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Is Mitt Romney out of touch?

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February 2, 2012 | 2,314 views | 7 comments

By Bill Wilson

Within hours of his big win in Florida, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney again raised questions about whether he is in touch with the American people, telling reporters, "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it."


The nation has 13 million unemployed, another 4 million who have given up on looking for work, and another 10 million who can't find full time work. As a matter of fact, millions of Americans are becoming poor, but Romney's not concerned because there's a "safety net"?

The welfare state will not even pay for a basic mortgage, as evidenced by the millions of Americans still facing foreclosure. But even if it could somehow ever be adequate or repaired, is that really what helps people get ahead? Which is better: welfare or the dignity of a real job?

At this stage in American history, of course, Americans need jobs, not welfare.

But let's leave that aside. Giving Romney the benefit of the doubt, presidential candidates meet with thousands of reporters, and are bound to make some gaffes. It's to be expected. Just ask Barack Obama, who was visiting 57 states on the 2008 campaign trail.

What is perhaps more important is how Romney dealt with his gaffe.

Did he talk about what it would take to create millions of jobs here? No. At the first sign of trouble on sensitive economic issues, Romney renewed his support for automatic hikes in the minimum wage indexed to inflation, something that has never been attempted before at the federal level.

That means Romney's first instinct was to run to the left and to pander, in this case dangling higher wages for jobs that no longer exist in this country.

It's a plan that has been tried in a few states with no positive impact.

Perpetual hikes in the minimum wage -- like everything else that raises the cost of doing business in this country -- have driven businesses overseas where costs are lower. By indexing wages to inflation, Romney would by definition raise producer costs, creating a virtuous cycle of higher prices and less jobs.

Instead of leaning on supply side economics, Romney lifted a page right out of the playbook of Keynes.

About 70 percent of Republicans remain wary of a Romney candidacy nationally. And this episode may show why.

Overall, on bailouts, the individual mandate, and the Tea Party, Romney is certainly out of touch with conservatives and libertarians who he would need to be enthused going into the general election.

But with everyone else, Romney is walking right into Obama's class warfare trap. He is vacillating between being insensitive to millions of Americans looking for work and pandering to them to make it looks like he "gets it".

He doesn't get it. Who runs for president and doesn't try to speak to all Americans in the first place? Why would he then play into the politics of class division by pandering? Is this how he thinks?

If so, Republicans had better figure that out soon. They're about to nominate somebody who is ultra-sensitive to criticism from the mainstream press, and as a result, won't stick up for taxpayers when it counts. And he's supposed to be the safe bet?

Bill Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government.


Americans for Limited Government is a non- partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms,private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at
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Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
February 5, 2012 8:22am
Well, Romney won Nevaduh big time last night. Looks like he's gonna run the table now. Let's stop the bickering nonsense about looking for a true conservative alternative and just play the hand that has been delt us. Obama's... More ›

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
February 4, 2012 5:52pm
Rockin' if 50 percent of America is on the government dole, you don't expect them to vote against their gravy train, do you? It's that simple. And sad.

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
February 4, 2012 1:54pm
In case you haven't noticed, Obama's approval rating is about 50% or so, according to the pollsters. That means, if true, that about half the idiots in this country would probably vote for him again in spite of what he and... More ›

Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
February 3, 2012 11:31am
And the one who is probably the least conservative.

Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
February 3, 2012 11:30am
The Republican establishment says only Romney can beat Obama. In 2008 they said McCain was the one to beat Obama. An envious track record. We should all do what the establishment says. In presidential debates Obama will roll... More ›

Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
February 3, 2012 6:56am
"The welfare state will not even pay for a basic mortgage," Welfare is not intended to pay for a mortgage. It's a safety net, not the American dream. "That means Romney's first instinct was to run to... More ›

Elaine K.  
February 2, 2012 3:28pm
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