Saturday, August 25, 2012

Romney Thinks You Didn't Build That, Either

Rachel Maddow got ahold of this video of Mitt Romney speaking at one of his $50,000 a plate private fundraising dinners:

The YouTube title trumpets that Romney "admits to using Chinese slave labor" while at Bain, but I think a possibly more notable point is that after he concludes his description of the inhuman conditions he witnessed, he says:

The Bain Partner I was with turned to me and said, you know, 95 percent of life is settled if you are born in America. This is uh, this is an amazing land and what we have is unique and fortunately it is so special we are sharing it with the world.
So 95 percent is all set for you to make it in America. That's what that means, right?

How different is that from what Barack Obama said (even if you quote him without the part that made it clear what he was saying), that if you've got a small business in the U.S., "you didn't build that"? How come when Romney says we're interdependent -- relying on everything that makes our society what it is (much of which is government funded, it goes without saying) -- it's okay, or even seen as praise of the U.S., but when Obama says it, it detracts from small business owners' efforts?

All part of the difference in how the Right (and the media) treats Obama. Recommended viewing on that topic: this morning's Up with Chris Hayes, with discussion among The Atlantic's Ta-Nahesi Coates, Melissa Harris-Perry, W. Kamau Bell, and Jay Smooth.

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