An Exceptional To The Rule

Interesting quote from Mitt Romney:

”œI’m not concerned with the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Romney told CNN. ”œIf 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.”

Host Soledad O’Brien pointed out that the very poor are probably struggling too.

”œThe challenge right now ”” we will hear from the Democrat party the plight of the poor,” Romney responded, after repeating that he would fix any holes in the safety net. ”œAnd there’s no question it’s not good being poor and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor .”‰.”‰. My focus is on middle income Americans … we have a very ample safety net and we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. but we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”

Now, the main sentiment he was trying to express, that the middle class have it tough in these times, is a pretty accurate one. After all, its the middle and working classes who have lost the most in the mortgage bubble. Significant portions of the money they’ve invested in their homes– yea, that’s a dopey concept, but you know what? That’s what we were told to do– on the order of 50% or more was lost.

And there is no safety net for that. You can’t write it off your taxes like a corporation…pardon me, corporate entity…could. There’s no bailout so that you can pay yourself a bonus instead of donating to people worse off than you. You can’t leap into a golden parachute because your house is now essentially worthless.

Ah, but there’s also no safety net to speak of for the desperately poor: no jobs, no income, no assets. The working and middle classes at least have jobs. They have *something*. The really poor have nothing and the clock is ticking. If they went on welfare because they got laid off from a job cleaning floors at the bank or parking cars on Wall Street, they’re bumping up against the five year limit on their welfare.

A smart man, a man who would be President, would know that. He’d know that shortly after he took office, he’d have to put boots on the ground about this problem.

Unless he didn’t care. Unless he lived in the double-bubble of conservatism and wealth, he’d see this problem coming.

Don’t Republicans get tired of always being in the dark? Don’t they get tired of saying, “Well, no one could have seen that coming. A failure of imagination, we missed the signals, the previous administration didn’t make it clear enough….” and so on.

I mean, you’d think 9-11 would have been a wake up call to the ignorant that things are not going as swimmingly in America as they are in America Prime, the “exceptionalist” America.

Now, America as we know it is still an exceptional place. Just not as exceptional as even a decade ago. We’ve been wounded; wounded from abroad, wounded from within, wounded economically, wounded spiritually, wounded morally and perhaps, mortally.

If you had told me, even after 9-11, that we’d condone torture as a nation, I’d have looked at you cross-eyed. If you had told me that we’d spend trillions on two wars that had a goal of no clear victory, I’d have called the insane asylum. And if you’d had told me that the global economy, in large part owing to the lack of oversight of the greediest bastards on the planet, would melt down and destroy the American working and middle classes, I’d give you a sobriety test.

I mean, it’s one thing to screw with a sector of the American economy, bubble it up, make money off the suckers, then light another stewpot, but to screw homeowners?

And yet we did it, and we now have a candidate running for President who wants to ignore the blood stains on his hands and plow on, blithely ignorant of the pain and suffering around him.

I wonder what Romney has on his iPod? It must be loud, since he can’t hear the crying.

Stephen Colbert said it best, and its partcularly apt when talking about a Mormon candidate who professes to be a conservative Christian, because maybe he missed this about Jesus:

If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

So, Mitt…about those poor….

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  • Atrios has the right of it, I think – Mitt’s attempting a dog-whistle.

    He isn’t saying f*** the poor. He’s saying that the really poor actually have it really really good! The government basically gives them free cars and housing and medical care and food stamps they can use at the liquor store etc. The rest of you struggling to get by, you don’t get anything. In fact, the really poor (and we know who they are) are taking your hard earned money.

    It’s rubbish, of course, but it’s one of the primary lies the GOP tells the many who aren’t rich and vote Republican to keep them voting Republican.

  • The mythological “welfare queen” lives on. And ya know, a lot folks still believe this and are really riled up by it. So it may work for Mitty in the short run.

    In the long run, lets hope it works to continue to make him look exactly like what he is: a true 1 percenter.

    And what is their safety net after welfare reform: a cardboard box and an old shopping cart?

  • 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

    34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

    44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


    Mitt Romney, Jesus says you’re a goat, get out of here. I say you’re a dick… and get out of here.

    Why are today’s Christians so lousy at being Christian? Most atheists I know are much more Christ-like.

  • Not mythological. My friend’s ex-wife is one of them and I know her personally. She can work, but won’t. She chooses to make babies by different fathers and have the state (and the fathers that can be found) pay her way.

    You really need to cruise the trailer parks before you make assumptions based on what your favorite media flavor has told you.

    I’m a centrist, so I see the GOP lies as well as the DEM ones.

    And, yes, “Mittons” is the 1%. Your chances of getting positive financial reform under Mitt is less than 1%. It will probably get worse.

  • Well, yes, they exist as does the occasional illegal voter. The issue is whether they actually constitute a more than insignificant burden on society. Most people occasionally break traffic laws, is it worth full time, everywhere policing to catch each and every on of these?

  • Reagan’s “welfare queen” was real too, if by “real” you define it as one part was true here, and another was true over here in this other city, and oh, here’s a third part across country.

    Look, no one is saying nobody on welfare cheats. That would be like saying nobody ever cheats on their taxes.

    But here’s the thing: your welfare-sucking “friend’s ex-wife”…how much does she take? $3600 a year? Maybe?

    Romney’s cronies ripped off the entire world for that much in a millisecond. I’d rather this idiot skip working at a job she’d probably hate and lose anyway for a year than let those asshats rape the crap out of us ever again.

  • with putting Christ back in Christmas than they are with putting Christ back in Christianity.

    It is worth remembering that the Founding Fathers were all traitors.

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