Romney’s Idea Of A ‘Farmer’ Fails To Meet Muster
In order to try to salvage a campaign rocked with scandal after scandal which is now looking weak against even Nixon, Romney felt a need to connect to the average person. Despite failed attempts to humanize himself through visits to grocery and hardware stores, he keeps trying to connect with the masses. On Wednesday he made a very visible visit with Lemar Koethe, in order to get “insight” into the American farmer. While the discussion looked like Romney meeting with a common farmer, appearances are often deceiving.
It might seem that Romney did not want to meet an average farmer, with the median income of family farmers only at $55,000 a year in 2009, and picked Koethe purposefully. The two men talked on a narrow range, almost scripted. Meet Lemar Koethe, multi-millionaire and owner of 54 different farms, primarily soybean and corn. Koethe was quick to blame the crop shortages of this year on government regulations, seemingly having forgotten about the drought that is going on, fed by climate change.
Of course, Romney likely felt right at home with Mr Koethe, perhaps it was Koethe’s quaint little farmhouse:
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Sporting an underground garage capable of holding a multitude of cars, it has direct access to the central elevator capable of reaching the household recreation center, art gallery, car wash facility and a living area 35 feet above ground level. Just a typical Iowan farmhouse.
Of course this hurt Romney’s campaign rhetoric where he exposes the “self-made man,” with the $130,575 which Mr. Koethe received from the US Government in agricultural subsidies as well as the millions of deductions he has been able to claim over the year for expenses. And his expenses are found through his business interests, not just agricultural. The real estate mogul has made his fortune through office space, industrial real estate, and even worked as a concert promoter for such local artists as Slipknot.
The Romney campaign has not yet stated if they are to use Slipknot’s ”Left Behind” in any advertising to try to woo evangelical voters.