Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Mr. Electable Not Concerned About The Poor

Governor Romney's comments in an interview today:

"'We will hear from the Democrat party, 'the plight of the poor,' and there’s no question, it’s not good being poor. . . . 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."
We have a safety net for the very poor? At least Speaker Gingrich wants jobs for both the poor and middle class. Instead of jobs, Governor Romney would fix the safety net (like he did in Massachusetts with Romneycare?).

What a way to make headlines on the day after a big Florida win. This is Mr. Electable?

UPDATE: The most troublesome part of Governor Romney's formulation is not that he doesn't care about the poor. The real problem is his unstated assumption that a good (or at least a reasonable) life for the poor is summed up in safety nets. It begs the question of whether the poor are substantially different from the middle class. Because, of course, if the middle class get poor enough they too will have the safety nets. So, not to worry?

H/T Mark Steyn

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