Romney as a Metaphor

Willard  “Mitt” Romney is quickly becoming a metaphor for crass scorn and disdain of those less advantaged than himself. He serves as a figure of speech, if nothing else. He is akin to Scrooge. Or, maybe, Scrooge McDuck, selfish and inept. His scorn for the people he called part of the “47 percent” who pay no taxes went viral. It garnered negative commentary across the political spectrum. Romney’s 47 percent include the working poor, disabled vets, the unemployed, and retirees, along with many working families. Speaking to a gathering of rich political donors, he did not note the presence of many wealthy people among those who pay little-to-no taxes. In fact, since he only has revealed a couple of years of his own tax returns, one has to wonder where he fits. Many Americans fear that that they, too, could fall into Romney’s scorned demographic. Many fear unemployment could hit them. Most will grow older and retire on little more than Social Security. The broad trickle-down policy that Romney espouses could push many more into the non-tax paying group. Romney’s plan to win the presidency relies on smiling a lot, disparaging President Obama and saying as little as possible about his own intentions. Thomas Dewey ran the same campaign – he spoke in platitudes, and offered no real plans. In fact, one of his famous lines is “You know that your future is still ahead of you.” One of the least inspired and foolish lines, from one of the least inspired presidential candidates in our history… until now. Romney’s says, “Believe in America,” a slogan that completely contradicts his...

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