On her way into a swank fundraiser for Mitt Romney in the Hamptons—the recommended contribution for the event was $25,000—a donor spoke to the LA Times and said the following:
“I don’t think the common person is getting it…my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies— everybody who’s got the right to vote—they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income—one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”
That might seem like a cartoonishly villainous attitude, but it’s a commonly held belief among the one percent. The 99 percent are naïve, or idealistic, or stupid, or they simply don’t understand how things work in the real world—you know, Southampton—where stuff really gets done.
Romney echoed the sentiment early in his campaign when he remarked, “I’m not concerned with the very poor,” only to say later on that he misspoke.
Whether or not he really did flub a line, the fact is Romney’s tax plan would give the richest 0.1 percent of Americans an average tax cut of $246,000.
But apparently that still isn’t radical enough for some of Romney’s donors. CS Monitor spoke with a money manager on his way into one of the fundraisers, who remarked it’s time for Romney to “up his game and be more reactive” and that so far Romney has had a “very timid offense.”
The “common people” against whom Romney apparently has a “very timid offense” were the protesters, many of them from Occupy Wall Street and MoveOn.org, showing up outside the fundraiser to protest not only Mitt Romney but also energy billionaire David Koch, who was hosting one of the fundraisers at his beach house (suggested contribution: $75,000).
Outside the estate was a queue of Range Rovers, BMWs, Porsche roadsters and a red Ferrari.
It’s not a coincidence that many of the donors interviewed by press refused to give their names. Oftentimes, these individuals claimed doing so would hurt their business, perhaps because the 99 percent are some of their customers.
Among the guests were the Zambrellis of New York City, independent voters who were previously Obama supporters.
Sharon Zambrelli voted for Obama in 2008 but has been disappointed with his handling of the economy and leadership style.
“I was very disenchanted with the political process, and he gave me hope,” she said. But ultimately: “He’s just a politician,” an “emperor with no clothes.”
The Zambrellis added they think it’s ludicrous the Democrats have attempted to seize on the language of class warfare, pointing out that Obama holds the same types of swank fundraisers, and that the president’s fundraisers consisted of “all of Wall Street.”