After whipping Hillary Rosen in the public square for days because of her stay-at-home remarks about Ann Romney, a video surfaced that shows hubby Mitt Romney saying something extremely hypocritical.
When Democratic strategist Rosen said that the wife of the presidential candidate "had never worked a day in her life" and doesn't know the struggles of working mothers, the backlash was swift and deadly. She had to backpeddle with apologies and Ann Romney took to the airwaves to defend her position, saying all women should be respected for the choices they make in life.
Mitt Romney used Rosen's misstep to his advantage, attempting to tie the Obama presidency to the real war on women. Now we hear him saying this about stay-at-home Moms while speaking to a group in Manchester, N.H., in January, with fellow Republican Senator John McCain at his side:
"Welfare recipients have a responsibility of working--in my state, we made good progress in that regard following the days of the Welfare Reform Act--When I was Governor, 85 percent of the people on a form of welfare assistance in my State had no work requirement and I wanted to increase the work requirement. I said for instance that even if you have a child 2 year of age, you need to go to work--and people said well that is heartless and I said, well no--I am willing to spend more giving for daycare to allow those parents to go back to work. It will cost the State more providing that daycare but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work, and get people back into the work force..."
(Click on the video above to hear for yourselves).
I had to catch my breath for a minute. So this is how Mitt Romney really feels about stay-at-home Moms--well, the poor ones, at least. When it comes to his wife, it is a sacrifice of magnificent proportions. A selfless act of serving and caring for one's family. In fact, Mrs. Romney has said publicly that Mitt often told her that being a stay-at-home mother "was a more important job than his" when he was governor of Massachusetts. Told her he was so proud of her.
But when it comes to working-class mothers, he is willing to spend more than it would cost to help those mothers spend a little more time with their toddlers, to teach them "the dignity of working" outside of the home. Help me here, but I am utterly befuddled. If you're a mother of limited means, working out of the home, while leaving your baby in daycare for for 9 to 10 hours, restores or develops "dignity" but if you are wealthy, not working a 9-5 isn't classified as "undignified?"
Yesterday, he and his conservative cohorts were extolling the virtues of being a stay-at-home Mom. The high hypocrisy here is stunning and is just one more example of the GOP's lack of connection with anyone who isn't part of the one percent. I am not saying that people should stay on government assistance indifinitely but forcing new mothers out to work when it costs more to pay for daycare, sounds counter-productive and a tad vindictive to me. Job training, education to develop upgraded skills might be a better investment of federal funds.
Over and over their laws and proposed legislation target the poor and coddle the rich. When that gigantuan "welfare check" was written for Wall Street and big banks, no one was told they had to learn "the dignity" of being ethical and self-sacrificing. That they needed to change their border-line fraudulent ways of doing business.
No wonder his own fellow Republicans were calling him Shifty "Etch-a-Sketch" Romney.
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