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Working vs. Mooching

The following essay was written by Terry Karney and posted on LiveJournal where he appears as Pecunium.  It’s longer than our usual posts and well worth the length. For the larger context of this post, we provide a link back to the source at the end of this article.

Mitt Romney- photo by James CurrieMitt Romney calls me a slave to dependency, because I get a check every month to compensate for the 80 percent disability rating I’ve got from the VA, from health problems acquired in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. I also have a job. I don’t make enough at it to pay income tax, but I do pay more on the money I earn in a year than he does on the money he just collects. I also pay a lot more of my income getting to and from work than he would; if he had a job.

So how did Mitt Romney get to the place he’s in now, the place that lets him spend years working up to running for president. The place he stands in when he tells me I’m a lazy bum, dependent on the gov’t, and that he’s not even going to try to convince me to vote for him, because I am too in love with being a slacker who sucks on the gov’t teat?

According to him, and his wife, he earned every penny of it.

“I could have stayed in Detroit like him and gotten pulled up in a car company. I went off on my own. I didn’t inherit money from my parents. What I have, I earned. I worked hard, the American way.”

He says he earned it. He did, sort of.

“They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income.
“It was tiny. And I didn’t have money to carpet the floor. But you can get remnants, samples, so I glued them together, all different colors. It looked awful, but it was carpeting.
“We were happy, studying hard. Neither one of us had a job.” (more…)

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Romney, Mitt - photo by Gage SkidmoreMitt Romney’s recent attacks on President Barack Obama have started us wondering how many different kinds of liars there are. On September 11th, the US embassy in Cairo learned that a video mocking Mohamed had been produced in this country and was circulating globally, inflaming anti-American sentiment in Egypt. The video was being promoted by pastor Terry Jones, the same egocentric religious bigot who asserted his free-speech rights by threatening to burn 200 Korans in an anti-Muslim ceremony.

So the American embassy in Cairo issued this statement:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

That’s the statement that Mitt Romney says is an apology.  The statement was posted online by the embassy, the people on the spot who knew best what was happening, and wasn’t  passed on by people  in Washington. It was an attempt by our people in Cairo to cool the situation on the ground in Cairo. (more…)

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Tim Carmody, in his excellent piece, "How Haiti Became Poor", notes that President Trump's racist policies and vulgar language have sullied the word "shithole" which used to be one of the all-time great swear words. He's right. It's another terrible power this careless President wields.