Right, I was looking over his post afterwards and thought you might've mistakenly read his comment as referring to the most recent link he posted.
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Ugh, America is just so UNFAIR! Romney shouldn't have to go through this whole election process with its questions and its criticisms, that's for OTHER people.
And seriously, the "chattering classes" after the remark her husband made? It's like every time they protest being called elitist they say exactly the right thing to cement that image, and it's BOTH of them doing it.
If it's possible, I think she's even worse at it than he is.
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Ezra Klein nailed it. This speaks directly to what bothered me about Romney's comments at the fundraier. And for the record, I don't only fault Romney for this line of thinking (or campaigning). It certainly crosses political boundaries. Just that Romney and the Republican party seem to be embracing this wrong-headed thinking as a kind of platform.
quote: The thing about not having much money is you have to take much more responsibility for your life. You can’t pay people to watch your kids or clean your house or fix your meals. You can’t necessarily afford a car or a washing machine or a home in a good school district. That’s what money buys you: goods and services that make your life easier, that give you time and space to focus on what you want to focus on.
...[Romney's] comments evince no understanding of how difficult it is to focus on college when you’re also working full time, how much planning it takes to reliably commute to work without a car, how awful it is to choose between skipping a day on a job you can’t afford to lose and letting your sick child fend for herself. The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it.
...The poor use up an enormous amount of their mental energy just getting by. They’re not dumber or lazier or more interested in being dependent on the government. They’re just cognitively exhausted...