Friday, February 08, 2008

Say What?

Mitt Romney, the supposedly well educated businessman had this to say yesterday:

The attack on faith and religion is no less relentless. And tolerance for pornography -- even celebration of it -- and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of government welfare programs have led to today's grim realities: 68% of African American children are born out-of-wedlock, 45% of Hispanic children, and 25% of White children.
I glad he's gone, but there is so much fail in this statement that I don't where to begin.

Pornography causes children to be born out of wedlock? (and how come it affects blacks and Hispanics disproportionally?

Welfare incentives? Oh, really? Tell you what Mitt. Trade places with a "welfare" family and get back to me.

Good grief and good riddance.

I read the whole sordid speech and it made me sick.

Naturally, he blames gays in Massachusetts(which has the nation's strongest marriages) for damaging the institution. He blames judges for not taking his religious bigotry into account.

But it was the welfare comment that set me off because, while I won't quibble with the accuraccy of his statistics, I have a serious problem with equating welfare with social dysfunction.

What Mr. Romney and others of his ilk are doing is concluding that the nation has problems (I agree) and all the nation's problems are the fault of the poorest and the most powerless of our poor.

I don't buy it.

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