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Mitt’s Freudian Slip

February 2, 2012

“I’m not concerned about the very poor.” he said Wednesday. “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.” – Mitt Romney

I hope you read that carefully. But if you didn’t let me offer a little perspective. The speaker is one Mitt Romney. The vastly wealthy front runner for the GOP Presidential nomination. A man who contrary to his stump speech, is beyond all doubts out of touch with the common man.

Let’s go to school on Mitt-ology and dissect Mitt’s callous freudian slip.

  • “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

That statement alone should disqualify a candidate from any further votes. To be able to say that you are the best qualified to steer the ship of state and look after the interests of it’s citizens and still say you are not concerned about a large portion of its numbers is oxymoronic at best, and at worst the beginnings of schizophrenia. Those two ideas cannot work together. You cannot love the countries people and then say that you are not concerned about the least of them.

  • “We have a safety net there.”

Apparently, Mitt thinks the “safety net” for the poor is enough to live a prosperous life. But don’t tell that to the members of our society who actually have to survive on unemployment and food stamps! At the onset of this recession, in late 2008 I found myself on the unwanted side of a downsizing company. A company that was not in economic constraint, but wanted to get ahead of the financial crisis it foresaw. As a result, after months of seeking employment and seeing my severence end, I had to pull unemployment. It was hardly a fraction of my salary, and in no way could sustain my family.

That is the reality of the working poor and the impoverished of this nation day in and day out Mr. Romney. Exactly how do you plan on fixing the safety net that is so good you don’t need to care about those needing it’s minimal benefit? In fact the man has no plan to lift people out of despair. Instead he would push them further into the quicksand of poverty. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Mr. Romney’s plan for the “ample safety net” would likely:

cut Medicaid $153 billion by 2016, the food stamp program would need to throw 10 million low-income people off their rolls, and poor children’s healthcare would face cumulative cuts of $946 billion through 2021.

Doesn’t sound like Mr. Romney is looking to fix anything. Looks to me like he wants to let all the air out of the balloon. So I agree with Mr. Romney “he isn’t concerned about the very poor.” Or in the words of Queen Marie Antoinette, who I’m sure would empathize with Mr. Romney’s position:

“Let them eat cake!”

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