Romney as poster boy for the 1%

July 19, 2012 | By | 5 Replies More

I wondered whether this would happen, and it is happening: Mitt Romney is representing far more than himself on the campaign trail. He has become the face that people are now associating with the 1%. Further, Romney’s ideas and disconnectedness are going to deemed representative of the 1%. Romney and his friends are going to be seen as the people perceived as controlling Congress. As the America economy stays stagnant or sinks further, Mitt Romney’s face is the face that people are going to associate with the destruction of the U.S. economy, and with the inability of Republicans to offer them anything other than the “free market.” 

At this point, I’m wondering whether the Republican Convention is going to have the mood of a funeral. Nonetheless, some polls show Romney neck in neck with Obama, but I suspect that the existence of secret overseas bank accounts is a wound that’s going to keep on bleeding all the way to election day, along with the fact that Romney is out there criticizing what is essentially his own health care plan. These are two non-starters for a man who will repeatedly remind many Americans of the guy that fired them and who doesn’t give a shit about them.

To be clear, I am severely disappointed in Obama in many ways, despite the fact that he has tried to keep some of his campaign promises. What disappointment in Obama stands out today for me? Current Obama ads criticize Romney for having a Swiss bank account. I think this is a fair attack. The main reason people have these is to avoid paying taxes. Many of these people should be criminally prosecuted, and I assume Mitt is one of them. Therefore, Obama is right to criticize Romney for the secret bank account. But Obama should also take this time to pardon Bradley Birkenfeld, a UBS whistle-blower who tried to turn in tens of thousands of Americans who had Swiss bank accounts. The problem is that many of these tax cheats are rich and powerful Americans. Even though they should be in prison, Birkenfeld was the one who ended up behind bars in one of the most outrageous turn of events I’ve ever heard.

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Category: Corporatocracy, Orwellian

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Doug says:

    You nailed it. Of critical importance, and something that is being overlooked, is the fact that the UBS Whistleblower, Bradley Birkenfeld, told the Bush Department of Justice in 2007 that UBS had a desk that dealt solely with what they called “Politcally Exposed Persons”…American politicians. Their acronym was “PEPs”.

    He also told them that the kingpin of the UBS tax fraud, Martin Liechti, knew all the names of the PEPs and that Liechti needed to be taken into custody to nail the UBS investigation and to get the names of the PEPs. Liechti was apprehended almost a year later and held for over 4 months in the U.S. But the DOJ secretly gave him immunity and let him quietly leave the country.

    Either the Bush DOJ deliberately did not ask him about the PEPs or they got the names and protected them by simply letting them come in under the IRS amnesty programs, to stay forever anonymous. Either way, it was a blatantly corrupt political cover-up.

    It is time to find out if Romney was one of the PEPs who was protected by the Bush DOJ.

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Romney is a callous jerk. Salon has a very interesting article about one of the companies Bain capital to hold on to.
    Keep in mind that Bain often abuses bankruptcy laws to profit handsomely from destroying the businesses they buyout, the extreme fascist top-down dictatorial management style at
    CRC Medical Group’s member companies have resulted in several deaths of children through institutionalized abuse and negligence.

    As a father of a child with a severe learning disability, I know how many private contractors tap into public funds and provide little or no treatment for the children in their care.

  3. Adam Herman says:

    Romney is a poster boy for the 1%. As was Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. In fact, Democrats haven’t built up a mythology around ho-hum Presidents of modest origins like Bill Clinton and Harry Truman. But Roosevelt and Kennedy were made into icons, larger than life, and their families became like American royal families.

    The Romneys are just as respectable, if not moreso. Democrats and liberals should state their real problem with Romney: it’s not that he’s rich. They like rich. No, they LOVE rich. IT’s that he’s Republican.

  4. Tim Hogan says:

    Romney and the Republicans are crazy for doing the same thing Bush did but, on steroids and thinking anything different will happen this time; no Middle Class, no jobs, no unions, no seniors, no working poor people, no students, no Social Security and no Medicare or Medicaid. Imaging your world without these. If you like it, vote for Romney.

    “Dr. Doom” says; “It’s Bush’s fault” for the lousy US economy!

    http://money.msn.com/mutual-fund/article.aspx?post=09d90714-2402-4772-a6c5-86d2af7ccaed

    But facts don’t matter in the post-Citizens United Republican World!

    “It’s Republican World, where the Earth’s three moons shine all day and all the poor people are dead. It’s Republican World, where ideology rules the day, and facts don’t cloud your head!” (c) Tim Hogan, 2012

    Yes, Erich, it’s a song but, you won’t help me do the music. I can sing it but, it needs a ukelele as it’s instrumental. Where’s Hank when you need him, anyway? Hey, mates, wassup in Australia?

  5. Adam Herman says:

    That’s right up there with Obama being a socialist atheist Muslim. No Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid? Same policies as Bush? For one, Romney’s going to get rid of the crony capitalism that has been pervasive in the Bush and Obama administrations. He’s not just going to cut taxes, he’s going to reform taxes in a revenue neutral way. He’s going to cut spending where Bush increased it more than any President since LBJ.

    In other words, Romney promises to follow a similar course to Bill Clinton, and that worked out pretty well. Obama elected to stay on the Bush path, and that didn’t work so well.

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