I don’t have a problem with Mitt Romney being rich. I have a problem with him lying about being rich.
Back during the primary, Romney kept getting in trouble for acting snobbishly rich. Like when he talked about his friends who owned NASCAR teams, but especially when he tried to make a $10,000 bet with Rick Perry. The next day, Romney tried to claim that he had experienced hard times while being a Mormon missionary in Paris, saying “You’re not living high on the hog at that kind of level.” He also said of the places where he stayed “I don’t recall any of them having a refrigerator.” and that “most of the apartments I lived in had no shower or bathtub. If we were lucky, we actually bought a hose and we stuck it on the sink.”
Almost makes you feel sorry for him, doesn’t it? Well don’t.
I never said anything at the time, but it seems to me that choosing to go on a religious mission and live a simple life is a far cry from actually being poor and having no choice in the matter.
But it turns out that Romney’s life as a missionary was anything but simple. According to fellow American missionaries, Romney spent a significant portion of his missionary time living in a “palace” with gilded interiors, an extensive art collection, and two servants (a chef and a houseboy).
If I had a chef making my meals and a houseboy serving them to me, I might not recall if my “palace” had a refrigerator either! And in fact, according to other missionaries, it did have a refrigerator and all other modern conveniences, including showers, bathtubs, and even a washer-dryer.
This was in contrast to places where other missionaries stayed. According to one missionary, talking about where Romney stayed “It was much better than the other places. Most of us stayed in rented apartments quite a way from luxurious.”
My only question is, does Romney actually believe these easily disprovable statements that he keeps making?
And by the way, just to add insult to injury, there is plenty of evidence that Romney used his missionary time in order to avoid the Vietnam War. Yeah, the same Romney who participated in pro-war protests, and then lied about getting deferments.