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Patch Blog: Shame - Recapping the Republican Convention (Part 1)

Ann Romney is entitled to talk about working folks and economic hard times all she wants, but it would be nice if in her analysis there had at least some connection to working and economic reality.

Shame is an old-fashioned virtue. It requires a conscience and some semblance of a heart and soul. It is the feeling generated by an examination of one’s errant thoughts and actions. It is authentic and morally cleansing in those who are authentic. And that, of course, is why it is totally missing in the shamelessly dishonest Romney campaign.

Early on we got a flavor for this campaign in an ad that attributed words spoken by President Obama to President Obama. The President was quoting Republican John McCain, but the ad failed to mention that. The words, and more importantly the context and intent of those words, were totally misrepresented. The ad was a deception. It was also a model of things to come. At Tuesday night’s Republican Convention, the delegates repeated another lie. They took up the chant “we built it.” That phrase was part of an Obama speech about private enterprise and its relation to and dependence on publicly supported and financed infrastructure. The President said “you didn’t build that” referring to the roads, airports, sewer systems, and bridges that enable business to function and thrive. But bereft of an original, and God forbid, true take on the issue the Romney campaign, instead, expropriated the Obama phrase and injected it into yet another deceptive ad. One that made it sound like the President was telling entrepreneurs that they did not “build” their own enterprises - quite a different meaning and quite untrue, but who cares? Certainly not Republican conventioneers who appeared delighted to be mouthing a catchy if totally inaccurate slogan.

And then it was Ann Romney’s turn to join the charade. Comely, blonde, reeking of money, quality dental work, and fresh from one of several Romney built multi-million dollar homes, she wasted no time expressing her kinship with everyday Americans – “I know a lot of you guys.” On and on she went, citing single dads, working moms “who would like to work just a little less,” “hard times,” and “brothers and sisters whose work is never done.” According to Ann, alleviating any of their worry and concern is “out of the question in this economy.” Ann’s concern for working Americans was about as convincing, and every bit as political, as Mitt’s faux concern for the illegal immigrants who had worked on his Massachusetts estate – “…you can't have any illegals working on our property. I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals.” What a gal. What a guy.

Now, Ann Romney is entitled to talk about working folks and economic hard times all she wants, but it would be nice if in her analysis there was at least some connection to working and economic reality, especially as it pertains to Republican legislative values. Last time I checked, the Romneys and their Republican supporters are pretty damn anti-union. They seem never to have met a right to work (i.e. low wage/low benefit) state they didn’t like or a union member who was not in some way either related to or subject to the whims of a dreaded union boss. They seem pretty damn unaware, in their concern for unpaid medical bills, low wages, and long working hours, of the beneficial role played by unions in bargaining for and improving the plight of workers in each of these areas. Who knew? Certainly Mitt Romney, who, in his multitude of hostile corporate takeovers always found a bottom-line restoring reason to cut wages, benefits, pensions, and or workers while preserving and guaranteeing enormous fees for his crew of hard-working “vulture capitalists,” a term made familiar to us by nearly every Republican candidate for President other than Mitt himself. Wasn’t it Newt Gingrich, that paragon of thrift, who utilized that terminology thus establishing himself as the original “divider” of Americans over the issues of big money, unfair business practices, and the absence of virtue in Mitt Romney’s business dealings? Thanks Newt, for the “cred.”

Maybe there are facts unknown to us, but privy to Ann and Mitt, that somehow deflate my argument and support their point of view about our economy. Maybe they’ve read data from the St. Louis Fed that indicates that corporate profits are at an all time high in America while wages are at an all time low relative to GDP. Maybe they’ve read what Republican Bruce Bartlett (former economic policy advisor to Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Ron Paul) has to say about federal revenues and effective corporate taxes being at their lowest levels in 60 years. They might be familiar with Bureau of Labor statistics that clearly show a steady rise in American worker productivity accompanied by stagnant wage growth since 1975. Or the conclusion of an MIT Industrial Performance paper which indicates that 80% of all income gains in the period from 1980-2005 were claimed by the top 1% of federal income tax filers. And then there is my personal favorite, a piece of data, not for the faint of heart (no wonder Republicans don’t mention it), that captures the essence of where America’s economy is and has been headed in terms of that struggling middle-class that Anne feels so at one with – the 400 richest Americans as calculated by Forbes Magazine own more wealth than the poorest 150 million Americans. Now there’s an economic truth that America can believe in! (to be continued.....)

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not Carl Peterson lll November 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Hi Detrich, Did you have a grandmother,in the in the movies? I am interested to know what the....Warped and turning the party into to serving their own agendas is refers to. I won't be back until later. Thanks
Robert Defulgentiis November 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
BuzMart - "One mans comment on Schultz show.." I referenced two people in this discussion and THEIR words/POVS...not Ed Schultz's or anybody else's. #1 Paul M. Weyrich was an American conservative political activist and commentator, most notable as a figurehead of the New Right. He co-founded the Heritage Foundation.. AND HE SAID - "I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down." #2 Lawrence B. "Larry" Wilkerson is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell (and a WHITE Republican) + Wilkerson is a visiting professor at the College of William & Mary, teaching courses on U.S. national security. He was a Professorial Lecturer in the Honors Program at the George Washington University...AND HE SAID - "My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people, not all of them but most of them, who are still basing their decisions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists." Talk about them and THEIR WORDS...not about Ed Schultz.
not Carl Peterson lll November 13, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Robert del, One man on the most attack cable show less than 72 hours before the election. One man talking about getting or not getting people to vote. ======equals zero facts. Some people keep throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. You keep throwing the same cold noodle that is lined with oil. 93 percent of white people voted for the white candidate..........oh I am sorry, that reversed. 93 percent of blacks voted for Obama. Obama won because of the white vote As I go through life here in California, I am surrounded by, and reminded every day that I must hate people of color, I don't care about the poor, old, woman I am mean, evil..... A person does not wake up and decide to join a minority party so that his fellow community members hate him. Your prejudice against Republicans has grown old. I am tired of your mean spirit of me, a minority... a republican. I have to fight every single day hateful closed mined people like you who hate for no logical reason, just a simple predudice. You attempt to pontificate some kind of righteous indignation of being on the side of those who can not defend themselves. In reality you are a bully who takes pleasure in castigating and spitting out lies that harm everyone. You have no ability to see beyond your hate with logic. You have no positive reason to be hurting me, our country, and fellow humans. I will follow you, and any article you write, and expose your hate and prejudice.
Robert Defulgentiis November 13, 2012 at 03:17 AM
BuzMart - "You have no positive reason to be hurting me, our country, and fellow humans. I will follow you, and any article you write, and expose your hate and prejudice." As some very famous philosopher I'm sure once said - "oye"
not Carl Peterson lll November 13, 2012 at 08:00 AM
"oye" ok that was almost funny Speaking of funny,... It's ok now. I got my dog whistle marching orders. Shhhhh.. We're moving to Texas. Texas has well over the amount needed to legally file separation papers that the fed legally has to respond to. So anyway we're gonna finally make Texas a country, where we will have our base for the takeover of... The... ( can't link the words or the fed easdropping computers will capture this) --U...S...Then we are back to world domination, and dogs on the tops of cars, and not on your dinner plates. Gotta go. My tin hat is picking up a new white republican dog whistle directive. (the preceding was fun sarcastic humor).....except the Texas part is a real news story. No, I am not gonna follow your writings, but maybe a hard time once in a while

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