The number of “very poor” in American is rising – and Bloomberg/Business Week wants you to blame Mitt Romney.
That's explains this very misleading headline on the Business Week website:
The article recounts Romney's badly-worded statement recently in which he intended to demonstrate his focus as president would be on repairing the damage wreaked on America's middle class by President Barack Obama's economic policies, but clumsily stated he was “not concerned about the very poor,” because they have a taxpayer-funded safety net.
The best anti-poverty program, of course, is a job, but Obama's economic policies have shoved millions more Americans off the economic cliff and into the safety net. And yet the Bloomberg/Business Week writers manage to ignore Obama's role in the miserable economy by focusing not on the chronic high unemployment that has sent food-stamps enrollment to record levels and caused six million American workers to lose hope of ever finding a job. How do they do this?
By comparing the growth in the “very poor” segment of American society over the past 35 years, they cast Obama not as the author of a failed economic policy, but as the victim of a long-term trend who offers hope, and stands against Romney's callous indifference toward the poor:
“Without referencing Romney, President Barack Obama yesterday twice mentioned caring for the poor in remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. He cited ‘the Biblical call to care for the least of these -- for the poor, for those at the margins of society.’”
The number of very poor has risen since 35 years ago. The Bloomberg/Business Week headline writers want you to think that's Romney's fault, somehow, and the authors of the article sure don't want you to think about Obama's failure to deliver the robust economy he promised.
There's no doubt Romney chose his words poorly, but as the Bloomberg/Business Week headline and story show, it almost doesn't matter - the Republican nominee, whomever it is, faces a media that will be unrelenting in its efforts to cover for Obama and cast blame on his Republican challenger for the failure of Obama economic policies.
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