by Brian Washington/Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his campaign are once again serving up more evidence that the former Massachusetts governor is truly out of touch with the concerns of everyday, middle class Americans.
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During a recent interview, a Romney staffer was asked if his candidate supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier for women to fight for equal pay for equal work. The legislation was signed into law by President Obama in 2009.
After hesitating, the Romney staffer said, “We’ll get back to you on that.” The campaign did manage to come back with an affirmative answer — about two hours later.
The fact that it took two hours for the campaign to determine whether a Romney White House would support equal pay for women is a real head scratcher — especially when you consider women unfairly earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.
Meanwhile, a columnist with the New York Times believes that the real culprit behind the amount of job losses among women is due to public sector budget cuts. These cuts hurt women more because — as the columnist points out — they are disproportionately employed by government, usually as teachers or administrators. But these are the type of cuts Romney wants to expand to help shrink government.
But then again, this is Mitt Romney — the man who said he likes to fire people. A man who has made several statements that show he is totally out of touch when it comes to the issues that Americans care about.
Just last month, Romney opened a tele-town hall with voters in Michigan by making a joke about how his dad, while President of American Motors, closed a plant in the state and moved badly needed jobs to Wisconsin. Romney has also said he thinks that corporations are “people” and that earning $374,000 in speaking fees last year is “not very much” money.
Once again, just more proof that Romney, who is worth between $190 and $250 million, lacks the understanding necessary to comprehend or relate to the challenges facing the middle class.
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