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Poor Mothers Should Be Required to Work Outside the Home Or Lose Welfare

Updated  Apr 16, 2012 @ 21:40

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“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney. “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.”

The McGlynn: My God Romney, you mean to say that your wife, Ann Romney, was deprived of the dignity to work?!!

The O’Leary: Poor Ann Romney, she has never known “the dignity of work” because she has been, is too wealthy.  What to do, What to do?  Condemn her for her insensitivity to and ignorance of what so many mothers who are not wealthy face every day to care for and protect their children.  Ann, you have shown that you are as arrogant as your husband.  Shame.

But this is worse than hypocritical because there is a clear difference here — women who receive welfare benefits, the ones Romney wants to force to work, are poor, while Romney’s wife is very wealthy. And this exactly the point CNN contributor Hillary Rosen was trying to make, inartfully, when she sparked this controversy. Ann Romney had the luxury of choosing to devote herself full time to raising her children. It’s hard work, no doubt, but millions of mothers are forced to work and raise their kids at the same time, as Romney says he wants to require poor women on government benefits to do.

Alex SeitzWald, ThinkProgress: “For every Romney action, there is an equal and opposite Romney reaction …. The Republican presidential candidate said he wanted to require women who receive welfare to work outside the home, even if their children are very young. He told a New Hampshire audience: ‘I wanted to increase the work requirement,’ said Romney. ‘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.’”

Further:

Ann Romney: Not All Moms Have the Choice to Be a Stay-At-Home Mom

DEE EVANS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

My Mother finally got her chance to be a stay at home Mom…at age 65. As a single mother with five kids, she didn’t have a ‘choice’ of staying home and raising her kids…she had to work to put food on our table, clothes on our backs and a roof over our heads. My Mom worked two jobs, riding the bus every day to clean homes in one of the richest parts of town to put me and my brothers and sisters through school and me through college. While we lived in a 2-bedroom apartment in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Dallas, I don’t ever recall anything that I wanted that she didn’t work hard to give me. And regardless of our economic circumstances, the values were always there. We had to do our homework before watching television, we had to go to church on Sundays, we had to be in the house before the sun went down and we had to eat out vegetables at dinner (I still hate beets!). My Mom wasn’t a working Mom or a stay at home Mom…she was just a mom!

While Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney not working “a day in her life” might have been ill-advised (and very ill-timed if you’re a Democrat), the underlying premise of her remarks is that at least Ann Romney had that choice! Most women simply don’t have a choice of being a “working Mom” or a “stay at home Mom”, they’re just busy trying to be a Mom. Their circumstances do not allow them the luxury of deciding whether or not they are going to work…they simply have to work.

I don’t know Ann Romney, but she seems like a lovely woman. But with all due respect, for Ann Romney to attempt to act like she has the faintest idea of what women like my Mom had to go through is ludicrous, and for Mitt Romney to throw this dog-and-pony show by dragging his wife out on the campaign trail with the promise that his wife can “tell him what women today are going through” is even worse. I don’t begrudge Ann Romney for her wealth or for being a stay at home Mom. What I do not like is someone worth over $20 million dollars telling me that they know what I go through, and what’s even more insane is that the policies that Mitt Romney is promising to enact should he win the Presidency would make life even harder for women like my Mother and even better for women like Ann Romney.

My Mom is now 78 years old, with diabetes and showing early stages of Alzheimer’s, but she’s still going strong…and even though all of her children are grown and have left home, she is still a “stay at home Mom.” My only wish is that she could have had that choice earlier in her life when it would have mattered and when she could have truly enjoyed it!

Thanks Mom!

2 Responses to “Poor Mothers Should Be Required to Work Outside the Home Or Lose Welfare”

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    mary Says:

    Poor Ann Romney, she has never known “the dignity of work” because she has been, is too wealthy. What to do, What to do? Condemn her for her insensitivity to and ignorance of what so many mothers who are not wealthy face every day to care for and protect their children. Ann, you have shown that you are as arrogant as your husband. Shame.

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    riverrat Says:

    Working for a living so you can raise your children is very different from being a member of the “1%” stay at home moms raising kids. Their experiences are as different as Night/Day, Apples/Oranges, and Republicans/Democrates.

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