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McCain, Huckabee Stir Up Envy Against Romney’s Wealth

Posted by Tony Listi on January 6, 2008

Who are the most despised people in America? If one looks at the political scene (especially on the Left), it seems that rich people are.

McCain in tonight’s ABC debate: “And for you to describe it as you do in the attack ads, my friend, you can spend your whole fortune on these attack ads, but it still won’t be true.” (smiles)

Huckabee in Iowa was also trying to play the victim saying that he was being outspent 20-1 by Romney. He said this at his victory speech: “The first thing we have learned is that people really are more important than the purse, and what a great lesson for America to learn.”

Romney’s Republican rivals are trying to make his personal wealth an issue though it shouldn’t be. Romney has raised more money than all his other opponents, about $62 million!  And only 1% of Romney’s contributions were at the $4600 level (highest legally). That’s means a lot of contributors, and people don’t give money unless they really support you. He has a right to spend the money he raises! (See http://www.opensecrets.org) And who cares if he wants to spend $17 million his own wealth? I don’t see any disgust for Bloomberg’s wealth when there is talk of him running.

McCain married into wealth; his wife owns a major distributor for Anheuser-Busch. So he has a net worth of upwards of $32 million! That’s no chump change. He is one to talk. Hypocritical demagogue.

What is wrong with American culture today that it so despises rich people? Romney made his wealth legitimately in business. There is no reason for envy. It is not like he sued doctors and took them for all they were worth based on pseudo-science (ahem, John Edwards, the laughable candidate of the poor).

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