Who Else Do Republicans Look Down On?
The list is endless, isn't it? As we know from the recently released tapes of Mitt Romney's of-the-cuff speech to a private gathering of Moneybags in Florida, it starts with the 47% of the country who don't pay INCOME taxes – but plenty of other taxes — including the elderly, the working poor, the disabled, and of course the veterans – boy, do they hate veterans.
Romney made his contemptuous, belittling speech to a roomful of "friendlies" — or did he? The attendees paid $50,000 to bask in the presence of this ultra-wealthy man. But who else was in the room?
Correct. The servers.
Connie Schultz has some thoughts about that:
I have a thought myself: I wonder if any drinks got spit in.
This is a relevant time to repeat a story I have told before about a somewhat high-dollar (for me — actually a fraction of the Romney fundraiser entry price) fundraiser I went to for Senator Sherrod Brown a few years ago.
Toward the end of the event the Senator was standing by the door shaking hands with people as they left. I was at the other side of the room talking to one of the servers. She looked over at him and said, "I'd love to meet him." I went over and asked if he could come say hello to her when he had a minute. He promptly excused himself, went over to the other side of the room, introduced himself, and chatted with this server for a couple of minutes.
No, every politician is not the same. Some see the people they represent as fellow human beings and some don't. Some, as President Obama said on the David Letterman Show last night, understand they represent everyone, and others think they just represent the wealthy special interests that fund their campaigns. Keep in mind that Mitt Romney thinks 75% of your are in the 47%.