Wednesday, February 8, 2012

When The GOP Nominates Romney, They Nominate Mr. One Percent

After the rest of the ridiculous crop of Republican presidential hopefuls drops out, there will be a certain irony in the fact that Mitt Romney will be the candidate. Occupy Wall Street, after all, changed the national dialogue from the deficit to unemployment and raised awareness of income inequality and the ways our economic system is rigged for the one percent. Amidst all these issues, the GOP will end up with a candidate whose tax policies are intended to benefit himself and others among the most privileged individuals on the planet.

Consider: Romney has said that we should speak of income inequality in "quiet rooms"; believes that questioning income inequality is "class warfare"; has told us that corporations are people; has downsized companies and laid off workers with Bain Capital; believes that banks that foreclose "aren't bad people"; considers amounts ranging from $10,000 to $374,000 to be chump change; professes unconcern for the poor; pays a 15 percent tax rate; and is unwilling to pay more taxes to help the middle class.

The Republicans couldn't send a more blatant message when they choose Romney. They will be brushing aside growing income inequality and all the other issues raised by OWS in order to nominate Mr. One Percent.

Image: Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune

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