Mitt Romney’s 'Very Poor' Disposition

Romney's words are more than "very poor" choice, they reflect his maxim.

As an advocate who works with individuals who have a variety of disabilities, I found it appalling that Mitt Romney would actually state that is not concerned about the very poor. From which planet does this guy hail? Can he really believe that those who are poor in this country really have a safety net? The cost of rent for an apartment is hard for someone earning only minimum wage. Even those who earn what many states consider to be a living wage have difficulty finding affordable rental properties. Grocery bills, fuel for automobiles (if you are fortunate to have one), health coverage or public transportation costs are daily charges that are drowning the average worker—many of whom are considered the working poor.

Did Romney really mean to say that he wasn’t particularly concerned about these Americans? Is this the same guy who is running for President of the United States?  Is this the same guy who just sang "America the Beautiful" to an audience of seniors in Florida? Mind you, many seniors are on fixed incomes and more than we would like to believe are poor. Hmmm, perhaps Gov. Romney should revisit the words of that off-pitch song he belted out recently. Maybe Romney’s definition of “brotherhood” is different from that which the songwriter, Katharine Lee Bates, intended. Both verses below are from versions of the song, and either way you slice, it reflects the fact that Americans are concerned about their fellow citizens.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
'Til selfish gain no longer stain,
The banner of the free.

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Joe Neighbor February 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Here is an article on Romney's charitable contributions: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/President/2012/0124/Mitt-Romney-taxes-show-very-high-charitable-giving-tied-to-Mormon-church The majority appears to have gone to the Mormon church. Here are some other recipients: the Friends of George W. Bush Library, Center for Treatment of Pediatric MS, US Equestrian Team Foundation, Harvard Business School, Homes for Our Troops, Heritage Foundation, Becket Fund (for religious rights legal aid), Federalist Society and Citizens for Limited Taxation.
hmj February 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Joe -- I was responding to those that would paint Romney as a person that has does nothing for the poor or a person that would eliminate programs that help the poor. To my knowledge John Kerry was not painted in such a manner. He and his wife's billions have done a great deal for the poor.
hmj February 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Joe --- Secretary of State Clinton and the President continue to allow the practice in the face of record high unemployment. Why? Yes,business leaders want them, but why? You need to probe deeper and ask why our US colleges and universities cannot meet the need. In the end, you will find an agenda that is not helping American citizens.
Joe Neighbor February 13, 2012 at 05:07 PM
hmj, If the root cause is a failure of the education system that is causing business leaders to look outside the U.S. to fill some of their positions, why did you take Obama to task for allowing the visas? It sounds like you agree that the visas are the best short term solution for helping businesses in the U.S., unless I read you wrong?
Bryan February 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
bowie20715 - take your pick. do you want a separation of church and state or don't you? do you want the government to have the ability to force leaders of relgious organizations to violate their consciences - to violate the tenants of their faith? this is not a birth control issue, it's a religious liberty issue. no one is being denied the ability to use birth control, abortive agents, or sterilization procedures. if their health insurance doesn't provide it, they are free to pay for it on their own. many health care plans today have HSA's (health savings accounts) attached to them that allow the insured to spend that money on ANY medical procedure or medicine they feel they need. i don't have dental coverage, but i can use my HSA money to pay for the dentist. i have a huge mole on my head that insurance won't pay to have removed because it's considered cosmetic - but i can use my HSA money and have the procedure if i want. the church/religious institutions shouldn't have to foot the bill for things they deem to be against their faith. obama's reaching way too far on this one.


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