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Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

The oy-gevalt line of the campaign spoken by Mitt Romney:

"I'm not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it."

Read more here.

So Mitt Romney doesn’t care about poor people? I’m sure that’s not exactly how he feels but that’s not the point. There are three major problems with this line.

First of all, from an evangelical standpoint, has Romney revealed how he really feels about the role of the federal government when it comes to taking care of the poor? It appears that he is saying that the federal government (not local and state governments) have a responsibility to provide a safety net for poor people. Yet the conservative Christian viewpoint tends to be that the poor does need help but that it should be provided by the individual not the government.

Indeed, the Bible commands that we are to take care of the poor but the “we” isn’t the government. Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council once told me the following: “When Jesus encountered the rich young ruler he told him to go and sell all that he had and give it to the poor. He didn’t tell him to give it to government and let the government redistribute it. It was his responsibility.”

Thus, it’s a legitimate line of inquiry to find out more about how Romney views the role of the federal government when it comes to its responsibility to poor people.

Secondly, this is yet another example of Romney’s penchant for making glaring mistakes on the campaign trail (Remember, “I like to fire people”). Pretty soon (if not already) a narrative will begin to form about Romney that he actually isn’t as electable as many think because he has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth. Not only that, these types of comments play into the stereotype that Romney is a rich guy who just can’t feel people’s pain.

Finally, Romney is starting to sound like he’s playing the class warfare card a little bit. He doesn’t play it the way Obama does but some of what he’s doing is similar. He talks a lot about helping the middle class, which makes sense because that’s where his political bread is buttered, not to mention a vibrant middle class is needed for a sound economy.

Yet we’ve heard Romney say repeatedly how he’s not worried about the rich and that under Romney’s vision, people making fewer than $200,000 would get a capital gains tax cut. That makes it seem like Romney may be open to some sort of compromise on taxes for people making over $200,000.

And of course now we have this comment about the poor. I’m not sure if that’s going to go over well in conservative circles either.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

Lets face it, both of the candidates are flawed (Talking Mitt and Newt, don't think the others are going to make it). Romney sometimes comes across as "Too Rich" while Gingrich comes across as the "Angry Washington insider".

The comments that Romney has said about the VERY poor (as opposed to just the regular poor)is true. there are programs in place that care for those that want help. If those programs are broke, he said he will get them fixed. Conversely, Why does there have to be extra taxes on the "rich"? I can see cutting certain subsidies and enforcing the current tax codes, but, a lot of the income that the "Rich" receive is from investments.

The real problems are in lower and middle class. We have turned into a "gimme gimme" culture. Personal responsibility is practically non existent and the Government reinforces that by just turning the spigot up higher.

Mitt is not perfect, but I think he is the better choice against Obama, Newt just comes across as mean.
Left by stephenph on Feb 02, 2012 4:56 PM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

Give Romney a break! The media has gone looney over the "poor" remark. I knew what he meant the moment he said it. The statement was taken out of context and the media is still feeding on it. There is not a candidate who will never mispeak. I hate to see what this country has become....judgmental to the max.
Left by Fritzie on Feb 02, 2012 5:58 PM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

Thank you for doing GOD's work and being HIS voice. I wasn't going to vote for Romney anyway.
Left by Pamela Kruse on Feb 02, 2012 6:18 PM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama think alike. They think the government should help the poor and not the individuals. It seems neither one knows the Bible well. The government has been helping the poor since Lindon Johnson was President and they are no better off today then during Johnson's term. Time to revamp the program to help and not hinder.
Left by KellieC on Feb 02, 2012 9:28 PM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

We do not find this calibre of man these day. No I am not being pessimistic but face it, is it not the fact, Words give us plenty men few.
noun: Someone who is solely interested in cold, hard facts.
After Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian mill-owner in Charles Dickens's novel Hard Times. Gradgrind runs a school with the idea that hard facts and rules are more important than love, emotions, and feelings. Earliest documented use: 1855.
"In truth, Colleen McCullough is very much a Gradgrind when it comes to facts: They are all that is needful, presented, it must be said, without color or animation to detract from their merit."
Katherine A. Powers; Ancient Evenings; The Washington Post; Dec 15, 2002.
Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own. -Doug Larson, columnist (b. 1926)/I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA
Left by Mullar on Feb 03, 2012 1:49 PM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

“He comes across as the prototypic­al rich Republican­."
I can't believe that I agree with Rush' descriptio­n of Romney.
Left by shabach on Feb 03, 2012 8:21 PM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

Next Pres Mitt RMoney! Mitt says that he and his friends can clean out what little bit of wealth there is left here in USA off the backs of the middle and lower class,and do it in only 1 term.Guaranteed!!
Left by shabach on Feb 04, 2012 2:13 AM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

Oh, David! You make a great and important point with your statement, "It appears that he is saying that the federal government (not local and state governments) have a responsibility to provide a safety net for poor people." If this is true, he is a democrat, NOT a Republican at all.
Left by Sarah Cason on Feb 04, 2012 2:51 PM

# RE: Mitt Romney's Oy-Gevalt Line

I worked in a bank owned by fellows of Romney's church. (Mariner and George Eccles) They seem to have the same spirit. A fellow from the head office came to
teach a course at our branch and stated, "Well,
it is true you don't make much here, but you have prestige." We started at 75 cents an hour!
Suffice it to say "You cannot survive on prestige!"
Through the years I have learned a great deal about that church. I am sorry to say they are not Christian and I am sad that people do not
investigate for themselves, they should read
a book which was on the New York Times bestseller's list three years ago or so: "I left the Church of Latter-Day Saints and Found
Myself". I doubt you can find it in any library--they have volunteers who go into libraries and remove such.
One morning I got up early and was sitting in
my chair praying and felt led to pray for these people. The Lord showed me that they are
so much like the Muslims that if they did not come to salvation through Je
Left by HEEM on Feb 04, 2012 5:33 PM