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Romney completely unaware of what waiters and waitresses earn, calls them “middle class”

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CBS News: “Addressing 300 contributors at a Jackson, Miss., fundraiser who paid $2,500, $10,000 or $50,000 to hear him speak, Romney acknowledged that the people in the room were well-off compared to many Americans. It was the middle class that had been let down by Obama, Romney said, and he pointed to the wait staff serving finger foods as an example:

“It’s tough being middle class in America right now… The waiters and waitresses that come in and out of this room and offer us refreshments, they’re not having a good year. The people of the middle class of America are really struggling. And they’re struggling I think in a way because they’re surprised because when they voted for Barack Obama…he promised them that things were going to get a heck a lot of better. He promised hope and change and they’re still waiting.”


We really are all the same to Mitt Romney. We’re the ones who serve him and his rich family and friends in thousands of ways daily, we’re the ones who sign the back of a paycheck, we’re the ones who scurry around doing our “jobs.” To Romney it doesn’t matter if a few bucks more or less per hour could change someones entire life for better or worse — all he sees are blobs of meat moving through space, serving finger food, while he collects millions at luncheons to spend on political attack ads.

There are only two classes in Mitt Romney’s world: those who attend his fund-raising lunches and everyone else (the middle class).

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Can we also address that, going by the calculations on What Romney Made, $11,500 is what Romney makes every hour of every day of the year? He thinks his hourly garnerings (can’t call them earnings, not if the word has any meaning) qualify a person to be “middle class” and yet thinks he can relate? Not by a long shot.

[Image description: A photo of Mitt Romney from one of the Republican presidential primary debates. He’s pointing his index finger emphatically and is mid-sentence. The captions on the photo read: “It’s tough being middle class in America right now. The waiters and waitresses that come in and out of this room and offer us refreshments, they’re not having a good year.” This quote is attributed to Romney on July 16, 2012 in Jackson, MS. Then two economic facts are offered: “Average salary for a waitress in Jackson, MS: $11,000 a year.” and “Federal poverty line for a one person household: $11,170 a year.” Lastly, another quote from Romney: “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” This quote is from February 1, 2012.]


January’s increase in hiring is good news, but it masks a bigger and more disturbing story – the continuing downward mobility of the American middle class.

Most of the new jobs being created are in the lower-wage sectors of the economy – hospital orderlies and nursing aides, secretaries and…

If you’re an American down on your luck, Mitt Romney has a message for you: He doesn’t feel your pain.

So Mr. Romney’s position seems to be that we need not worry about the poor thanks to programs that he insists, falsely, don’t actually help the needy, and which he intends, in any case, to destroy.

Still, I believe Mr. Romney when he says he isn’t concerned about the poor. What I don’t believe is his assertion that he’s equally unconcerned about the rich, who are “doing fine.” After all, if that’s what he really feels, why does he propose showering them with money?

You can say this for the former Massachusetts governor and Bain Capital executive: He is opening up new frontiers in American politics. Even conservative politicians used to find it necessary to pretend that they cared about the poor. Remember “compassionate conservatism”? Mr. Romney has, however, done away with that pretense.

At this rate, we may soon have politicians who admit what has been obvious all along: that they don’t care about the middle class either, that they aren’t concerned about the lives of ordinary Americans, and never were.

Pauvre Mittens. He has a knack for saying things that, taken out of context, doesn’t cast him in flattering light.

SO. For those who constantly complain about this, let’s re-imagine those Mittenesque phrases in a DIFFERENT context, shall we?


Mitt Romney
Can’t keep his story straight

-Headline of the Day-
“Soledad O’Brien Questions Mitt Romney Claim He ‘Misspoke’ On ‘Very Poor’ Comments.”

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien has what I think of as a “name of the future.” In the coming years, when we’re all just one big diverse jumble of…

“It’s like a doctor going, ‘I’m not concerned about the very healthy, because they’re doing fine, or the very sick because, you know, morphine,’” [Jon] Stewart said on The Daily Show Wednesday evening, struggling at first to even find the words.

And by the way, Stewart said of the “safety net” for the poor: “If you’re in a net, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong,”

Fresh off his Florida victory, Mitt Romney stumbled in a CNN interview Wednesday morning when he said he was ‘not concerned about the very poor.’ Watch video of other classic Mitt-isms from his ‘I like to fire people’ comment to a $10,000 debate bet.