Group of Catholic Nuns Challenges Mitt Romney to Experience What It Is to Be Poor

08/09/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today— Catholic nuns want former Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney and who’s personal worth is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars—they want him to know what it’s like for struggling families across the country. We’ll talk with a leading activist nun in just a moment. But first- four listener comments about yesterday’s interview with Michelle Williams- she is working with the family of Javon Neal- the 16 year old who was shot and killed by Tampa police officers three weeks ago. The police say he was armed with a shotgun—but many residents of the apartment complex where he was killed say the killing was unjustified. Here’s what four listeners had to say.

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The group of Catholic Sisters who gained international attention for their “Nuns on the Bus” tour have invited Mitt Romney to spend a day with them to learn about the needs of struggling families.

Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, described Romney’s latest ad regarding welfare as “terribly divisive and demeaning”… here’s a portion of that ad…. Tape Sr. Campbell joins us live on the phone.

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Mitt and the poor

A peek into Mitt's psyche: I don't worry about the problems of poor people … because there is a "safety net" … which I want to defund … because people (including single, full-time moms) who depend upon financial assistance such as food stamps lack dignity … because you must be completely self-sufficient to have self-worth … unless you inherited vast wealth ... like I did … in which case you are inherently highly dignified … because you are a person of power and authority … who gets to enjoy the sheer pleasure of firing people … which I did countless times while running Bain Capital, creating huge profits … for myself and my fellow investors … at the expense of fired workers … who, as a result, often joined the growing ranks of poor people in America … which I don't worry about.