Does your home have any loggia? No? How about a 78 foot-high atrium? A drive-through garage accommodating over a dozen vehicles? Bordeaux rooms?
I don’t even know what a bordeaux room is, but whatever it is, Chateau Carolands has several of them.
Chateau Carolands is a gigantic California mansion, one of the largest private homes in all of the United States. The palace has 65,000 square feet of floor space – enough to encompass between 30 and 40 average-sized family homes. The chateau is home to just one family, though, or part of one family… the children come to visit every now and then.
Right now, the median family income in the United States is $50,000 per year. The latest home renovation project on Chateau Carolands cost over $20,000,000 – the amount that the average American family would earn in four centuries. Expenses are going up as wages stay flat, though, so most Americans just don’t have the chance to save.
It’s in these circumstances that the Mitt Romney for President campaign is having its latest big campaign fundraiser, not at the average house on your corner, but at Chateau Carolands, a week from tonight. This won’t be a party where the riff raff like us are invited, either. The price of having dinner with Mitt and Ann Romney at Chateau Carolands will be $50,000 per person – which just so happens to be the amount of money that a typical American family earns by working hard for an entire year.
As Mitt Romney devises his economic plans, it’s people who can afford to buy dinner at a price of fifty thousand dollars per plate. Romney doesn’t surround himself with people who cook their own dinners in cramped apartment kitchens with ingredients that cost a few dollars. So, it’s no wonder that Mitt Romney’s economic policies provide special perks to millionaires and billionaires, while making working American families pay more for the scraps they depend upon.
There’s one thing we the 99 Percent have on our side, however. Even as the One Percent feast upon their luxury meal at Chateau Carolands, they’re a tiny minority – one out of a hundred. We have the numbers, and we still have an advantage at the ballot box – one vote per person.
This November, unless you were one of the lucky few who could buy a seat at the dinner table at Chateau Carolands, you just don’t have any business voting for Mitt Romney.