Romney forgets that he is also running for head of state

After his primary win in Florida, Governor Willard M. Romney remarked during an interview with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that his primary concerns were not either with the very rich or the very poor. He said that if there are problems with the safety nets used by the poor, he would fix them.

No feel your pain from this guy.

Yes, Mr. Romney will get nailed on this one. He was in such a rush to establish his “Man of the People, I’m really a Centrist” bona fides that he forgot that he is also running for head of state. As the head of state, he would represent all Americans. Instead, he makes a statement that effectively brushes off a significant and growing sector of the population. His comments reflected poor wording in light of a widening wealth gap.

Just as important is what Mittens passed up; an opportunity to put into focus what the proper role of government is. Government should be about moving capital into the hands of those who want to put capital to productive use, whether they are very poor, middle class, or very rich.

In addition, are we saying that as long as the poor have their safety net, we need not concern ourselves with them any further? Not very uplifting, Mittens.

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Romney forgets that he is also running for head of state

  1. Kenneth Ciszewski says:

    What did everyone expect? Romney even backed away from the health care law he supported in Massachusetts! After that, there’s no reason to expect him to be either a “”Man of the People” or a compassionate conservative.

    But what disturbs me the most about this post is the following comment:

    “Government should be about moving capital into the hands of those who want to put capital to productive use, whether they are very poor, middle class, or very rich.”

    I would hate to suggest that the philosophy embodied in that comment is reminiscent of the “Ferengi Rules of Acquisition” from the later Startrek saga, but it certainly sounds like it’s at least headed in that general direction.

    Not every one is a capitalist. Not everyone is a business person. Not everyone is an entrepreneur. It’s true that we all have to “sell” ourselves at times, or sell ideas at times in order to advance an agenda or get something we want. That’s a far cry from being making a living as business person, entrepreneur, or capitalist.

    Some people are just workers, people who work for someone else. Sometimes this is just what happens. Other times, it’s because being a business person didn’t work out. Still other times, it’s a conscious choice made by those who realize they don’t have what it takes to be a business person.

    There’s nothing wrong with this. If everyone were a business person, who would assist business persons in dong the day to day tasks that make business successful?

    Sometimes, government needs to be about assisting workers so they can make it through tough times until they can go back to assisting business by doing those day to day tasks, or, if they can’t, helping them have a dignified existence anyway.

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