Mitt Romney: “I’m not concerned about the very poor”

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Republican front runner for president, Willard “Mitt” Romney, told CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien on Wednesday:

“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 the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

When Ms. O’Brien pointed out the very poor are most likely struggling too, Romney replied:

“…we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”

If Democrats don’t seize on this statement in campaign ads designed to defeat Romney then they deserve to lose in November.

Willard “Mitt” Romney has amassed a personal fortune estimated to be $250 million dollars and pays a 13.9% income tax rate — roughly half of what a wage earner making $50,000 a year.

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15 Responses to Mitt Romney: “I’m not concerned about the very poor”

  1. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Mitt, you are a useless sack of SHITE!!!! May the Temple fall on you next time you go there to worship!

  2. feminazi says:

    Romney is one of the wealthiest men to run for president. If he defeats Obama, I predict the poor will fall further behind because they simply don’t register on his radar. The American people have a clear choice in November. Reelect Obama, who has a proven record or elect a Mormon king. I hope they reelect Obama and reject quarter of a billion dollar Mitt.

  3. Gindy53 says:

    In amassing that impressive fortune, he put thousands of people under the poverty line. Of course he could care less about them, to him they do not even exist.
    My Mormon neighbors got an earful from me the other day concerning this idiot. They will vote for him, as they have been TOLD to do by their president and bishops, but I had to let them know why I won’t. The husband works at a small local company much like the printing company Romney and Bain destroyed in Indiana. I told them that Romney and Bain could have easily done the same thing to his employers and he and his six kids would be out on the street. I told them if they could vote for someone as evil as Romney perhaps they deserve the same fate those hundreds of Hoosiers received (and did not deserve).
    I honestly don’t think the rank and file Mormons even know what Romney did to other human beings in his time at Bain. Hell he is still making moeny off of the pain and anguish of others as he tries to win the dream come true for his church.

  4. The Real Adam says:

    This quote by Romney is a rare moment of complete honesty from the most calculating politician in modern American politics.

    If you still wonder, just who is Mitt Romney, now you have the answer.

  5. One Fly says:

    Many Mercuns will love him even more.

  6. Gay Groom says:

    Sadly, I think that is the pervading GOP sentiment. Just glad I’m Canadian.

  7. okjimm says:

    Christopher… off topic… this has been making the rounds… restaurant owner in Knoxville refuses service to anti-gay, homophobic TN State Senator.

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jan/31/sam-venable-shall-we-gather-at-the-bistro/

    I sent the owner an email… I guess she is getting a lot of support…if you hadn’t heard, I thought you may appreciate.

    I have sent the owner a “good on you” email

    just saying

  8. Rachel says:

    Mittens is a member of the 1% Club. I don’t resent him for his fortune but at the same time, I am not comfortable with someone as wealthy as him being president. His fortune is essentially a barrier to relating to average Americans, poor and struggling people, the disabled and the old. He is an elite and belongs on a golf course — not in the Oval Office.

  9. Stephen Iversonn says:

    Romney refers to “safety nets” for the poor. He mentions food stamps, Medicaid, and housing vouchers. It’s quite clear he understands absolutely nothing about America’s woefully flawed and dangerously underfunded safety net programs.

    Food stamps program is under Congressional pressure to cut the rapidly rising costs of the federal USDA program at a time when a record number of Americans are relying on it. US House and Senate members have sought to restrict access to the program to a one year limit and restrict single men from the program completely.

    Medicaid enrollees reported problems finding doctors who accept Medicaid due to low provider payment rates. Doctors who do accept Medicaid are often overwhelmed with practices numbering over 1,000 patients. Numbers like this are akin to the third world. This is why President Obama correctly expanded program eligibility and sought to increase doctor reimbursement. However, many state governors oppose the program and want to see it cut. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is proposing a 19 percent across-the-board cut for Medicaid providers. These cuts represent a top-down attempt to control Medicaid costs that will only worsen the program and harm its enrollees.

    Housing vouchers presumably refers to Section 8. Not all families who receive vouchers are able to find a house or apartment where they can use them. Shortages of moderately priced rental housing, tight market conditions, racial and ethnic discrimination, landlords who are unwilling to accept voucher payments, and ineffective local administration all contribute to this problem The program’s “portability” feature, which allows recipients to use their vouchers to move from one jurisdiction to another, is a bureaucratic nightmare, not only for families but also for the sending and receiving housing authorities. The single biggest problem with the current housing voucher program is that federal spending for affordable housing is woefully inadequate. Only about one in every three eligible families gets assistance. Thus, even though vouchers work quite well for those lucky enough to receive them, 6.1 million low-income renters still face severe housing hardship—paying more than half their monthly income for housing, or living in seriously run-down or overcrowded housing.

    Romney lives in a world detached from the realities of American poverty. Like Barbara Bush refused to pollute her beautiful mind with images of body bags returning from Iraq, Romney wants to be the president of the country club crowd. The 1%. But 20% to 25% of America in 2012 is poor and he wants nothing to do with them.

  10. DMason says:

    Stephen Iversonn – Well said. Excellent post. Willard is utterly clueless.

  11. Randy Arroyo says:

    Can’t add much to these comments. If Romney wins in November I honestly will have to consider taking a job with my employer in Mexico or Spain until he’s sent packing. Luckily, I have this option and I am fluent in Spanish so I can easily do this. Romney isn’t suited to be president and I can’t imagine living in the USA as long as he’s in the White House. I think I dislike him more than I disliked Bush and that was a lot.

  12. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    New Bumper Sticker……….. Mitt the Shit!

  13. AmericanLP says:

    Mitt is an honest politician… he loves to fire people and isn’t concerned about the very poor
    Is this who you want as our next President? http://youtu.be/FQHSY2p620s

  14. ultra says:

    Mitt Romney: “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

    For once, he is telling the truth.

    Mitt Romney: “I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

    Now he is lying. In reality, Romney is only concerned about whether or not these middle-class Americans will vote for him.

    The so-called “social safety net” in the United States has been shredded beyond recognition. Romney has proposed transforming Medicaid (health insurance for the poor) from an entitlement program into a block grant program, knowing full well that this would utterly destroy it. Can you imagine what it would be like to get funding for these block grants approved by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, or past a Senate filibuster?

  15. SAL says:

    Mitt Romney and the republicans need to give up the tax cut for the wealthly. They need to put the money in the economy to create jobs unless they are lying about that as well and want a dictatorship or corporate-run govt. Mitt Romneyneeds to be stopped. He is a fraud. As far as his safety net goes, it only extends to him when he needs it and he punishes the very poor and middle class for just trying to make an honest day’s wages. Mitt Romney does not even know what a safety net does he was born so rich with a silver spoon. Mitt Romney needs to be exposed for the liar of the budget that he supports with Paul Ryan! With him even being in the running, we need all the safety nets for everyone that we can get! He is horrible and disguisting. He does not believe in safety nets. Just himself and his wealth.

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