OK, by now, you’d have to live in under a rock or have been partying all week in Thailand (I’d prefer the latter) to not have heard Mitt Romney’s latest gaffe, showing him as an elitist who is out of touch with the common man. But, in case you were in Patpong or Soi Cowboy, here it is:
“I’m not concerned about the very poor,” he said. “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% of Americans right now who are struggling, and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”
Pretty bad, huh? Mitt’s not concerned about the very poor because they are being taken care of. Here’s my question. If they are being taken care of, how come they are still very poor? If we are taking care of Americans, then why does this USA Today story indicate that the number of the poor is likely to rise?
This brings me to my next point; I want to examine Mitt’s next sentence. It’s an important one.
“We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it,” Romney said.
Find the loaded word in that quote. I’ll give you a hint: It starts with “I” and ends with “F.” IF the safety net needs repair, he’ll fix it? IF? Just how out of tune with reality is Willard?
According to the USA Today story linked above, a record number of Americans, almost one in two, have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income. Almost one in two? Now, I’m a writer and a videographer and a lover (I kid), not a math guy, but isn’t almost one in two, almost half? That’s the math that I came up with. Holy crap! And Mitt’s not sure if there’s a problem or not? Wow!
Now you may think I’ve dissected that sentence about as much as I can, but we’ve got one more major point to make. Mitt says, “If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”
Here’s the rub: he’s lying. He won’t fix a thing.
According to his own website, Romney states that, if elected, he would sign the Ryan plan, signaling major cuts to the “safety net” that Mitt says is taking care of the very poor that he doesn’t care about because they are being taken care of.
How do you take care of the poor by cutting the programs they rely on? You don’t.
‘President Romney’ is hedging his bets. He’s hoping by the time re-election comes around the poor will be dead, in prison or too high to vote him out of office. He’s banking on a great deal of voter disenfranchment to keep those people from rising up against him. Keeping them as poor as possible helps that cause.
Make no bones about it, this isn’t the first verbal gaffe Mitt Romney has made during this campaign but it may be the most egregious. But then again, you never know, this is Mitt Romney were talking about. Maybe he’d bet me 10 grand that he could go the rest of the election without putting his foot in his mouth again. It’s hard to say. Sucker bet, though.