The real Mitt Romney resurfaced again today. At a New Hampshire event, Mitt Romney admitted that he likes to fire people.
Here’s the video:
In the video, Romney said, “It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people that provide services to me. If someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say I’m going to get somebody else to provide that service to me, so that’s one thing I’d change.”
It would be difficult to find a statement that sounded more wealthy and elitist than Romney’s claim that people are to serve him. The implication being that Mitt Romney doesn’t know what it’s like to have to be a person waiting on tables, running a cash register, or working in the American service economy. Mitt Romney has always been the person getting services. He has never been the one working at a paid by the hour job giving them. For his whole life, Mitt Romney has been the entitled consumer. He has no clue about how the other side of the counter or phone call lives.
The context of the comment is that Romney was pitching a healthcare plan that would allow people to buy private health insurance by giving the corporate healthcare industry taxpayer dollars in incentives to in insure people. (In short, Romney was floating the same plan McCain bombed with in 2008).
Democrats are rejoicing that they were able to catch Romney admitting the truth about the GOP. In this economy, Romney’s comment about liking to fire people comes off as especially cold and unsympathetic when millions of Americans are jobless and looking for work. Romney was using the event today to make the case that he started at the bottom. In Romney’s version of the story, he wasn’t born with silver spoon in his mouth and a nanny by his side to remove it.
However, Romney was unable to keep the charade going through his entire event. According to The Boston Globe, the wheels fell off for Romney when he made his disastrous comment in a response to a question about healthcare in the final moments of his appearance.
Today’s blunder is a follow up to yesterday’s unsubstantiated Romney claim that he has been worried in the past about being fired himself, “I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.” Mitt Romney has no idea what it’s like to have to worry about paying the rent or mortgage and keeping food on the table while wondering if you are going to still have a job next week.
Romney can’t explain away his time at Bain, and he when he does try, he can’t stop his real personality and feelings from coming out. Mitt Romney’s comment today about liking to fire people should show up in Democratic and Republican ads all through 2012. The Republican frontrunner is trying to pretend like he is something that he isn’t both to his own party and the American people. He has tried to spin it a million different ways, but his true feelings always slip out.
In his heart of hearts Mitt Romney is corporate raider, not a job creator.