Mitt Romney seems to have a very hard time understanding complex human emotions such as pity, remorse, and fear. But why should he? They are as alien to him as hunger, pain, and depression. This is a person who has spent his entire existence wrapped in the gentle cocoon of privilege and wealth without any exposure to reality. How can you expect anything different?
Romney talks about paying for health insurance as if it were the same as getting a pedicure, hiring an escort or getting the fancy wax at a car wash. It’s a luxury service being provided to him, and he doesn’t like it, he can take his business elsewhere. Romney’s is the language of a man who has never wanted for anything, never worried about where his next paycheck would come from, never worried about going bankrupt if he got sick.
It is the language of an entitled empowerment utterly alien to the experience of most Americans, who feel victimized and bled dry without recourse by these rentier corporations. Romney sees himself as in charge of the relationship between himself and these entities. Most Americans don’t. That’s why the statement rankles and feels so off-putting to us. The mention of enjoying the act of “firing” them is just icing on the cake.
Everyone needs a hobby I suppose. Romney’s is firing people.
Then again, he might just be programmed that way.