There are times when you can hear the collective head slap coming out of the Romney Campaign. Romney is known at this point for making jokes or statements that are completely out of touch with the country and its economic problems.
During a tele-town hall meeting with Wisconsin voters Wednesday, he managed to do it again.
At the outset of his 35-minute conference call, Romney told what he thought was a “humorous” story about how his father once shut down a factory in Michigan and moved production to Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“One of [the] most humorous I think relates to my father. You may remember my father, George Romney, was president of an automobile company called American Motors. … They had a factory in Michigan, and they had a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and another one in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And as the president of the company he decided to close the factory in Michigan and move all the production to Wisconsin. Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign.”
Then you have to say to yourself “Seriously Mitt?” During a major economic downturn where manufacturing jobs are racing overseas and we need jokes about moving factories from one state to another. Of course the part Mitt left out was that 4,300 people lost their livelihoods during that move.
In January, Romney came under fire from his opponents for saying, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
Mitt Romney has also told the press that his campaign is not focused on the poor because they are alright, they have a social safety net.