While it is true that some individuals do overcome great odds to earn large paychecks, it does not follow that the majority of people in this country who do not have great wealth are any less caring or responsible human beings.
We may debate civilly and settle our differences in the voting booth, but is it possible that physical prowess still shapes our positions on this fundamental social issue?
We know that politicians are prone to promises, and to pie fights over said promises. So, let's go to the videotape, shall we?
What matters more? What Romney said, or what Obama didn't? ...
The president should make clear that our exceptionalism is not how wealthy the few become, but how much prosperity is created and shared by the many, and the fairness and justice and decency we stand for.
It is mostly likely that Tony Abbott, the Australian opposition leader, would have probably made Mr. Romney pay much more dearly for his miserable "47 percent" comment than Mr. Obama did.
We undermine the basic concept of 'one-citizen one-vote' with the Electoral College, an idea that may have seemed like a good idea in 1789 but has not been emulated by other countries for countless reasons.
Just days before it became public that U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney had criticized 47 percent of Americans as being "dependent on the government," an Emory Law professor espoused the important role a society should play in helping its citizens build resilience.
As a life-long Republican, I stand by him as he stands by all of us, putting national allegiance ahead of party affiliation. I endorse President Obama for reelection in 2012.
As I watched Governor Romney in the presidential debate Wednesday night I was reminded of a financial tactic the candidate's political supporters and financial backers on Wall Street used during the mortgage boom -- the one that netted them billions of dollars while simultaneously pushing the American economy off a cliff.
Despite what you are hearing from Romney a month out from the election, he has not suddenly turned into FDR. Read his platform. Listen to what he says in private with his closest (and richest) friends. This is who he really is, and no amount of fantasyland math is going to change all that.
The majority of polls and pundits give the win in the first presidential debate to Romney because of his performance. Well, what does that say about what we value in a leader?
Dear Occupy Wall Street: I congratulate you on what you have achieved and I hope you take time to decide how the movement will move forward in a constructive manner. Occupy a new space? Get involved electorally? Actively work to reform policy?
Politicians love to extol the virtues and the values of hard work--in their stump speeches, press releases, and in debates. But how many of them are going to bat legislatively for those who work hard for a living?
Research indicates that if we want the so-called "47 percent" to succeed or fail on its merits -- a requirement from which Mr. Romney believes they are currently spared -- then the solution is more government assistance, not less.
Redistribution is an everyday occurrence and it is at the heart of the American political and capitalistic system.