Of some of the people, for some of the people

This is the quote making the news today, “I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net,” GOP soon-to-be-nominee Mitt Romney said to CNN this morning.

No doubt this will become an ad sometime between now and November, but there was another sentence in his interview that strikes me as equally fascinating.

“You can choose where to focus. You can choose to focus on the rich; that’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor; that’s not my focus. My focus is on middle-income Americans,” Romney said.

Which brings the obvious question: Can a person running for office, focus on — that is, appeal to — more than one group?

  • jon

    Rmoney (mis-spelled intentionally) is already targeting only half the country, Republicans. Narrowing it down to only the middle class Republicans really doesn’t narrow it down much, cause the very poor generally vote democrat, and the very rich (in support of either party) are a small percentage of the population.

  • Kassie

    “The Safety Net” is pretty much only for poor people with families and the disabled. In Minnesota we have a couple things for single adults, but most states have absolutely zero safety net for people without kids or a disability. Obama has worked to change that by expanding Medicaid to single poor adults in 2014, but Romney is actively campaigning against it. So he is focusing on the very poor, by removing the small safety net some of them have.

  • Alison

    One telling thing is that Romney seems to think only about 5% of Americans could be considered very poor.

  • Jamie

    //”"The Safety Net” is pretty much only for poor people with families and the disabled.”//

    That’s true. I don’t know what the “couple things” are for single adults that Kassie referred to, but I’ve heard that there is NOTHING for single adults. But even for families and people with disabilities, there are still LOTS of big holes in the net. One example: Romney said something today like “poor people have housing vouchers” or something like that. I’ve heard the waiting list for Section 8 (housing vouchers) is YEARS long.

    Another example: It takes a couple years to apply for disability status with the Social Security Administration. What is a disabled person supposed to do for that time?

    That “safety net” has some really huge holes in it. Romney is deluded. Or he just doesn’t care.

  • Kassie

    The couple things Minnesota has for single adults:

    General Assistance– a $203 monthly grant for people who are “unable to work any job.” Very strict eligibility, mostly people waiting for social security, people in battered women shelters, people in full time treatment facilities, and certain high school students.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- aka Food Stamps. Only for 3 months if you are able to work when economy is good. I think we have a waiver from the 3 month limit right now.

    Medical Assistance- we did an early opt in for Medical Assistance to cover what was our GAMC people. We also have MinnesotaCare for single adults.

    Group Residential Housing funds- covers in patient treatment for addiction or mental illness. Also covers people on General Assistance’s stay in homeless shelters.

    Public Housing and Section 8- available, but very difficult to get for single adults.

  • Jamie

    Thanks, Kassie. That’s not much.

    Section 8, though? I’d say it is essentially UNavailable, from what I’ve heard. I don’t know about public housing. I would imagine that’s not really available either, given all the homeless people we have.

  • THis is NOT lucy

    “Public Housing and Section 8- available, but very difficult to get for single adults.

    Posted by Kassie | February 1, 2012 4:29 PM ”

    “Section 8, though? I’d say it is essentially UNavailable, from what I’ve heard. I don’t know about public housing. I would imagine that’s not really available either, given all the homeless people we have.

    Posted by Jamie | February 1, 2012 6:19 PM ”

    When you picture all the empty houses sittiing empty due to foreclosure-and those families that are now homeless, do you feel the slightest bit of outrage and disgust?

    “”I’m not concerned about the very poor because they have a safety net,” GOP soon-to-be-nominee Mitt Romney said to CNN this morning.”

    I bet.

  • Kassie

    In terms of Section 8 and Public Housing, there are lots of factors for getting on them. In Minneapolis, a single adult isn’t going to get into a Minneapolis Public Housing Authority place without a) a disability and b) homelessness, and only after a very long wait. But, lots of public housing is run by municipalities and non-profits. So, Nicollet Towers is run by Volunteers of America and does offer public housing for single adults. Also, it is possible for single adults get into St. Louis Park public housing as the need is not as great there.

  • This is NOT lucy

    “But, lots of public housing is run by municipalities and non-profits. So, Nicollet Towers is run by Volunteers of America and does offer public housing for single adults. Also, it is possible for single adults get into St. Louis Park public housing as the need is not as great there.

    Posted by Kassie | February 2, 2012 1:26 PM”

    thank god, God, god for the great non-prophets and those corporations who donate to those non-prophets, the big dolla for those who are forced out of their homes and expected to just find somewhere else to live.

    What do you think about that Kass, you seem have the ability to purge a ton of information on this subject? Got an opinion of this forced homelessness?