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On TODAY show on January 11,2012, Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney maintained that the issue of income parity is mostly based upon envy of the working and middle classes towards the rich. Mr. Romney further asserted that this is classism.
Mr. Romney indicated that America should be a meritocracy where rewards are based on legitimate things such as conceptualization, education, hard work,and intelligent risk taking. He stated that if people applied those four principles, in all probability, one can achieve great things. What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree or disagree?.
If it actually worked, meritocracy would be okay.
Not everyone starts off on the same footing. Not everyone can "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" which is basically what he is saying. He started out with many benefits...
Many people do not like to admit it but there is a lot of luck and help from other people in success as well as hard work. People can work hard their entire lives and not be able to make a living wage.
His father was a wealthy politician. Many affluent and successful people, particularly those who are SELF-MADE, strongly content if THEY can succeed, ANYONE, regardless of their socioeconomic origins, can succeed.
It's especially hilarious for people like Romney who were born rich.
There a new book out that looks interesting that talks about the conservative myth of the self-made man: http://www.alternet.org/visions/155149/ … age=entire
Here's the secret of success for people like Trump and Romney. You must have a rich father. If you don't have one, get one! Perferably get one with political ties!
"If it actually worked, meritocracy would be okay."
Envy/Shmenvy! It's anger at the inequaliy of opportunity and living conditions.
People who are poor have a huge dis-advantage. And it shouldn't be that way!
Mitt Romney knows nothing about it, and if he did---he would not be so blind and indifferent.
friggin plutocrats. They are clueless. BTW--I was too. Until I ended up divorced, and with kids....then my eyes were blown wide open.
A society based on merit can be nothing but a good thing. However, I believe the society that Mitt Romney would wish to exist would make it hard, or near impossible, for those who do not have the financial resources to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to gain merit in today's world to succeed. As for intelligent risk taking, i disapprove of this highly. There is a place for hard working, slow and steady, workers in the world. Not every should have to take a risk to succeed, when their work ethic and effort are top notch. As mentioned before, I do not think people like Mitt Romney care for the lower classes to be educated, and thus succeed, and my experience with what he did in Gaffney, South Carolina, just a few hours shy of me, lead me to believe that hard work is not at the forefront of his mind. I'm not an expert on the subject, but I think it sounds more like the "entitlement society" drivel I always hear from my own party.
I've removed my original post. I feel a hub coming on...
And I know it will never make a dime...
Depends. I might give it a read, depending on what it is. I'm pretty touch and go with politics, though. There are a lot of blatantly moronic people, pardoning the insult, on both sides of the coin, these days. I'm not saying you are one, i'm just saying that if you're not, I'll probably give it a read and a comment or two.
The answer Mitt Romney gave obviously came from someone born with a silver spoon and not at all in touch with the people. Where the people are concerned he is an idiot. He needs to go to the school of hard knocks.
The feature article in today's NYT Magazine is quite revealing about where Romney came from. It describes a book by and an interview with Edward Conard a former associate of Romney at Bain Capital. Like Romney, Conard is said to be a top .1 percenter.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/magaz … f=magazine
The Purpose of Spectacular Wealth, According to a Spectacularly Wealthy Guy
By ADAM DAVIDSON
Edward Conard, once a partner of Mitt Romney at Bain Capital, argues that more income inequality is good for the economy.
Romney is so dumb. Sometimes I think he's just running to show off how rich he is to everyone else, not to actually become president.
Though I have to hand it to him, it is very *hard* to be born rich. Some people try all their lives to be born rich and never succeed, but look at Romney, he succeeded at being born rich.
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