Mitt Romney Cares Deeply About The Very Poor

Really.  I’m quite surprised to see that Mark has gone so soft on the Mittster, saying that Romney inadvertently stated what he really believes.  Mitt, like all Republicans nowadays, cares about the very poor very much.  This is primarily for three reasons:

1)  He needs the very poor to serve as the scapegoat for the Republican war on the middle class.  “You” are getting screwed by Washington because it is giving “them” all your money.  Who do you think “they” are? 

2)  Although Republicans have no serious plan to cut government spending, they always need to find something to cut, and that something is pretty much always programs for the very poor.  Mark is right that Medicaid mostly serves people in nursing homes, but about one-third of it IIRC is for medical care for the poor.  Guess where the cuts are going to come from.  As a general budgetary matter, this won’t do much, but it will give Republican Congressmen something to celebrate.

3)  And finally, Republicans need the very poor to serve as a lumpenproletariat to keep wages down.  You don’t like working at minimum wage?  There’s someone else who would.  Now, that’s not completely true, because the GOP nowadays uses illegal immigrants for that, and then uses them to stir up anti-immigrant racism and cultural anxiety.  But hey, that’s just multitasking.

Really, Mark: you’re beginning to lose your touch here.

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

4 thoughts on “Mitt Romney Cares Deeply About The Very Poor”

  1. You don’t like working at minimum wage? There’s someone else who would. Now, that’s not completely true…

    Not completely true because:

    Suppose a local girl scout troop hired a sign twirler to twirl their message on a busy corner. They have to pay the twirler minimum wage.
    Obviously if big damn government wasn’t forcing that scale on them the troop could pay 4 sign twirlers 1/4 minimum wages and totally own the intersection.

    It’s simple math. Even girl scouts hawking corporate cookies for chump change can understand that…
    Big damn government is the problem. Big damn government is why we have high unemployment.

    1. Big government isn’t the impediment; it’s the lack of “thinking outside the box” by those Girl Scouts.

      Waitresses don’t fall under miminmum wage restrictions, do they? The minimum wage for waitresses is $2.13, which is pretty darned close to your hypothetical of $1.87 for those four corner-twirlers. Just unwrap the cookies, put them on paper plates, and let the twirlers “serve” them to the customers.

      Another thing the Girl Scouts could do is sell the cookies to the twirlers, and let the twirlers, as independent sub-contractors, resell them to the customers.

      It ain’t big government forcing high unemployment, it’s inability of big business to think outside the box.

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