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How Romney Found His Conscience…

Have you heard? Mitt Romney has found his compassion!

Any COMPASSION in there?

He stumbled on it while he was groping in the dark in the night (9/18, 2012). At a fundraiser in Utah Romney said: “We are compassionate, caring people. We want to help those in need, but we don’t believe that redistribution is the way to create a bright future.” He had an “aha” moment!

Are you familiar with the nursery rhyme, Jack Horner? 

Little jack Horner, sat in a corner, eating his Christmas pie. He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum and said: “What a good boy am I”

“Little Mitt Romney, sitting in one of his mansions, on Lake Winnipesaukee,
eating his filet of veal…

Well here is HOW Mitt Romney found his compassion. Romney was sitting on the deck of his Wolfeboro mansion in New Hampshire when he:

 “Put in his thumb and pulled out a plum of compassion…”

Er, the plum was apparently stuck under his shoe! It fell off when Romney put his feet into his mouth – he was disparaging American voters – those moochers with the “Victim Syndrome” who don’t pay taxes and feel entitled to oxygen!

“Little Mitt Romney, sitting in one of his mansions on Lake Winnipesaukee,

Eating his filet of veal…

He pulled a thick wallet, out of his gullet 

And quipped “Oh, what a rich boy I am!”

My loss of compassion, is now in remission

I’m a flip-flop politician!”

One of Romney’s homes: Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.

So Republicans want to use Mitt Romney’s arrogant dismissal of half the country to focus on “distribution of wealth”.

Yes. Let’s. Now is really the time, with a rich man running for President, to remind Americans that a small percentage of the super rich hold nearly ALL the country’s wealth. BY ALL MEANS, let us focus on DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH. But FIRST, let’s begin with the 47-percent (minus the multi-millionaires) whom Romney dismissed as self-described “victims” of entitlement.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, nearly 74-million American workers (73.9 million) age 16 and over were paid at hourly rates. They represent 59 percent of ALL wage and salary workers. Among those hourly paid workers, nearly 2-million (1.7 million) workers earned exactly the prevailing Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. About 2.2 million had wages below the minimum. (Romney and Republicans think you are a moocher if you don’t pay taxes on those LOW wages, but it’s OK if THEY, with their millions, DON’T PAY any taxes!)

Across America, MILLIONS of Americans (including the majority of the 47-percent), many of whom DO work and sometimes hold TWO jobs, will never earn in a year what Mitt Romney earns in ONE DAY. Romney made $60-thousand a day in 2010. AFTER TAXES! $60-thousand a day multiplied by 365 days = 21 million, 900-thousand dollars. Romney’s gross adjusted income (after taxes) in 2010 was 22 million). 

  • The minimum wage in Boston, Massachusetts while higher than in many other cities/states is $8.00 an hour. Multiply that by the 8 hours of a working day, that comes to $64.00 a day.
  • Multiply the daily wage by the 5 days of an average work week: that is $320.00 a week.
  • Multiply that $320.00 a week by 4 weeks = $1280.00 a MONTH…before PAYROLL taxes.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came up with a Living Wage Calculation for Boston (or: http://livingwage.mit.edu/places/2502507000)

According to MIT: The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. 

MIT finds that one adult with one child needs to earn $26 dollars an hour to get by in Boston. $33 an hour for an adult with 2 kids.

NOW LET US LOOK AT THE RENTS BELOW AND TELL ME, MITT ROMNEY AND REPUBLICANS…can you or a family with kids live on $1280.00 a MONTH without a housing subsidy? Or a rich parent? Or a friend or relatives to share costs with or double up by? Remember Romney made $60-thousand every day in 2010. 

The rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Boston is nearly $2-thousand a month and more! Check it out yourself. Visit the classifieds in the Boston Globe (one of the leading newspapers in Boston and America) and hit For Rent -> Apartments.

Found this 2-bedroom,1-bath in Boston’s North End (Globe classifieds) for: $1795.00 a month

Some examples below:

$2990 / 2br – 1200ft² – Coolidge Corner 2 Bed 2 Bath Private Patio Parking, by…
Truly Spectacular 2 Bed Room, 2 Baths Condo, (approx 1200 sq ft. Large private patio. Spacious… 

$1867 2 bedroom in Woburn
A credit and criminal background check is required. Rental is subject available lease terms. Please… 

$2034 2 bedroom in Essex
At The Residences at Stevens Pond youll experience the pleasure of living the good life. Everything… 

$1754 1 bedroom in Woburn
A credit and criminal background check is required. Rental is subject available lease terms. Please… 

$2995 1 bedroom in Back Bay
LUXURY APARTMENT on the most desirable street in Boston. The Marlborough is a distinctive address in… 

The Americans Mitt Romney and Republicans say are mooching off the government, DON’T pay taxes and see themselves as “victims” entitled to everything, including oxygen, I suppose!

  • $1280.00 a month multiplied by 12 months = $15, 360.00 a year. Yet multi-millionaire Mitt Romney (who made $60-thousand a day in 2010, uses every loophole to NOT pay taxes on his 40 million in pre-tax income) and Republicans — are bitching that you, Joe American, are NOT paying taxes and see yourself as a victim. Of course YOU are a victim – of Republican IGNORANCE and lack of charity!

Find the Republican who can argue INTELLIGENTLY that someone making $1280.00 a month with one or two kids can live on this amount of money: buy food, care for the kids, afford healthcare and personal stuff, save for college etc…without some help from a rich relative like Mitt Romney? No rich relative to give you a loan to start a business?  No sugar daddy? OK. Get a second job or get government benefits, if your income allows it. Remember Romney made $60-thousand a day in 2010.

DO YOU HAVE CHILDCARE? Can you afford to pay $200-$300.00 a week PER CHILD if you don’t get into a government subsidized Day Care Program like Headstart. Republicans wanted to cut Headstart by $2-billion in March 2011? REMEMBER THAT? 

If you’re lucky enough to have someone who will care for the kids in the evenings – like a live-in relative, spouse or willing grandmother, trusted neighbor/friend, then you can get a second job. Don’t have child care – aw, don’t worry – Ann Romney will take care of the kids for us. How many hours do you work on that second job? OK, let’s show Republicans how hard-working we are (Ann Romney’s watching the kids, remember, checking their book reports). Let’s do another 40 hours! So we’re working 80 hours a week. Good capitalist Americans generating income for big business…

You pull in another $1280.00 each month. So now you are earning $2560.00 a month. Republicans are happy – you are staring the Middle Class in the face now – making $30-thousand a year.

So now you can barely afford an apartment on the open market. But even on $2560 a month, you STILL struggle with transportation, food, clothing, incidentals, school supplies, child care etc. CAN YOU MAKE IT WITHOUT SOME HELP, even working 80 hours a week?

Most moms cannot work 80-hours a week – say you do 60 hours…is that enough?

Do you want Republicans calling you a loser? Saying you “believe that you are a victim, you believe the government has a responsibility to care for YOU…you believe that you are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.

Are you happy that Republicans think you’re a leech, sucking the government dry?

Do you want to tell Republicans where to go? Well you can – on November 06.

So we now come to Income Distribution and Wealth Distribution…

Wikipedia explains Income distribution in simple terms: How a nation’s total Gross Domestic Product (value of all the goods and services a country produces) is distributed amongst its population. In other words, Income Distribution tells you WHO earns WHAT.

The one you want to talk about is the Distribution Of Wealth – a comparison of the wealth of various members or groups in a society. It looks at the distribution of ownership of the assets in a society, rather than the current income of members of that society.

WHERE is the money, the assets? WHO has it, WHO is controlling the assets in America? You already KNOW. A small percentage at the top. To Republicans, that is just OK. That status quo is just fine with THEM! Democrats say: NO! NOT fair! Let’s spread the profits around a little so we all end up better off!

So Joe average American: Are you happy with the status quo? Is it not time for you to say “Party be damned, I need  relief!” How do we share the pie more equitably…?

Republicans want you to believe that President Obama will come charging up on his trusty steed and play Robin Hood by holding up a bank, grab Mitt Romney’s millions and give them to YOU. We wish! More likely Obama will be riding a donkey. No disrespect. Jesus (Republicans?) rode on a donkey too!

In most societies, wealth is spread through factors like:

  • Property redistribution
  • Taxation
  • Regulation
  • Labor market/unions
  • Education
  • Even marriage/divorce!

Few rich people will take their money and give it away to the poor. Look at Medieval times when the rich were lavish in their lifestyles and the poor were abject in their desolate poverty. WHAT changed THAT? Not these batch of Republicans we have today. Left to them, the masses would still be serfs, working on land they leased from their noble Lords…and would NEVER own!

Achieving EQUALITY has always been a struggle – it’s NEVER come easy! Those with the wealth and power DO NOT always hand it over easily or graciously…

Luckily, pioneers of change forced the wealthy to share the pie. UNIONS ensured workers were paid better wages, that helped workers and their kids to progress and NOT remain serfs all their lives. Working conditions were improved, so workers did not die on the job like animals. Workers became able to buy land, build a comfortable house and own it. The masses could vote and choose people who would further their interests instead of that of the nobility and large land owners. The lower classes were educated, etc…

By doing that, wealth began to leave the hands of the wealthy few and trickle down to the poor masses. A middle class was built. WEALTH WAS DISTRIBUTED. Should we have left THAT to the nobles to do? The French Revolution made many of the ruling elite begin to see the light!

But today, that wealth is beginning to trickle BACK UP TO THE TOP again. And Republicans want it to keep heading that way. Here are some facts I pulled from Wikipedia (because I was too lazy to go find the facts for myself from the government website):

  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, between 1979 and 2007 the incomes of the top 1-percent of Americans grew by about 275-percent.
  • But the incomes of the 60-percent of Americans in the middle income scale rose by 40-percent..
  • Since 1979, the average pre-tax income for the bottom 9-percent of households FELL by $900.
  • Pre-tax income for the top 1-percent ROSE by over $700-thousand as federal taxation became less progressive. (Thanks to the Bush tax cuts – rich people paid less in taxes, lower brackets pay more)
  • From 1992-2007 the top 400 income earners in the U.S. saw their income RISE 392-percent…while their average tax rate FELL by 37-percent. 
  • In 2009, the average income for the top 1-percent ranged from 344-thousand to $960-thousand.
  • In 2007 the richest 1-percent of Americans owned 35-percent of the country’s total wealth. The next 19-percent owned 51-percent.
  • The top 20-percent of Americans owned 85-percent of the country’s wealth and the bottom 80-percent of the population owned 15-percent.
  • Financial inequality was greater than inequality in total wealth. The top 1-percent of the population own 43-percent. The next 19-percent of Americans own 50-percent and the bottom 80-percent own 7-percent of total wealth.

Wealth. There is a difference between Money and Wealth. You may earn money but don’t have wealth…

YET, Republicans do not see the need to spread the wealth around. So instead of one person having $20 billion, he/she can have $15-billion. Is that NOT enough? Instead of one person like Mitt Romney earning 45 million in two years, he can take home $35-million. IS THAT NOT ENOUGH? Is that not still RICH enough?

So America – WHAT do you want to DO about this wealth inequality?

Do you want companies to keep making huge profits while workers make $7.00 an hour and struggle along? Or can workers earn a few dollars MORE while a company makes a few million Less?

Are you pleased that rich people are getting so much richer while you are not moving or getting poorer?

Do you like watching the Romneys spend $77-thousand on a horse while you can’t spend $17.00 on your medication?

You don’t mind seeing rich donors spend 150-thousand dollars PER HEAD, 300-thousand for a couple to eat fancy chicken at a political fundraiser – while you will never make $50-thousand a year? Can’t even come up with $150.00 to send your kid to camp?

 YOU decide…

Mitt Romney thinks Snooki (Jersey shore reality TV star)

And yes, Mitt Romney disclosed on TV that HE is a fan of trashy reality scandalmonger Snooki. Don’t ask me – I give less than a hoot about these poor examples of behavior. Did not watch that show. But it’s interesting to know that Mitt Romney did! Romney also hangs with rich playboy party animal Marc Leder (the millionaire pal at whose Florida home Romney made his famous 47-percent tax comments). Leder reportedly throws pool parties in the Hamptons, featuring scantily clad female dancers and open sex acts. Now Romney is watching Snooki too? Better watch those Republican values, Mr. Romney…

He put in his thumb…

And pulled out more crumbs…

of insanity – wooee!

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