Governors' Walker, Kasich, Christie and McDonnell spoke earlier tonight, along with Ann Romney. Romney and Christie were the big-two speakers, with Mitt's wife warming her husband up and Christie delivering the keynote. There was an interesting theme that played out: They all talked about an era in America when their parents or grandparents came to the country with nothing and made something of themselves. They riffed the whole evening on President Obama's quote "You Didn't Build That", continuing to take it out of context. Obama was talking about how it takes all of us working together to get stuff like roads and bridges done, which then allow for small businesses to flourish. But Republicans take it to mean that self-reliance is frowned upon while suckin' on the gov't teat is the ONLY way. So then they all get to talking about a bygone era where their folks and grandfolks came here with nothing and made something of themselves. That's all nice and good, but the G.I. Bill got Gov. Christie's dad his education. Rick Santorum took public money to home school his kids. Most people do. The Public Works Administration, which came to be under FDR, and which was signed off by both cons and libs, put the country back to work, giving some of their ancestors jobs. A gov't bailout of Salt Lake City allowed for Mitt Romney to turn the Olympics around. Gov't action in Mass. passed by Romney allowed for scholarships for thousands of kids out there. Ann Romney said that Mitt Romney wasn't given anything, and built himself up on his own. Does anybody really believe that? They stand there, hypocrites the lot of them, trying to say that self-reliance and self-reliance alone was responsible for their successes, but the facts don't bare that out. Indeed, they did NOT build themselves up alone. It was a mix of being given help by both other family members and the government and then, finally, self-reliance and hard work and determination that got them where they are today. Their hypocrisy is just so fucking lame to watch. They stand there and believe the crap they're peddling in their own invented reality.