Anyone who pays attention to American politics has by now heard of the comment made by Hilary Rosen about Ann Romney never working a day in her life. Of course this erupted into a controversy given Rosen’s status as a Democratic pundit and strategist. Judging from the reactions, especially from the Right who are downright giddy over the whole thing, there is a need for some contextual perspective and maybe even a few facts.
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It’s all over the news, today: Mitt Romney would reorganize federal agencies cutting willy-nilly. Or perhaps, there will be order to his SECRET PLANS! Yes, Mitt Romney will not tell us the details of his federal cuts. First there were GOP lies. Now add to that secrets. Let’s not change horses mid-stream. RE-ELECT BARACK-BIDEN IN 2012!
by Alex Seitz-Wald
In case it wasn’t already clear that last week’s controversy over stay at home moms was entirely manufactured, this should put the question to bed.
Romney and allies cried that Democrats had declared “war on moms” after a Democratic strategist said Romney’s wife hadn’t worked a day in her life. Romney’s camp said this meant Democrats don’t value stay at home moms and motherhood, while they believe that women who stay home are doing real work.
And of course, being Republicans. they believe this with every fiber of their being — right up until it’s more convenient to believe the exact opposite.
“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” Romney told an audience in New Hampshire. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.”
“Our political and public discourse around the family — to our great detriment — often behaves as though history began in the 1950s,” writes Sara Mead. “But the idea that there are two types of women — White, married, virtuous, affluent ‘true women’ and then pretty much everyone else — is an old one, dating back at least to the Victorian Era Cult of Domesticity. While ‘true women,’ by confining themselves to the domestic sphere and womanly arts of childbearing, rearing, and making a harmonious family home, both required and deserved men’s protection from the slights of the harsh world, it was tough cookies for the majority of women who didn’t fit that model (from white working class women, to widows and single mothers, to women of color, like Sojourner Truth in her famous speech) — not to mention their kids.”
This is just another in a long line of examples of Romney being so used to privilege that he barely understands the concept. When his wife stays home to raise the kids, that’s hard work and he’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. But if a less affluent woman does the same, she’s just a lazy bon-bon eating Welfare Queen who has no idea what labor even is.
POLITICO Breaking News
President Barack Obama said Sunday that the director of the Secret Service is investigating the prostitution scandal that has ensnared 11 Secret Service personnel and an additional five members of the military.
“I expect that investigation to be thorough and I expect it to be rigorous. If it turns out that that the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I’ll be angry,” Obama said in his first comments on the scandal, made during a press conference with the Colombian president.
Though the president said he would wait until the investigation was complete before passing judgment, he added, “We’re representing the people of the United States and when we travel to another country, I expect us to observe the highest standards, because we’re not just representing ourselves, we’re here on behalf of our people–and that means we conduct ourselves with the utmost dignity and probity. And obviously what’s been reported doesn’t match up to those standards.”
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