ConcerningFebruary 06, 2012
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has committed several gaffes during this presidential campaign that paint him as an out-of-touch wealthy politician. From betting Texas Governor Rick Perry $10,000 to joking about being unemployed to saying he "like[s] being able to fire people" to saying income inequality was something that should only be talked about in "quiet rooms," Romney's remarks only highlight his wealth gained at Bain Capitol, his financial holdings in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands, and his incredibly low tax rate. Last week, however, he made perhaps his worst mistake in helping create this narrative about himself as the next Scrooge. No, I am not talking about him accepting the endorsement of Donald 'you're fired' Trump (see post here)--although that probably did not help Romney on this issue. Last Wednesday, Romney argued:
I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair , I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich. ... I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.When criticized about the comment, Romney claimed it had to be heard in context--but even in context it is a problematic statement that makes him seem like he lacks empathy. It is almost like he wants to help President Barack Obama win reelection.