Convince Me!

5 years ago

Unfortunately, just when I thought I could; just when I thought I could move on I was stressed from hearing tonight the recording at a campaign fundraising event. According to Mitt Romney, 47 % of Americans are dependent on government and that “'my job is not to worry about those people.” The Presidential Candidate said: “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."

Romney doesn’t realistically grasp what this election is about. It is about including the 47% of Americans as well as the 5--6--or 7% that he do worry about.. Is he aware of the federal employees, military families, teachers and public service workers who struggle to maintain their homes, fight off foreclosure and sometimes live paycheck to paycheck and yes pay taxes? Or is he referring to the senior citizens on social security and the college students working at McDonalds who cannot afford to pay income tax because their income is barely enough to eat?

 According to CNN money…, federal workers' jobs will be under fire if Romney/Ryan win November's election. He added that “my job is not to worry about those people -- I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, unemployment benefits and food stamps are a last resort for the millions of families in the United States that live on the edge of poverty. The US poverty rate is 16 percent, according to the Census Bureau. Almost half of the population is considered “low income.” The poverty level is $23,000 for a family of four. The Republican Candidate is oblivious to this reality--- and he won't worry about these people? These people are our college kids and senior citizen neighbors.

The federal employees, military families, teachers and public service workers are taking responsibility for our lives. We work hard as civil servants, some of us are veterans, we help our children through college,  most of us are ineligible for food stamps or the Pell grant and yes, oh yes we pay taxes. Is the Republican Candidate so disconnected that he has given up on convincing the rest of us--the 5 to 6 or 7 percent that he has to bring onto his side? 

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