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Don't Be Distracted by Faux Stay-at-Home "Momney" Issue

ProudProgressive 2012/04/16 01:44:18
One thing the Republicans have made very clear this election season is that as much as they fear and hate President Obama, they fear the reality of actual issues even more. At a time when every American puts job creation at the top of their list of things for Congress to do, the Republicans hold hearings on denying access to birth control to 150,000,000 women. At a time when the President has ended one wasted war and is winding down another, they attack him for not having a parade. As the Republicans have divided this nation worse than at any time since the Civil War (another example of conservatives willing to destroy the nation entirely rather than give up their extremist obsessions), they ignore the President's repeated calls for civility and instead try to defend a racist murderer and demonize an innocent seventeen year old whose only crime, apparently, was being black. And now we come to the "mommy" issue. It's true that Hilary Rosen made a poor choice of words in saying that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life, but in context (yet another thing the Republicans fear) she was absolutely right about how hypocritical it is for people like the Romneys to even pretend they have a clue as to what the average American has to go through just to keep their family safe and fed. While the Republicans try to demonize the most needy among us as "people who just sit at home waiting for the check to come in the mail" they ignore the fact that that's pretty much a precise definition of Ann Romney's life. She hasn't worked a day in her life outside her own home. She has never had to stretch a paycheck so her family could eat. She has had servants to pick up the dirty socks, gardeners to pull the weeds, and chauffeurs to take her to the beauty salon. And these are the people with the gall to say that a single mother earning minimum wage are the freeloaders.

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Don't Be Distracted by Faux Stay-at-Home "Momney" Issue
By: Leah L Burton
April 15, 2012

"Moms Do Work"…this is the newly created bumper sticker phrase manufactured by the Mitt Romney campaign on the heels of comments that flew back and forth this past week over an irresponsibly careless remark by a democratic strategist. (It also eerily reminds me of one of Bush, Jr.s infamous remarks, "Childrens do learn"). A virtual explosion of faux outrage ignited, asserting that all Democrats/Liberals view momhood as inconsequential and effortless.

The comment was an adrenalin-filled remark directed specifically at Ann Romney as a wealthy stay-at-home mom who couldn't possibly identify with the economic struggles of working moms in America. Predictably, the Romney campaign made an election year "mountain out of a mole-hill" and turned this golden opportunity into a slogan that absurdly insinuates that democrats/liberals and the Obama administration are overwhelmingly anti-stay-at-home moms.

Obviously this is patently ridiculous, but reality has little place in politics. Both republicans and democrats value the responsibility and work that it takes to raise children, albeit on a different basis in many cases. Motherhood is a full-time job that is never compensated adequately – and that is assuming that an hourly pay scale actually existed for the job.

Many, many women across America do not have a choice to stay home due to lack of necessary income. Most women must go out into the workforce to provide for their families whether as the sole contributor or as additional income in a two-parent household. That reality is fact for most.

And then there are those women who are career oriented and carefully balance dual roles as mother and professional. This is an option that is exercised with great success and satisfaction by many women, including former First Lady and current Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Much ado was made 20 years ago when she was lambasted by the conservative right in 1992 after making this statement…

"I could have stayed at home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession". ~ Hilary Clinton March 1992

For Clinton, her remarks were made from the perspective of lifestyles that she was familiar with. Women from every spectrum have unique takes on motherhood. This isn't about Ann Romney making the choice to stay at home and raise her children. Her decision was made with any number of reasons in mind including her role as a Mormon mother and spouse, and her good fortune to be able to financially afford to do so. It is about a struggling economy making that very choice unattainable for the majority of women in America.

But this is all a distraction that gave the Romney campaign a golden opportunity to invent faux indignation against the liberals for discriminating against stay-at-home moms. After the bumper stickers and mugs are sold and the dust settles back down, the elephant in the room for the conservatives is still going to be standing there. The very real War on Women.

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  • wtw 2012/04/17 03:02:09
    wtw
    Like the Obama distraction from his failures to anything finacially sound. To relect Obama is a vote toward insolvency and bankruptcy. In 4 more years of Obama we will be over 20 trillion in debt. More than all presidents combined debt in the last 200 years prior to Obama That according to Obama in 2006 is unpatriotic and irresponsible.
  • JP 2012/04/16 17:16:26
    JP
    +1
    "At a time when every American puts job creation at the top of their list of things for Congress to do, the Republicans hold hearings on denying access to birth control to 150,000,000 women."

    This is where I quit reading your nonsense...by not not forcing others to pay for Sandra "abused wet swamp" Fluke's extraordinary sexual escapades we aren't denying anybody anything. Let her pay for her own lifestyle.
  • Angi 2012/04/16 15:59:19
    Angi
    +1
    Women are important in all the roles they take on. Why pitch women against each other? A good Mother is priceless if she wants to bring her own kids up then she should be able to, if she wants to work then she should be able to. Women need supporting not undermining, seems a sad state of affairs where the so called intellectuals running for office think the best politics they can offer are to dissect and dismantle the society they are supposed to be wanting to strengthen.
    Seems to me the politicians think the electorate are stupid and are thinking up any kind of BS because they know they don't have anything substantial to offer.
  • Kiosk Kid 2012/04/16 15:34:00
    Kiosk Kid
    +1
    Republicans can't wait to talk about Obama's failures as president.
  • relic Kiosk Kid 2012/04/16 17:10:35
    relic
    +2
    OMG. That would go on for years!
    ...where do I start... where do I start? Dunno, but here's where it ends.

    pizza
  • Kiosk Kid relic 2012/04/16 17:35:29
    Kiosk Kid
    +1
    He would fail in that job too. The only thing is is good at is buying votes with welfare programs.
  • relic 2012/04/16 14:11:28
    relic
    +5
    Pee Pee, this shows your awareness of how a Democrap attack backfired ...and now you and Oslime are backpeddling as fast as possible.

    You lost this one and all the spin in the world won't change that.
  • johnc relic 2012/04/16 14:23:50
    johnc
    +4
    quickest toss under the bus I have ever seen

    Rosen should have known, telling the truth of democrat thinking, is taboo in the democrat plantaiton manual.
  • wicked soda boy 2012/04/16 14:08:33
    wicked soda boy
    +3
    Consider the fact that it was the libs/progs who started pushing the whole WAR-ON-WOMEN baloney (which is taken from the tired, out-of-date 1970's Democrat playbook), in a lame attempt to divert attention from the failed policies and rampant corruption in the Obama administration. If you'll admit that, then I may be open to hearing your rant about Ann Romney.
  • johnc 2012/04/16 14:00:12
    johnc
    +7
    Yes we should move on there are more important issues.

    1. Obamas record,
    2. the empty words of Obama
    3. Obamas spending spree
    4. How and why things like solyndra happened.
    5, fast and furious.
    6. what does Obama mean when he told Russia he will be more flexible afte the election
    7. we are getting a clue ot his agenda, but what is his next fumble?
    I am glad you agree we need to concentrate on the important issues.
  • wicked ... johnc 2012/04/16 14:09:22
    wicked soda boy
    +4
    Great answer!
  • RJ~PWCM~JLA 2012/04/16 13:53:13
    RJ~PWCM~JLA
    +6
    Darn it! I ALREADY told you that concern over this "faux" issue is SHARED BY

    Barack 0bama
    Michelle 0bama
    David Axelrod
    Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
  • Gloria 2012/04/16 13:16:00
    Gloria
    Anne Romney never earned an income.
  • Dave Sa... Gloria 2012/04/16 14:04:27
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    +1
    So she "created" at least one job on her own.
  • Pm 2012/04/16 08:16:57
    Pm
    +4
    The libs attacked Ann Romney. Obama attacked Hilary in 07-08
  • Ron_Dayvoo Pm 2012/04/16 11:50:44
    Ron_Dayvoo
    "You're likeable, eniough".
  • wicked ... Pm 2012/04/16 14:11:30
    wicked soda boy
    +3
    Good point. I LOVE the reference here to "Obama's call for civility". When Obama starts practicing what he preaches, then and only then, I'll stop calling him out.
  • Peewee ~PWCM~ 2012/04/16 03:57:05
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    +3
    Wrong, you DO have a choice to be a stay at home mom. How much is daycare? Why are people living so much beyond their means that it requires both parents to work? You don't need to start out with the McMansion or the fancy cars like your parents have earned. That's why so many forclosures.
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/04/16 03:46:18
  • johnc POWERSH... 2012/04/16 14:03:57
    johnc
    +5
    It was created for that reason. what the left does not want to discuss is:
    1. Obamas empty words
    2. waste of trillions of dollars
    3. fast and ferious.
    4. what is his agenda?
    5. what is his flexible plan for Russia after the election.?

    Yes, for some reason the regime wants to avoid these issues.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/04/16 03:44:55
    themadhare ~IJM
    +5
    anything to distract from the economy and the faux unemployment figures.
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/04/16 02:55:35
    **StarzAbove**
    +3
    Poor Ann Romney. I'm sure just keeping all of her homes adequately staffed with nannies, cooks and housekeepers must be like having a stressful full-time job.
  • Peewee ... **Starz... 2012/04/16 04:00:07
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    +5
    I love you Starz, we're friends. But how many staff has Michelle Obama added? What about all the hollywood types who have staff and nannies? Sports figures? Is that different because they're all Democrats?
  • **Starz... Peewee ... 2012/04/16 13:08:49
    **StarzAbove**
    +2
    No, it's all the same to me, but the subject was Mrs. Romney!

    And Mrs. Obama is the First Lady, she needs the staff.
  • Peewee ... **Starz... 2012/04/16 23:19:00
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    I would have staff too if I could! Starting with a yard keeper. Romneys aren't doing anything different than those of such wealth do. That's what I meant.
  • Gloria Peewee ... 2012/04/16 13:14:38
    Gloria
    +2
    How much staff has any president that has a family added?
  • **Starz... Gloria 2012/04/16 15:42:14
    **StarzAbove**
    +1
    A lot for instance Mrs. Bush, but the righties forget about that.
  • Peewee ... Gloria 2012/04/16 23:20:17
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    I don't know, ask GWB, Carter or Clinton.
  • Gloria Peewee ... 2012/04/16 23:37:35
    Gloria
    Ask any first lady.
  • johnc Peewee ... 2012/04/16 14:06:57
    johnc
    +1
    well yea.
  • Gloria **Starz... 2012/04/16 13:13:21
    Gloria
    +1
    She might "work" but she never earned a living.
  • **Starz... Gloria 2012/04/16 13:15:20
    **StarzAbove**
    +1
    Right, and I think Rosen's comments got overblown, I think she meant working out of the home.
  • johnc **Starz... 2012/04/16 14:14:09 (edited)
    johnc
    sure takes a lot of words to explain what democrats mean when they open thier mouths, seems liberals are still attempting to explain Obamas statements about the SC, and that has been a few weeks.

    10 people hearing a statement have 20 opinions of what it ment. she said what she said, most know it means what she and the reelection committee thought would fly, it backfired. Barack had to the leave a $35,000 a plate dinner with those he really supports to give her that quick toss under the bus. When Obama says he has your back watchout.

    why did he do this with Mr Ed of MSNBC? was the rest of MSM in hiding? I mean Mr Ed?, Obama talks about womens issues with Mr Ed?. wasn't Mr Ed suspended for calling women sluts and the like?

    Rosen slipped, told us what democrats really think, a big no no in the democrat plantation.
  • Prettie... **Starz... 2012/04/16 13:58:18
    PrettieReptar
    +4
    Envy?

    Gotta love the class warfare tactics.
  • johnc **Starz... 2012/04/16 14:06:33
    johnc
    +1
    I sense a bit of envy?
  • fuzzy K... **Starz... 2012/04/16 14:35:48 (edited)
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Despite your presumption the fact is that the Romney's have a "staff" of four part timers.

    As is typical of people who go from rags to riches by working hard they are not outrageously extravagant.

    *edit* I find that it's usually liberals like actors and singers who hire a multitude of servants to do everything for them.
  • Ron_Dayvoo 2012/04/16 02:27:08
    Ron_Dayvoo
    +9
    This crap got old 20 minutes after the Dem's began the "Wars on everything" strategy.
  • Peewee ... Ron_Dayvoo 2012/04/16 04:00:35
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    +3
    It took 20 min's?
  • johnc Ron_Dayvoo 2012/04/16 14:21:17
    johnc
    +2
    I don't believe Obamas demonizing of Americans is going to work either but consider

    he can't run on his :

    his words? they are empty words

    his record,? no no can't run on that.

    HIs agenda for America? Only if you have the beliefs of Ayers, Wright, Bell, Corzine and the rest of the company he keeps that he warned us of.

    He will continue to demonize different people different groups , at this pace will insult too many to get re elected, He is going all in with radical islam and radical anti America. I don't think it will work for him.
  • Ron_Dayvoo johnc 2012/04/16 14:35:39
    Ron_Dayvoo
    +2
    No, it won't work because America is WIDE AWAKE now.

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