Yvette Carnell: Romney’s Mexican Grandparents Were on Welfare, So Does That Make Romney the Food Stamp Candidate?
by Yvette Carnell
Listening to Mitt Romney, you wouldn’t know that his grandparents were Mexican immigrants who came to America penniless, and survived only because of government handouts. But it’s the truth, listen:
Yes, you heard right. That’s George Romney, Mitt Romney’s father, describing, in a contentious run-in with a reporter, how his parents were on the government dole when they first arrived here in America, and how the U.S. government fed and housed them. ”I know what’s it’s like to be poor. My family was fed and housed by the United States government”, said George Romney.
Government assistance provided the Romney family with the opportunity to climb the ladder of success, but now Romney and his ilk parade around, calling President Obama the Food Stamp President, knowing full well that the Romneys were once The Food Stamp Family.
Mitt Romney is, of course, opposed to immigrants receiving welfare, even though that’s exactly what his Mexican grandparents received when they first arrived in America. The safety net saved Romney’s immigrant grandparents, but here’s what Romney has planned for the rest of us, according to The Atlantic:
Romney has fleshed out that sentiment with proposals that envision significant reductions in the projected spending trajectory for federal safety net programs. He has been most specific about Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that guarantees health care for the poor (including poor seniors in long-term care.) Romney, reflecting a long-time conservative goal, has said he would end the entitlement to Medicaid and convert it into a block grant program.
This is what makes Mitt Romney so vile. It’s not that he’s wealthy, it’s that he pretends as if he’s a self-made man, when he knows any such assertion is a boldface lie.
Last week, Romney went in on Obama for saying that businesses don’t just take flight without the help of government, be it through infrastructure, security, or one of the innumerable services that government provides. Romney scoffed. But for Romney’s family, government played an even more vital role than it plays for most businesses. Government fed the Romney family when they couldn’t feed themselves. It doesn’t get more essential than providing sustenance and nutrition for someone.
Romney knows this, and he knows very well how his family climbed to the top, but he doesn’t want you to make it. He doesn’t want you to be successful because there’s nothing people at the top despise more than competition. This is why Romney has pledged to cut the safety net, and why he stashes his millions away from Uncle Sam. He doesn’t want you to ever have what he attained. That’s who he is, a shell of a man, devoid of all empathy. But the next time you see Romney making a canned speech on “entitlements”, or touting his business success, it would be good to remember who the Food Stamp Candidate is, and how his family really made its way in the world.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.
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