Mitt Romney and the 'Bitter Politics of Envy'

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow says that if Romney wants to be president, he needs to understand that income inequality is a threat to this country and the middle class that made her great.

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GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In response to Mitt Romney's claim that opponents are jealous of his success at Bain Capital, New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow writes that the GOP contender needs to understand that income inequality is a threat to this country and the middle class.

An equal opportunity to success is central to this country’s optimistic ethos, but income inequality and corporate greed are making a lie of that most basic American truism. The rich and their handmaidens on the political right have consolidated America’s wealth on the ever-narrowing peak of a steep hill and greased the slope. And they want to cast everyone at the bottom as lazy or jealous, without acknowledging the accident of birth and collusion of policies that helped grant them their perch.

Income inequality is a threat to this country and the middle class that made her great. If Romney wants to be president, he needs to understand that.

As Alan Krueger, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said on Thursday, “I think it is clear that we can’t go back to the type of policies that exacerbated the rise in inequality and threatened economic mobility in the first place if we want an economy that builds the middle class.”

Not envy Mr. Romney. Opportunity.

Read Charles M. Blow's entire column at the New York Times.

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