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Mitt Romney’s Housing Crisis

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Posted on Apr 8, 2009
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Mitt Romney learned an important lesson from the last election: It’s better not to own more homes than most Americans have rooms. In another sign that he will run again, the former Massachusetts governor is selling off his Utah ski house and suburban Boston crash pad for a total somewhere north of $8 million.

But don’t pity Mitt—he still has the $12 million getaway in La Jolla, Calif., and the $10 million New Hampshire place. No tent city for this guy.

AP via Boston Herald via Political Wire:

The Romneys plan to keep a $10 million summer home on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. and a $12 million beachfront compound in La Jolla, Calif.

The sale of the Utah and Boston homes has been described by political analysts as a way for Romney to prepare for another presidential race without having to explain why he owns excess real estate — the issue that brought ridicule on rival Republican candidate John McCain last fall.

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By boggs, April 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm Link to this comment

Mitt would do a grand job wheelin and dealin with China to make sure that every last job in the U.S. that pays a decent wage would be gone.
The republicans are anti-middle class.
They are union busters because they don’t believe in a middle class. They think a livable wage gives the workers too much voice. The republicans like their slaves to be beaten down and silent. When the worker bees get too much pay, they become uppity.
Anyone ignorant enough to believe in that Mormon sh*t should not be qualified to run for any office.

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By Ol' Mike Donald Had a Farm -- before the recent m, April 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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Thom Hartmann said before the elections that Republican leaders didn’t really care about the outcome on Prop. 8; in effect, its purpose was to bring in conservative voters who might’ve stayed away from the polls because of their dislike for McCain. 

  It was also, in my opinion, an issue to deflect minds from the multiple-marriages scandal in Texas with the underage women, and with those possible incest implications.  Judging from how they voted, it brought the black community closer to the Mormons as well.  Remember the commercial with the professional actor playing a minister talking from the pulpit?  Or bringing in the children—a sure-fire alarm for conservative parents—with the message that first-graders had attended the lesbian marriage of their teacher, when in fact all those who attended had had written permission from their parents.

  I suggest that the Republicans in California now have a well-organized and well-oiled machine set up to vote for Romney, the Mormon, in the next presidential election.  It’s a set-up, and they’ll work hard at making Obama look bad a few months before that election.

  Of all things, the alternative lifestyle Mormons feel holier-than-thou towards the lgbt community, another alternate lifestyle.  At least in the lgbt community there are no “shotgun” weddings. They’re both marginalized and ought to have been working together.  But it’s too late for that now.

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By purplewolf, April 9, 2009 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment

Anyone with the wealth of Mitt or John Mc for example have NO IDEA what it is to live on the wages these business owners pay their lowest wage employees. It certainly is not a living wage and in the case of Domino’s Pizza, delivery people make about $2.50 an hour as theirs is a tip job, whether you ever receive any tips or not and therefore does not receive minimum wage. People with that kind of money should never be the ones allowed to run for political office as they have no clue to what it is like to try and survive in the real world. There should be rules that exclude anyone running for public office who earns say over 259K per year, but preferably less than that.Maybe if we elected people whose lifestyles and incomes were closer to what the real workers make in this country, we would finally get real representation at last.

A person wrote into our local editorial page 2 weeks ago telling that she used to be behind Mitt 100%+ and had voted for him, but she had hear him speak about his plans if he became president and his solutions for the poor, disabled and elderly, among many other things he was going to change has now turned the writer into a democrat. That his lack of empathy or any decency toward those less fortunate that Mitt and his minions of the rich was obscene. So much for him claiming to be religious. BTW if the TV series Big Love is anything like the real Mormons, and the writers claim it is, we would be in another deep pile of Republican do-do if Mitt ever got into the W.H.

Besides, Mitt along with most other repugs is a war monger-he wanted to at least double Gitmo and expand the wars, some really religious person right?

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By Ryan, April 9, 2009 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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Dear “TheBad”
The problem with rich people employing people to build private yachts and mansions is that we end up with a lot of private yachts and mansions and the skills of those construction workers and other associated labor goes to benefit a small private class instead of going to hospitals or schools or environmental projects or renewable energy.  These types of projects are more likely to benefit the actual workers and their communities than yachts and mansions.  As a tradesman myself I often feel trapped doing projects that I feel are not socially responsible or do not benefit my community because they pay.  What’s more I would rather work on the more intriguing and more complicated more environmentally sound projects.  Working on breaking technology projects makes you a more marketable worker in the future, well, I would hope, but if workers don’t realize that we have to stop listening to rich guys telling us to build yachts and mansions and start building the really cool projects for our communities and our environment than we will become more and more dependent on “The Man” cutting checks to pad his palace.  As the environment and social infrastructure continue to be neglected we will have less and less resources at our disposal and we will find the grip tightening as the rich charge us more and more for private water, private education, private health care to pay for their own excess and greed.  If we don’t start to choose our own projects than our only choice will be to work for the rich or languish in debtors prisons.  Slavery and environmental destruction!  That’s what we get when we build mansions and yachts.  What ever happened to the independent, revolutionary spirit of Americans.  Why are we all waiting for the kings to throw out a few shillings? 
  Oh and by the way ATL-9 do you want to work at dominoes pizza or staples?  or would you rather own your own restaurant that serves food with nutritional value?  or would you rather find ways to reduce paper consumption?  or would you rather build a school or a hospital?  or a solar array?  or an organic farm? wind farm?  bullet train?  restore rivers and oceans?

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By Pete, April 9, 2009 at 9:56 am Link to this comment
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Some say crash pad, others say stabbin’ cabin.

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By Rodger Lemonde, April 9, 2009 at 6:43 am Link to this comment
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Why don’t we make a law requiring that millionaires only partake in government office in proportion to their statistical number in the population. I know it’s a quota system but it is obvious that the interests of the wealthy are not the interests of the majority.

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By rage, April 9, 2009 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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TheBad-bording-on-senility and A-Total-Loon, EAT THIS!

Romney is a longtime venture capilotist who has a longer history of offshoring his loot and our jobs than you two have taking lithium. He’s not for little people. He’s in it just for himself and Anne, for as long the breast cancer survivor survives, okay? I hope his five idiot sons, who could not serve their country in the unilateral agression he so fervently advocated because they were helping him get his ass whipped by Grampy and Caribou Barbie, get captured while on one of their many luxury vacations abroad, and are extraordinarily rendered by the Taliban. Maybe then we can get an ounce of genuine human emotion out of this phony jerk.

Grow the hell up! Nothing has changed about this mormon drawers-wearing cracked pot. When it comes to the current issues that matter to REAL AMERICA, Mitt’s a wishy-washy camelleon, with a newly developed habit of telling each audience whatever his handlers have told him they want to hear. The thing is Mitt’s not as good at that as Obama is. And, he belts out ‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ again, I’ll personally choke him with a pair of his ruffled mormon panties myself.

Mitt Romney is nothing if not pro big business and all for the sort of greedy Reagonomics that has landed the world in the economic vice grip of a depression. He’s a primary propagator of the abstinance ruse where sex education is needed. He wants prayer back in the classrooms that are lacking science, math, and arts education. He wants to go way beyond the green ecology pale to mine coal and drill for all the oil we can in every nation we can invade to acquire his venue of so-called energy independence. And, he’d like to do for healthcare what he led Massachusettes to do with auto insurance - rape common people by allowing insurance companies to legislate the terms of our mandatory policies, further widening the disparity between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to access to any healthcare at all, good or bad. This greedy peice of banal clipart has made a lucretive career of his free trade over fair trade policies. He’s all for the import of foreign goods and services and the export of our jobs in utter deference to the will of global corporatocracy over American productivity. He’s an opponents of unions and employee free choice.

I know. How dare I recall the real reasons Mitt and many neo-conniving repugs have bitten the political dust in most of our recent elections. But, hey, I’m just being my usual revolutionary progressive liberal self here, bashing this pinheaded ReThugniCon artist for being the tool he truly is and will forever be. Certainly, asswipes like you two are ever so forgiving, quickly willing to forget these truths because it relieves you of the burden of thinking too deeply. But, pay attention, squirrel pack, this is not just your side’s abusive venue of crazy talk, except on your end of the conversation. It’s the reality and the truth about a cretin many more like me hope and pray NEVER EVER reaches the White House. Mitt, the one trick Massachusett’s gubernatoral blunder, sux hugely and is wasting his time buffing up his image for another run at the White House. Mittster’s since lost the one tool that carried him past Kennedy in that fateful governor’s race - the sensible belief that abortion is a woman’s right and choice, and ought to be made both safe and legal. Satan now completely owns this turd’s soul. Mitt is toast! So, ATL and TheBad, eat him. And, then EAT ME!!!

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By mmadden, April 9, 2009 at 4:01 am Link to this comment

Romney is a Republican - what else can be said about him? They can’t even vote to help the USA - they are the party of Got zero Plan.

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By TheBad, April 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment
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“By rage, April 8 at 6:35 pm #”

You sound like a dumb idiot. I’m glad people like this own these homes, wish I did also. Hopefully maybe he will build one or two more. I know the construction guys would like it, just like the ones who built this one, and the others he has. Or maybe he will buy a 150 yacht, which takes 20 guys about 2 years to build. I know the yacht building guys would like the work. The more people we have with this kind of money, the more of us that build things stay employed. And lets not forget about, the furniture makers, landscapers, and whoever else gets their paychecks from people who are loaded. Or did I forget that we Americans want everyone to be poor, so we can all sit around together and whine about how the rich keep us down.

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By squeaky jones, April 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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Romney is where they get the saying, “Eat The Rich.” Remember how he liked the idea of torturing people. He made that clear when he was attempting to be the corporations face for president. He is evil personifed. Squeaky.

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By ATL-9, April 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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Rage,

Do you have any proof for your assertions.  I don’t think you understand what Romney’s company did.  They provided capital to people who wanted to start businesses.  In other words, they created companies and thus jobs.  The most noteworthy examples being Dominos Pizza and Staples Office Supply. 

Romney is not the enemy of America.  Find out for yourself what the guy has accomplished before you dismiss him or catagorize him with the slash-and-burn corporate raiders.

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By rage, April 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment
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I live with the consolation that this jerk is going to lose, no matter how many times he sells his soul to satan. He has millions of smackers from scorching the earth on which many depended for sustenance. He got rich raiding and selling companies that kept Americans in middle class dignity. The good news is that by 2012, the American Age of Naked Greed and Unabated Avarice will officially be over. Hopefully, by then, the masses will have killed and eaten this turd to attain his human clipart powers of perfect hair and great teeth, the Mittster’s only remotely human attributes.

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