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Thu May 3, 2012, 05:01 PM

Mitt Romney, who thinks government workers are unfairly overpaid, meets firemen who work two jobs

Mitt Romney, who thinks government workers are unfairly overpaid, meets firemen who work two jobs

by Laura Clawson

Boy, if you listen to him some of the time, Mitt Romney just wants everyone to live really well. At a northern Virginia fundraiser, showing that he feels for the middle class, Romney cited a firefighter struggling to make ends meet:

"I spoke with a fireman yesterday, and he has a one-bedroom apartment, and his wife is pregnant, and he can't afford a second bedroom," he said, referring to a visit to New York City. "I asked the firefighters I was meeting with, about 15 or them, how many had had to take another job to make ends meet, and almost every one of them had."

You'd think, to read that, that Romney was suggesting he thinks that's a less than ideal situation, firefighters having to work two jobs or unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment. But while that may have been his implication in that moment, Jonathan Chait flags a quote from Romney's stump speech that reflects his policy positions on how many bedrooms firemen should be able to afford: that "we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve."

The unfairness he's talking about, of course, isn't the unfairness of a quarter of workers earning less than two-thirds of the median income, or low-wage workers becoming an older and more educated group. He's certainly not talking about the unfairness of taxpayers paying a higher tax rate than he does on less annual income than he earns in a day. These are all unfair—and all things Mitt Romney's policies would increase. No, the thing that's unfair to him is that the public sector has lagged somewhat in the race to the bottom. Stories about firefighters with pregnant wives are just a lame attempt at window-dressing on his real position, the one all his policy proposals promote.

I wonder if he told those firefighters how unfairly overpaid he thinks they are.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/03/1088538/-Mitt-Romney-who-thinks-government-workers-are-unfairly-overpaid-meets-firemen-who-work-two-jobs

Mitt Romney clearly doesn't listen to himself speak. Clueless!

Romney "has a record of laying off firefighters"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002640347

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ProSense May 2012 OP
Wait Wut May 2012 #1
ProSense May 2012 #2
Wait Wut May 2012 #4
ProSense May 2012 #6
Risen Demon May 2012 #3
bluestate10 May 2012 #7
Scurrilous May 2012 #5

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 05:09 PM

1. I know there's a psych term for it...

...people who just can't connect the dots. He has it.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #1)

Thu May 3, 2012, 06:02 PM

2. The term is

"I know there's a psych term for it..."

...is idiot!

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Response to ProSense (Reply #2)

Thu May 3, 2012, 06:23 PM

4. LOL!

Yeah, that's it!!

He's an idiot with an incurable case of moronicism!!

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #4)

Thu May 3, 2012, 10:11 PM

6. LOL! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 06:14 PM

3. He will still get some of their vote

At least the ones who still scream "Those qwaers are gettin married!"

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Response to Risen Demon (Reply #3)

Thu May 3, 2012, 11:52 PM

7. That is the sad thing. A large percentage of union people listen to Fox news and vote

republican. That to me is akin to cutting their own throats. If their unions are wiped out, their own wages will plummet as businesses squeeze them for every penny. Republicans are working to wipe out unions. Republicans claim that they want union members to decide how their dues are spent instead of union leaders, but their goal is to eliminate the influence of unions on states labor policies, and bring about uniform right to work laws across the country when workers can't organize and are paid whatever owners feel is appropriate.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 08:51 PM

5. K & R

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