More blatherskite from “Mr. 1 Percent” himself, Mitt “I Like Firing People” Romney. Not only does Romney think it’s somehow unfair to call him on his Bain Capital record as a ruthless corporate raider that put over 5,000 Americans out of work and bankrupted at least six companies while he made a profit off each deal, but this is the same record he touts as part of his qualifications for the presidency. Not only does he claim any examination of his dismal amoral record in business as some kind of assault on free enterprise and capitalism; not only does he advance the unique notion that anyone questioning his corporate-pirate past is just envious; but now he thinks we should only discuss economic justice and tax fairness in ‘quiet rooms’ (???) and President Obama should not talk about it in public. Is anyone who is not as abysmally wrong as John Sununu actually going to buy this ‘crock of crap’? Here’s the info and video, courtesy of Think Progress:
MATT LAUER [NBC’s Today Show]: When you said that we already have a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy, I’m curious about the word ‘envy.’ Did you suggest that anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country, is envious? Is it about jealousy, or fairness?
ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus one percent — and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent — you have opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.
LAUER: Yeah but envy? Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it being seen as ‘envy,’ though?
ROMNEY: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.
IN ONE SENTENCE: Wanting an economy that works for everyone — not just the wealthy few — isn’t un-American “class warfare” driven by “envy,” it’s a core American value.
Copyright 2012 Think Progress.org.
Maybe the Mittster should take a hint from Satan-worshipping GOP word guru Frank Luntz — don’t use the word ‘capitalism’ because most Americans now think capitalism is immoral.