Governor Romney recently made a very bad slip of the tongue when he stated that he did not care about the poor. The negative reaction was out of proportion to his mistake because he had stated the same thing many times earlier but in an accurate context.
Politicians all make mistakes like this. They are frequently speaking in front of a camera on complex issues and under pressure. For Romney, it is one of a series of such blunders but it too will pass.
A deeper problem is: who does care for the poor? In the nearly two dozen debates for the Republican nomination, virtually nothing has been said about the needs of the poor in this country who are suffering tremendously. For that matter, Barack Obama, while he is pushing constantly for improvement of the job situation, does not make the plight of the poor a point that he deals with directly in his many speeches.
Who does care? The churches and other religious communities that feel the agony and the suffering that is prevalent among millions of our fellow citizens. They need to work more effectively together because there are forces at work that will soon again be making efforts to cut back on the limited resources currently available to the desperately poor in this country.