are there no workhouses?

What will Mitt say next? He’s already on record as saying it’s fun to fire people, and now he comes right out and says that he has no concern for very poor people. This was probably a safe assumption to make about him, but he went ahead and said it out loud. “The poor, after all, have food stamps and Medicaid.” Mellowcat can’t help but be reminded of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and his take on the situation.

…I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned : they cost enough : and those who are badly off must go there. … It’s not my business. It’s enough for a man to understand his own business, and not to interfere with other people’s. Mine occupies me constantly.

The archetype has definitely survived since Dickens’ time, and is well represented in Mitt Romney. I wondered if other people made the same connection, and in fact many comparisons to the text have been made since his remarks made the news. In the comments to one article, somebody answered the question “Are there no workhouses?” with “Yes, but they’re in China and Mexico, Mr. Outsourcer.”

We’ll see if Ebenezer mends his ways, or continues on his miserly path. The next thing to watch for is:

“You will be haunted”, resumed the Ghost, “by Three Spirits”.

The Resident Expert has suggested that they will all be Irish Setters.

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