“Poor Me” Mom Talks to Romney

by Ryan on August 4, 2007

in Culture,Election 2008,Media Bias,Politics

Drudge posted this Washington Post video about a New Hampshire working mom who happened to have Mitt Romney walk into the diner where she works.  Her big concern is that she pays too much for health insurance and wanted the former Massachusetts governor to address her concerns.  It’s clear that the Washington Compost set her up to ask questions they knew Romney was not going to answer to the mother’s liking– meaning anything short of socialized health care would not do, even suggesting She Who Must Not Be Named’s plan is a real alternative.  Romney spells out what he did in Massachusetts and that it wasn’t perfect but did save Taxachusetts loads of cash.  Predictably, she wasn’t satisfied.  She asked what Romney’s co-pay and deductibles are, simply trying to set him up to vent more of her frustration.  There was not an answer he could give that could satisfy her, and the Compost knew it, using this upset woman for a cheap political hit. 

Health care costs are a real problem, but whining about it doesn’t solve anything.  I had to pay through the roof for my health insurance for years before I landed my current job.  It wasn’t easy, but I persevered.  I made sure that health coverage was always a question I asked when going through the interview/application process, thereby making sure I ended up with a decent plan. 

That being said, her kind of attitude bothers me on many levels.  I made many conscious decisions that affected me and blame no one else for where I am in life.  In America we succeed primarily by our own sweat and tears, which is what makes America so unique and great.  Sometimes it’s harder for other people, but (not to sound cruel) that’s life.  God didn’t put us all here to sip iced tea on a hammock under a tree all day long in 80 degree sunny weather mooching off rubes. 

So, when people I don’t even know ask politicians to force me to take my money from my hard earned paycheck to pay for the results of their poor decisions and circumstances, then that really grinds my geahs!  We already have established (and since 1996 more responsible) welfare outlets, we don’t need new, highly expensive ones!  And, I think it’s fundamentally rude to ask for that in most cases since the people asking are the beneficiaries and not the ones actually doling out the cash.  I give money to charities to help those I feel need the help I can give.

Some people use hard times to strengthen their character, while others use it to scapegoat their problems onto someone else.  Mitt Romney had nothing to do with this woman’s problems or struggles, but she acted out against him as if he was part of her problem.  Like Romney said: he was Massachusetts’ governor, not New Hampshire’s, and could not have affected this woman’s past.  I don’t think she’s apt to vote Republican anyway, not with a “poor me”/gimme attitude like that.  Who among us doesn’t have problems?

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cann0nba11 August 4, 2007 at 9:07 pm

I too watched this video and wanted to slap the waitress. Chip on her shoulder, looking for excuses… shut the heck up and try to find a better job. Try living within your means. You have a diabetic son and a daughter with Chrons. That is tough, but not insurmountable. Believe it or not, your situation is NOT the norm. We ALL have copays honey, so deal with it.

Romney handled the questions well and showed how he has actually done something about it in his own state. After all, the only thing we can trust in politics is an actual voting record, not lip service. Romney has a good track record… can he replicate is health care success nationally? Personally I don’t think so. BUT, I much prefer privatization of health care over the Hillary Government version.

Way to go Mitt!

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Rightonoz August 6, 2007 at 1:49 am

Sorry guys, have to disagree with you on this.

Having met quite a good number of US citizens below the poverty line, you CANNOT use the poor decisions and circumstances. One of the things that makes America (and many other countries) NOT SO GREAT is that if you are not above a certain level you are condemned to stay there barring exceptional circumstances. Most people in the world succeed through hard work and sweat and tears as you put it. Apart from the born rich most of us have to get off our arses and make a go of it however the reality of being at the bottom of the heap in most countries is that it’s a monumental or impossible struggle.

The reality of the US system is that there are a large number of people forced below the poverty line by below subsistence wages ..and don’t try the have to compete on a world market bit, here in OZ we have substantially higher minimum wages than the US and compete based on efficiency.

My US friends cover the gammit of being from families below poverty to ohers on $multi-million salaries and I can tell you for those born into below the poverty line is is EXTREMELY difficult to break the cycle and the system does nothing to assist.

During my recent absence I spent some time amongst US soldiers and had a series of long chats with one articular guy during quiet periods. His background was from a very poor family, father worked two jobs and mother also worked just to feed and house a family of 5. He joined the military not out of any abiding patriotism, but solely as the only way out of the poverty trap. Be a good soldier, get a study grant and lift himself and his family out of the mud. Not by any stretch a particularly smart or educated guy, but a superb ambassador for your country, soft spoken, respectful to all but so determined you could see it. Have to respect the guy, but getting shot at just to get out of a ghetto? If you’re looking for clues, not I’m not a journo of any description and definitely class myself as conservative (with a heart)

Sorry guys, but the ‘live within your means’ crap doesn’t cut it when poverty level housing and the most basic of food exceeds two minimum wages. Funny how it’s only those with a 1/2 decent living that say it. I used to think that way when much younger but exposure to reality in the US and a number of other countries changed that.

Not picking on you in particular Ryan… but I happen to be a firm believer in achieving through my own efforts BUT being prepared to pay a reasonable tax to provide REASONABLE health benefits and support to those less fortunate. I haven’t seen the video on question, but she is out there working and making an effort by the sounds of it. We should reward those who make the effort, not kick them in the teeth.

Having said that, don’t get me started on dole cheats and others who have children just for the baby bonus, the subsidised accommodation and all the handouts. I’ll support anyone who tries.. but sit around looking for a handout, don’t come to me!

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