Willard "Stay away from me, you wretched peon" Romney says he doesn't worry about the poor because they have a social safety net to protect them. Then he brazenly lies about how much aid from the safety net programs actually gets to the poor. Paul Krugman has the truth of the matter:First of all, just a few days ago, Mr. Romney was denying that the very programs he now says take care of the poor actually provide any significant help. On Jan. 22, he asserted that safety-net programs — yes, he specifically used that term — have “massive overhead,” and that because of the cost of a huge bureaucracy “very little of the money that’s actually needed by those that really need help, those that can’t care for themselves, actually reaches them.”
This claim, like much of what Mr. Romney says, was completely false: U.S. poverty programs have nothing like as much bureaucracy and overhead as, say, private health insurance companies. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has documented, between 90 percent and 99 percent of the dollars allocated to safety-net programs do, in fact, reach the beneficiaries. [Emphasis added] But the dishonesty of his initial claim aside, how could a candidate declare that safety-net programs do no good and declare only 10 days later that those programs take such good care of the poor that he feels no concern for their welfare?
Also, given this whopper about how safety-net programs actually work, how credible was Mr. Romney’s assertion, after expressing his lack of concern about the poor, that if the safety net needs a repair, “I’ll fix it”?
Romney has ZERO CREDIBILITY in this matter, just as he has no credibility on any other matter of public policy. This guy intends to lie his way into power, helped by a cabal of powerful right-wing interests who will spend UNLIMITED amounts of money to push his constant river of lies onto an often unsuspecting public. This is a battle for the heart and soul of America. Do we preserve what is best in our country, what is best for our people, best for our future, and best for the world?
Or do we let this lying scumbag Romney win?