Thursday, June 16, 2011

Romney Jokes About How He's Unemployed

The Republicans love to go after Obama about the high unemployment rate and try to paint him as being out of touch with the realities of the economic recovery. While I think everyone agrees the economy could be a lot better, it is the GOP's proposals to end medicare and other crucial programs while maintaining tax cuts for multimillionaires that makes it Republicans who are actually out of touch with reality. A prime example of how many GOP leaders simply don't understand what the average joe is going through came in the form of Mitt Romney joking about how he's unemployed.
Mitt Romney sat at the head of the table at a coffee shop here on Thursday, listening to a group of unemployed Floridians explain the challenges of looking for work. When they finished, he weighed in with a predicament of his own.

“I should tell my story,” Mr. Romney said. “I’m also unemployed.”

He chuckled. The eight people gathered around him, who had just finished talking about strategies of finding employment in a slow-to-recover economy, joined him in laughter.
That's right, after weeks of making the economy the main part of his campaign, Mitt Romney's making jokes about being unemployed. Pundits frequently claim that a presidential campaign is the toughest job interview you'll ever have, which is probably true. But that still doesn't mean that a business executive worth $200 million has any idea what it's like to be unemployed and worried about how you're going to put the next meal on the table. While he obviously didn't mean this as a way to insult to people he was talking with, the situation did deminish their struggles and provided a glimpse into how many GOP leaders are willing to put large corporations and the uber wealthy before the needs who are just barely getting by.

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