Worried about making your rent or keeping the utilities on or sending your kids to a good school? Scared you might get sick and your insurance not cover the treatment? Here are some quotes by the big names in the republican party, tell me if you think they even live on the same planet as the average american.
“There’s supposedly a recession, but we’ve got – what is this May? Back in February we already had 102% of 2008 overbooked for 2009. So I always believed that if we’re going to have a recession, just don’t participate.”
– Rush Limbaugh denying there even is a recession in march of 2009 (2 years after the start of the recession). And by the way a recession is caused or made worse by rich assholes like him refusing to “participate”, ie pulling their investments and sitting on their money so the stock market crumbles and people get laid off in droves. Limbaugh has 5 mansions in palm beach alone (the largest is 26,000 square feet) and 6 cars – the price tag on the cars averages around half a million dollars each.
“My corporations employ scores of people. They depend on me to do what I do so they can make a nice salary. If Barack Obama begins taxing me more than 50 percent, which is very possible, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to do this. I like my job, but there comes a point when taxation becomes oppressive. Is the country really entitled to half a person’s income?”
– Bill O’Reilly, threatening to quit if his salary dips below 5 million dollars a year (for his fox job alone, not counting his owning ten times that in investments and other assets) in response to democrats proposing a bill that would require millionaires to pay the same tax rate as the middle class. If bill doesn’t want a 5 million a year part time job, I’ll take it.
Mitt Romney (has 6 mansions, the latest he is remodeling to make it nearly 4 times bigger and adding an elevator… for his cars.):
“I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much.”
(They amounted to almost $400,000 the previous year, or 7 times the average US salary)
Trying to relate to michigan voters he said:
“I actually love this state. This feels good being back in Michigan … I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drove a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.”
“Corporations are people, my friend.”
“The banks are scared to death, of course, they’re feeling the same thing that you’re feeling…”
And perhaps the worst quote I think I’ve ever heard from a presidential candidate, responding to unemployed americans talking about how hard it is to find work he said:
“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” (he has over $200,000,000 in assets)
Just one of romney’s obscenely over-sized houses, this one is just under ten thousand square feet. He is mormon, maybe he’s planning to get another 10 or 20 wives…
As bad as Romney is in terms of being out of touch with average americans’ economic concerns, it’s actually a step in the right direction when you consider the previous republican candidate:
When someone asked him at an event “How many houses do you have?”, he responded “I’m not sure. I’ll have to check with my staff.” He then proceeded to ask his staff member and replied “at least four”. He and his wife own 11 mansions, they apparently lose track.
When asked what he considers “upper class” he replied (and I shit you not this is on tape), “In terms of income, 5 million?”
If you make 4 million dollars a year, to John McCain you’re in the middle class.
This is a pervasive problem. This isn’t spin or partisan nonsense, we can’t afford to elect people who can’t even fathom the problems 99.9% of the country face each day. Even if they were well-intentioned, decent people, how in the hell could they look out for the interests of people they are so far removed from?