Romney's Class Warfare

Reflecting on Mitt Romney's recent comments about the "47 percent," Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson says that "voters will soon have the opportunity to show him we're not as stupid as he thinks." 

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Reflecting on Mitt Romney's recent comments about the "47 percent," Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson says that "voters will soon have the opportunity to show him we're not as stupid as he thinks." 

Now, at least, there can be no doubt about who is waging class warfare in this presidential campaign. Mitt Romney would pit the winners against the "victims," the smug-and-rich against the down-on-their-luck, the wealthy tax avoiders against those too poor to owe income tax. He sees nearly half of all Americans as chumps who sit around waiting for a handout.

When Romney disclosed those views at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla., this year, he and his audience had no idea they were being surreptitiously recorded. Romney obviously believed he was among friends who shared his worldview, which I would translate as: "We must stop coddling the servants."

I am not exaggerating. Thanks to whoever leaked the recording to Mother Jones magazine, we know what Romney really thinks about the nation he seeks to lead ...

Read Eugene Robinson's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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