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Republican Elitism Exposed

Well, I wrote this earlier today and had problems posting it.  So I re-wrote it for you here:

Thank you Romney supporters for finally making the point that I have been trying to get through the heads of middle and lower-class conservatives for a long time now.

At a fundraising event supporting Mitt Romney, supporters talked to a L.A. Times reporter.  Here’s what I found interesting.  First, two of the people quoted in the article refused to give their names to the reporter.  One of the two said that it was because he feared that it would harm his business if he did.  I wonder why?  Could it be that people know what Romney is about and don’t want to give their money to a person who supports a corporate puppet candidate?

The other supporter was even more fun.  I can’t paraphrase what she said because it’s actually too good:

“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”

 Let me highlight the best part for you again –

“I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work”

First, let me point out the anacoluthon in her statement.  In case she reads this, that means that the syntax of her sentence changed mid-sentence.  She began by using the pronoun “you” and finished with “they.”  That is a grammatical lesson from one “lower income” person who is “not as educated” to a rich, elitist, Romney supporter.  

So, according to the rich elite, because someone is low income they are obviously less educated.  Well…let’s look at a list of people who weren’t very well educated:

  • Abraham Lincoln – one year of formal schooling
  • Amadeo Peter Giannini – founder of Bank of America and high school dropout
  • Andrew Jackson – President, General, Attorney, Judge, Congressman – no formal education
  • Ansel Adams – world-famous photographer and high school dropout
  • Barry Diller – founder of Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Charles Culpepper – owner and CEO of Coca Cola and high school dropout
  • Dave Thomas – billionaire founder of Wendy’s and high school dropout
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – never attended high school
  • Henry Ford – did not attend college
  • Michael Dell – founder of Dell Computers dropped out of college
  • Rush Limbaugh – millionaire media personality dropped out of college
  • Steve Jobs – Apple founder and college dropout
  • Bill Gates – Microsoft founder and college dropout
  • Walt Disney – no explanation needed – high school dropout

This is just a sample of the list.  So if these people aren’t lower income how can they not be well educated?  The answer is because this woman’s ideas are asinine.  The sad thing is that she in not in the minority when it comes to the Republican mindset.  These people actually believe that because we make less money than they do, that we are not as intelligent.

So, because these people have money, they must be more intelligent and we should just be putting the people that they like in office.  Never mind the fact that those people will likely work to make their rich friends richer and keep us ignorant poor people in our places.

But, what about the fact that over half of the recent college graduates are unemployed, you ask?  Well they don’t count because they are poor.  According to this person’s theory their education probably wasn’t very good otherwise they should be rich like her.

The point is that there is a predominant elitist attitude in the Republican party.  They work very hard at convincing the middle and lower-classes that they are trying to protect their freedom and create jobs by giving themselves huge tax breaks.  How exactly does their paying less taxes result in me making more money or my neighbor getting a new job?  The theory is that these rich people will not just take the money to the bank, but use it to create new jobs.

Let’s look at what Warren Buffet, one of the most well-respected and richest businessmen in the world, has to say about that:

“to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation.”

So, to recap, Republican supporters show their elitism even though their arguments make no sense and they are contradicted by someone who has reached the pinnacle of the business world.  Yet so many middle and lower-class people will still vote for Romney swearing that he will make things better for them.  Don’t worry, if he manages to win, the upper class will thank you for your support by dropping off your pink slip on the way to the bank.

Political cartoons by David Horsey

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