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Beydler: What's with the 'you people' talk?

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Jon Beydler

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7:52 am | Updated: 9:07 am, Fri Jul 27, 2012.

What's with Ann Romney addressing us as “You People?” On July 19, presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wife, Ann, while reinforcing her husband's refusal to make public several years of tax returns, told ABC News “we've given all YOU PEOPLE need to know” about the family's finances. She went on to further denigrate us people by stating that “You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he's been financially.” Duh ... That's why we are asking for full disclosure on his finances, Ann.

Us people would really like to know more about where Mitt has been financially. We know that his money has been off-shore and in Swiss banks. We know that he has perfected the art of “Vulture Capitalism” by taking over companies, breaking them up, stripping the assets, flushing the liabilities and shipping jobs overseas. We know that he owns really big homes on large bodies of water and has, at least, one jet ski. Smile. What we don't know is why he won't step up like his father George did in 1968 and allow transparency regarding his personal income tax returns. What is he attempting to hide? If nothing, then what's the point? Maybe Ann said it all!

This isn't the first time those from the Right have used the words “you people” to address us peasants. I personally remember several occasions in my life where those two words were used to address myself and others even though they knew us on a first-name basis. It's as if we are being talked down to ... treated as a class of people ... impersonal, etc. I found it to be rude, tasteless, insensitive and, frankly, insulting.

Has Ann Romney unwittingly opened the gate to the mindset of her husband Mitt? Is the real reason that he won't release his tax returns that he simply doesn't believe that us people would understand or be able to relate to where he has been financially and, therefore, we would misunderstand his business dealings?

I'm not sure that we want a king for a president. I don't believe that his ability to make and hoard money translates into us people having more money. I'm real sure that he's not sharing any of his money with us people!

The insight that Ann Romney has offered into how they see us people may prove invaluable to Team Obama. Don't forget, Ann, that even peasants in this country have as many votes as you -- one! See ya in November.

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