At Philly dot com, Ronnie Polaneczky explains why she was unable to write a cutesy-poo column about the debates and women in binders:
What Romney has had from birth, and what he takes for granted, is a level of well-being that 99 percent of Americans will never know. His wealth has allowed him to put miles of distance between himself and the potential for disaster. And his stunning lack of empathy blinds him to those who aren’t so fortunate.
He and his ilk will never lose sleep at night worrying how to pay the heating bill.
Romney and his campmates believe that this brand of well-being is attainable for anyone who will just work hard enough for it.
Except then there would be no schoolteachers, who work hard – but at middling wages. Ditto for cops, and soldiers, and firefighters, and medics, and office workers, and cashiers, and waiters, and social workers, and bus drivers, and lab techs, and just about every kind of worker whose sweat contributes to and supports a greater whole called America.
We can’t all run Bain Capital. If we did, who would tend to Romney’s houses? Bus the tables at his fundraisers? Clean out the stalls where his wife keeps her horses? Or fix the tires on her Cadillacs when they go flat?
What Romney has done, by dishonoring the 47 percent – and forgetting the 99 percent – is dishonor work that he himself would never do. And in doing so, he dishonors those who do it.
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