Romney: Not focused on poor, they have safety net
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, confident after his Florida primary victory, ended up inviting criticism Wednesday when he said he’s “not concerned about the very poor” because they have an “ample safety net.”
Democrats and Republicans alike pounced and the GOP front-runner quickly sought to explain his remarks.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no,” Romney told reporters on his campaign plane when asked about the comments. “No, no, no. You’ve got to take the whole sentence, all right, it’s mostly the same.” He said his remark was consistent with his theme throughout the race, adding: “My energy is going to be devoted to helping middle-income people.”
Despite that explanation, Romney’s comments quickly became an immediate distraction from his message that he’s more conservative than chief rival Newt Gingrich and from the double-digit thumping the former House speaker sustained in Florida. His campaign worked behind the scenes to provide context for the comment.
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Romney: Not focused on poor, they have safety net
We have an ample safety net? Really? Pray tell what might that safety net be exactly?
As most of my readers know, I am retired on a fixed income. My wife works but she’s one of those under-employed that we hear so much about. She had her really great paying job phased out a while back, they outsourced, then she ended up with a job almost as good but after a few years that job ended too. My wife was making more money than the manager she worked for and that just couldn’t be allowed to happen.
Since then, she has worked, and worked hard, at a similar job, but one that pays far less than she made before.
She has applied for every job in her field that showed up in the MANY job searches she still does on a daily basis, but the fact of the matter is this; my wife is 61 years old and yeah, I do know it’s illegal to discriminate against a person because of age, sex of infirmity, but so far, she is VERY under-employed, and it looks like she’s going to stay that way.
No one has come right out and told her she was too old for the job, but her qualifications are impeccable, her work history is unblemished, and you don’t have to actually HEAR the words we just can’t hire someone of that age to KNOW it IS a deciding factor.
I guess under-employment for her and a fixed income for me is what we face.
But wait a minute, maybe all we need to do is submit her resume to the office of President Barack Hussein Obama. He said there are MANY jobs out there for the well educated and well trained didn’t he? He told that lady to send HIM her husbands resume. What a guy!
Since we all know the Obama jobs thing is a bunch of crap, just where is that ample safety net Mr. Romney speaks of? Anyone?
There are days when I consider closing the blog to save the money it takes to operate on a privately hosted, paid platform like WordPress.org.
It is not cheap to operate on a PAID platform, but the freedom of speech it gives me is worth it for as long as I can keep it open. I can’t be arbitrarily deleted because some liberal clown at Google/Blogger didn’t like what I had to say!
But here’s the truth about a fixed income, it limits my options drastically, and I KNOW it’s tight all over. I have had some awesome donations over the years and that has enabled me to keep on plugging away on an unlimited number of items, unafraid of censorship. But if those that have donated in the past are facing the same set of problems my wife and I are facing, it is VERY understandable why those donations have all but dried up.
So, I ask again, where, exactly, is that ample safety net Mr. Romney? Can you point us ALL in the right direction?
As the day began, the former Massachusetts governor told CNN from Florida: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”
We, my wife and I, are not POOR, but we’re on that list of Americans that are struggling to get by, just as I know many of you are.
Romney says, “If it needs repair, I’ll fix it” but he failed to even remotely address just how he plans to ”fix it“.
It’s not that I believe Newt is any better than Romney, it’s not that I believe Santorum or Ron Paul are any better either. I think we ALL agree, Romney or Newt would do a much better job than Barack Hussein Obama, but other than a lot of talk, vague words, what has any of them said that would inspire confidence?
I have said it many times in the recent past, and I will keep on saying it until it sinks in and people actually take it to heart; IF this current crop is the best the GOP/RNC has to offer, I am of the opinion that it really is time to launch that American Conservative Party I have long believed is the only thing that will save America.
We don’t need a disorganized bunch like the TEA Party, they have no compass, no sense of direction. I know that a real CONSERVATIVE organization can work, one that absolutely holds the candidates feet to the fire and DEMANDS nothing but the best, or shows them the door, but it MUST have defined leadership on a National, State and Local setting.
We need a Conservative Party that’s NOT afraid of it’s own shadow and worried about the one thing that is killing America, political correctness.
I knew some folks that claimed to be that type of American Conservative Party a while back, but I soon discovered that they were mostly talk, not willing to ruffle the feathers of the establishment. They were afraid that the TRUTH would offend possible members, and like the TEA Party, they talked a good game, but they didn’t HAVE game.
America, we either get game or Obama gets another 4 years, and so far, NONE of the current crop the GOP has in the running has GAME.