Letter: Governor Mitt Romney and The Welfare State

By Robert J. Johnson
On February 2, 2012

On Thursday, the University of New Hampshire released a media advisory entitled "Poverty Expert Available to Discuss Romney's Comments About Poor Americans." Beth Mattingly, of the Carsey Institute, says the following in the release: "Mitt Romney's statement that he is ‘not concerned about the very poor' because the nation has ‘a safety net' misses key points about families struggling in America." What Mattingly fails to point out is that Governor Romney's complete statement was "I said I'm not concerned about the very poor that have the safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them."

The University of New Hampshire has egregiously taken the governor's remarks out of context in an effort to tarnish his reputation. A public university has no place pushing a political agenda or getting involved in a presidential race.

If the members of the university who published the release took the time to carefully examine Romney's economic plan, they would see that he is well aware of the problem at hand. His solutions are far more nuanced than President Obama's have been. The president's answer to the recession has boiled down to creating temporary, low-paying jobs and throwing unprecedented amounts of borrowed money at the problem of unemployment. Governor Romney instead wants to prepare the American worker for the 21st century by re-tooling the manner in which they are taught, encouraging free and fair trade, and allowing the private sector to hire more workers.  

To close, Governor Romney's vision for the country is perhaps best summarized in the final statement of his jobs plan: "Our future direction rests in the hands of the American people, who are sovereign and at whose pleasure the government serves."

Robert J. Johnson

President, UNH College Republicans


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