“The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it.”

“The thing about not having much money is you have to take much more responsibility for your life. You can’t pay people to watch your kids or clean your house or fix your meals. You can’t necessarily afford a car or a washing machine or a home in a good school district. That’s what money buys you: goods and services that make your life easier. That’s what money has bought Romney, too. He’s a guy who sold his dad’s stock to pay for college, who built an elevator to ensure easier access to his multiple cars and who was able to support his wife’s decision to be a stay-at-home mom. That’s great! That’s the dream. The problem is that he doesn’t seem to realize how difficult it is to focus on college when you’re also working full time, how much planning it takes to reliably commute to work without a car, or the agonizing choices faced by families in which both parents work and a child falls ill. The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it.” — Ezra Klein (via azspot)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mitt and Ann Romney wouldn’t last two weeks living ordinary people’s lives. Not when Ann describes the toughest time they’ve had is when they had to sell some stock to allow her to be a stay-at-home mom (serving tuna!!) while Mitt attended Harvard.

What they don’t know, apparently, is that that sounds like a pretty sweet deal to most of us.

The dreams of the shallow

The man who thinks he deserves the presidency:


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When Mitt Romney and Lindsay Lohan sound uncomfortably similar. No wonder people like Romney sneer at jobs like “community organizer.”

Anntoinette Romney is asking you people to “dig deep” and shell out $45 for a bumper sticker

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$45 for a bumper sticker? Holy shit. I wonder how many 47%ers will take some personal responsibility and initiative, get up off of their lazy “entitlement” and “victimhood,” and pick through their government handouts to send Lord and Lady Romney some money to “help Mitt win this thing.”

Spend more money to help Mitt be more… Mitt:

Mitt Romney and the Infinite Sadness

A video tribute to the unspeakable, soul-crushing awkwardness and general vapidity of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Benjamin Netanyahu has noticed the direction the wind’s blowing

“I’m not going to be drawn into the American election. And what’s guiding my statements is not the American political calendar, but the Iranian nuclear calendar. I’m talking to [President Obama]. I just talked to him the other day. We are in close consultation. We’re trying to prevent that. It’s really not a partisan issue. It’s a policy issue, not a partisan issue.” — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

“According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Netanyahu sent his defense minister, Ehud Barak, to deliver a goodwill message to Chicago mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Thursday afternoon.

“An aide to Israeli leader said “no comment” when questioned about nature of the meeting and a spokeswoman for Emanuel would only confirm that Barak met with the Chicago mayor Thursday afternoon.

“This marks the second time in six days the Israeli leader has sought, either personally or through back channels — Barak and Emanuel are friends — to distance himself from the perception he is agitating for the president’s defeat in November.”

— Netanyahu To Obama: I’m Not Backing Romney – ABC News

Bibi has, apparently, “snapped out of it.” Good for him. The neocon bromance for political gain sputters to an end.

Remember Romney’s Gafftastic World Tour? Mitt Romney meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a meeting at the Prime Minister’s office, July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. (Avi Ohayon/Getty Images)

People of America

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