Does anyone remember this movie?
Apparently it was a commercial flop and critics hated it, but I remember enjoying it when I was 10 and had less discerning taste. This movie may have been (one of) the reason(s) why I didn’t like the Big Lebowski. I remember a friend of mine telling me about a scene in the Big Lebowski that she thought was particularly hilarious. Where they scatter Donnie’s ashes to the wind and it all flies back into their faces. Mel Brooks did it first. (I can never embed videos properly. Go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAx1XLyFQLw It’s at 52 minutes.)
The movie was about a millionaire (played by Brooks) who was challenged to live on the streets as a homeless person for 30 days. Hilarity ensued.
Why am I posting now about a 20 year old movie that no one (but me) liked enough to remember? It’s not like it was a unique idea. (See the Prince and the Pauper, Maid to Order, Trading Places) Because I think the best thing Mitt Romney could do for his campaign is to shut the hell up and I would love to see how he would cope living as even a middle class person. 47%, at the risk or repeating everything you have probably already heard, represents the elderly on social security, the unemployed, the working poor, and people who have enough deductions to make is so they have no taxable income. It could also represent big companies (who according to Romney are people) that don’t pay income taxes or who get more in subsidies than they pay out. And rather than address any of the real reasons why 47% of people aren’t paying income taxes (deductions in place to promote certain behaviors or tax avoidance schemes) or why most Americans don’t want to vote for Romney, he conjures up the tired old image of a mythical welfare queen.
So I would love to see Romney swap places with, let’s say a single mom. I would love to see Romney be afraid to lose his job (he loves firing people. Turn around is fair play) because he has to stay home with a sick kid. I would love to see Romney’s several cars breakdown and have to take several buses to get to work. I would love to see him experience one tenth of 47% of the population’s every day struggles before confuses laziness with lack of privilege again. (And I would love, love, love to see him try to open a window on a commercial flight. Hasn’t he seen Snakes on a Plane or Nightmare at 20,000 Feet?)
One more thing about the so-called moocher class that Romney thinks are voting for Obama no matter what? He’s probably wrong about that too.