Some Beech Grove residents not impressed by Romney comments

Main Street, Beech Grove

Every week up until the election, WTHR-TV is are going on the road to cities in central Indiana to ask you what are the key issues in the race. As part of our commitment, we go back a week later to follow up on your concerns. Last week we traveled to Beech Grove.

(See the full schedule here.)

Beach Grove's sedate Main Street livens up at the mention of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"It made me furious. It made me mad," said Mavles Baier.

"I thought it was terrible," said Lorraine Hagin.

They're upset about Romney's claim that almost half of American's don't pay income taxes and believe they are entitled to government help. But some voters were interested to hear what Romney had to say.

"It makes me angry because all I do is pay taxes," said Jim Huser, a small businessman who was shocked by the number of American's who don't pay income tax.

"People who think they can get something for nothing and the government owes them this and that. The government doesn't owe you anything," said Huser.

Lorraine Hagin, a beautician, disagrees. She's convinced Mitt Romney doesn't care about half the country.

"I don't think he realizes he's saying serious things about real life people," she said.

Mavles Baier is living comfortably now, but remembers growing up with four siblings and a single mom.

"He needs to be poor once. He needs to have to work for $7.35 an hour, rent a place, pay utilities and try to feed at least two kids on just that pay. There's a lot of single mothers out there that do it," she said.

In Beech Grove and in other communities, more people are getting more government assistance than some realize. More than half of Beech Grove's children, 53 percent, are from families with low enough incomes to receive free or reduced cost lunches, subsidized by the federal government.

Amtrak, the community's biggest employer, fire and police, road and park improvements, Main Street's upcoming make over - all benefiting residents - all receive federal funding.

The debate over government assistance is getting voters' attention.

Britany Spitz, unemployed, pregnant, and needing health care, didn't care who became president, but "after he made that comment, I will definitely be voting."