They work together because they were meant for each other: Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been good friends since the good old days in America. Both belong to a percentile that looks down on the other 99 percent from a Darwinian point of view. Sometimes, in private, they say what is on their minds.
Every country has its own Caesarea, and every caesar has an investment portfolio as well hidden as a state secret. Although American and Israeli law do not require opening the books, citizens from here and from there know how to appreciate proper disclosure. Why hide legally-acquired wealth, conceal accounts in tax havens - why enable Forbes magazine to play around with estimates of property and capital?
Recently it was revealed that Romney has given up on half the nation, a rabble of parasites with no self-respect. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. Alright, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."
So he erases them from his agenda: "My job is not to worry about those people," Mitt Romney said. "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," said Romney, summing up his philosophy to the fat cats, who want to grab and devour all the cream.
The Las Vegas-Macau-Caesarea gang does not have any mercy on recipients of charity who don't pay taxes. Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize laureate in economics, noticed an interesting fact: The concept "employee" did not pass the lips of the candidate in his coronation speech at the national convention. He doesn't see those crawling beneath his table - whom he likes to fire, as he said of himself in another ill-advised moment of candor. Let's see him and his well-stuffed donors manage without their vulnerable employees; let's see them go on living off the fat of the land and making money without them.
That's also Netanyahu's entire philosophy in a nutshell: The accumulation of capital in the top percentile will in the end of days filter down and bring about growth, the cream will drip down little by little. When those who eat at Jezebel's table have had more than enough, only then will the crumbs fall, and the idlers will lick the floor on their bellies. And until then, there is no need for government intervention, which redistributes the wealth.
Theoretically it sounds like an ideological debate between liberals and neoliberals, between conservatives and social democrats; but only theoretically. In practice it's a class war, which is being waged according to the iron rules of the oligarchy. Not only Romney; Netanyahu, too, erases entire populations who choose him although they are not his choice.
Who doesn't remember his infamous example of the fat man and the thin man? Those he considers thin we consider fat, whereas the fat ones in his eyes - teachers, nurses and doctors, social workers - are actually quite thin.
And we recall the battle cry "They're afraid," and the "they" is us, all those who don't vote for him. At the height of his success, Netanyahu did not receive more than a quarter of the vote, and the 75 percent who reject him are the 47 percent who reject Romney. Both groups are incorrigible, they cannot be persuaded, for Netanyahu they are lost and it makes no difference what's happening and what will happen, as his friend from America explained in despair to their common donors.
And how can we forget the "left that has forgotten what it means to be Jewish" - like half the American people who have forgotten what it is to be American, to be forever rich, healthy and young, without wrinkles and bald spots, that's American.
Romney has lost his pretense of being "everyone's president," including president of the weakened Americans who need support. And Netanyahu, in his behavior and his policy, has long since given up on many Israeli citizens. He and his friend are both divisive figures, divvying up nations into factions, inciting one faction against the other. And both do so using the eraser method and in the name of the father: Mitt regrets that his well-born father was not born a Latino, and Netanyahu remembers what the old Mapainiks did to his father. The overlords will never give up their claim of being underdogs, those who sacrifice others are always, in their own eyes, being sacrificed.
And if the erasers are permitted to see half the nation as worthless, then the erased are allowed to do so as well. Netanyahu does not identify with them, and they don't feel any identification with him; nor with the speech in the UN General Assembly that he delivered in their name. Fifty percent of the public fear for the survival of the country if a war with Iran breaks out, it was reported yesterday. Indeed, half the nation.
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