Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dear Candidate Romney

I read what you are quoted as telling a group of $50,000 a plate donors about people like me. (see bottom of post) I read it several times. I scoured the internet looking for places where someone at the closed door gathering might be offering a different recollection.

Then I came to the conclusion that you said what you said and meant what you said.

You claim you were quoted out of context – uh, there’s a video – and that your comments were not “elegantly stated”.

Not elegantly stated? Were you wearing the wrong tuxedo when you said them?

As a member of your 47% I’d like to share some thoughts and facts (those are things that are true) with you.

Go fuck yourself and the rich Daddy you rode in on.

I have worked since I was 13 years old.
I was raised by an alcoholic Father and a clinically depressed Mother.
My siblings and I were neglected and abused all of our childhood.
We went to school. We studied. We worked hard to get out.
We got out.

I have paid taxes since my very first “real” job.

When I was promoted to EVP and board member of a large international firm I paid more in taxes than many people earn in a year. I never once cheated. I never once loopholed. I had enough money to live comfortably; why shouldn’t I pay taxes.

When the once private firm where I had worked diligently for years was sold and then sold again and then cut up into pieces and decimated by a firm similar to your Bain Capital I lost my job. Hundreds of people lost their jobs.
The people who bought and sold us got very rich.
I sat in on board meetings where laws were laughed at and where intricate plans were made to get around regulations.
I regret not trying to be a whistle blower but I had a child to care for.
And the people who were taking the company apart scared me.

I was much younger then; they wouldn’t scare me today.
Today I’m scared of dying from lack of proper healthcare.
Today I'm scared of losing my home.

After losing my job I started my own business.

Yes, I started it on my own but it was on a street that was built and maintained by city road crews.
When I worked late I felt safe because there were police officers paid by the government.
That’s what President Obama meant when he said no one does it alone.

Not the bullshit you tried to spin his comments into.

As a small business owner I paid my taxes.
I insured myself and my workers.
I treated them fairly and respected their talents and their humanity.

I had healthcare insurance at $1500 a month and Disability insurance at $200 a month.
From the same insurance carrier who loved me and cared about me for the 20 years that I was a paying customer.

Then I got hurt.
Then a chronic health issue that I had managed all my life took a nasty turn.
It was hard to work and I decided to apply for some of the benefits I had been sold.

Guess what? Insurance companies don’t like keeping promises.
Four years later I am still fighting for full coverage.

I’m also still paying my bills and paying taxes.

I am not fodder for you and your richie rich pals to laugh at.

I am not a sound byte for your pathetic campaign.

Next we'll talk about how you really feel about the Palestinians and Isreal.I'll be writing again soon Mitt. Have a nice day.

From the Mother Jones website - and everywhere else in the universe.
Mitt said ...

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

My job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.


Jay Simser said...

Perfect. He is so awful. I can't think of what things would be like if he were elected. Costa Rica perhaps..

ellen abbott said...

Yeah, you go girl. Romney and his rich buddies have nothing but contempt for people like us. I started my own business, had employees we took care of, scaled back and now just take care of ourselves. We worked hard and paid our own way for everything, never once applied for public assistance even though there were many times when we were eligible. And that guy has contempt for me?! He's a blood sucking leech, he sucks the life out of businesses and people and then throws the carcasses in the ditch and never looks back.

Ron said...

You GO, Lady Dianne!

*three loud cheers*

I LOVE the way you write!

And I also love the way you ended this post with those photos!

*two thumbs up*

X ya, dear lady!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, YES!! I'm with you all the way! What a gang of assholes he and his buddies are!! It terrifies me to think of what will become of this country if he and his buddies are elected!

LL Cool Joe said...

Fingers crossed the guy doesn't win. I can't stand him.

CrystalChick said...

You said it, Dianne, and then some!!
Great post.

Mike said...

You have to wonder if he is really that clueless or just that big an asshole.

Friko said...

Say it loud and clear, say it so all of the US can hear it.
We are cheering you on from this side of the pond.

Betty said...

You tell him, Dianne!

I'm With Stupid said...

What a soulless prick Romney is. Just a terrible human being.


Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

God help us all!

Hilary said...

you go, girl.....well said. and all true.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Perfectly said .. I wish I could write like you do. I wish everybody I know could read you. Terrific post...

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Brilliant, my dear! And you tell it like it is!! And I love you for that. I hope you do write Mitt again, and again, and again....
He really is an A-hole if ever there was one. He and his buddies don't give a damn about 'the people'..WE THE PEOPLE!! He and his rich fat-assed cronies only care about themselves and keeping what they have plus MORE!!!!
OY VEY! Help Us And Save Us from these selfish ignorant bastards!!!!

Daryl said...

and today he is saying he said 'views help define philosophical choice facing voters'

well .. the choice is clear ...

you can vote for a man who inherited the worst financial mess in the history of this country and whose every step to right this has been met with blockades of votes by other men and women who dont want a black man in charge and give him a chance to actually start to fix things


you can vote for someone who believes those men and women who blocked those opportunities to change things did the right thing and who could care less about what you want or need .. and who so far has not uttered one single factual intent of how he will make things better

Robin said...

Yes yes yes!

christopher said...

...And the intriguing question to me...Is he just caught up in the spin or does he believe the spin?...errors, omissions and all.

Reb said...

Well said Diane. I certainly hope that he is not elected. If your country slides back into the dark ages, you can come live here in Canada ;)

Hilary said...

I was thinking exactly what Reb said. And that Mitch (as Letterman calls him) Romney scares me.

Ivanhoe said...

Wonderful letter, Di! I'm so proud of you! He also forgot that half of those people are retired people living off of the laughable social security check. Of course they don't pay tax on it. They would have nothing left! ;)
And I know they are lots of people using the system/government that will never work. But it is not 47%.
I digress :) Love ya!
Hugs from Ohio,

Katz Tales said...

What a fascinating point of view he has. You'd think he was a British politician. You know, the ones who charge moat cleaning and duck pond houses to the tax payer. Yech. Not a creature I would invite for dinner.

Anonymous said...

He's an idiot!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Well said!! A little plain language is needed. The problem is that by the time the election rolls around this will all be old news.

Akelamalu said...

Well said m'dear. x

Lowell said...

Aha! Superb piece that beautifully puts Mr. Romnuts in his place! Would you allow me to print that on my "other" blog? I could do it with or without your name ... whatever you wish. It's the best critique I've seen of that particular fund-raising event.

Send me a note at yanson2@aol.com

Gina Duarte said...

Romney's words, of course, made my blood boil.

What gets me is that, for example, the Earned Income Tax Credit was something Ronald Reagan touted as a great thing for American families. It enjoyed bipartisan support. I've never liked the Rethugs but this new breed of Republican is seriously a scourge on our nation.

Well said, my dear!

Halcyon said...

Great story!
I also thought the government was there to help hard-working Americans who sometimes run into a rough patch. I don't think people who lose their jobs want to stay on unemployment all their lives, but it sure helps having that safety net. I never knew before that those people were actually "victims". Thanks Milt for setting me straight.