Mitt Romney is worth approximately $250 million dollars. That is a 2, followed by a 5, followed by 37 zeros. To put this in perspective: the average employee at Taco Bell makes minimum wage ($7.25 in Utah), whereas Mitt Romney is so rich that he never eats at Taco Bell, ever.
The subject of Romney’s gargantuan wealth came up in last Saturday’s GOP debate, which Telestial State heroically livetweeted for you. It was during a back-and-forth with Governor Rick Perry over health insurance, when Romney offered to bet $10,000 — on live television, in front of the home viewing audience and God* — that Perry was wrong.
And then nobody ever mentioned Romney’s $10,000 gaffe, ever again.
Well, except for the Associated Press and the Des Moines Register and the New York Times and the LA Times and the Washington Post and Politico and Forbes and the Chicago Tribune and ABC News and, dude, fucking everybody. Fellow Mormon GOP candidate Jon Huntsman even purchased the domain name www.10kbet.com, proving that Mormons are the friendliest** people on the planet™.
Was Mittens’ “I’ll bet you $10,000 that you’re wrong” simply an innocent gaffe, a figure of speech? Of course it was. Just as innocent as Obama eating arugula, or Obama’s weird 2008 “they cling to guns or religion” comment. You see, if you agree with a political candidate, then his/her gaffe is simply “a figure of speech.” If you disagree with a political candidate, then his/her gaffe “demonstrates they’re out of touch with the American people.”
It’s rather simple. Conservative Romney apologists who defend Romney’s wealth but accuse “wealthy” Obama of being “out of touch with the average American” are either hypocrites, or have really short attention spans. After all, in an election that revolves around the economy, being flippant about $10,000 — an enormous amount of money to most people — is just plain dumb.
Just out of curiosity, what exactly can you purchase with a Mitt “Gambling Man” Romney $10,000 Bet™?
- four months income for most Americans
- more than the average in-state, four-year public college tuition
- three times what the average American spends on groceries each year
- “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposed to gambling, including lotteries sponsored by governments. Church leaders have encouraged Church members to join with others in opposing the legalization and government sponsorship of any form of gambling.”
Sorry. I don’t know how that last one snuck in. Weird.
**Did I say “friendliest?” I meant “passive-aggressive.” Same difference.