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Do you think Romney really understands what life is like for the majority of Americans?

Posted by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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Romney's 'Genius' Solution for College Students: Borrow From Your Parents

Posted by Adriana Velez on April 30, 2012 

romney laughs
HA HA! Your parents are poor.
Friday Mitt Romney gave Ohio college students some sage advice. Want to start a business? Borrow money from your parents. "We've always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it. Take a risk. Get the education. Borrow money if you have to from your parents. Start a business."

OMG, brilliant idea Mittens! Woo hoo, you fixed America. Borrow money from my parents. Now why didn't I think of that? Oh yeah. BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY.

Okay, I know my parents probably aren't typical Americans (actually, they're typical Americans), but let me introduce them to you. My father immigrated here from Mexico (LEGALLY thank you) with a couple years of college under his belt. He married my mom and they had five kids. My mom stayed home to take care of us because, like Ann Romney, that's what she thought was most important. My dad worked his way to middle management in a warehouse. We had a nice but not extravagant life in the suburbs back when you could do that on one middle-class income.

We were on our own for college. My parents divorced after 27 years of marriage and my mother entered the workforce for the first time in since the Paleolithic Age. She does clerical work in a low-paying job, but she gets health insurance and has the flexibility she needs to care for my severely-handicapped youngest sister who still lives at home. Who knows what my dad is up to. He's wrapped up in some crazy drama with his spendthrift second wife and her grandkids, who they're raising now for some expensive reason.

Anyway, now you know my life story. And there will be no business-starting monies coming from these two, who are barely hanging by a thread themselves.

Does Romney know this is what most of America is up to? Like, if you're going to run around the country talking about how you know we're all struggling and the economy is still in the toilet, maybe you should find out exactly what that looks like. For us regular people. Otherwise, heh heh, we might think you're kind of out of touch, you know?

Or, Romney could do us one better. Let US hit up HIS parents for a business loan.

Do you think Romney really understands what life is like for the majority of Americans?

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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erika9009
by Silver Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

To a certain extent, he does get it.  His wife has had two illness.  Not financial, but it still happens to many of us.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I don't think he knows what it's like to be the average American but then I don't think any politician does.  Not even Obama.

Momniscient
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Mittens? Oh my. That's fun. I like it almost as much as I like Barry.

Of course Romney doesn't understand what it is like for the average American. We don't really ever have politicians that do.

I fault him more for being that rich and not being able to hire people to help him more.

LIMom1105
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Not really, though I don't get the impression that he is really as out of touch as most people portray him.  But how could he?  He has never had to struggle at any point in his life, so he really doesn't understand what it is to live paycheck to paycheck or have to choose between food and rent, and so on. He's never had to worry about healthcare for his family. There are a lot of things he just hasn't experienced at any point in his life.


Mamawto4
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I don't think he can fully understand what it's like to struggle financially, but there is a thing called empathy, and I believe he can relate to people in this manner.

Many of us cannot fully understand what it's like to lose a child, but we can empathize with the people that have.  Empathy is one of those traits that allows us all to be able to relate to one another.

BoysManDog
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM
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"Saying President Obama is 'not like us' is racist. Saying Mitt Romney is not like us is good Democratic politics."

NancSBRN
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I think Obama and Romney both had very different childhoods.  One in wealth and privledge and one raised by a single mother. 

But I do agree that most politians do not really get what is going on the the average american households today.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:35 PM

No-

My kids borrowing $20,000 from me is ME taking a risk, not the kids.


Silver spoon. Daddy coddled. Coddled kids....I'd say he is out of touch with average Americans. It does not make him a bad person though. He only knows what he knows.

MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Of course he doesn't.  None of them do.

NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Apr. 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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Is this a real question? Of course he doesn't. He proves it every time he states an honest opinion.

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