To the Editor:
Did Mr. Romney win the debate but lose his soul? It appears that he excessively and intentionally did not say what he meant, nor did he mean what he said.
In the debate, he said that he was now for the liberal federal policies of green energy, government regulation, support for education, producing jobs, helping the poor, providing insurance for persons with pre-existing conditions, and collaborating with his opponents. Yet he would not increase revenue through raising taxes on the super-wealthy to help pay for these policies – disingenuous at best.
Neither candidate won. Instead, thousands of lobbyists of the super-wealthy won. The middle class lost again. For years lobbyists have consistently pressured for government policies that shifted the distribution of wealth to the top 1 percent, who now desperately protect their obscene incomes. In the 1960s and ‘70s the countervailing political power structure provided a much fairer distribution of proceeds generated from increasing productivity – about 50 percent went equally to owners and workers. However, over the past few decades more than 90 percent of such proceeds have gone to the owners. As a result, middle-class income has remained stagnant when adjusted for inflation. Mr. Romney’s policies will continue that imbalance regardless of what he asserts now.
Can the middle class arouse its soul? Can it rise up again as it did in earlier times? Can it break the spell the super-wealthy have cast upon the public mind – that economic might makes right?