No doubt Mitt’s opponents in the Republican Presidential race will be hooting with joy at Mitt’s latest dropped clanger. So he doesn’t care about the poor? His clumsy retrieval attempt that the poor didn’t need extra care because they are already getting enough from the safety net will placate his friends, but as one sitting on the shakey Isles of New Zealand where there is a similiar gap between rich and poor, it is hardly a surprise. When he and Newt have been competing with one another with tax relief packages for the rich business owners, the question as to where the cuts will come for the care packages for the poor in the US is a no brainer. Yet there is a more serious question which appears to have escaped the commentators. Most of the poor live outside the US, and to hear that Mitt doesnt care about the poor suggests that overseas aid would come an even more distant second – if that is possible! He certainly has not emphasised helping the third world in his campaign.
When I was at University as an undergraduate many years ago I remember reading A Nation of Sheep and that other classic, the Ugly American. I have not detected a more Christian slant to overseas aid in the intervening period.
But here is a thought. What if Mitt Romney was scoring a deliberate own goal?
Since each year that passes widens the gap between the rich and the poor – and since very approximately the rich support the Republican party, it may have been nothing more than a signal to the known constituency.
What is a little more of a puzzle is how Christian ethics can be reconciled with disregard for the poor. Mitt Romney has made a great deal of his expression of family values and Christian ideals. I cant imagine the Salvation Army identifying with his latest revelation.
Am I missing something. Comments please.