The version of personal responsibility which Romney espouses in these comments is one that is isolated, fearful and lacking in empathy. The version of personal responsibility that come from seeing interdependence is inclusive, courageous and deeply empathetic
Unlike the middle-class students disappointed in Clegg, or the undocumented workers disappointed in Obama, the super-rich get what they are promised from Republicans.
Kaapcke's self-excavation throws us into contact with this deep wellspring of art. That's why the work jumps to life.
He was eight-years-old, and the oldest of five little children when his father died of cancer. It was the Depression. With no other means of support, his mother baked bread and sold it to her neighbors in Buffalo.
After Romney's now infamous 47 Percent dinner party revelation, it's hard to believe that parts of the 47 Percent will still vote for him, and it's likely many of those individuals consider themselves to be 53 Percenters.
I have some thoughts about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's secretly recorded video. They are important thoughts. My thoughts are, I'll admit, eerily similar to some other people's thoughts you may have encountered -- but only up until a point.
It's this kind of thinking that allows Romney and Ryan to initiate such a reckless attack on Medicaid. If the people you're hurting with your policies are blameworthy -- irresponsible loafers and swindlers who think they're entitled to health care, food, housing -- then it's ok to punish them, right?
There is this myth of rugged individualism that comes from our nation's founding, except when our nation was founded it was made up of 99 percent poor, illiterate, desperate peasants, and one percent Founding Fathers.
The 47 percent is a myth. Due to arbitrary sanctions, agency errors, onerous application requirements, long waits to apply, failed communication systems, arduous work requirements and punishment within the system, low-income people do not receive much needed services.
I have been wondering lately whether it is reasonable to question a candidate's readiness for the presidency if her or his vision of the human family has not transcended all notions of separateness.
Some things are actually worth paying for....
This is what Americans depend on.
This week's biggest stories involved public figures being secretly captured by an unseen camera, exposing to the world what they are really like underneath. We saw that Kate Middleton, like many of us, enjoys getting a little sun on holiday. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, showed that he doesn't like many of us, believing we are victims and entitled moochers. Of course, anything can change -- but after Romney's Campaign Week From Hell, it's looking more and more likely that Obama will be reelected. So as well as focusing on the Obama vs. Romney race, it becomes increasingly important to focus on the Obama vs. Obama race -- Campaigning Obama vs. Governing Obama. And if the president really believes, as he told Univision, that he can't change Washington from the inside, and intends to outsource his leadership role to us, we are all (pardon the expression, Kate) royally screwed.
While watching and listening to Governor Romney's remarks, I thought to myself, "Wow, this would make a great horror film."
When Mitt is releasing tax returns to change the subject, you just know he's in a bad place politically. It may still be way too early to confidently predict the outcome of the election, but it isn't too early to call Romney's campaign (so far) an unmitigated disaster.
People like Romney and Metcalfe aren't concerned about us. Their attitude seems to be that we are young and can easily bounce back and that we can depend on our parent's if need be. That attitude is not only flippant, but it is untrue.