Distortions and lies
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At a $50,000-a-plate private Boca Raton dinner, Mitt Romney was secretly filmed giving a speech and seeking advice from donors. He responded to one of the questions from the audience by opining that 47 percent of Americans who don’t owe (federal) income taxes are health-care, food and housing entitlement seekers, dependent on the federal government. Regarding winning the election, he went on to say: “My job is not to worry about those.”

He said these things after having boasted to great applause of how he and his wife, Ann, are self-made the “old fashioned way” having “inherited nothing” from their well-off fathers.

Ann Romney, however, is on record describing how the young couple lived “on the edge, not entertaining” after college when Mitt was in law school, she was a stay-at-home mom and they “didn’t have jobs.” For income, the couple lived off the sale of American Motors stock “Mitt’s father gave him.”

Living on the edge? It seems Mr. and Mrs. Romney were the ones entitled to free health care, food and housing while receiving their free educations and raising their young family, without jobs. Good for them. There is no shame in accepting an Ivy League start in life from your family who is willing and able to provide it.

It is the callous act of falsely pretending to have struggled independently to achieve the American dream while in the same breath denouncing the working poor, low-income seniors, disabled war veterans and others in Alabama and across this nation as irresponsible that is unworthy of the presidency.

The distortions and lies from this candidate and his surrogates are becoming hard to keep track of. But most of us didn’t pay $50,000-a-person to hear them face-to-face. I think the folks in Boca Raton who paid so much to be lied to should ask for their money back.

James R. (Jim) Moore
Anniston
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