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Commonality: Investment Firm

Things are heating up and the chatter on the campaign trail seems to be all about money. In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman made his mass of weath as an investment banker for a firm named Pierce & Pierce. In Mitt Romney’s case the firm was named Bain Capital. Here is a short video created by the Huffinton Post that explains the way Bain Capital works.

Over the past few weeks other issues related to Mitt’s money have also become a problematic and questionable (Here is a great Vanity Fair article explaining this in much more detail):

  1. Mitt has several of-shore bank accounts. While not illegal, the practice has a shady reputation and tends to make people think something fishy is going on, including being able to use tax loopholes to avoid taxes that would otherwise be paid if the accounts were in the U.S..
  2. He STILL won’t release any tax returns for years other than 2010. This week Ann Romney, in an attempt to shake off the pressure to produce other years tax returns, said that the Romneys had “given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life”, igniting even more frustration over how the Romney’s might live their lives and view “you people” (regular Americans).
  3. A financial disclosure revealed that Romney’s retirement account from Bain (employed officially from 1984 – 1999) is in the amout of approx. $102 million. Annual contribution limits, though, only allowed for $32,000 per year to be put into retirement accounts. The math here does not add up and some are demanding answers.

Scrutiny of Mitt Romney’s Character Reveals Psychopathic Tendencies

This May 19, 2012 article by Deborah Foster on politicususa.com describes the qualities that qualify someone as a psychopath and highlights evidence of some of those characteristics in Mitt Romney.

“Listen, you’ll have to excuse me. I have a lunch meeting with Cliff Huxtable at the Four Seasons in 20 minutes. ” ~Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

Hip to be Square

Check out this comic by Terrence Nowicki, Jr.: http://thisishistorictimes.com/2012/01/hip-to-be-square/

Thanks Terrence!

 

Barney Frank on Mitt Romney

“There is a meanness at his core.”

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And then there is this…

David Horsey / Los Angeles Times (May 11, 2012)

 

 

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“Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark!” ~American Psycho

Commonality: Privilege

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is the son of former governor of Michigan and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Richard Nixon, George Romney. As a youngster, Mitt atteneded Cranbrook (from 7th to 12th grade), and later went on to Stanford, Brigham Young, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

Needless to say, Mitt Romney’s upbringing was not typical. He was surrounded by elite businessmen and politicians. Romney owns homes in California and New Hampshire. He plans to quadruple the size of the California home this year to 11,062 square feet. Here are some photos of Romney’s current and fomer real estate, some of which he likely ditched so he didn’t look SO rich while running for President.

Funny: Large Things That Could Fit Inside Mitt Romney’s New House by Julie Weiner

Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman grew up wealthy. Like Romney, he attended a prepatory school before entering Harvard Business School. His parents have a house on Long Island and a summer home in Newport. Bateman makes his way to New York City and is surrounded by the elite businessmen and bankers, not unlike Romney.

American Psycho gives an insiders glimpse into the life of high society. While we do not know that those that surround Mitt Romeny act in similar ways, one can imagine that the shallow personas that Ellis developed likely came from somewhere, whether stereotype or reality.

Tendencies: Inability to fit in

Only the beginning

It’s not all about the look, but…

Photo: REUTERS

Photo: From motion picture, American Psycho