Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 11/6/15
In the 2012 presidential election, the mainstream media never went a day without taking a shot at Mitt Romney’s wealth – wealth that he honestly earned by helping create successful companies like Staples office stores. The media was always at pains to paint Romney as a Richie Rich-Silver Spoon who could not possibly relate to, or understand the problems of, “ordinary Americans.”
Jump ahead four years and those same media jackals are now jumping on Marco Rubio for his lack of wealth. During the most recent GOP debate, CNBC’s Becky Quick – citing Rubio’s struggles to avoid foreclosure on a second home and his liquidation of a retirement account to pay bills – said to Rubio, with dripping condescension, that it all “raises the question of whether you have the maturity and the wisdom to lead this $17 trillion economy.”
The hypocrisy is every bit as towering as it is unsurprising.
There is nobody in the galaxy of liberal stars who isn’t rich as a pig yet they are never called on it. It is, in fact, undeniable that the Democratic Party is quickly becoming bifurcated. To an ever-growing extent, today’s liberals are either very wealthy and thus easily able to afford the higher taxes that liberal programs always require; or they are sufficiently poor as to be the recipients of those programs and exempt from the taxes.
A figure like John Kerry, who never produced any wealth of his own but who has a demonstrated talent for marrying rich women, sees no inconsistency in attacking the wealth of a figure like Mitt Romney. Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is rich only because she’s the widow of an heir to the H.J. Heinz fortune. What precisely is the difference between getting rich creating a brand name line of condiments and getting rich creating a national chain of office supply stores?
The media will give a pass to a fabulously wealthy liberal who got that way through inheritance, marriage or the spoils of having held high office; and yet savage a wealthy conservative who got that way by creating a product or service that succeeded spectacularly in the free market.
Hillary Clinton has been handed millions for giving trite, shrill, cliché-riddled speeches. Not a dime of her considerable wealth has been earned through sacrifice, innovation or hard work. She will however, without a trace of irony, try to pass herself off as just an ordinary American wife, mother and grandmother who only wants to help her fellow ordinary Americans.
And the media lets her.
All the while she and her fellow liberals look condescendingly upon Marco Rubio, who occasionally struggled financially while lifting himself from humble beginnings to earn a law degree, election to the United States Senate and now a credible shot at the presidency.
I say it again. There is no greater hypocrite in the solar system than a rich liberal. But, given Becky Quick’s condescension on CNBC last week, I now add that in second place stands the American mainstream media.