… for road and park maintenance; schools for my children; police, fire, and military protection; licensing of motor vehicle operators and other public safety measures; enforcement of contracts and the peaceful equality mediated by our court system, etc. And so is Mitt Romney. So is the Republican base…
Unlike Mitt Romney, however, I depend on the government for health insurance, and my family also recently enrolled in WIC, one of several food stamp programs offered by the government. WIC allows us to receive certain especially nutritious foods like lentil beans and infant formula for free from area supermarkets, and this keeps us in the black when it comes to monthly expenses. There is a stigma associated with being enrolled in programs like MassHealth and WIC, even if there is not a stigma associated with using I-95, having a driver’s license, or enjoying the benefits of police protection.
Unlike Mitt Romney, my current income from three jobs – freelance Japanese to English translation, a Teaching Fellowship in General Chemistry, and weekends spent working as a waiter – plus one volunteer position at a local hospital – is just not enough to support my family in the situation in which we’ve found ourselves. The fact that I’m taking classes on top of this means that even if there were more lucrative employment opportunities available to me, I’ve hit a ceiling in terms of how much time I can spend collecting riches. Government support right now is the only thing that’s letting my family and I continue upward mobility; government support right now is the only thing that’s allowing me to continue taking the classes that will eventually allow me to become a doctor. After extensive training, I’ll be in a position to give back.
Mitt Romney’s business background is impressive. I’m sure he understands economics and can work well with American business interests.
But for all Mitt Romney’s finance background, he fails to understand the welfare state as an investment.