“I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” said Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in a televised interview yesterday.
Yes, Mrs. Romney, I agree. That is an interesting thing. The Romney couple has an estimated financial worth of $250 million dollars. If having hundreds of millions of dollars doesn’t make a person wealthy, what does?
Ann Romney went on to explain that financial wealth isn’t really important to her, saying, “How I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people that I care about in my life, and that’s where my values are and that’s where my riches are.”
For that matter, if money doesn’t matter to the Romneys, why are they fighting so hard to make sure that wealthy people like themselves can keep even more of it, without paying their fair share in taxes?
How many of those friends that Mitt and Ann Romney now enjoy the company of would remain friends if the Romneys lost their possessions and lived on an annual income of just $30,000 per year? How much time would Ann Romney have left to socialize with her remaining friends if she had to work two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet?
For those of us who have to work for the money we spend, money matters a great deal. It matters, because we don’t spend our money on multiple houses, and two Cadillacs, and servants, and rooms full of little luxuries. We simply dream of being able to stay in one home, and pay for the education of our children. We simply hope that, when old age and illness comes, we will not be able to get basic medical care. Increasingly, we don’t have enough money even for the basics in life.
Perhaps Ann Romney ought to spend some time living in our world, before she declares that she isn’t wealthy, and that money doesn’t matter.