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I’m pretty sure that’s somewhere in the Bible. Possibly toward the back.

QUESTIONER: When you said that we already have a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy, I’m curious about the word envy. Did you suggest that anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country, is envious? Is it about jealousy, or fairness?

ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent versus one percent, and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent, you have opened up a wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.

QUESTIONER: Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it being seen as envy, though?

ROMNEY: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.

Asking any questions about the distribution of wealth in America today undermines the notion of one nation under God? As Greg Sargent notes the NBC interviewer gave him not one but two chances to back off a position that would have made J.P. Morgan blush, and instead Romney just cranked it to 11. If his campaign people can’t brainwash him into displaying a bit more of the common touch than Louis XIV he’s going to get steamrollered in November.

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