Nope, I didn’t vote for Mitt Romney, and why the hell would I?
Mr. Precious Clean-Cut Elite gave 13.73 percent of his income to charity in 2010, and an estimated 19.14 percent in 2011, according to tax returns.
That’s $2.98 million Romney gave from $21.7 million he earned in 2010, and a projected $4 million from $20.9 million he earned in 2011.
What is he doing – showing off?
Clearly those two years of charitable giving were designed to damage the president, but I think the Obamas were more sensible. Of the $1.2 million Michelle and Barack earned between 2000 and 2004, they gave $10,772 to charity, less than 1 percent.
Now that’s a presidential family I can identify with.
I’m not sure what relieved me more: to know that President Obama wants to increase taxes on the rich, or to know that the Obamas' $1.2 million over the course of 5 years isn’t rich. I’m going with the latter, unless I win the Powerball drawing.
Recent events – the mortgage crisis, unemployment, outsourcing – indicate the rich in this country are out of control. And they’re all in it together.
The rich are a class of clones, an elite cabal of likeminded individuals, an assembly bonded in groupthink, a gaggle of Republican gangsters. Therefore, George Soros isn’t rich.
The craziness of the rich has manifested itself locally, too.
For example, a few years ago, a local newspaper columnist wrote about a Briarcliffe Acres woman who was paying the electrical bill for street lights in a disadvantaged section of Myrtle Beach.
Now we all know what we would do – we would have spent that money on a 22-year-old single malt scotch, or maybe a 22-year-old single girl. That’s what the rich do each day while we’re slaving away: They’re drinking and screwing.
Speaking of what the rich do with their money, consider Bill Gates. I can’t believe how wealthy he’s become – simply by holding us hostage to Windows. We can’t possibly use anything else to run our computers, so Gates is to blame for our predicament, and while he holds us in this predicament, he picks our pockets.
The man has become so wealthy, he and his wife started The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, you know, just in case someone forgets their names. Their foundation is doing a bunch of stuff outside America, like trying to end polio, fight malaria, and grow better rice to feed the hungry – projects basically focused on foreign countries.
But we Americans are part of the political and economic project that made Gates’ wealth possible, and we live in a democracy. Shouldn’t we be allowed to decide how much of Gates’ money he should be allowed to use as he sees fit? We could vote on that amount, and then we could make sure the rest is handled by our lean, efficient, upright federal government.
Hey, it’s not our fault those people in foreign countries have polio, malaria, and hunger pains. Gates’ money – and the money of all wealthy Americans – should be used on us.
-Colin Foote Burch