Here is a quote from Mitt Romney, the Republican front runner and likely to be the nominee. I don’t think you would have heard this type of quasi-populist level rhetoric were it not for the Occupy movement raising awareness of the seemingly infinite class gulf in the US.

“By the way, I’m concerned about our poor in this country,” the former Massachusetts governor added. “We have to make sure that the safety net for our poor is always strong and always able to help those that can’t help themselves. I’m not terribly worried about the very wealthiest in our society — they’re doing just fine.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romney-aiken-issues-20120113,0,2568654.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fpolitics+%28L.A.+Times+-+Politics%29

7 thoughts on “Mitt Romney concerned about the poor – latimes.com

  1. It’s such condescending bullshit. We have so much of this populist kind of thing in South Africa as well, especially now with the centenary celebrations of the ANC. We have lost 40 billion Rand to corruption. This money just can’t be accounted for, and this in a country fraught with poverty. I was reading something the other day of how difficult it’s becoming for politicians in the United Kingdom to be listened to. People just don’t trust them.

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  2. Don,

    It certainly seems like condescending bullshit to me as well. What’s interesting about the political situation in the States is that we’ve moved so far to the right that most politicians don’t even need to bother with the bs. The fact that a Republican candidate feels he has to say that he cares about the poor seems like something that is fairly significant, because usually it is very uncool for a conservative to talk about the poor, unless you are talking about “cutting domestic spending” or “cutting social programs,” which are code for cutting programs that help the poor. The most you usually get from conservative Republicans is that they want to give more tax breaks to “job creators” (i.e., the rich) so that the job creators can create jobs for poor people.

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  3. I’m with Don. “By the way, I’m concerned about our poor…” — the “by the way” pretty well trivializes the issue, doesn’t it? Not a central concern, just something to toss in before he forgets about it. By the way, I love artichokes, I’m a Sagittarius, I don’t really speak French all that well, etc. Also note that Romney’s contrast between “our poor” and “the very wealthiest.” Romney of course is one the very richest, so when he uses the possessive “our” he sounds like he’s asserting ownership, like “our sweatshop workers” or “our Negroes.” Of course he’s not concerned about the very wealthiest: he’s doing fine. This puts him in opposition to the #Occupy, who are very concerned about the wealthiest 1%.

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  4. Yeah. I just saw that. Apparently they have enough social safety nets…..these kinds of statements will definitely endear him as one of us, a common guy who can relate to the working man and woman.
    =)

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