Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was quoted this morning that he didn’t care about the very poor. He was trying to make a point that he was laser focused on the middle class of America and it wasn’t meant as some rich man saying he didn’t care about poor people.
But, as a very rich white man, does anyone really think he knows what is middle class and what is poor in the first place? When you rake in $57,000 a day, you tend to lose touch with how people live paycheck to paycheck and lay awake in their beds at night wondering if they can pay all the bills, wondering if they won’t disappoint the kids if they can’t afford a summer vacation….wondering if you really have to stay in a marriage with someone you don’t love anymore because you can’t afford to pay child support and have an apartment for yourself.
As a presidential candidate, I think you ought to be concerned about all Americans. The poor need a safety net and, yes, sometimes we need to help take care of them. There’s this conservative belief that every poor person is poor because they are lazy or they want to be poor and suck off the government tit. It’s a ridiculous notion. People are not poor by choice for the most part, they are poor because of circumstances.
I also have news for conservatives struggling by on less than $57,000 a day. You are not rich. Mitt Romney’s 15% capital gains tax doesn’t help you. You wind up paying more taxes to make up the shortfall of what he did not pay. Oh, and here’s another tip…you can support that 15% tax rate because you say you support the American Dream, but there is no way in God’s green earth you are going to get super rich and benefit from those low taxes. You are always going to be exactly where you are. Spending your life being a fool hoping your ship will come in and you’ll benefit from your lifelong support of low taxes for the rich.
Maybe conservatives that are not rich support the conservative for their values. Maybe because they are God fearing and liberals are satan or worse…atheists. Vote with your pocketbook. Keep your religion out of your voting. No one is ever going to take away your right to have a close relationship with God. What they will take away is your ability to tithe because they run the economy in the ground and you don’t have any spare money to give to God.