Catherine Forsythe

Catherine Forsythe
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know a bit about computer security, dogs, horses, skiing, medicine and making risotto. My nickname in real life/online is "Noggie" - I'm on Twitter, with the @dogreader account.

JUNE 17, 2011 11:00AM

Need a Job: Mitt Romney Is "Unemployed"

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Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is trying to connect with prospective voters. There are times when the expensive business suit is gone. In its place, Mr Romney is in a shirt, unbuttoned at the collar. It is part of an image change, where Mr Romney attempts to be just one of the regular people. 

Mr Romney, though, is a multi-millionaire. He could have a myriad of jobs with one phone call. In an attempt at humour, Mr Romney joked with a group in Florida that he is "unemployed":
 
 
That comment has triggered an avalanche of response. Some have seen the comment as especially callous in light of the fact that Mr Romney does not have to work another day in his life and he still would have a roof over his head. Mr Romney does not have to contemplate which groceries to buy and which necessities have to be eliminated. 

It would be informative on a visceral, experiential level if every politician running for office would be given a shovel and required to do manual labour for three days. It could be moving soil or shovelling rocks. It would give a different perspective to being unemployed or under-employed, working at a job that does not fit a personal skill set. It would be educational, beyond words.

Catherine Forsythe 
 
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I do not know honestly why he is running again. I just don't.
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It is a kind of mockery that I cannot understand he would find effective in these times. It may undo him, as it seems Eye of Newt has undone himself with recent comments and trips to the Greek Isles.
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That Romney comment is the hot topic on talk radio in the Boston area this morning. Politicians may be wise not to joke about jobs.
for some reason this puts me in mind of that very new espn interview a few yrs back interviewing roberto clemente, jr., and opining with "so! how's your dad?" Not kidding.

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I know there must be better choices, even for Republicans.
I hope people won't forget about Romney and the "dog carrier" incident.
What an insensitive thing to say. I like your plan for the 3 days of manual labor. Some of these people just don't understand, and they don't really want to.
I liked your piece a lot. Especially the part regarding mandatory manual labor. Would Mitt show up at the job site in pressed jeans? Maybe. He would not leave with such creases, if he were to do a real honest day's work. Thanks.
Right on the money, forgive the pun! That's right, Catherine, very clever. R
For someone as competent and smart as Romney is, he is surprisingly tune deaf.
For someone as competent and smart as Romney is, he is surprisingly tune deaf.
"The "dog carrier" incident which Larry mentioned may be this:"...  The incident: dog excrement found on the roof and windows of the Romney station wagon. How it got there: Romney strapped a dog carrier — with the family dog Seamus, an Irish Setter, in it — to the roof of the family station wagon for a twelve hour drive from Boston to Ontario, which the family apparently completed, despite Seamus's rather visceral protest." link:  Romney's Cruel Canine Vacation