If you want to know the “real” Mitt Romney listen to him talk about Thomas Edison. Mitt really thinks of what he did at Bain Capital as an achievement equivalent to what Thomas Edison achieved in founding General Electric.
He equates scavenging with creating. As plenty of others have noted, he’s like a vulture who thinks he’s an eagle or a jackal who sees no difference between himself and a lion.
Edison is apparently one of his heroes. But it’s Edison the businessman not Edison the inventor he reveres.
That’s not quite right. It’s Edison the accumulator of wealth he reveres. He doesn’t see the inventor at work. He doesn’t see the businessman at work. He doesn’t see how the inventor and the businessman were inseparable. He just sees the money raining down.
And that’s what he sees as the purpose of government and the goal of public life, to keep the money raining down on today’s Edisons.
Except that as far as he’s concerned today’s Edisons are today’s Mitt Romneys.
They don’t invent.
They don’t build businesses based on providing goods and services.
They just rake in the dough any way they can get away with.
Photo via the Boston Globe.