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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"I'm not concerned about the very poor"

Republican candidate Mitt Romney is honest.

I don't mean its really as a positive- its just the truth...

"I'm not concerned about the very poor."

As truthful and sincere a comment as a politician of either party could ever make short of someone saying 'I care nothing of the voters once I win election'

 He doesn't care.  Obama doesn't care either.  Its just the President is smart or savvy enough to never say it outright.  But its true.  He doesn't.  No politician does, because you probably could count on two hands the number of Presidents, Senators, Governors or Congresspeople in the last 30years who grew up in dire poverty and difficult circumstance, and yet made it where they are today.  
Now the full Romney quote was this:  

"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." (AP)

That's so very clever... let's break it down sentence by sentence...

The first sentence we talked about-- Romney doesn't care for the very poor.  Absolutely true.  He really doesn't care about the moderately poor or minimum wage class person either.  But then, in all honesty, who does, right?  Unless you are poor yourself, or remember what it was like to be under the poverty line.  The lower middle class?  Ehh.. not really.. Statistically, they don't really donate much to political campaigns and when so, its heavily Democrat.  So Romney wouldn't care about them either.

Next sentence- referencing the safety net.  Not sure what 'net' he speaks of?  Does he mean food stamps which allow you to buy shit like chocolate cookies and Cheetoes but can't use it to buy warm meals from supermarket like a rotisserie chicken?  Does Romney mean welfare which is just barely enough to get by, and which JP Morgan Chase profits in the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars annually by having exclusive rights to print out the welfare cards?  Or maybe social security, which is being gutted by a diminished worker pool and dirty politician tricks like payroll tax rebates so workers can keep an extra $20/wk while diminishing Social Security by at least $24 billion in 2011 alone?
Next sentence- fixing the safety net.  Romney may be honest but he's not trustworthy.  Do I really expect the party that calls such safety nets "entitlements" derisively and who would love to roll back the clock to pre-1930s Depression when it comes to such safeguards to 'fix it'?!

Next 2 sentences- Romney says he doesn't care about the rich- they can take care of themselves.  Does anyone really believe that?  Is Goldman Sachs Romney's #1 corporate donor because they don't want to be taken care of?  (Goldman is also Obama's #1 donor so tells you all you need to know this upcoming election)  Are wealthy people writing checks to Romney's campaign so their needs will be ignored and dismissed?  Get real!

Last sentence:  Romney is concerned about the 'heart of America'. Awww..  that's very sweet of him.  He calls those people the 90-95% of Americans.  That's a very clever way to twist the 99% vs 1% Occupy movement argument.  So let's see.. based on that percentage, the super wealthy are still 1% so that means the very poor only represent at best 4-9% of the nation.  Sorry Mittens, your math is skewed.  

It is a statistical Fact that 1 in 6 Americans are getting food stamps.   That means around 17% of the population.  Then when you add in all the Americans on welfare and Social Security due to age or disability, you're looking at over 1 in 4 Americans in need of Federal handout from the government to survive.   That's over 25%  And most sure ain't middle-class.
So really, if Romney was as honest with his percentages as he was with his non-compassion for the poor, he's concerned about 50.1%.  Specifically the 50.1% of American voters who will get Romney elected by embracing corporate tax breaks, lower taxes for wealthy, trickle-down economic policies and admire that Romney made his fortune as a ruthless Wall St. capitalist  rather than a creator of real products or services.

~  This posting should in No Way imply or assume an endorsement for President Obama for reelection.   No, no, no, no.... At this moment, if choosing between Romney and Obama in a general election, yours truly would rather simply stay home and not vote.