have no idea why, but once in awhile I force myself to watch the GOP debates. I find it a most perverse task which I force myself into. I usually don't make it all the way through--either boredom with the political circus or the the empty rhetoric or something particularly awful makes me shut the youtube window.
But I was watching the debate in Florida the other night and Mitt Romney was defending himself from Gingrich. Gingrich was attacking Romney for some of Romney's investments. Here is, word for word, what Mitt replied with:
my investments are not made by me
my investments in the last ten years have been in a blind trust
managed by a trustee...
In the interest of fairness, he does go on to say "second" and talk about other stuff. The important point here, the all important point, is that Mitt Romney does not make the investments that earn him millions.
Some will be saying "of course he doesn't do his investing himself!" and that's when I go: and that's why he doesn't "deserve" millions of dollars.
Romney isn't even putting in mental labor when investing. He just has someone else do it. Romney is not an important part of the process. Romney's money is being managed by someone else, yet Romney is taking home the wealth produced by the trustee playing with Romney's money.
This is yet another reason that Romney NEEDS to be taxed higher. He isn't even WORKING for his millions. Not even in the sense that investors are working. He isn't investing. Someone else is. Romney just waits for his big fat checks to arrive, and then he blows his money on rich-man stuff, like giving money to voters.
So I'm sick and tired of people claiming Romney (and those like him) are working hard for their millions. BULLSHIT. Someone ELSE is working hard, to make Romney millions. Romney doesn't even do his investing himself.
Man oh man, I wish someone else would do work for me, and let me collect the millions of dollars that some other person earned.
Fuckit. If you are earning money from other people's labor, you should be taxed considerably higher than 14%.
Fuck you Mitt Romney.
*Romney does earn some of his own money, via speaking fees. He has described the money he earned from speaking fees as "not a lot of money" so while Mitt earns some of his money, most of his income, at this point, is from someone else's labor