Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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Romney’s ‘relief’ event outside of Dayton, Ohio, was surreal enough to be a campaign parody, with the candidate comparing the federal government’s hurricane relief efforts to the time he and some friends had to clean up a football field strewn with ‘rubbish and paper products.’

It was supposed to be a parable of how Republicans handle disaster – with private charity, not government intervention – as Romney told his audience, ‘It’s part of the American spirit, the American way, to give to people in need.’ The Republican went on to talk about the time some Hurricane Katrina survivors were rerouted from Houston to Cape Cod and the good people of Cape Cod responded by donating food and, yes, television sets.

Of course, as Alex Seitz-Wald writes, the Red Cross and other private charities are discouraging the donation of goods, preferring that kind Americans donate funds that can be used where they’re needed, not goods that must be sorted and distributed and may not even be necessary (television sets?).

Salon’s Joan Walsh, regarding the misguided, hollow efforts by the Romney/Ryan team to collect donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Dayton, Ohio. The campaign reportedly dropped $5,000 on supplies at a local Wal-Mart for attendees to give to Romney for the sake of photo ops. What, no soup kitchens to invade?

Does Mittens listen to himself talk? No, really. I’m curious.

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