Scott Prouty is the man who made that video of Romney talking about the 47% to his rich donors. He is exactly the kind of person who needed to do this: a person who was doing everything in his power to rise: educated, hard working, with a "good moral compass" as he puts it, and just getting by. Still living in an apartment, not married, no kids: all that beyond his means. Working for rich people who boss him around and show other forms of contempt for ordinary people. What made him furious was hearing Romney say that young Chinese women were delighted to work in sweatshop factories for meager wages and implying that if we did things right in this country we could have the same kind of labor force. That we needed to stop coddling people with benefits.
It had to come from someone like him. Look at well heeled people like us: we do get benefits, aside from the ones everyone else gets and takes for granted as if they just happen-- like public safety and street and highway maintenance--but we are winners in the game of capitalism. We profit from the virtually free higher education we got, and we inherited property and other assets, too. What do we have to tell Scott Prouty? We don't have to work for rich people and swallow their insults. Prouty comes from a class of people, not necessarily into politics, who very much believe in fair play and giving everyone a chance. They work far harder than I do, for sure, and have a lot less to show for it, mostly, because they came into the game of life with fewer advantages, even though, I must say, they are probably every bit as smart and competent as Terry and I are, or maybe even moreso.
In fact, I was kind of blown away by how smart Prouty is. He is a very cool, systematic thinker who also has a passionate sense of justice. Well, he is my hero!
On last night's Ed Show, Scott Prouty came forward for the first time. Asked why he waited so long and is re-animating the issue at this point, he said it was because of the way Romney was refusing to go away and was lying about everything. Most importantly, he said that identifying himself earlier, and especially before the election, would have shifted the focus away from Romney and what Romney said and onto him. I think, myself, that at this juncture he is safer in the public eye, because he is apparently already being stalked.
And Chris Hayes and Ed Schultz are switching places on MSNBC. Thank god. Now I can have my weekends back and watch Chris on weekdays instead. We usually watch the Rachel Maddow Show, and Chris's show will come on an hour before hers. I'm wondering how different the format will be, switching to a one hour from a two hour format. So proud that I knew Chris Hayes "when," sort of, from the Nation Cruise. And I was, frankly, getting tired of his show, and I think he was, too. This change should freshen things up.And give Melissa Harris Perry a chance to shine instead of being in Chris's shadow. She is wonderful, too, and was also on the first Nation Cruise. She has needed better guests. She tried to have Gail Dines on, but her boss nixed that as being too controversial. I read Dines's book, Pornland, and was quite upset by her conclusions, especially her belief that porn has ruined sexuality for many.
But that is a subject for another day, perhaps.