Mitt’s theory of Obama’s ‘gifts’ ignores the GOP’s ‘gifts’ to big business and the wealthy
Mitt: he’s in denial. Not content to disappear for a while and lick his wounds like John Kerry in post-presidential defeat, Romney is now claiming legislative bribery secured Obama’s re-election. The last we checked, this was American politics, where every voter casts his or her vote with the expectation that there will be some return on the other hand. For Romney to bemoan this reality is almost surreal. He seems to be in denial of the very nature of politics; attempting to find some moral high ground on a political plateau.
Romney proffered this theory on a conference call with 200 of his donors and supporters. “The president’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars,” Romney said, as the Los Angeles Times first reported.
The gifts? College loan debt forgiveness, amnesty for illegal immigrants (The Dream Act), Obamacare, and the GOP’s usual devil’s bargain of free contraceptives.
“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free healthcare, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free healthcare worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity. I mean, this is huge,” said Romney.
“Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare was a big plus,” Romney added. “But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”
The cognitive dissonance of this theory is astonishing in its absurdity. It’s as if Romney has undergone a complete short-circuiting of political theory. He rather seems in defiance of the entire symbiotic purpose behind politics: that voters cast their votes for those who deliver on their favored issues, while politicians work for those from whom they draw their support.
To suggest, as Romney does, that the GOP doesn’t engage in gifting to its wealthiest donors (individuals, families, corporations, banks, etc.) is to undergo a break from reality. What are tax cuts and breaks, if not gifts? What are tax loopholes, if not gifts? ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), a so-called non-profit, which allows corporations to work in concert with state politicians to craft conservative “model bills,” is nothing if not a gift to big business.
It would seem the entitled rich boy, who has gotten everything he wanted except the presidency, just can’t accept defeat.