If you want more proof that many of the richest Americans are out of touch with the common man and woman who are struggling each day to keep up with everyday expenses, consider this quote taken from a donor at a Mitt Romney campaign fundraiser in the Hamptons:
"I don’t think the common person is getting it," a woman told a reporter from the Los Angeles Time. "Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them. We’ve got the message. 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."
Yep. All you poor people are ignorant. Better get educated. That is, if you can afford the sky-rocketing cost of tuition.
In that one visit to the Hamptons, Romney was the guest of honor at David Koch’s $50,000-a-person event, Revlon Chairman Ronald Perelman’s $25,000-a-person VIP photo opportunity and former Bush ambassador to Brazil Clifford Sobel’s $75,000-a-couple reception.
In case you’re not familiar with Koch and his brother Charles, they have not hidden their desire to prevent Pres. Barack Obama from serving a second term and they’re willing to spend large sums of their fortune to
It’s no wonder people like the Kochs, who made their fortune in the petro-chemical business, are supporting Romney. Not only has Romney promised to roll back environmental regulations, he is also promising to push for a tax plan that would give the top 1 percent an average tax cut of $264,000 (not even pocket change to some of Romney’s supporters).
According to Robert Greenwald, who produced the film "Koch Brothers Exposed," Koch Industries is one of the top 10 polluters in the United States and has given $60 million to climate denial groups between 1997 and 2010.
"They make decisions about where and how to spend hundreds of millions based on the impact the dollars will have in advancing either financial interests or ideological interests ..." Greenwald told John Brunwasser. "And they work very very aggressively against any kind of protections for the populous at large that will limit their profits."
Of course, Obama opponents are quick to point out events such as a $50,000 dinner hosted by actor George Clooney, breakfast with stars such as Jeremy Renner, Zachary Quinto and Kal Penn, and fundraisers hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick (Parker also hosted a $40,000-dinner on June 14), another by Ellen Degeneres, still one more by Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, and one featuring Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys.
Obama also boasts support from people such as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Spike Lee, Meryl Streep, Anna Wintour and Harvey Weinstein, who associated Romney to "Our Idiot Brother" and Obama to "The King’s Speech."
We’re not really sure what mega-stars such as Clooney want from Obama, but it might be support of such things as the freedom to marry, immigration reform and human rights for oppressed people around the world and not the right to pollute at will, the power to bust unions, and the ability to ship jobs overseas.
And do we really need to point out the difference between Hollywood movie stars and Romney supporters such as the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, Perelman, gaming magnate Sheldon Adelson, Donald Trump, Ted Nugent, Texas real estate tycoon Harlan Crow (who, by the way, owns statues of Stalin and Mussolini and a painting by Adolf Hitler) and Harold Simmons (who sued his own daughters over their trust funds)?
We think the differences are obvious. Don’t you?