Mitt Romney finished his vacation at his New Hampshire mansion and spent yesterday in the Hamptons, summer playground of the super wealthy. A horde of our nation’s wealthholders attended at least one of the three fundraisers being held at the gated estates of Long Island, ranging from the $25,000 a head luncheon at the owner of Revlon’s palatial palace to the $75,000 a head dinner at billionaire David Koch’s place.
Only one gate into these estates so the rich and famous had to line up on the road waiting for admittance in their idling luxury cars like common people waiting to get into a public beach. Meanwhile a handful of reporters cruised the queue asking for comments. This Romney donor summed up their mindset perfectly:
A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. “I don’t think the common person is getting it,” she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. “Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.
“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”
Did you get that? It’s just awful that these uneducated, low class working Americans get to vote when they just don’t get how horrible it is to ask these high class folks to kick in a few thousand more out of the millions and billions they made on Wall Street since Obama took office.
Keep in mind that at least one couple attended all three fundraisers. Which means, they gave well over $200,000 to Mitt Romney and the Republican party in one day. You can sure they’ll expect something back for their largess. You can be equally sure that what they ask for will be to cut their tax contribution to the national treasury even further and abolish all regulations on their corporate practices.
This of course will require “painful choices” like cutting those little things such as Medicare, Social Security benefits, affordable healthcare and food assistance for poor children. Because, shared sacrifice. By which they mean they get to keep all their money and the rest of us get to sacrifice what small economic security we worked for all our lives. I guess because, if we weren’t smart enough, or in some cases unscrupulous enough, to get as rich as them, we don’t deserve it.