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NEA Statement on Romney's 'Disdainful' Comments

'In his own words, Romney again shows he is out of touch with working families' -
National Education Association

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(WASHINGTON DC) - Earlier today on the campaign trail, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said of President Barack Obama, “he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman [sic], more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Once again and in his own words, Romney shows just how out of touch he is with the values of America’s middle class by denying more first responders, police officers and teachers for our students.

“I never thought that Mitt Romney could be more out of touch with what middle-class families need in this country until I heard his comments today,” said John Stocks, executive director of the National Education Association. “It is appalling how Romney takes an almost disdainful attitude towards critical public servants like firefighters protecting our communities and teachers educating our children. Our leaders’ first priority should be protecting our communities and the jobs that protect and lift up our middle-class families.”

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.




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Anonymous June 9, 2012 7:32 am (Pacific time)

Democrats, rather their propagandists, sought to turn the tables on Mitt Romney Friday afternoon by seizing on comments he made in Iowa that suggested the country doesn’t need more firefighters, police or teachers. Mr. Romney was responding to President Obama’s earlier remarks about the private economy’s being “fine.” In doing so, Mr. Romney dismissed Mr. Obama’s call for more aid to state and local governments. “He wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers,” Mr. Romney said of Mr. Obama. “He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.” Democrats pounced on the comment, saying it proved that Mr. Romney would like to eliminate jobs for teachers, firefighters and police officers. Teachers, firefighters, policemen, etc., these are the responsibilities of the states and local governments, NOT the federal government -- and the federal government should NOT be helping the states with money to fill these jobs, because the money should not be in the federal coffers to begin with, but in the state coffers. Propaganda is being exposed in a more efficient manner in today's world, and that is the primary reason that the left is fading away, just like the feckless OWS movement. Amen.

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