Governor Romney’s part in his video taped confession of supreme superiority didn’t really bother me. It’s no secret that he’ll say just about anything to pander to a bunch of fifty-thousand-dollar-a-plate contributors. There are a solid 25% of the party that are going to vote for Romney no matter what he says. He can show up for the inauguration Dressed as Ronald McDonald and they’ll cheer the “End of Obama!” However, a few other things were troubling, one of which was the reminder that the current feeling in the Republican party is that somehow Social Security is an “entitlement.” The kind we’re not really entitled to.
One of my sons gets a check from social security each month to help him cope with his disability. It’s not much, if that was all he had to live on he’d be looking for an unguarded shopping cart and keeping an eye out for cans and bottles. However, it’s something and I’m sure his mother would be pleased, she spent her whole working life paying into social security for just this kind of issue. That’s why if Social security is an “entitlement,” it’s one we’ve paid for.
My son is no freeloader, nor are the millions of others who are disabled and just cant make enough to get by. Neither are veterans who fought and died for us and the many millions of Americans who are counting on those checks to see them through their retirement. They worked hard for that money and they are entitled to get it back. They paid for medicare as well, put their money in week by week according to the rules, the deal, set up by our government and they have every right to expect the government to hold up their part of the bargain.
There was no “Voucher” mentioned for all those years. No one said “we’ll take a bunch of money out of your paycheck each and every week and when you need some, we’ll see...” Certainly no one said “by the way, this makes you a moocher!” Paying for a service, by definition, is about as “un-moocher” as you can get.
That thought is bothering quite a few Republican office holders across the nation as well. Especially those in close races who are taking pains to distance themselves from Romney’s remarks. They don’t want 2012 to be the election they lost Congress as well as the Presidency. A quiet stampede away from the “moocher line” is unfolding. It’s occurred to these senators and congressmen that a lot of their supporters are part of the 47% of so-called “takers.” Voters who faithfully contributed to these programs throughout all of their working careers don’t see themselves as “not taking responsibility for their own lives.” They put their hard earned money in, now they want it back. Without the name calling.
That’s occurred to “Americans for Prosperity” and "Crossroads GPS” as well. They are both quietly pulling their money and Presidential ads out of states like Pennsylvania and putting it toward Congressional races where they still have a chance. Romney can “Reboot” all he wants but the big money players are moving on. They didn’t get where they are by not being able to read the signs.
But that’s still not what bothered me the most. What I saw in that video was a crowd of well-heeled supporters listening to the candidate and hearing a story they liked. Romney sang the smooth song of “privilege” and they happily danced along, all the while bemoaning the pain of having to put up with the “great unwashed,” as one of my private school teachers used to call everyone who couldn’t afford his services. The part that really bothered me most was that no one in that group of the rich and powerful stood up and said “What the hell are you talking about?”
What’s up with that?