What arrogance and callousness toward the working class, from a snobbish multi-millionaire who keeps his wealth off shore at the fiscal paradise that is the Caiman Islands. Though this is not at all surprising. ****** bags like him if they cannot be within the legal framework considered tax evaders, are certainly tax avoiders. Romney and his friends at the country club spend all their time discussing how the nation is going to hell because civilized social programs espoused by the progressives are to them a communist conspiracy: into which they, however, armed with a wealth that permits them to have bank accounts in places like the Caiman Isles, of course contribute nothing, or just a very pittance of their actual earnings. This is proof that the ideology of the conservatives is to govern wholesale in the interests of the rich, in other words a restricted minority, which they justify because they claim to be business friendly
. Though I dispute the whole concept of "freeloading" that Brooks infers, even within the framework of his polemical analysis. How is universal healthcare "freeloading?" How is a good public education “freeloading?”
At the same time the Republicans have no problem with an outrageously costly military budget that spends more to safeguard the Empire, so that the rich guys like himself can continue to enjoy their privileges and accrue more wealth, while millions of Americans can’t even afford private health insurance or have no access to a decent public education. Evidently the private sector and the market doesn't distribute the wealth as efficiently as they say it should.
These elitists are really the ones debilitating the country. They are draining the vital lymph of mass society, which means the middle and lower classes, because under their libertarian and privatized world millions have no access to those basic things like health and learning that any modern free-market society absolutely demands to develop and progress. Ironic then that one of the republican selling points, which is pure instrumental propaganda, has always been that they in fact speak to the “average Joe” on the street, to the business community and workers as a whole; whereas the democrats are a cove of elitists out of touch with Americans whose intellectualism is the product of their being guided by nefarious principles of the kind we find so un-American and more suited to the socialists in Europe (of whom we always look toward with the greatest suspicion). All of which, they say, is basically contemptible.
One day the US will pay for its excesses in individualism, if it hasn't already begun (and by all indications it has begun). A European friend of mine once told me: "There is nothing further to the right, than an American on the right."