The 770,000 plus who voted for Romney in the Florida primary I guess are not “the very poor”. A day after winning the Florida Primary, Mitt Romney has just shown the American people what he stands by and it ain’t by a record number of Americans living in poverty and that is about 15% of US population or 46 million.
A couple of weeks ago Gov. Romney said, “I am concerned about the poor in this country” to only flip flop and sing a different tune yesterday where he said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”
In a CNN’s Soledad O’Brien interview, Romney said:
“I’m in this race because I care about Americans,” Romney told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning after his resounding victory in Florida on Tuesday. “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”
[...] “You just said I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net. And I think there are lots of very poor Americans who are struggling who would say that sounds odd. Can you explain that?”
“Well, you had to finish the sentence, Soledad,” said Romney. “I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have the safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them…The – the challenge right now – we will hear from the Democrat Party, the plight of the poor, and – and there’s no question, it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused on middle income Americans. My campaign – you can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich. That’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor. That’s not my focus. My focus is on middle income Americans, retirees living on social security, people who cannot find work, folks who have kids that are getting ready to go to college. That – these are the people who’ve been most badly hurt during the Obama years.”
The initial poll from O’Brien was about a new poll from the Pew Research Center indicating that when it comes to “understanding the needs of average Americans,” President Obama scored 55 percent while he merited 39 percent.
I wonder what the 50 million Americans living in poverty would say hearing from a multimillionaire that he is not concerned about them. He believes the safety net is just about what the poor deserve and if the safety net has a hole he will just patch it up by cutting programs that prevents homelessness like he did when he was a Governor of Massachusetts. Let’s face it, if you don’t feel the pain, if you don’t know people that feel the pain and are struggling, if you are a wine and cheese kind of guy with a quarter of a billion dollar of estimated wealth, if you are one who likes to hide his income in the Cayman Island to avoid paying his fair share of income taxes, I have to say, it does not shock me to hear something like this from someone who has been privileged all his life.
I must admit when Mitt Romney said he does not give a $hit about the very poor, he was indeed being honest and speaking from the heart. As they say…
…you can put a lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig!