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.