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Romney and the poor

During a campaign, presidential candidates do a lot of interviews. Each one increases the chance that the candidate will be misquoted or will say something awkwardly.
Republican front-runner Mitt Romney freely admitted that he “misspoke” when he said in an interview with C-N-N that he “was not concerned about the very poor” because they have a government-backed safety net in place. He added “if there are holes in it, I will work to repair that”.
I don’t believe Romney is completely unconcerned about poor people, but I seriously doubt that they are a top priority for his candidacy. Does he actually know anyone who is poor? Has he ever known a poor person? Has he ever been poor himself?
Probably “no”, “no”, and “no”.
Personal poverty is nothing to be proud of, and most folks don’t like to admit it … unless they somehow overcome the tough times and find a better life.
Romney is like most national politicians, for which poverty is strictly an abstract concept.
Our thought for today is from Arnold Bennett:
“If you’ve ever really been poor, you remain poor at heart all your life.”

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02/09/2012 1:10AM
Romney and the poor
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