Friday, September 28, 2012

They Look Like Little Ants

"When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no — and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous." These were the words of a concerned husband whose flight was forced to make an emergency landing when a small electrical fire was discovered on board. There is little doubt that his concern for his wife's safety initially overshadowed his concern for science. Rolling down the windows of a pressurized jet aircraft would lead to a much more catastrophic failure than a fire.
Such is the mind of Mitt "Don't Know Much About Science Books" Romney. It is this same quirky focus that had the Republican Millionaire Presidential Candidate defending his own very low tax rate: "I think it's the right way to encourage economic growth - to get people to invest, to start businesses, to put people to work," the former Massachusetts governor said. It is also a very good way for people with a lot of money to keep a larger portion of that money, but that's not the way he's seeing it. He truly believes that making the rich ever richer will encourage economic growth and get people to invest. It might increase the economic growth of the wealthy, and it would be nice if the middle class had something left over from their paychecks to invest, but that's not how things look from the top, is it?
Way up high in the sky it's hard to see the little people when your windows don't roll down.

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