You know, I’ve always wondered what rich white people talked about among themselves. In my head I always figured the typical conversation in a room full of wealthy white folks would include stock tips, Grey Poupon, and which black guy Kim Kardashian was having sex with. The last thing I would expect is for them to be having discussions about poor people. But I suppose these days a discussion on poverty is politically expedient in spite of the fact that there is little pandering to the least among us. After all, it’s not like the president was born into wealth like the current Republican presidential hopeful and his running mate. Nope, Pres. Obama was raised by a single-mother who by his admission, once benefited from public assistance. This would make our current melanin afflicted president, the product of poor white trash devoid of the American ethos of hard work.
Take Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the Value Voters Summit last Friday. In the wake of figures from the Census Bureau that shows that 46.2 million Americans are currently living below the poverty level. As expected, Ryan conveniently made the connection to Obama:
“The Obama economic agenda failed, not because it was stopped, but because it was passed. And here is what we got: Prolonged joblessness across the country. Twenty-three million Americans struggling to find work. Family income in decline. Fifteen percent of Americans living in poverty. Here we are, after four years of economic stewardship under these self-proclaimed advocates of the poor, and what do they have to show for it? More people in poverty, and less upward mobility wherever you look.”
I guess the above statement by Ryan is par for the course given the Romney campaign’s recently debunked claim about Obama removing the Welfare work requirements. There’s no need for me to go back into discussing that particular garbage since I’ve done so at length previously. However, having said that, it’s apparent that the strategy behind this meme is very clear. That would be, to continue to build resentment among white working middle class votersd while bilking millionaire donors at fundraisers as Mitt Romney did recently as told by Mother Jones.
Romney had no idea he was being recorded when he said the following:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
The real money shot was when Romney went on to say, ”[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” I suppose this is the reason he picked Ryan as a running mate given the fact that his proposed budget — the one that has been approved by Congress — pulls the rug out from under the feet of the most vulnerable among us. That would be, most of the new poor forced out of the middle class because of the economic crisis.
Essentially, Romney is saying that America, and government, should be for the people by the people; and, he makes no bones as to “the people” he intends to serve. I could be wrong, but why else would he be running that line of bullshit to wealthy donors, in hopes of getting the food stamp president out of office? After all, it’s not like Pres. Obama cares about the wealthy in Americ, since he’s content to give almost half of the country other people’s money in exchange for votes, right?
Romney’s campaign has vowed to start being specific on policy this week; but, ironically, they haven’t been specific on how specific they will be. One thing we can all be sure about, is that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are not interested in representing the interests of at least what he sees as almost half of the country. You know, those of us willing to vote for the food stamp president born to that poor white trash of a mother. Yep, Romney once again proves , that he’s a man of the people.