Mitt Romney : A Focus On The Middle Class, Or A Lack Of Focus On The Poor?
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has caught some backlash from some poorly worded sentences he has uttered, some of which make him seem out of touch with those that are in economic hard times. This, of course, could be a problem since, as we all know, there is a large population of Americans who fall into that category. Mitt Romney claims that his focus is on the middle class but what comes out of his mouth is that he is not worried about the very rich, which probably doesn’t offend them that much, and that he isn’t worried about the very poor, which could be interpreted as a bad thing, since Romney is a very wealthy man.
Romney will hopefully learn from his mistakes because wording, especially in the world of politics, can be quite important. Unfortunately for him, he has made a few of these mistakes:
He said last Wednesday on CNN that he is “not concerned about the very poor,” citing the social safety net in place for that segment.
“I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it.”
Of course with budget cuts, it could make programs in this safety net, such as Medicaid, become cut as well. (gulp)
“Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom,” he said last October in Las Vegas, the hardest-hit metro area by the foreclosure crisis.
In January, Mitt Romney said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me” to explain why he favored competition among health insurers. “If someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say I am going to get somebody else to provide that service to me.”
Oh boy, Romney needs to know that communication is permanent. Good luck being on his cabinet!
Of course the media will give him a hard time and heck, he is human so these things will happen—but such is the nature of the business. If you are going to be in the limelight like that, hire someone that will help with your phrasing, which could be worth a 40k per year paycheck right there.
Politics is about trying to appeal to everybody while appealing to your party (not everybody), and those aspects of the society that need repair, which obviously doesn’t apply to everybody. If you are going to focus on the middle class, talk about that. Do not mention a lack of focus on the lower or upper class because then those groups will be like, “Geez, that’s not good for us.” By even mentioning a negative like that will set off red flags.
Certainly we all make mistakes and a ‘perfect politician’ is somewhat of an oxymoron. If this is a sign of things to come for Mitt Romney, things could get really sketchy for him. Being able to formulate the right sentences is why these folks get paid the big bucks in the first place.