Mitt Romney and the GOP: Disdain for Workers

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    Here is an excellent OP. As I was reading this article, everything I hear from the right every day on this board and read in the papers is reinforced.

    Disdain for Workers

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    By now everyone knows how Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca Raton, washed his hands of almost half the country — the 47 percent who don’t pay income taxes — declaring, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” By now, also, many people are aware that the great bulk of the 47 percent are hardly moochers; most are working families who pay payroll taxes, and elderly or disabled Americans make up a majority of the rest.

    But here’s the question: Should we imagine that Mr. Romney and his party would think better of the 47 percent on learning that the great majority of them actually are or were hard workers, who very much have taken personal responsibility for their lives? And the answer is no.

    For the fact is that the modern Republican Party just doesn’t have much respect for people who work for other people, no matter how faithfully and well they do their jobs. All the party’s affection is reserved for “job creators,” a k a employers and investors. Leading figures in the party find it hard even to pretend to have any regard for ordinary working families — who, it goes without saying, make up the vast majority of Americans.

    Am I exaggerating? Consider the Twitter message sent out by Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader, on Labor Day — a holiday that specifically celebrates America’s workers. Here’s what it said, in its entirety: “Today, we celebrate those who have taken a risk, worked hard, built a business and earned their own success.” Yes, on a day set aside to honor workers, all Mr. Cantor could bring himself to do was praise their bosses.

    Lest you think that this was just a personal slip, consider Mr. Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. What did he have to say about American workers? Actually, nothing: the words “worker” or “workers” never passed his lips. This was in strong contrast to President Obama’s convention speech a week later, which put a lot of emphasis on workers — especially, of course, but not only, workers who benefited from the auto bailout.

    And when Mr. Romney waxed rhapsodic about the opportunities America offered to immigrants, he declared that they came in pursuit of “freedom to build a business.” What about those who came here not to found businesses, but simply to make an honest living? Not worth mentioning.

    Needless to say, the G.O.P.’s disdain for workers goes deeper than rhetoric. It’s deeply embedded in the party’s policy priorities. Mr. Romney’s remarks spoke to a widespread belief on the right that taxes on working Americans are, if anything, too low. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal famously described low-income workers whose wages fall below the income-tax threshold as “lucky duckies.”
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    Where does this disdain for workers come from? Some of it, obviously, reflects the influence of money in politics: big-money donors, like the ones Mr. Romney was speaking to when he went off on half the nation, don’t live paycheck to paycheck. But it also reflects the extent to which the G.O.P. has been taken over by an Ayn Rand-type vision of society, in which a handful of heroic businessmen are responsible for all economic good, while the rest of us are just along for the ride.

    In the eyes of those who share this vision, the wealthy deserve special treatment, and not just in the form of low taxes. They must also receive respect, indeed deference, at all times. That’s why even the slightest hint from the president that the rich might not be all that — that, say, some bankers may have behaved badly, or that even “job creators” depend on government-built infrastructure — elicits frantic cries that Mr. Obama is a socialist.

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    Another cut and paste drive-by, do you ever have thoughts of your own?
     
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    Plenty. Care to have a debate with me? Pick the topic, fire your best shot, then be prepared to be thoroughly schooled, embarrassed and dismissed.

    I'll be waiting...........
     
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    and you'll be waiting forever,this coward troll always runs off from evidence and facts that prove him wrong.
     
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    It's long been noted that social issues are used by the leaders of the Republican Party to get many Southern middle class white 'workers' to vote for the GOP candidates despite the fact that the people they put into office often end up voting against the economic best interests of average voters. For example, in the last few years, the Republican Party has been steadily shifting the tax burden away from investment income toward income from labor. This is happening even as all proposed income tax cuts disproportionately go to upper income earners.

    And despite all the Republicans' cries of 'class warfare,' the simple fact is that income inequality is rising ever faster even as real wages are falling. American workers are getting pummeled by cheap labor overseas and the fact that it's an employers' market here at home.

    And what's the real message that American workers get from the Republican nominee who made his money by sacrificing American jobs in favor of extracting money (and hence, profit) from distressed companies for his investors? That they're appreciated and valued? Hardly. No, Romney's willingness to sacrifice American manufacturing jobs in the auto industry should have told the average American worker that he's expendable if there are profits to be made.

    The other message, which came across crystal clear in Romney's Mother Jones moment, is that Republicans think that workers who are currently recipients of some kind of gov't assistance somehow think that the gov't owes them something. Romney's true feelings is that the American gov't under his presidency wouldn't feel any obligation to the American workers whatsoever because we should be independent. But is big business independent? Come on, everyone knows that Romney would bend over backwards to do everything he could to help the wealthy in this country just like Ayn Rand envisioned and Paul Ryan has championed. And that would be the case even as he tells everyone else that they need to be more self-sufficient.

    Middle class conservative workers may want to stop and consider the consequences of their vote a little more carefully because politically conservatives middle class American workers won't be treated any different under a Romney presidency than workers who vote for President Obama. We'll all be cogs in their machine who are expendable for greater profits elsewhere.
     

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