Romney: Not focused on poor, they have safety net

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  • Whos Life RU Living? Ogden, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    I guess a lot of republican christians are going to be surprised in the millenium when Jesus says he wants to give money to the poor.

  • AFVet Lindon, UT
    Feb. 2, 2012 1:34 a.m.

    The President of the United States is President to 100% of the country, not 90%. Sorry but Mitt botched that interview answer. It wasn't even a gotcha question and he stepped in it....again.

    Unfortunately for the poor if Mitt does become President they will be in a lot of trouble because his plan will raise their taxes by over 60%. The "90% Middle" who according to him are STRUGGLING will only get a 2% cut and the wealthy who according to him "are doing just fine" will get a 15% cut in taxes.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Feb. 1, 2012 7:00 p.m.

    Romney didn't say anything that is not true. The "very poor" (sadly) have a HUGE safety net. A safety net so massive, in place because of the Judeo-Christian values in America, that the very poor hardly have to lift a finger to stay alive or even have a place to sleep.

    Medicare, Medicaid, hospitals that won't turn anyone away that walks into an emergency room even if they can't pay, banks who won't evict those in homes who fail to pay their mortgage, churches, friends and neighbors, even complete strangers who often help, state welfare, etc and all of this available to those who claim "I'm helpless" without so much as a drug test while many of us who pay for the needy (many of which are actually capable) have to PASS a drug test to keep the job which pays for those who are "poor".

    About a year ago I was shopping in my local grocery store late at night and saw a woman with a shopping cart HEAPING with food, MUCH of it high fat junk food and sweets and soda, and saw her pay with state issued food stamp coupons. Yes, it ticked me off and I'm not afradi to say it.

    I believe that Jesus Christ had it right when He said "Thou shalt not be idle; for he that is idle shall NOT eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer." (D&C 42:42)

    Many of us are GLAD to help those who are truly needy but incessant "safety netting" only breeds laziness and ingratitude.

  • Joy Steele mesa, AZ
    Feb. 1, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    I watched MSNBC plot this against Mitt Romney. If it appears that Mitt's contenders are joining Democrats in defeating him it's only an appearance. Truth is they are Democrats, and they don't want to be president, they were sent by lobbyers and are funded by the Word Bank owned by Rothschild. They want Obama another term, and Ron Paul laughs louder at Mitt's defeat. Mitt's defeat is our defeat. The GOP candidates, news media, and Liberals are attacking him. Are we going to attack him too? Will we self-destruct?

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    Small minds find confirming evidence, amplify it, and strengthen their own narrative.

    Open minds accept the breath and depth of the situation in its content, intent, complexity, and truth, and adjust their narrative accordingly.

    All sides would do well to remember this.

  • The Politics of Listening A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 1, 2012 5:07 p.m.

    We'll remember in November.

    Laugh it up now.

    Cry in December.

    Republicans are mocking President Barack Obama for telling an unemployed semi conductor engineers wife to send him a resume so he could try to discover why the man has been out of work for three years.

    Obama made his offer to Jennifer Wedel, a 29-year-old mother-of-two from Fort Worth, Texas, after she questioned him during an experimental Google+ question and answer session from the White House.

    Now the Republican National Committee has launched a website, NotBetterOff dot com, in which it offers to drop off any resume to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    "Were pretty sure the 12 million jobless Americans would all love to send their resumes to the White House for some help," RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said.

    Wedel told Obama about her husband during Monday's town hall and questioned why the government continues to issue and extend visas for illegals for specialized jobs when there are unemployed Americans in the same field.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 1, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    From a 1964 speech by Lyndon Johnson-to create new federal programs:

    All this and more can and must be done. It can be done by this summer, and it can be done without any increase in spending. In fact, under the budget that I shall shortly submit, it can be done with an actual reduction in Federal expenditures and Federal employment.

    Sounds like a lot of BO. If we are still wrestling the same problems with having spent over ten trillion dollars, than something different must be done.

    Mitt may have better ideas.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 1, 2012 4:02 p.m.


    That's why our country doesn't progress. Too much focus on the poor. Schools don't progress, too much focus on the non achievers. It hinders the others, and a safety net is the way to go.

    In 1964, President Johnson declared a "war on poverty'. Ten trillion dollars later, poverty more than tripled. Look it up , and you'll find Johnson's speech is almost identical to Obama's. Maybe the same speech writers. You don't build a country by making people dependent.

    Truth be known, Romney has given more to the poor than you or I ever will. Only a few will be grateful, while others become bitter.

    Want to improve the country, than focus on the achievers and improve upon it.

  • stgjazzfan Saint George, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    If BO had said this, it wouldn't be news at all. Or if any one questioned the intent of the statement, you would be labled a racist. By the way, how does Pagan get away with all the insane cut and paste posts? Pagen do you have a Job? If so, is it working for the DNC or are you constantly trolling the news, at the expence of your employer?

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 1, 2012 3:58 p.m.

    continues as Part II

    Sorry folks, in politics, what becomes damaging is when a verbal gaffe fits a pre-existing narrative. And that's what happened today when Mitt Romney uttered the words: "I'm not concerned about the very poor." Romney's comment about not being concerned about the poor is his latest statement that his rivals either Democratic or Republican could use to portray Romney as being out of touch with average Americans. This is a time people are worried. They're frightened. They want someone who they have confidence in. Republicans jumped on President Obama for saying the word "interesting" when a woman asked him a question about her unemployed husband. (In that exchange, Obama asked the woman to send her husband's resume to him.) All political candidates just like all non-politicians make verbal gaffes. Romney won Florida with a coalition of women, Latinos, seniors, "somewhat conservatives," the wealthy, and people who lived in three basic regions. Jesus Christ is concerned about the very poor and Romney should follow in his footsteps. Come this November 2012, better be more concerned about the very poor, they vote also you know. Once again Romney shows how out of touch he is.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 1, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    First off Mitt Romney won Florida with a coalition of women, Latinos, seniors, "somewhat conservatives," the wealthy, and people who lived in three basic regions.

    Based on exit polls, revised this morning:

    - Women (49% of electorate): Romney 52%-28%
    - Latinos (14% of electorate): Romney 54%-29%
    - 65+ (36% of electorate): Romney 51%-34%
    - Somewhat conservative (26%): Romney 52%-32%
    - $100K a year+ (31% of electorate): Romney 52%-30%
    - $200K a year+ (9% of electorate): Romney 60%-23%
    - Miami and South (17% of electorate): Romney 56%-28%
    - South Central (20% of electorate): Romney 50%-27%
    - Tampa Bay area (18% of electorate): Romney 47%-27%

    So 55% of the electorate came from Miami, South Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area, and Romney won in those places by an average of 51%.

    continued below

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    'The poorest among us have become the scapegoats for all our economic problems and political prop for the republicans...' - spring street | 2:42 p.m. Feb. 1, 2012


    **'Hatch proposes drug testing for welfare, unemployment recipients' - KSL News - 06/16/10

    "We should not be giving cash to people who basically are going to go and blow it on drugs and not take care of their own children." - Sen. Orrin Hatch

    And yet:

    **'Hatch, Republicans challenge tax cut expiration' - By Becky Bruce - Deseret News - 12/01/10

    "WASHINGTON, D.C. Republicans in the U.S. Senate are drawing a line in the virtual sand, vowing to keep all legislation off the Senate floor unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts..." - article

    So, on the one hand:

    Anyone on welfare and unemployment, do drugs.

    And on the other hand:

    We need to STOP the Senate, to keep taxes low, for the wealthy.


    **'Study: Rich get a lot richer, outpace middle class' - By Andrew Taylor - AP - 10/26/11

    'It finds that after-tax income for the top 1 percent of U.S. households almost tripled, up 275 percent, from 1979 to 2007.' - article

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    Once again Romney shows how out of touch he is with the concerns of the real world if he really believes the needs of the poor are taken care of. The poorest among us have become the scapegoats for all our economic problems and political prop for the republicans making it impossible to actually even suggest maybe we are not effectively addressing their needs. The only good I can see about this comment is that maybe it will force Obama off the political sidelines on this issue and to finally take a serious stand for those most in need.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Feb. 1, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    Perhaps we should ask Mitt (nicely, of course) what he considers "middle class". After all, his tax returns show that someone earning $200,000 makes about 1% of what he does. For all we know, you've got to be in seven figures to warrant Mitt's attention.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 2:21 p.m.

    Give me a break. First the media rails on Romney for staying away from the media and being scripted, but whenever he talks freely they cut and piece out his words to make him look bad.

    I agree with him 100%. If you are extremely poor, (bottom 5%) there are plenty of resources out there for you. There is WIC for women and medicare for medical expenses. Food stamps, housing subsidies, welfare. As a president, you really don't want to focus your efforts here. You want to put your energies into where the majority of the people need your help - the middle class. As their lives improve, and more jobs become available, the extremely poor also have a chance to rise.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    So, Romney is not focused on the poor.

    They have a safety net.

    Let's LOOK at it, shall we?

    **'Republicans kill Senate jobless aid measure' - By Andrew Taylor - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/24/10

    **'Senate Republicans - again - kill bill for jobless aid' - By Stephen Ohlemacher - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/30/10

    (After 2010 Midterms)

    **House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits By Andrew Taylor AP 11/18/10


    So, Republicans do not support that 'safety net.'

    How about jobs?

    Republican speaker of the House:

    **'John Boehner: If GOP Cuts Cause Federal Job Losses...'So Be It' - Huffington Post - 02/15/11

    **Senate Republicans likely to kill Obama jobs bill By Andrew Taylor AP Published by DSNews 10/11/11


    The Republican party does not care about you, the well being of this country...

    **'Republicans bail on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

    and work AGAINST, that very 'safety net' Mitt Romney will never experience.

    They only support, big business.

    As supported by the FIRST Wall Street bail out. And:

    **Mitt Romney: Corporations are friend - By Phillip Elliot - AP - Published by DSNews 08/11/11