According to data from Environics Analytics WealthScapes published in the Globe and Mail, the net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, while the average American household’s net worth was $319,970.C'mon people, we're starving down here! Seriously. We're down to about a hundred of your "kilogrammes."
It’s obvious from these four episodes that Romney, contrary to his boast, does say different things to different audiences. Among politicians, that’s nothing unusual. What’s unusual is that Romney, for further advantage, told each audience what he wouldn’t tell the last one. First he talked pro-choice Republicans into giving him millions of dollars. Then he told the gay-rights guy he was pro-life. Then he told the NAACP he was against gay marriage. Then he told the Montanans he had pissed off the NAACP. Romney didn’t just hide things from each audience. He dissed them.
The problem with this behavior, politically, is that once you recognize it looking backward, you can anticipate it going forward. If you’re black, and Romney sucks up to you by standing up to gays, you shouldn’t be surprised when he sucks up to whites by standing up to blacks. Today you’re the audience. Tomorrow you’re the prop. It’s one of life’s oldest rules: You can learn more about somebody by what he says about other people than by what he says about you.