The Invisible Hand #4

Comments in papers today pertinent to “The Invisible Hand”

4:36 PM PST
I’m in the upper class – and you can’t afford Romney’s kind of government. You’ll make me richer, and you’ll make yourself poorer, and I’m so sorry that you don’t realize that. If the middle and lower class votes in Romney, I will not have much sympathy for what happens. Just as, if you consistently voted against climate change measures and you live in New York or New Jersey, I have little sympathy. When you actively seek to destroy yourselves, don’t come crying when you’re destroyed.

The Post editorial board, in a widely cited piece, has claimed that the one constant about the Romney campaign has been that it is driven by “contempt for the electorate.” To make this case, the editorial cites Romney’s nonstop flip flops, his evasions about his own proposals, his refusal to share basic information about his finances and bundlers, and his monumental Jeep falsehood and all his other big lies. It’s fitting that Romney’s closing argument rests heavily on one last sustained expression of that contempt for the electorate — one focused squarely on a call for more engagement in the political process, i.e., on something that is fundamental to democracy itself.

Democracy Danger Signs: Mitt Romney’s 800+ Vetoes as Mass. Governor

Mitt Romney had the dubious distinction of vetoing over 800 measures passed by that Democrat-controlled legislature. According to the Boston Globe , in a television ad for his 2008 presidential campaign, Romney even gloated about it. ”I know how to veto,” he said in the ad. “I like vetoes. I’ve vetoed hundreds of spending appropriations as governor.” This endeared him to neither Democrats nor Republicans.

Study Finds Romney Quoted More Often Than Obama

“Mitt Romney has been quoted by the media about 50 percent more often than Barack Obama this election, a new analysis shows,” Elizabeth Flock reported Tuesday for U.S. News & World Report.

“The data from the 4th Estate Project, which creates visualizations of data relating to the media, shows that Romney was quoted more often than Obama in print, TV and radio, from June 2012 to present. The project used a sample of TV broadcast shows, including CNN, MSNBC and Fox, as well as major print papers, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, and radio data from NPR.

“Nearly 62 percent of quotes from the two presidential candidates in these media outlets during that time period came from Romney, while less than 40 percent came from Obama. The data [do] not reveal how many of those quotes were used in negative stories versus positive ones. . . .”

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