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Romney’s ‘Invisible’ Trash Collector Speaks Out

We know that Mitt Romney holds the 47% of us who are low-income workers, students, retirees, military families and others in pretty low regard. He even said, “[M]y job is not to worry about those people.” And when Romney talks about workers with good middle-class public service jobs, he mocks firefighters, teachers and other public employees and says, “It’s time for us to cut back” on those jobs.  

If that happens, not only would the pristine streets around his beautiful $12 million oceanfront mansion in an exclusive La Jolla, Calif., neighborhood start piling up uncollected garbage, but Richard Hayes, a San Diego County sanitation worker who picks up Romney’s trash, would fall out of the middle class. He’d probably earn even more of Romney’s scorn for collecting unemployment insurance and other government safety net programs to stay afloat if he was laid off.

But, says Hayes in this AFSCME video, Romney has probably never seen him or other workers because:

We're kind of like the invisible people. He doesn't realize that the service we provide: if it wasn't for us, it would be a big health not picking up trash. Picking up 15, 16 tons by hand, you know that takes a toll on your body. When I'm 55, 60 years old, I know my body's gonna be breaking down. Mitt Romney doesn't care about that.

There’s a lot Mitt Romney doesn’t care about. Find out more at Meet Mr. 1%.

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