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ROMNEY: Candidate has an empathy gap

Letter by Pat Chapin, Tacoma on Jan. 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm | 23 Comments »
January 17, 2012 10:34 am

Mitt Romney’s statement that the disparity of wealth focus is based on “income envy” has got to rank right up there with Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake.” He wants the country to be a “merit nation” where what you earn is a reflection of your education and hard work.

This would be fine if all people started out exactly even and no one inherited wealth or enjoyed the perks of wealth.

Let’s see . . . Romney, the poor child of a single working mom, went to a state university on a scholarship, working all the while to support himself and help out his mom. Another scholarship helped advance his higher education; then he started out on the ground floor of a business, and by his own hard work and determination worked his way up to be CEO of a capital investment firm.

That’s certainly not Romney’s story. This country not only has an income gap, it has an empathy gap. People who are as rich as Romney – and especially those who were raised with wealth – have absolutely no idea what the rest of the country is going through.

And some people want him to be president?

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