In touch

One of the criticisms I hear regarding wealthy Republican candidates is that they are “out of touch” with the common man. It’s a class warfare tactic you never hear used by the mainstream press about wealthy Democrats, as though Democrats like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton understand intuitively what it’s like to have too much month left at the end of the paycheck. I never hear explained why it’s important for an elected politician to be “in touch.” Does knowing the retail cost of a gallon of milk or a pound of ground beef somehow translate into better policy? What’s the connection? The question isn’t whether the politician understands the plight of the common man, for many of them (like Mitt Romney, for example) lived that life when they were younger. The question is how their policies will affect the common man. What good is it to be “in touch” if you’re determined to raise taxes, sabotage the health care system, and drive up energy costs? I’d rather have an “out of touch” conservative in office who will cut taxes and limit government than an “in touch” Democrat who wants government intruding into every aspect of life.

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