Re: this quote from Mitt Romney:
“We always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”
When I was in high school and college, it was the other way around: My parents were borrowing money from me. For groceries. Like millions of other parents throughout the U.S.
I don’t see how Romney can effectively serve the interests of anyone who is among the 99.99999 percent of us who don’t have elevators just for our cars. He seems to have no idea at all what it means to be middle-class, poor, or unemployed; otherwise, he would not have made borrow-from-your-parents and other asinine remarks such as these:
- “ I’m not concerned with the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”
- “Rick, I’ll tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet.” (Romney said this to Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry during a candidates’ debate.)
- “You know I wish I could tell you that there is a place to find really cheap money or free money and we could pay for everyone’s education – that’s just not going to happen.”
- “I want the individuals [who are, in Romney’s words, ‘on a form of welfare assistance’] to have the dignity of work.”
- “Well, if they’re 45 years old and they show up they say ‘I want insurance because I’ve got a heart disease,’ it’s like hey guys, we can’t play the game like that. You’ve got to get insurance when you are well, and then if you get ill then you’re going to be covered.”
A couple of things I’d like to say to Mr. Romney:
- If??!!! If the safety net needs repair?! You’ve been touring the country, talking to “the people,” and you haven’t figured out that the so-called safety net has been shredded beyond recognition?
- As for a place to find really cheap or free money to pay for everyone’s education.…I know of such a place. It’s called the Fed.
- Very noble of you to worry about the dignity of poor people receiving public assistance. Now how about worrying if they have food. Or health care.
- You’re 45 years old. You make crap working at the big-box store and you have a family of four to feed, clothe, and house. Healthy or not, it’s like hey guy, you can’t afford insurance no matter how proactive you are…By the way, baseball is a game. Trying to find affordable health care is not.
- So you’re gonna fix the safety net, are you? Just like that? I’ll bet you 10,000 bucks you don’t.
*Mork, the character on the ‘80s sitcom Mork and Mindy, is an alien from outer space who takes up residence on Planet Earth (Boulder, CO) and tries to pass as a regular (earthling) guy.
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