No 'Safety Net' for Middle Class?

Monday, February 06, 2012

Mitt Romney and his wife Ann greet the crowd gathered at election night headquarters inside the Tampa Convention Center. (Paul J. Richards/Getty)

Mitt Romney has taken a lot of criticism for saying he wasn't "concerned about the very poor" in a post-Florida primary victory interview last week. But some middle-class Americans agree with Romney's sentiment. Kate, a Takeaway listener and delivery driver from Maryland, is frustrated with the very poor, who she believes abuse the system and take opportunities away from people like her.

Tiziana Dearing is CEO of Boston Rising, an antipoverty non-profit organization.

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Tiziana Dearing

Comments [5]

Elena Powers from Massachusetts

Takeaway listener Kate's frustration is understandable. As a retired social service worker, I agree that there is a fair amount of help available for the very poor. But if she votes for Republican Mitt Romney or (God-forbid) Newt Gingrich, she should expect no more help from a Republican than is currently available & will most likely be worse off because all the tax breaks will continue to go to the richest Americans & in order to pay for them, Middle Class Americans will face even greater austerity measures affecting public education & our national infra-structure. Perhaps, worse, Consumer, Public Safety & Environmental Protections will be eviscerated. Apparently,she has forgotten who was responsible for the economic collapse;perhaps she is not aware that the Republicans have sabotaged Pres. Obama's proposals at every step because they knew if they could prolong the recession, they could regain the W.H & possibly the Senate where they managed to stymie his proposals there as well (with help from DINOs)

Feb. 06 2012 04:20 PM
Charles

Could somebody get a message through to the The Takeaway's producers for me? I can only stand another week or two of coverage of Mitt Romney's 'caring about the poor' comment. I am so frustrated, I have begun to cling to my guns and my religion and my antipathy toward people who aren't like me as a way to explain my frustration.

Feb. 06 2012 10:47 AM
listener

President Bush at his worst never negatively impacted the lives of a majority of Americans but our current President at his best is having a profoundly deleterious and regressive impact on the personal economy of most of the nation and rather than change course he shows every sign of doubling down.

Who can say they are better off today than four years ago considering the Democratic Party virtually ran the government for two of those four years? Blaming the Republican half of the House or Romney rings hollow.

Feb. 06 2012 09:51 AM
Laura from Boston

Mitt Romney's comment about a safety net for the poor but not one for the middle class doesn't fundamentally make sense: There is one safety net, and anyone who sinks far enough into poverty can make use of it. The problem here is that this "safety net" is not considered good enough for all of us. What we need to do is devise a safety net that gives everyone the dignity and quality of life that Mitt Romney thinks only the middle class deserves.

Feb. 06 2012 09:45 AM
Peg from Southern Tier NY

Yes, the minimum wage which is not a LIVING WAGE, is a "giveaway" to employers - forcing tax payers to pay for the the working poor's inability to to pay for their own food, housing and medical needs.

Only the wealthy use the term "class warfare". The rest of us just use the term "fair."

Feb. 06 2012 07:56 AM

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