The Common Good

Romney's strange poverty-reduction 'plan'

Date: September 12, 2012

In a new video released by an association of Christian leaders called the Circle of Protection, the candidate – who previously told us he’s “not concerned about the very poor,” because “we have a safety net there” – outlines his prescription for helping poor people by naming debt reduction as a key priority, and promising cuts to programs designed to help poor people.

Suggesting that the best way to cure poverty is a trickle-down theory – “When our economy is healthy and growing, we have the resources to take care of those who still find themselves in need” – Romney’s poverty plan relies in part on the one he’s proposed for the economy in general, “a five-part economic plan that will help create 12 million new jobs.”