Corporate wife? Hayward on Williams about Ann Romney

Commentator Juan Williams appears to have stepped in it when he dismissed Ann Romney’s RNC speech as that of a corporate wife. John Hayward describes the situation as Juan Williams versus “corporate wives”

“Liberals have already said some very stupid things about Ann Romney, and they’ll say plenty more in the days to come. They’ll have a hard time getting over the nitwit bar set by Fox News commentator Juan Williams on Tuesday night.”

“There’s a whole lot of foolishness packed into Williams’ strange critique… beginning with his apparent inability to offer a single word of analysis about the speech he was paid to study and review. In one concentrated blast, he emitted some of the most persistent liberal myths:

1. Only rich corporate executives can afford to let their wives stay at home and raise the kids. (That’s what he meant by “corporate wife,” for those still trying to figure out what the hell he was thinking.)

2. Success and wealth are products of “luck” and “blessing,” not personal risk, sacrifice, and hard work. …

3. No one who is not currently suffering in some way can “speak for” people who are struggling to make ends meet….

4. Different Democrat constituencies require special sympathy and policies that are different from, and take priority over, general American prosperity….

This is line with Robert Reich using the Christian Science Monitor as a platform for his Romney lying machine thesis. As with Williams, he gets into very interesting distortions trying to rationalize his view. This latest is only supported by the ‘everybody thinks so’ logical fallacy. What he doesn’t do is to take a look at the particular administrative action that Romney cites much less listen to what anyone outside of his circle says. The fact checkers that Reich holds up as honest arbitrators are not doing their reputation very good when they take an approach as silly as Juan Williams on Ann Romney.

Another on this is Professor Williams on the ‘tax the rich’ meme. The rich don’t pay enough?. This is often proclaimed as an assertion that the rich must pair their fair share. It is the sort of idea that is behind the Reid allegations about Romney’s taxes and Williams on Romney being too rich to have any commonality with middle class wifery.

“According to IRS 2007 data, the richest 1 percent of Americans earned 22 percent of national personal income but paid 40 percent of all personal income taxes. The top 5 percent earned 37 percent and paid 61 percent of personal income tax. The top 10 percent earned 48 percent and paid 71 percent of all personal income taxes. The bottom 50 percent earned 12 percent of personal income but paid just 3 percent of income tax revenues.”

The data begs the question about just what these folks consider ‘fair?’

As one commentator noted, the RNC speeches could be themed as state governors who were children of immigrants that took turned their states around from a path to bankruptcy to economic health. They did build that success. In states such as Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Ohio, South Carolina and more there is a story of success and achievement that seems to be cloaked by the surface media. The RNC seems to hope it can get that story out from under that cloak. Reich, Williams, and their ilk seem to be getting desparate trying to keep the cover in place.

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