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Willard: Stay-at-Home Mothers Do Not Have "Dignity of Work"

by: lowkell

Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 10:38:05 AM EDT

The Huffington Post reports:
Women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and "have the dignity of work," Mitt Romney said in January, undercutting the sense of extreme umbrage he showed when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen quipped last week that Ann Romney had not "worked a day in her life."
Can we say "utter hypocrisy?" "False 'outrage'?" How about the media covering THIS story, which actually is a REAL story because it relates to the views and proposed policies of the Republican nominee for president, as opposed to its brain-dead, breathless coverage of some random comment by some random pundit on some random cable show? Oh wait, I forgot, this is infotaiment, false equivalence, ratings-uber-alles, corporate conservative media we're talking about - so much for that idea.

P.S. See the "flip" for a great comment on that same HuffPo thread; pretty much sums up the entire Republican approach, and certainly Willard's!

lowkell :: Willard: Stay-at-Home Mothers Do Not Have "Dignity of Work"
Here is Mitt's formula for success...

- Make contraception less available to poor women by getting rid of Planned Parenthood.  
- Make the option of abortion illegal by signing a Personhood Amendment.
- Make access to prenatal care and pediatric care less available by gutting Medicaid.
- Then force parents out of the home so that they can't even raise their own children.  
- Then gut public K-12 education.  
- Then gut grants for College Education.  
- Then make sure there are no jobs available for young people because your own g.reed was too busy outsourcing and hiding your money in the Caymans and Switzerland.  

Does that sound like a winning plan to you?

Obvious answer: NO! So why would anyone even consider voting for it? Uhhhhhh.
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Let's say Ann and Mitt are correct (0.00 / 0)
about stay-at-home moms. Fine. Then, logically, they should support the following things that almost all workers in this country are entitled to, right?

*Health benefits for those moms and their children
*A minimum wage for those moms, and overtime after 40 hours of work in a week
*At least 2 weeks of paid vacation for those moms every year
*A 5-day work week for those moms
*Unemployment benefits for those moms (e.g., when the kids leave home)
*Contributions to the retirement accounts of those moms?

We could upgrade that package to include benefits that folks at Bain Capital receive. I'm sure they are extensive. Does anyone know what those are?

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One of the dangers of manufacturing a controversy like this (0.00 / 0)
There was never any substance to this controversy, and so it should not be surprising that language was found from Romney himself that completely undercuts the point his campaign has been making for the last three days.

It remains to be seen how the media covering Romney plays this. From what I have read, most reporters covering the campaign are well aware of the fact that the candidate and his surrogates trot out lie after lie, but for a variety of reasons, reporters are loathe to call Romney what he is -- a liar.

I think there are a few reasons. For one thing, the ability of these reporters to cover the campaign in a manner that is competitive with other media outlets leaves them somewhat dependent upon the campaign itself.

But more significantly, I think reporters refrain from doing this because they believe it is important for them to retain, at least in their view, a non-judgmental detachment from value judgments on what they are covering, and simple report "objectively" on what is happening.

I think that is the wrong way to go on virtually every level, except one. The ethics clearly favor reporting the truth, not some manufactures sense of objectivity. The business favors reporting the truth, as well, because the faux objectivity makes the product -- the reporting -- less relevant to customers.

But one factor mitigates heavily in favor of this style of reporting, namely, the individual careers of the reporters, who will all go further by fitting in with the rest of the so-called "Village," i.e., the class of politicians, journalists, bureaucrats, etc., that are at the center of and hold the power in our national political culture.  This is not necessarily ideological, but for a variety of reasons it is an attitude that favors the Right more than the Left, if only Conservatives ideology is more dependent upon an alternative, non-reality based narrative.

Poor Ann - I bet she used all her TANF on the car elevator (0.00 / 0)

I feel so sorry for Mrs Romney... A woman without dignity

1. bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments.
3. elevated rank, office, station, etc.
4. relative standing; rank.

At least she got a nice birthday present, not as nice as being able to feed your kids but new solid silver floor mats for the Escalade - not bad...  Turns out the elevator installers left some dust on the floor of the new elevator.

bruce roemmelt
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix


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