January 28th, 2012

vader

Romney doesn't earn his own money*

It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it." No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.

-Abraham Lincoln

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:

first,
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
monkey

2012 A Newt Space Oddity


These natives of New Guinea highlands, possess a Stone Age culture, hardly contacted by Western Civilization, and are ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew men had walked on the Moon. And asked "who walks on the Moon now?"

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Holycow

Ban that ho', Barbie!

You see, Barbie is a bad influence for young Iranian girls!

Iran removes Barbie doll from shelves — what else do ‘morality police’ do?

"The ban on Barbie, first instituted in 1996 for the doll’s “destructive cultural and social consequences,” has since been flouted by many shopkeepers who don’t agree with the ban. But the morality police say Barbie must now be removed to protect the public from the erosion of Islamic values by Western culture."

Oh, the happy effects of a theocracy! Not that I'm particularly crazy about Barbie and the distorted body image it presents to youngsters, but control of the state by organized religion is a horror which scares Holy Cow up here (see icon).

And while we're at it, the lunacy of the likes of a particular presidential candidate with a particularly Google-able name (and his devout followers), plus the prospect of him becoming the head of state and commander in chief of the most powerful nation in the world (you know, the one who's poking its nose everywhere, whether called for or not), does indeed sound equally Holy-Cow-inducing.

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