I can’t begin to count the number of times I have told someone “I will bet you a million dollars” that I was right, and they were wrong regarding a certain dispute. And I can’t begin to count the number of times I have heard the same offer of a bet from someone else. And at the times, neither I, nor the people offering to bet me, had a million dollars on hand.
So I think that it’s more than a little ridiculous that other candidates are ganging up on Mitt Romney for having offered a $10,000 bet over a dispute concerning Romney’s past position on health care reform. Yes, I understand the politics of the situation, and yes, I know that if Romney had the chance, he probably would not have offered the bet again so that he wouldn’t look out of touch and unaware of the economic struggles of average people and families. But this kind of hypersensitivity regarding rhetoric is getting completely out of hand; people talk the way Romney does all the time, and they make bets all the time that their bank accounts could not possibly cover. They do so to emphasize their confidence in the positions they take in discussions with others. There really is nothing more to it than this, and making this kind of bet does not necessarily mean that one does not understand the value of money, or the financial struggles faced by others.
We have a lot of real problems that need solving in this country. It’s a shame that we are spending so much of our time worrying and obsessing about trivial issues, and distracting ourselves from the major issues as a consequence.