Mitt Romney on Thursday portrayed President Obama as an elitist who is out of touch with the struggles of everyday Americans by comparing the President to a former French queen who was overthrown during the French Revolution. “When the president’s characterization of our economy was, ‘It could be worse,’ it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: ‘Let them eat cake,'” Romney said, referring to the infamously dismissive remark toward the poor attributed to the queen.
It takes a lot of chutzpah for someone like Mitt Romney to call the President out of touch with the people. Does Romney want us to believe that HE can empathize with average Americans- what a person making minimum wage goes through to pay the bills and put food on the table during these tough times? The same guy who joked that he was ‘unemployed,’ can make a casual $10,000 bet, and said ‘corporations are people.’ The same former corporate buyout specialist who made a fortune firing thousands of workers, cutting benefits, bankrupting American companies and outsourcing jobs overseas. That’s right, Romney the man with an estimated 250 million dollars and collecting roughly $13,000,000 a year more from Bain Capitol has the chutzpah to say President Obama is out of touch with real people.
Unlike Mitt Romney, President Obama came from nothing and put himself through school. The President didn’t have the luxury of starting off with a millionaire dad but figured out how to succeed at everything through smart mindful consideration, education, and hard work. While President Obama looks to extend unemployment benefits for struggling Americans trying to get back on their feet, corporate raider Mitt Romney is living extremely well off investment earnings that he pays a 15% tax rate on and making $10,000 casual bets. While President Obama realizes that our infrastructure is falling apart and tries to put millions of Americans back to work to fix it, Romney is use to breaking companies apart and killing American jobs not creating them – and making millions in the process.
As a member of the Republican Party, the very last thing Romney should have brought up was the French Revolution – a period when France’s regressive tax system subjected the lower classes to a heavy burden while numerous exemptions existed for the nobility and clergy – sound familiar ? However, just as the lower classes in France fought back against the traditional monarchy and the myth that the wealthy elite were special in some way, average Americans today are fighting back against Mitt Romey and the GOP’s regressive anti- middle class policies that have been protecting the rich and corporations in this country for years.
Any notion that Mitt Romney can empathize with average Americans is ludicrous. Romney is an empty Brooks Brothers suit – a poster boy for the rich who spends more on hair products than some families spend on food.