On HuffPost this morning, in an article titled “How Bill clinton Inspired the 47 percent Filmmaker“, the author compared Bill Clinton’s behavior to that of entitled Mr. Romney. The man, who tended bar for a company that catered to a high-end clientele, had previously worked at a fundraiser at a home where Clinton spoke. After Clinton addressed guests, the man recalled, the former president came back to the kitchen and thanked the staff, the waiters, the bartenders, the busboys, and everyone else involved in putting the event together. He shook hands, took photos, signed autographs, and praised the meal — all characteristic of the former president.
The man took his camera to the Romney fundraiser in hopes to get a photo with Romney but it didn’t turn out that way since Romney didn’t come back to the kitchen to thank the staff after the dinner.
I don’t think that it is Bill Clinton who should be thanked. His mother no doubt raised him to be kind and appreciative to everyone, regardless their station in life and to acknowledge their contributions. Perhaps it’s a southern mother thing. Perhaps its a poor mother thing. I don’t know but my mom who was not wealthy either and who was also southern raised me to be that way too.
Romney, with his life of privilege, obviously was not taught these values–or if so he didn’t take them to heart.
Where was the media and the public outrage in 2000 when George Bush II committed an even larger class faux pas than the 47% comment–and publicly AND got away with it!
Junior Bush was quoted during one of his speeches saying the “have-mores” are his kind of people. I’m really amazed that comment did not have the same devastating impact on his career as did Romney’s 47% comment. It was not made at an exclusive fund-raiser. It was made at a public event.
Bush made the comment in October 2000 at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, “This is an impressive crowd. The haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base”.
Was the USA asleep? This was in October, before the election and this was a public speech–not one to a closed off group like the one where Romney made his comment.
Where was the media on this one? Most of us read about it after the election in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, but of course by then it was way past the hour of midnight and the USA coach was already a pumpkin rotting in the dust of Iraq.
My Theory Regarding the Lack of Outrage in 2000: Junior’s class related comment regarding the “have-mores” was made before the Wall Street Bank Bailout and before Occupy Wall Street.
The year 2000 was pre-Occupy Wall Street. The overwhelming majority of Americans were still laboring under the false assumption that the USA is a classless Democracy.
I can remember in 2008, during the days when I still watched all the MSNBC political talk show hosts, watching Chris Matthews get all bristled up and indignant when one of his guests suggested that what was happening here in the USA is a class war. I can remember even my liberal friends not wanting to even hint around the edges that the USA is not a democracy but a plutocracy in 2004 and many of them even so still in 2008 resisting this notion of class in the USA. The bailout of the Wall Street “too big to fail” banks began to erode this false notion of a “classless democracy” here in the USA. Then in September of 2011 with the foundation of Occupy Wall Street and all its subsequent activities, the American public is much more aware and sensitive to issues of class in our society. However they still have a way to go before things can change for the better for most of us.
There is one major connection to class and the continued economic mess in our nation that the majority of Americans still have not made. However, I believe this connection is coming soon–within five years.
The majority of people that we send to Washington DC and to our State legislatures are members of the investor class. Until we stop sending this class to “represent” us, NOTHING will change. They are not representative of the interests of the majority of Americans. Furthermore, all of the mainstream media pundits are also members of the investor class. They are not representative of the interests of the majority of Americans. They tell us what the investor class politicians want us to hear. It is totally irrelevant if their are so-called liberal or conservative. They all dance to the same Wall Street piper.
And it doesn’t matter which Party is in power. It doesn’t matter folks. Multimillionaire corporate Centrist Democrats like John Kerry have much more in common with multimillionaire ultra-conservative Republican Representative John Sensenbrenner (heir to the Kimberly Clark fortune) than they do with you or me. Look: in 2006 we elected a Democrat majority in BOTH houses of Congress on a clear mandate to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home by December of 2008. What did this Democrat majority in both houses do instead? They continued to approved Bush’s UNFUNDED military appropriations AND before they had been in office even a year, this Democrat majority voted, not to bring troops home as the overwhelming majority of Americans wanted, but to send another 100,000 to Iraq. We would still have a large military presence in Iraq today if they had not literally kick the US out of their country.
We don’t have any real job creation program today because this is not how these people make their money. These people don’t give a damn about job creation because they belong to the investor class. Labor is an expense to them. Labor reduces their ROI. Labor means their dividend checks will be smaller. If they had their way, they would automate everything and put all people out of work. All those who live in the Dallas area need to do is look at the George Bush Tollway. Less than 5 years ago, this tollway supported several hundred jobs. Today there are no more toll booths. All those jobs, once handled by people are now automated. Members of the investor class are not interested in job creation.
Job creation is not in their best interest. These people don’t work for a living. They invest. Why do you think they hate labor unions so much? Why do you think the minimum wage has been raised only once in the past 13 years? Why do you think that the minimum wage, which should be a living wage, is not?
It’s because of the investor class from BOTH parties that we continue to send to represent us in Washington DC.
And nothing is going to change until we start electing people who earn their livings by working represent us in Washington DC.