The rich man’s burden

The volume of throb-wankery coming out of Mitt Romney’s fabulous weekend of fundraising from multi-millionaires in the Hamptons is excessively loud. Take these examples:

LA Times:

A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. “I don’t think the common person is getting it,” she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. “Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.

“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”

Yes it truly is the millionaires’ burden to make sure the poor, under-educated, non-millionaires who have somehow through a bizarre quirk of history been given the right to vote understand how the system works. Can you imagine the horrors if baby sitters and college kids voted for Obama, not understanding the impact it might have on millionaires in the Hamptons? It’d be like Soviet Russia or something.

The New York Times provides some insight into the world these Romney donors come from and their transparently bizarre assessments of who they are and how the other 99% view them:

A few cars back, Ted Conklin, the owner of the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, long a favorite of the Hamptons’ well-off and well-known, could barely contain his displeasure with Mr. Obama. “He is a socialist. His idea is find a problem that doesn’t exist and get government to intervene,” Mr. Conklin said from inside a gold Mercedes, as his wife, Carol Simmons, nodded in agreement.

Ms. Simmons paused to highlight what she said was her husband’s generous spirit. “Tell them who’s on your yacht this weekend! Tell him!”

Over Mr. Conklin’s objections, Ms. Simmons disclosed that a major executive from Miramax was on Mr. Conklin’s 75-foot yacht, because, she said, there were no rooms left at the hotel.

Ignore the fact that this particular millionaire sounds as educated as your average Tea Party activist holding a sign that says, “Keep your government’s hands off my Medicare.” This couple’s sense of charity thinks letting a millionaire stay on their yacht is an act of charity. So everything else is okay.

These people are very different from you and me. They are the financial elites who control political elites. They are transparently arrogant, stupid and self-centered people, with no care for anything but the preservation of their own wealth.

Of course, as some of those interviewed in the LA Times article note, significant portions of these people were Obama supporters in 2008 and many of their peers remain top Obama donors today. This isn’t just about Romney and his donors, Obama’s are bad too. But at least the financial elites who are supporting Obama have the good sense to recognize that what is in the national interest may come with minor tax increases and inconveniences that will do nothing to hurt their standing in the world.

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