According to news reports, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wanna-be Willard Mitt Romney has given some advice to future students while campaigning in Virginia.
“I think this is a land of opportunity for every single person, every single citizen of this great nation. And I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford and with their time they’re able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot of realizing their dreams.”
The statement, “get as much education as they can afford” is no big shock coming from a rich kid whose biggest financial challenge while going to college was having to divest some of his stock portfolio while roughing it in a 3,000 + SF apartment. Willard’s other sage advice to students has been to “take risks” and even borrow money from their parents to fuel success.
This appears to be just another, “Let them eat cake” moment for the struggling GOTP candidate, who’s had a dismal time showing he’s in touch with middle and lower class Americans. “Get as much education as they can afford” smacks of elitism and begs the question, “So, only rich kids should go to college”? Maybe only rich kids who keep their hair cut short?
June 30, 2012 at 23:29
I predict Mitt Romney failing in the presidential election. While Obama’s approval ratings are below 50%, Romney’s economic policies are unattractive to most Americans, other than the elite. While Romney has advocated a sort of laissez faire style corporatism, Obama has passed such initiatives as the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to hold ‘too big to fail’ businesses accountable for their actions. Obama has listened to the cries of the average Americans in the Occupy Wall Street protests while his opponent Mitt Romney has upheld his elitist values. Ultimately, I think that given high unemployment in the US and the Eurozone crisis, this election will boil down to economic policy. Since Obama has an economic policy most suited to average Americans, he will likely win the election.