Mitt Romney On Hidden Camera.

Mitt Romney, as many of you probably heard, was caught on hidden camera talking to a bunch of very rich people at a lavish event.  I want to give you some highlights.  I edited out most of the stutters, though some were from transcripts copied/pasted for convenience.

From the video:

“By the way both my dad and anne’s dad did quite well in their lives, but when they came to the end of their lives and passed along their inheritances to anne and to me, we both decided to give it all away, so I have inherited nothing – everything that anne and I have we earned the old fashioned way and that’s by hard work.” (loud applause).

By the time his father died Romney had already gone to harvard by selling off stocks his father gave him from his company and become a multi-millionaire through his family’s business connections.  Here is his wife describing their college life:

“Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time. The stock came from Mitt’s father. When he took over American Motors, the stock was worth nothing. But he invested Mitt’s birthday money year to year—it wasn’t much, a few thousand, but he put it into American Motors because he believed in himself. Five years later, stock that had been $6 a share was $96 and Mitt cashed it so we could live and pay for education.”

He earned everything with the sweat of his brow – it’s damn hard work blowing out those birthday candles every year and getting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock options from your car company executive father.

That poor, poor man.

He continues:

“I say that because there’s a perception that ‘oh, you were born with a silver spoon, you know, you never had to earn anything’ and so forth.  And I, frankly I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you could have, which is to get born in America.  And I’ll say there is – let me – 95% of life is set up for you if you’re born in this country.”

Uh huh.  For some more than others.

Then he talks about the national debt and says “And yet the president, three and a half years in, won’t talk about reforming Social Security or Medicare.”

The very first thing obama did when he got into office three years ago was reform medicare and cut the cost of the program by over 700 billion dollars by removing waste and redundancy on the side of medical providers (without cutting benefits at all and actually lowering prescription costs) and when the president did this romney ran attack ads like this:

So yeah, romney’s a lying piece of shit.

Romney continues:

“And when the Republicans do, it’s the, “Oh, you’re throwing Granny off the cliff.”  It’s like, “You’re killing the kids.”

Because the republican solution is to get rid of medicare and give seniors a voucher to let them pay for some of their insurance if they can get insurance at all, which most of them won’t be able to because a) it’s not profitable to insure most seniors or the premiums would be prohibitively high and b) medicare is a gigantic program which allows it to leverage much cheaper rates out of private medical providers than seniors could ever hope to get as individual consumers.  Medicare was invented specifically because private companies can’t do things it’s not profitable to do but which we as a society need done and should do.

But anyway, sorry for ranting, getting back to the video.

After railing against raising taxes on top earners to pay for the national debt he says “It’s like – I mean there won’t be any houses like this if (LAUGH) if we stay on the road we’re on.”  He’s in a lavish mansion at a fancy catered dinner saying this.  The “road we’re on” has lead to 80% of the country controlling 7% of it’s wealth, the greatest wealth divide in the last century.

“…we should have been aggressively supporting the voice of the dissent in Iran.  And when there was an effort towards revolution there we should have been aggressively supporting it.”

This would have been the equivalent in a nation whose conservatives calls america the great satan of fidel castro endorsing a democrat (as he did with president obama) in a nation whose conservatives use the specter of communism to gain support – it would have done little or nothing to help their cause and been a tremendous ideological boon to the opposition.

He then conflates any attempt at peaceful diplomacy from the president with naivete and megalomania, saying that the only way to deal with other countries is by force – you know, like jesus would’ve done.  He then says about israel-palestine “I should tell you, the idea of pushing on the Israelis to give something up to give to get the Palestinians to act is the worst idea in the world.  We have done that time and time and time again.  It does not work.”  Yay for contradicting yourself.  He then continues “So – so this – the- the only answer is show strength.  Again, American strength, American resolve.  As the Palestinians – someday reach the point where they want peace more than we’re tryin’ to put– force peace on them.”

More fucking for virginity.

One of the people he was speaking to said “I would disagree with that.  I think a lot of young children coming out of college feel they were let down by the president.  And they feel that there’s not a job out there for them.  …and it’s 60,000, now they’re making $30,000.”  He then continued that romney should be proud of how hard he’s worked and said “Why is it bad to kill yourself and why is it bad to cut 30 jobs that net 300?”

Yes.  It’s obama’s fault people are earning so much less – and on an unrelated note why is it bad to replace good paying jobs with jobs that pay 1/10th as much?

Wow.  Seriously, wow.

Romney says:

“…I wind up talking about how the thing which I find most disappointing in this president is his attack of one America against another America.”

Then a very short time later says about the “other america” that isn’t voting for him:

“Well, there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.  Alright?  There are 47% who are with him.  Who are dependent upon government, who believe that – that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it… And so my job is not to worry about those people.  I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for for their lives.”

When romney’s among CEOs and millionaires he says his job is not to give a shit about the 47% poorest of americans (who he is running for office to serve supposedly) and that they’re permanently morally corrupt and lazy… for wanting luxuries like food and shelter.  Remember that a huge chunk of those corrupt, evil, lazy people are children and seniors and the evil “healthcare” they’re entitled to is the medicare/medicaid republicans want to get rid of, supposedly without “throwing granny off the cliff”.  Most of the people on welfare work for a living and need welfare because of things like medical bills and republicans constantly lowering their wages invisibly through inflation.  There are more and more poor people who desperately need government help because of assholes like his friend there cutting jobs that pay and replacing them with jobs that don’t.  If CEOs like romney and his pals didn’t make 300 times the average income of their employees then far fewer people would need any form of welfare.  The bottom 50% of the country he’s vilifying control 1.1% of the nation’s wealth.  And no that’s not 11%, there’s a decimal point there.  Why don’t they just go to college by selling their father’s stock options like romney?

This is just from part 1, I’ll watch part 2 later. (the video and transcript, link)

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72 Responses to Mitt Romney On Hidden Camera.

  1. YouToMe says:

    And didn’t Jesus also say that He came to save those who needed saving, not those who thought they we’re already good enough? People with the mentality that ” if I can do it, anyone can” haven’t suffered or been humbled enough– I should know! Lol. Bc I was once secretly thinking in those terms. Ashamed of myself now. People who use religion to gain favor and prominence, status, etc– thats the republican party nowClinton and Carter impress me so much– irony bc so many people blasted Clinton, and I was one of them. But to see him now– Wonderful what he has done out of office.

  2. agnophilo says:

    @YouToMe – Yeah.  George bush hasn’t done much since leaving office but hide.  He made a handful of appearances, one to hock his book, and the only charitable thing he’s done that I can see was set up a charity for haiti with bill clinton at the request of obama.

  3. agnophilo says:

    I guess I’d have to read the book, I don’t get it.

  4. UTRow1 says:

    @agnophilo – Bush has worked with Clinton on some major global poverty relief stuff since he left office. It’s probably more substantive and positive than anything he did while in office.

  5. cmdr_keen says:

    @agnophilo – He’s also setting up his Presidential library here in Dallas in partnership with SMU. He’s been keeping his head low, but given everything he had to deal with during his presidency, I can’t say I don’t blame him.@agnophilo – Rec’d. You said everything that I would basically have said to @Ambrosius_Augustus_Rex; it’s so frustrating and annoying when most Americans throw around terms such as “socialism” or “communism” without having the first actual idea of what those terms actually mean and how they apply to all countries, not just the US.This is a great blog, and I referenced you in some of my thoughts as well. Fantastic piece.

  6. agnophilo says:

    @Randy7777 – I took your suggestion and gave the president’s video equal time, link.

  7. @agnophilo – The $10 dude has never paid me a compliment,that was sarcasm he paid me and I just simply paid him some back.I have know clue who this Sam somebody is he keeps calling me is and I don’t really care actually.If you think I was an asshole,not a thing I can do about it.I was just explaining my thoughts on the subject.You read things into what I write quite often,but that find.So much you all liberal minds are blinded to and unfortunately you are leading  another sweet soul here right with you.It makes me sad.shruggs shoulders

  8. Randy7777 says:

    @agnophilo – the link took me to why Obama is not a communist.  

  9. Randy7777 says:

    @agnophilo – My idea of the American dream is different from yours.  I think the nature of politics comes across as lying.  You think Romney is lying and I think Obama is lying.  Truth is found in the fruit. 

  10. agnophilo says:

    @Randy7777 – Yes, it did.  Read it.@Randy7777 – “My idea of the American dream is different from yours.”  Care to elaborate on that?”I think the nature of politics comes across as lying.  You think Romney is lying and I think Obama is lying.  Truth is found in the fruit.”I think there’s a difference between a politician having to censor themselves to get elected (it’s not like any president could say “fuck that guy” or any of the kind of things we say casually on blogs and expect to be taken seriously) and someone actively deliberately deceiving people and basing their campaign not on their ideas or even honest criticism of their opponents’ positions, but on smears and dishonest tactics.

  11. Stanelle says:

    You know,..I hate to admit it,..but you are making sense!!

  12. cmdr_keen says:

    @Somefishytales – It’s the tenor of this type of response that highlights the difficulty many politicians have in this era, and why many of the long-term, moderate, willing-to-compromise Representatives and Senators are either retiring, resigning, or being voted out for more radical candidates despite having a solid, uncontroversial record. This is on both sides of the aisle, but with the advent of the Tea Party is occurring more on the Republican side.Everyone thinks that they know better than everyone else, and if someone dares to have an opposite, or different opinion then that person, or group, are “blind” or dumb, or stupid – whichever negative adjective you want to insert. Quite often, it’s not the case. The ideas from both parties are usually equally valid, but they all have their rough edges, which is why constructive, measured debate can lead to compromise that gives everyone the opportunity to be successful and to live the “American Dream”.The petty squabbling and bickering and finger-pointing, combined with one side unwilling to work with the other over anything, even if the idea originated with them in the first place, is depressing and is leading to a breakdown of government. That is what’s blinding, not sections of the media over/under-reporting certain events or creating controversy out of nothing.

  13. Randy7777 says:

    @agnophilo – When I read what you wrote I think of Obama. 

  14. @Ambrosius_Augustus_Rex – Absolutely correct. A proper comment.

  15. @agnophilo – Communism IS socialism. There is no difference. They are one and the same. That’s like telling me a Catholic is NOT a Christian.

  16. agnophilo says:

    @Stanelle – I try to.@cmdr_keen – Yes, what leads to extremism is too much dissent.  It’s like nazi germany, that’s just what happens when everyone disagrees with what their government representatives do and isn’t shy about it.  And they were further strengthened by suppressing agreement with the government by having people inform on any of their neighbors that dared to agree with them…What helps extremism and drums moderates out is dishonesty and partisan attitudes.  When someone supports something not because the policy is good or bad, but who is advocating it.  When people support their party no matter what they do.  Not honest disagreement with the actual contents of someone’s words and character.There is nothing in this blog I wouldn’t be saying about obama if he espoused the views of mitt romney.@Randy7777 – You think he’s systematically deceiving people?  How?@CanuckFascist – Yes and no, communism is an extreme form of socialism (absolute and universal with no private business or property allowed) but not remotely all socialism is communism.  In the same way all catholics are christian but not all christians are catholic.

  17. @agnophilo – “communism is an extreme form of socialism”But, it IS socialism. There are no grey areas, remember? It is either socialism, or it is not. You see why the world is so fucked up when we have people like you who introduce so many grey areas, which in turn lead to chaos? I was right, and you know it, but you wish to argue semantics, something not in the language of fascists. It either is, or it is not. Nothing in between. That’s stupid.

  18. agnophilo says:

    @CanuckFascist – Yes, gray doesn’t exist.  Only black and white exist.

  19. @agnophilo – What happens when one mixes gray with white? I rest my case.

  20. agnophilo says:

    @CanuckFascist – You get a lighter shade of grey.  There are degrees of things you know.  If 1 is white and black is ten 2-9 still exist.  Just because you’re not interested in them doesn’t make them go away.

  21. @agnophilo – The 2-9 prove my point that only black and white exist. Without either, you cannot have the 2-9, therefore it is why only the 1-10 are the only ones that matter.

  22. agnophilo says:

    @CanuckFascist – So if I say I will break ten of your fingers it matters, or if I say I will break one of your fingers it matters, but if I say I will break four of your fingers then who cares?This is just arbitrary ridiculous thinking.

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