Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Father, George, On Welfare?

Yes, Mitt Romney’s father was a welfare recipient and, according to his son, Mitt, he was part of the 47% of the people who considered himself a victim entitled to government help. Can you imagine that? I wonder what his mom would say if she could hear her son belittle people who are poor, unemployed and down on their luck? His dad was one of those poor welfare recipients. Interesting.

George Romney was born in Mexico to American parents. Mitt Romney’s grandparents were Mormon and left the United States to practice polygamy, because it was illegal here. His grandfather is reported to have five wives, but his grandson, Mitt Romney, is a strong believer in “traditional” marriage. George Romney escaped from Mexico to return to the United States and, as a “refugee” from Mexico, he benefited from a “refugee fund” passed by Congress. It’s interesting to note that despite what Romney has to say about government handouts to people who DO NOT want to work, his father accepted handouts and then went on to start a very successful business. Don’t other people deserve the same kind of “help?” Not according to Mitt Romney's speech to rich campaign donors ($50,000 a plate.)

Mitt Romney says that the government should not help people become successful or build businesses, they should do it on their own, without any government assistance. Yet, it was okay for his father to accept assistance and then go on to become successful? Does the word hypocrite come to mind? Why shouldn’t others get the same benefits and assistance that George Romney did; the assistance that helped him get back on his feet and become successful? After all some might say that even Mitt benefited from that help indirectly with his private education and first house paid for by dear old dad.

You know, many of us or our loved ones have had to take some kind of government assistance at one time or another. My father worked in construction, as a laborer. You will never on this earth find a man who worked harder for the money he made. He went to work sick, as long as there was work. But he worked outdoors. Certain weather conditions made it impossible for him to work. Cement would freeze in winter. Sometimes there was no work, but he checked with the union every day. So my father had to go on unemployment many weeks out of the year, not because he wanted to, but because he had to, to support his family. He paid into the system and when he needed it he collected benefits. I would never look down on my father for accepting unemployment. It wasn’t by choice that he did. When I listen to the insulting remarks of Mitt Romney it makes me sick to think he is talking about my father. In fact, right now it brings tears to my eyes. And now I learn that his own father accepted assistance. If he has no regard for his own father, how could he, why would he, have any for mine or the many men and women who would rather work than be on assistance of any kind?

Mitt Romney comes across as cruel and heartless. He doesn’t know what it is to be poor and and to go without. He is out of touch with the majority of Americans, even those who intend to vote for him. How they chose to ignore that is beyond me. What more is there to say?

If you want to hear Mitt’s dear own mother talk about welfare, I’ve posted the video for you. Not sure she would vote for her own son. Also I came across about bit of irony, when asked for his tax returns, George Romney immediately provided 12 years disclosure saying: "one year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show, and what mattered in personal finance was how a man conducted himself over the long haul." Mitt's father set the bar high for financial disclosure. Mitt Romney has only provided two tax returns.

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