Letter: Romney’s version of ‘American Dream’ by Barrie Johnson
While watching reruns of the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” I was struck by the character similarities of Sheldon Cooper and Mitt Romney. Both are undoubtedly intelligent, and both are stunningly unaware of the interests and needs of others around them. To each, their needs are of paramount importance, with the needs of others beneath their notice.
Examples; a group of women telling him they can’t find a job, his reply “I’m looking for a job too” telling a group of auto workers how his father had closed a Michigan plant, with a loss of thousands of jobs; offering to bet Santorum $10,000, grotesquely unaware of what that amount of money would mean to workers who had lost their jobs; discussing doubling the size of one of his mansions, including an elevator for his six cars, with people who lost their homes to foreclosure; discussing his pleasure in firing people who provide his services, with people who were fired in the economic collapse. He recommended allowing the collapse of the auto industry, unconcerned about the millions of lost jobs that would result.
He brags about being an experienced businessman who created many jobs. He and his fellow investors of Bain Capital would buy a troubled company at fire sale prices, have it’s managers borrow the full worth of the company which would be Romneys’ return on investment. Within two years, the companies were bankrupt with thousands of lost jobs.That’s how he made his $250,000,000. He has never worried about economic issues and has no idea what it would be like to wonder if you should buy food, or pay the rent. He eagerly assures us that he will repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood and cripple Medicare by privatizing it, effectively ending any kind of affordable health care for the working poor. He pays a 14 percent income tax rate and promises to cut taxes. He thinks he should be congratulated for being rich, and firmly believes he is entitled to the presidency.
This is Mitt’s version of the American Dream. What is yours?
Barrie Johnson, Exeland