Thought for Thursday

Courtesy of Nicholas Kristoff.

Romney has proved himself right: We manifestly do have a problem with people who see themselves as victims even as they benefit from loopholes in the tax code.

One is running for president. And one is running for governor of North Carolina.

Sentence in italics added by James.


Off course we don't really know

what McCrory pays in taxes, or even what he does for a living ... except that what he appears to do for a living is to work illegally as a lobbyist.

Romney foot in mouth

Just when you think Mitt Romney can't sink his well-heeled foot any deeper into his mouth, he shoves it in even further. The outrage over his dishonest, political point-scoring over the Muslim riots in Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya was still unfolding, when Romney defined "middle income" as "$250,000 and less." But nothing can top Mitt Romney calling 47% of Americans moochers, on a secret video that Mother Jones released this week of Romney speaking to donors in Florida earlier this year. While it's been interesting to watch conservatives either quietly condemn Romney's remarks, race to distance themselves, they shouldn't get away with dismissing them as Rich Lowry did when he said Romney "overheard some conservative cocktail chatter" or "maybe read a conservative blog or two," and "is thoughtlessly repeating back what he heard and read." Uh-uh. As I've written before, Mitt Romney said what he meant and meant what he said. Romney's words indeed echo well-worn right wing rhetoric, but they also reflect the values that informed his vulture capitalism at the helm of Bain Capital, and inform his bully economics today.TERRANCE HEATH

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