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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

George Romney, Mitt's Father, "Was on Welfare Relief for the First Years of His Life"

George Romney, Mitt's Father, "Was on Welfare Relief for the First Years of His Life":

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According to the Global Post:
Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney's ancestors reportedly fled to Mexico in the 19th century to practice polygamy after it was banned in the United States, the Associated Press reported.  
Romney's great grandfather, Miles Park Romney, fled to Mexico after the 1882 passing of the Edmund Act, which banned polygamy in the US. He married his fifth wife after the Mormon church formally banned the practice in 1890.
No one is going to hold his ancestors' polygamy against the devoutly monogamous (to our knowledge) Mitt Romney, but it is an interesting omission from his campaign narrative, considering that he is a devout Mormon.  The only reason the Mormon church banned polygamy was that it was a required concession for Utah to become a state in 1896.
More interesting perhaps is the Boston Globe reference to US government welfare being received by the polygamous "refugees" from Mexico, who had flood the United States to pursue the practice, including the Romney ancestors.
Dosen't that mean that Mitt Romney's dad received welfare of sorts, that he didn't "build it on his own"?
If you think that this is some far out accusation, just listen and watch this interview that George Romney's wife gave when he was running for governor of Michigan in 1962 (courtesy of The Political Carnival). Lenore Romney, Mitt's mother, says that her husband, Mitt's father, "was on welfare relief for the first years of his life."
Mitt Romney's father and family were welfare "parasites" (according to Paul Ryan's definition) – now there's a testament to the Romneys that "they didn't build it themselves."
They abandoned the US for multiple marriages and then came back and went on the dole.
Mitt Romney wouldn't be a multi-billionaire today if it weren't for the federal aid safety network provided to his father, period.
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