The Latest Romney Dogwhistle

“Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.”

So we’re back to Welfare Queens? It’s only been a month since Romney barked at the NAACP and told them that if they want “more free stuff,” they should vote for the other guy.

What this ad doesn’t tell you is that Republican governors, including Mitt Romney himself once upon a time, requested more leeway on welfare than the new rules announced by the Department of Health and Human Services allow.

In 2005, Romney and 28 other Republican governors wrote a letter to Congress requesting even more flexibility than Obama has offered, for the purpose of “[e]mpowering states to seek new and innovative solutions to help welfare recipients achieve independence.”

“Increased waiver authority, allowable work activities, availability of partial work credit and the ability to coordinate state programs are all important aspects of moving recipients from welfare to work,” read the letter, which was co-signed by prominent GOP governors like Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry, Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee and Jon Huntsman.

Whoops?

Of course that’s not important. What’s important for Team Romney is the dogwhistle. Substance is secondary to the attack.

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  • Lazarus Durden

    In case you’d forgotten Tea Baggers President Obama is black. Just a reminder from Team Romney.

    Team Romney: Putting Stop to Uppity Since 2012.

  • http://twitter.com/SugaRazor Razor

    I saw this ad on TV this morning… I thought they usually saved the blatant racism for the web?

    As for “under Obama’s plan, YOU wouldn’t have to work… they just send YOU a check.” uh… so no one has to work? That sounds awesome!

    • stacib23

      Wouldn’t ya think some kind of socialism would have to be at work if everybody is getting government money and nobody is working? :-)

  • Brutlyhonest

    This was the very first thing I saw on the tube this AM. The message is plain, simple and directed squarely at the audience that has been manipulated into “knowing” that every one on welfare is brown and lazy.

    • mrbrink

      Meanwhile, corporate America’s welfare checks just keep rolling in by the wheel barrel.

  • mrbrink

    Ha. I think he should run this everywhere.

    Blatant racism aside, it’s a prickish, Boss-man attack on the poor and screams, “Back to Work, Peasants!”

    The hundred millionaire running on a platform of cutting his own taxes thinks poverty-level America has it too easy!

    50 million Americans receive food stamp benefits. How many of them are watching this commercial thinking, “yeah! fuck me! I need to be taught a lesson in work ethics!”

    Good luck with this, King Romney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Krupski/100002308768984 Kevin Krupski

    This comming from a guy who has not had a “real” job in over a decade is complainung that in the middle of a recestion that people are not working.Next thing you know he is saying his shit smells like rainbow sherbert but that would be to gay for him.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Stephen Colbert showed Romney in his typical Romneyesque manner tonight, when he left a hardware store with bags of tools and was asked what he bought. Romney replied “hardware stuff”.

    Oh my fuck, but I laughed so hard at that.

  • deacrick

    The only way to defeat this type of thing is to outwork them and defeat them at the polls.
    Never before has it been more critical to get everyone you know properly registered and to the polls.
    volunteer at party headquarters, download the Obama app and get walking and talking.