Mitt Romney is a pathological liar. There’s no question about it. According to Mitt, he doesn’t care about the very poor because there are safety nets in place. If they’re broken, he’ll fix them. (Uh huh.) What Mitt cares about, so he says, is the middle class. These are both lies, since he plans to screw with Social Security and Medicare, and not in a way that benefits anybody who needs help.
According to Mitt, he doesn’t feel rich. Okay, that might be a mental defect, since I’d feel pretty rich if my net worth hovered around the $250 million range. No matter what Mitt says, he is rich. He consorts with the wealthy. He only cares about the top 1% earners in America. And now he has his own Personal Billionaire Boys Club in place to help buy his way into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Thanks to undoubtedly the most misbegotten ruling ever handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States, Citizens United, that basically anoints corporations with ‘personhood.’ This has led to the birth of the Super PAC, and corporate funding of the 2012 presidential campaign has blown wide open.
Mitt’s exclusive little billionaires club is a motley crew of right-wing swindlers, high-end polluters, Wall Street dirtbags, hedge-fund moguls, pyramid schemers, tax dodgers and hotel tycoons. Mitt Romney, a private sector millionaire businessman, knows that they’re going to want to collect on their investment and he intends to pay up if he’s elected. Here’s a sampling of his shady compatriots:
- William Koch, the “other” Koch Brother, who now runs Oxbow Carbon. Even the name sounds dirty. Koch and his wife gave $70,000 to John Boehner in 2011. According to a Koch spokesperson, Boehner “looks out for business interests” in return. Koch has given $2 million to Romney’s Super PAC: $250,000 in his own name; $750,000 through Oxbow; and $1 million through a subsidiary. What does he expect in return? He wants to be able to pollute with impunity.
- Harold Simmons, the head of Conran, which traffics in toxic chemicals and hazardous waste. Simmons told the Wall Street Journal, “I have lots of money, and can give it legally now.” He gave Romney $800,000 and, before Romney, gave $1 million to Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. He has given a total of $16.7 million, with most of the money going to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, which has close ties to Mitt Romney. What does Simmons – who has been sued repeatedly by the Justice Department for failing to clean up Superfund sites – want in return? He plans to store radioactive waste from 36 states in an underground dump in Texas.
- Steven Lund, Vice Chairman and former CEO of Nu Skin enterprises (also called the Mormon Amway). He has given $2 million to Restore Our Future, obscuring it through two shell companies. Lund wants to be able to safely indulge in false advertising and marketing scams. Nu Skin has been charged by the Federal Trade Commission and state authorities with operating a pyramid scheme, and making unsubstantiated claims about its cosmetics.
- Kenneth Griffin, CEO of Citadel LLC, a hedge fund accounting for nearly eight percent of all U.S. trading prior to the crash. Griffin gave $1 million to Restore Our Future plus another $1 million to Rove’s American Crossroads. He wants to get rid of the Volcker Rule and Dodd-Frank, which attempt to reign in Wall Street’s excesses.
There’s a complete chart of Romney’s Billionaire Boys Club here.
The icing on the cake is Mitt Romney’s new buddy-buddy relationship with Donald Trump, a real moron who spends his time waxing poetic on the whole GOP Obama “birther” theory. While Romney is walking a tightrope with the Trump association, he can’t seem to let go. I’m not sure Romney’s campaign understands how much this association works in Obama’s favor. Trump opened his big mouth about Obama’s birth certificate to CNBC, saying:
“A lot of people are questioning his birth certificate. They’re questioning the authenticity of his birth certificate.”
“I’ve been known as being a very smart guy for a long time. I don’t consider myself birther or not birther but there are some major questions here and the press doesn’t want to cover it.”
Really? He’s a very smart guy? That’s why he’s filed for bankruptcy not once, but four times. Trump doesn’t consider himself a “birther or not birther ?” He must have learned English with Sarah Palin. (Trust me, Donald. You’re a birther.) And finally we can give the press credit for not covering a ridiculous non-issue like the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate. (That’s better than we can say here in Massachusetts where the press seems to be fixated on the notion that Elizabeth Warren has to prove she’s 1/32nd Cherokee.)
Bottom line is you’ve got to wonder about the character of a man whose financial supporters reside on the underbelly of society. Is this the guy you want to elect as leader of the free world?