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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…)

More Notes

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.