Aside from celebrating American independence from whatever country we won independence from – about 25% of American adults don't know – I have been overcome with some sort of sleeping sickness over the past week or two. I've always been a six-hours-per-night-will-do kind of guy and a nite owl to boot, but lately I sleep like it pays by the hour. That and the poorly placed holiday have combined to make this week a total blog fail. I'll get back on the ball tomorrow.

For now, check out this little gem from Mitt Romney last week (emphasis mine):

I think this is a land of opportunity for every single person, every single citizen of this great nation. And I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford and with their time they're able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot of realizing their dreams.

I used to think Mittens got something of an unfair rap for making tactless statements depicting him as an out-of-touch plutocrat who doesn't understand the little people. That's unfair in the sense that it describes so many of our elected officials that I saw no real reason to single out Romney. The more he talks, however, the more apparent it becomes that his "misstatements" stem from some combination of his privileged life and his Randian ideology. He should probably know better than to say things like this in public, and he doesn't because he's completely tone deaf. Make no mistake, though: this reflects his underlying belief system. He believes in an America in which everyone gets to succeed in life based on what they can afford, as befits a man who has been trying to buy the presidency for half a decade.