I’m going to tell you something you probably already know, but may not readily admit.
Most people envy the rich and resent the poor.
You know the reasons: everyone wants to be rich, that’s why we work so hard. Nobody wants to be poor, but many of us see their lives as simple.
The government pays for their food, their health insurance, subsidizes their housing and pays them not to have a job.
And when I say “the government,” of course, I mean you and I pay for it.
In fact, in some states, the government actually has to write a check to some low-earners because of tax credits and exemptions. It’s literally income for being poor.
It’s becoming more and more clear to the American people that they’re having to pay for not just their own lives, but the lives of millions of other people.
When you see a number like 50% of Americans don’t pay taxes, the people who are paying taxes and struggling to get by, are rightfully
pissed off upset.
So, while the liberal media will make a big deal about Mitt Romney saying he “doesn’t care about the really poor,” it’s a sentiment many of us can understand.
It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s obscenely wealthy. We get that.
No, the point he’s making is that the people who pay for government assistance don’t get government assistance because the people who have money are having it taken from them while the people without money are getting it handed to them.
That’s the disconnect that Romney’s campaign is playing on.
Without fail, the media has taken yet another short, single phrase from the Republican front-runner out of context and blown it up.
Jon Stewart, in a way only he can, made it a federal case, and was incredulous the former Massachusetts Governor would say such a thing.
The problem for Stewart and left-leaning, Obama-loving media friends is that a lot of people know what Romney meant.
His campaign has been about the middle class and will continue to be about the middle class.
Romney will pound the president, much like Newt Gingrich has, for being a slave to the poor and the liberal elite while leaving the middle class to rot under the shackles of foreclosure and economic recession.
A recent poll showed almost 70% of people oppose expanding the number of people on food stamps. People don’t want more government assistance, they want real tools to do it themselves. Furthermore, people who do work, don’t want to see people who don’t work rewarded.
It’s not that they want the poor and down-trodden to suffer. They don’t. What they want is for this overwhelming sense of entitlement to end.
Life has gotten unequivocally worse for people in the middle, those making $30,000 or $40,000.
Many of those people have lost their jobs, feel betrayed by a president who promised hope and change, and are not looking for a handout, but for someone to help get the economy moving again.
Stewart, in his rant about Romney, jokes that people are in the safety nets Romney talked about because they’re struggling.
Ok. What are we supposed to do? If you want to reform welfare and have job-training instead of unemployment checks, conservatives would be all for that.
The problem isn’t that those safety nets exist, it’s that there are people who are working and still struggling to get by. Those people don’t get government assistance or subsidized housing.
Those middle-class families are having to bury themselves under debt to send their kids through college or fight to pay medical bills.
Those are the people who look at a story like this, where people are spending government assistance money on strip clubs and booze and wonder, “Who is advocating for us? We’re the ones paying for all this.”
If the last three years have shown us anything, it’s that Barack Obama certainly isn’t their ally. If Romney can convince those people he is (remember, working class people vote in significantly higher numbers than the very poor), then we’ll go from a president who supports ‘takers’ to one who empowers ‘makers.’
Romney, I don’t care about the poor.