In 1994, Mitt Romney made an attempt to win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. As part of their “we’re just folks” campaign, Mitt and Ann gave an interview to a reporter from the Boston Globe in which they shared with the people of Massachusetts their financial struggles while they were attending Brigham Young University. They were determined to prove to their wealthy parents that they could make it on their own so they refused to accept monetary assistance. Instead, just like everyone I knew in college, they got by selling their stocks. They didn’t experience the opportunities to meet other students while working three jobs to pay tuition. They didn’t benefit from the bonding that cemented our friendships when we pooled change on Friday afternoons so we could each get a cup of coffee before heading off to weekend jobs.
So the people of Massachusetts can’t be blamed when they find it nauseating to listen to Mitt talking about his wife’s two Cadillacs and the horses she keeps in all the places they have homes. Ann and I share a disease but fortunately my neurologist has not centered my treatment around horseback riding. I do envy the shoes she is still able to wear.
The internet is a wonderful tool. I was able to find that interview and I am pleased to be able to share it. As you read it, keep in mind that Mitt is already on record as saying he will not help the poor because they already have assistance programs in place. He is also on record as saying he is going to dismantle that very safety net. He is going to focus his attention on helping the middle class and he is going to begin by reducing the taxes of the wealthy and the businesses for which they work. Romney’s reputation as a person who takes failing businesses and makes them profitable is built on eliminating jobs.
I was never a fan of the Kennedys but the people of Massachusetts were smart enough to recognize the deep divide between these two very rich men. Romney tithes to the Mormon church which is no more than he should do. The Kennedys for all their faults saw a much bigger picture. Rose Kennedy raised her children to never forget the Biblical injunction that to whom much is given, much is expected. Politically, they supported and introduced programs tohelp those in need regardless pf race, creed, or color. For all their wealth and power, they were not immune to tragedy. One of the greatest of their sorrows was Rosemary, the mentally handicapped member of the star-crossed family. Much of their wealth and their political capitol was spent on funding programs for “exceptional children”, a phrase coined by Richard Cardinal Cushing, the Archbishop of Boston. Cushing founded St. Coletta’s school to serve the needs of mentally disadvantaged children. Cushing is buried there.
Mitt won the Ohio primary but exit polls indicate that most Republicans are dismayed by the four choices their party is offering. He won over second place finisher by 1% of the vote.
So, since politics is going to make me crazy until the country proves it isn’t in November, I am going to be moving my rants to another blog. This may take awhile in that I haven’t told the blog master about my new plan. When it has a name and address I will put the information on this blog.