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Mitt Romney Thumped By Wall Street Journal Over “I’m Not Concerned About The Very Poor”

February 2, 2012

Objectively speaking, there is something about Mitt Romney’s attempts to connect with real people that falls flat.  There is a disconnect between this member of the uber-rich who lives off his interest, and the 99%  of us who have monthly car payments.  From Romney’s suggestion for a $10,000 bet during a national debate, to his suggestion that he had any real knowledge about pink slips is laughable when one really thinks about this man leading the nation.

With that in mind all I could do was smile when reading the Wall Street Journal’s editorial on the matter regarding his comments about the poor.

Mitt Romney was a turnaround artist in business, which is in contrast to his artlessness when he departs from his political script. Today we’ll try to decode his latest adventure in spontaneous lingua franca, and if necessary we’re prepared to make this a long-running series right through November. Like Twain said of Wagner’s music, Mr. Romney is better than he sounds.

As everyone has by now heard, Mr. Romney celebrated his Florida primary victory Wednesday by offering a bouquet to President Obama’s re-election committee, declaring in a CNN interview that “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” He then added, “We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it,” and then, “I’m not concerned about the very rich,” and then, “I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90%, 95% of Americans who right now are struggling.”

Asked to elaborate, he continued, awkwardly, “You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus. The middle-income Americans, they’re the folks that are really struggling right now and they need someone that can help get this economy going for them.” So Mr. Romney finally got to his real point, which was about economic growth, but the wait was—how to put it?—excruciating.

One Comment
  1. February 3, 2012 2:42 PM

    Mitt Romney’s strangle up from opulence:

    “Walter Mitty” Romney (just call him Mitt) optimizes the ridiculous insistence of what is left of the Republican Party that everyone must toady to the few and ever fewer that pull the purse strings of the GOP and government, loot the nation’s wealth and ration its future. Though right-leaning Republican folks don’t even like Mitt, they want to palm him off on everyone else and apparently think they can.

    For his part, Mitt keeps sticking his silver foot in his mouth; this time by insisting that he is neither concerned about the destitute, working poor, and declining middle class, nor the 00.005% top-of-the-top wealthy. This leaves Mitt’s concern focused on him and his fellow Cayman Island banking folks—the thin slice of fat cats of 00.006% minus the 00.05% really fat.

    Mitt is out of touch with his basic problem and does not understand that he ain’t one of 99.994% of WE THE PEOPLE that were created equal under the law and have had to really struggle up from poverty the old-fashioned way that is called work. All of the folks
    Mitt is not one of range from the destitute and on up to fewer and fewer that have been able to earn quite a bit of what Mitt has gobs more.

    In pretense of being one of all of us, Mr. Mitt paints a ridiculous claim of his heroic life struggle up from opulence.

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