You all know that I am the least leftwards Moose by many measures. That I embrace capitalism and many of the points of the Right in basic principle.
But it is true that there is an air of entitlement sometimes - not always - found among those who have never suffered the stress of financial risk, who have never worried about feeding themselves or their families. This entitlement comes through as a thoughtlessness unique to those fortunate enough to have been removed from the struggles that virtually every other human has faced at some point in their lives.
Mr. Romney is not a bad person because he is a businessman. He is not a bad person because he has never engaged in the kind of entrepreneurialism that keeps American ahead of the world in innovation, an entrepreneurialism that only comes from being forced to create by necessity. He is not a bad person because he was fortunate enough to have the capital to make his living by optimizing the ideas and efforts of others.
He may not be a bad person, at all.
But he has been unfortunate enough to not have suffered as the rest of us have. To never have stared into the eyes of his child or even the mirror and wonder what he will do to provide the next meal. To feel the bottomless fear that only a parent knows when they can no longer hide from their children the emptiness in the refrigerator.
There is something missing in his soul that cannot be replaced by reading, that has to be built by experience. He is akin to a child refusing to eat their broccoli despite "starving children in China" who would gladly eat if for them, because they simply cannot conceive of the concept.
For this we should pity him, for it leaves a bitter hole in the heart.
He is asking to lead us all, though. That requires an understanding of the people to be led. An understanding that he seems to lack in abundance.
As has been pointed out, 23% of Americans who do not pay income tax are poor. 10% are old and living on fixed incomes of Social Security they have paid for all their working lives.
And 7% are like Mr. Romney: well-off to rich individuals who take advantage of tax breaks to avoid paying taxes at all.
So, Mr. Romney, which of these constituencies are not your problem if you become President of the United States? The poor, the elderly or those - like yourself - who are wealthy enough to not pay taxes? Which of your neighbors, your fellow Republicans, the children of our country are not "your problem".
And just whose problem are they?