reply to post by spinalremain
I tend to agree.
I think that she's got a futile job...like an apologetic, in a way. I think her comment was an effort to somehow excuse or justify the huge gap
between Romney's socioeconomic class and that of the average voter...and there really isn't any valid way to make him seem as if he is in the
trenches with the commoners, rubbing shoulders and shooting at the same targets. I think a lot of people suspect that it is the people he wants to
vote for him instead of Obama which will later be his targets.
Even just looking at Romney's wealth vs Obama's wealth speaks volumes to me.
Romney's investments are secretive and primarily off-shore, in accounts too numerous to list under various umbrellas.
Obama's investments are US Treasury bonds.
Romney's got 6 houses...none of them seem to have mortgages...they are either paid off or were paid for without mortgage loans...he put the Utah
'cabin' up for sale in 2009 for a little over $5 million.
Obama's got one house which he is still paying for...purchase price a little over $1 million.
Romney's got a $100 million trust fund set aside for his sons.
Obama has a college savings account for each of his two girls, valued at around $200k each.
Romney's tax rate as revealed on his one public tax return is around 13%.
The Obama's tax rate is around 26%.
Romney doesn't seem to like comments or questions about his wealth and seems to feel it is better to keep his personal finances veiled and
private...which IS his right.
Obama's more transparent and doesn't seem to feel he has anything to hide.
When I was looking into Presidential finances, past and present, I was somewhat surprised to learn how transparent the Clinton's had been and also
that they are considerably more wealthy after his presidency due to book sales and speaking engagements, etc. Considering the questions raised about
the Clinton's investments in the past, it makes me wonder why Romney isn't forthcoming with his information. His father set an example he is
unwilling to follow.
Obama has some insight on the crippling consequences of going to school on student loans and has some ideas to make it better for everyone...when
Romney was asked about college funding, he is quoted as saying something to the effect of 'Shop around. Find the best price.' Easy to say if you can
foot the bill without a loan.
And now that Romney's visited the areas damaged by Hurricane Isaac, we have this report from
Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent close to an hour meeting with first responders and local officials. Romney shook hands with
National Guardsmen outside the U.S. Post Office and talked with a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac's flooding.
Chiarello said she told Romney, "I lost everything" and that the presidential contender advised her on how to get assistance. "He said that he was
going to do the best that he could for us," she said.
"He just told me to, um, there's assistance out there," Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. "He said, go home and call 211." That's
a public service number offered in many states.
Chiarello said she will likely seek some other shelter because her home was submerged in the flooding. She expressed frustration about the town's
lack of flood protection.
I could dig up more similar type situation/comments that say, at least to me, that Romney is not within the reaches of personal empathy when it comes
to what the average US citizen deals with or might have to deal with unexpectedly.
The simple fact of the matter is that he and his family don't have to worry about the same things most of the rest of us do...I'm not saying he
doesn't have worries...I know no one has a perfect life of ease, no matter how rich or poor they are...it is part of the human condition. But his
concerns are probably things none of us could ever relate to and by the same token, I don't think he could ever relate to a lot of the things we all
deal with on a daily basis.