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Monday, September 26, 2016

Making propaganda of Hilary Rosen’s clumsy remark about Ann Romney – that the wife of megamillionaire Mitt  “never worked a day in her life” – was easy enough for Republicans worried by the growing alienation of women from their party. With no ill will toward her, it is fair to observe that a matron whose Cadillacs have their own elevator may not fully comprehend the travails of working mothers.

The subsequent wave of “War On Moms” Twitter blasts, coupled with attacks on Rosen for being a lesbian mother, revealed nothing but the insincerity of the GOP counter-campaign. Soon all the pseudo-outrage will dissipate.

What matters more to women than fake fury over insults to moms is Republican hostility to every measure designed to defend their rights. Consider the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Stymied for years by the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress, it was the first bill signed by President Obama in 2009. Congressional Republicans would still repeal the Ledbetter bill if they could — which must be why Mitt Romney’s campaign ostentatiously hesitated to endorse it.

Asked by Huffington Post reporter  Sam Stein whether the presumptive Republican nominee supports the Ledbetter equal pay legislation, Romney’s spokesperson had no ready answer: “We’ll have to get back to you that.” That choking response, impossible to imagine for any candidate with a pro-woman record,  provoked a cascade of disdainful commentary from Democrats. Embarrassed and scared, the Romney campaign later said that he supports equal pay for equal work, “of course.” Had Rosen’s remark hadn’t served as a convenient distraction, Romney would still be explaining.

At virtually the same moment on Thursday, however, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), running against incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, uttered out loud what most of his right-wing colleagues actually think about the law. “I voted against it,” he said at a campaign stop. “Will repealing it be a priority?…My guess is there are other things that we can do that have a higher priority in terms of what I, what I believe might need to be done….[But] that thing is a nuisance. It shouldn’t be the law.”

For decades, the increasingly dominant right within the Republican Party has considered women’s rights to be a nuisance — or a menace. The religious right advocates the submission of women. The most popular Republican radio personality, once portrayed on the cover of National Review as the party’s true leader, casually refers to women’s advocates as sluts and feminazis. And Romney himself has seized the chance to attack the right to insurance coverage of contraception, hoping he can ingratiate himself with the hard right.

So when Romney says he supports pay equity — or any other feminist legislation — that just might be true at the moment. Yet if women distrust his commitment, as polls indicate, they have many reasons to suspect he’s faking it. After all, both Mitt and Ann were once avid friends of Planned Parenthood, too, but now he blusters about “getting rid” of that vital organization. The enduring Republican resistance to gender equality was expressed much more honestly by Hoekstra — and most women voters know it.

 

 

 

  • Rommey and the GOP have just a little over 6 months to try and correct the disastrous rhetoric of the primary campaign. Assuming the polls truly reflect public opinion, they have a 19 points margin to overcome. Considering there have been about a thousand bills put forth in many state houses aimed at curtailing women’s reproductive rights, equal pay, respect in the work place and privacy issues the curve for the GOP to overcome is straight up. Time is certainly not on their side and the other side will not roll over and stop flogging the issue. Insulting the intelligence of American women was clearly not a winning strategy. Using Rommey’s wife as a surrogate may have a short-term effect, but she is too little and far too late to save the Republicans from themselves.

    • With the possible exception of radical Muslim countries, there is no other religion in the world that can match the Mormons for treating their women as second class citizens. If Romney were to be elected, you can count on mean spirited legislation to be passed that would lower the average wage of middle class women, eliminate birth control, and require an intrusive vaginal ultrasound test for unmarried pregnant women. The Religious Right doesn’t give a damn about the separation of church and state, and any single women would be kicked to the curb.

  • stsintl

    Hilary Rosen’s comment was accurate and directed only at Ann Romney and not at all the 99% “Stay Home” moms who don’t have the luxury of a butler, a chef, a chauffeur, a house keeper, a gardener, to help them raise kids. Also, as Mrs. Romney admitted, “She Chose” to be a stay home mom. Most of the working mothers, specially the single ones, don’t have a “CHOICE”. For working mothers, not married to multimillionaires, it is very hard to handle parenthood responsibilities as well male chauvinist bosses at work. Ann Romney is not in touch with realities of motherhood, let alone working motherhood

    • Kay Bright

      Some of these so-called women making their choices freely are not being truthful. Some of their husbands are NOT allowing them to work outside the home because they don’t want them to become independent and free thinkers. They want to keep them in the house under their thumbs, so they have total control. They use the children as an excuse to keep them there. The wives are made to think they had a choice in the matter. I bet if you follow the men to work, you’ll find them there bragging about not letting their wives work and their being the BOSS in their house! Ann can say she made the choice, but Santorum made the statement about women not working outside the home and women not being allowed to take contraceptives because they should have lots of children, etc. He told how the right-wing males think! The cat is out of the bag!

      • Sad to say, you are right. I’ve heard other men say the very thing you allude to and they are quickly corrected by me, a long time “outspoken Democrat.”

      • ChristoD

        Kay, you may be right with SOME of the married ladies and their realtionship with their husbands but c’mon, to categorize all or for that mater most, marriages that have homemakers the way you have is questionable at best, unfair stereotyping at worst. As a husband and father of four, my wife stayed home because, I made enough to support the family while she spent the necessary time to nurture them until they started school and then she went to work part time for years so that we could have spending money for fun things like vacations. In no way did I ever try to ‘keep her home or under my thumb’ and I don’t know of any of my relatives or friends who felt that wa. Maybe I am being a bit naive but tha is my experience and feelings.

  • DirkVanden

    These next 6 months will reveal Romney to be a religious bigot who truly believes a woman’s place is in the home as a wife and mother and a supporter of her husband, whatever insanity he believes. Ann Romney believes, with Mitt, that after they die, she & he will become Mr. & Mrs. NewGod on a planet of their own, where they can start their own versions of humanity–and see if they can do better than Jehovah. Both of them are totally committed (having promised God & Jesus in their temple vows) to spreading the “truth” of Mor(m)onism to the entire world. Both of them believe that Catholics & all other Christian churches are “Great Abominations,” and need to be replaced by the “truth” of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints . I grew up as a Moron in Utah, and left the church at age 16. They are all crazy and need to be exposed as such. Even the nomnation of Romney has validated Mormonism in the eyes of many uninformed voters. Help me spread the word: Mormons are insane. They believe that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers from a previous life, both sons of God, who lives on a planet called Kolob in the exact center of the galaxy, right next to the Throne of God, with many wives and many children. Ann may have indeed worked very hard to raise 5 good Mormon boys, but she is totally out of touch with real women and their problems, with her two Cadillacs and army of servants. I’m willing to bet that those real women won’t be swayed by her ideas of hardship and privilege, and will vote against Mitt in the fall.

    • dalnb

      A strong and appreciated standard of the Moron church is that everyone has the right to respect god in their own way and through the church of their own choice. It is obvious from your rant that you have no concept of the Mormon religion.

      • DirkVanden

        Oh, I understand it all right. I was raised a Mormon. I learned it and memorized it and studied it for 16 years before i realized it was insanity. Of course you have the right to worship anything you want, your own divinity if that pleases you. I don’t care what you worship. But Mormonism is simply one myth on top of another, Christianity wrapped in Mormonism, like a religion sandwich. I reject ALL religion equally.

        • mnhistoryfan

          I worked with a Mormon woman once, and was appalled at her anti-women stance and her treatment by the church when she tried to get a divorce from a brutal man; she was essentially put on trial. I am not sure what happened, but when I left that company, she was still a practicing Mormon and in fact, at a unit Christmas party, nervously gave everyone a copy of the Mormon bible. I tried to read it and was stumped and appalled by what it said.
          At least the Bible has some interesting stories and parts of it are great literature.

          • rustacus21

            A ‘woman’ who is ‘anti-woman’?!?! What frightening implications…

      • Well that was an ignorant comment. Didn’t you read what he said? Do you not understand that religion (anyones) should have nothing to do with the issue of mothers working or not working or inside or outside the home? Every woman is not a Mormon or a Catholic or a member of any organized religion. Thus every women should not be expected to live her life under any of the constraints dictated by anybody else’s faith. Ever hear of the concept of live & let live? Mind your own business? Freedom from religion?

        • Good going DiAnne! You summed that up very well!!

      • It’s sad to see someone defend a cult and attack a former member who I’m sure knows the Mormon doctrines much better than you.

    • Why are women being put in a position to defend themselves in the twenty first century??? Oh yes, because the Republicans & the Religious Right are still in Jerusalem attending the birth of a son to a virgin teenager. Interesting how they can worship her, on the one hand, & set out to take all rights & choices away from the ones in the real world of today?! Believe the Bible or not. But there is still reality to deal with daily.
      Your statements are excellent & this is definitely a teachable moment for those willing to listen to people like you.

    • Thank you for your post as a former Mormon. I tried this on another subject and was ridiculed by other “Democrats” for calling Romney an anti-christ and FOX network as being the beast. I pointed out that Mormons believe the KJV is full of errors and retranslated it to their own version of the KJV. I even told them about the Mormons doctrine of blood atonment and that they have still today use their avenging angels to kill those who leave the church and speak against their elders.
      Thank you for being bold and speaking out. I pray God protects you.

    • mnhistoryfan

      Sometimes addressing the religion of a person is the right thing to do. Mormons may not be insane, but they certainly have a really unusual belief system. And they did not believe women have souls (maybe so it was OK to have many of them years ago) nor did they allow blacks in their church. It’s a very secretive church group–unlike any other I know of. I am also offended by their searching in genealogical records and finding people whom they, acting as a surrogate, baptize into the Mormon faith. Weird.

      • DirkVanden

        At age 16, as a reward for graduating from Mormon Seminary, along with a dozen other Seminary graduates, in the basement of the Mormon Temple in SLC, I was baptized for 12 dead people who then, according to Mormon doctrine, because of me, were able to enter a higher degree of Glory, and if their souls prove themselves worthy, will become Gods themselves on a planet all their own, all because i got dunked in their name. Mitt & Ann and all the little Romneys believe “As Man is now, God once was; as God is now, man may become.” If this is not insane, then I don’t know what it.

        • mnhistoryfan

          I had no idea about these “unusual” beliefs–beyond the surrogate baptizing. I hope no one has ever tried to baptize me. I don’t want to go to another planet with a bunch of insane people.

          • DirkVanden

            Now you know why i fled “Zion” as soon as i finished college–at the UofU, NOT BYU! Mormons are basically good people, but their religion turns them into bigots and hypocrites. They are good to each other, but not to outsiders. They want to convert the outsiders to the idea of being insiders, members of the Only True Religion on Earth, in order that they will be well-treated, like one big happy Mormon family. That’s how it’s supposed to work. Mormons won’t give up trying to save the world until either they succeed, or they’re discredited. I’m betting that Romney’s defeat this fall will help discredit his crazy religion.

    • rustacus21

      OMG!!! & there are actually Americans ready to VOTE 4 this man/ideology?! It makes 1 wonder what REALLY happened to the reason, common-sense & intelligence that comprised the voting public between 1993-2000? PTSD in action, in other words, if Romney even gets a 20% from 100% of the electorate in November!!! Thanx DirkVanden for the info!!!

      • DirkVanden

        I just posted this on Facebook:

        MITT ROMNEY – PERFECT MORMON

        He has been ordained
        a Deacon,
        an Aaronic & Melchizedic Priest,
        an Elder & a Bishop.
        He wears Holy Mormon underwear, as does his wife,
        whom he married “for time and all eternity.”
        He believes that God lives on a planet called Kolob, with many wives.
        He believes “As man is now, God once was,
        and as God is now, man may become.”
        He believes that Jesus & Lucifer, both sons of God,
        were brothers in a previous life.
        He believes that a woman’s place is in the home as wife and mother.
        He believes that the Earth was created about 6000 years ago,
        And that dinosaur bones were created by God to test our faith.
        He is totally committed to converting the entire earth to Mormonism.
        In his sacred Temple vows, Romney promised God:
        “You…covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar, that you…do consecrate yourselves, your time, talents, and everything with which the Lord has blessed you, or with which he may bless you, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for the bulding up of the Kingdom of God on earth and for the establishment of Zion.”
        He believes in baptism for the dead.
        He believes that he is the man on the white horse,
        in the “White Horse Prophesy,”
        personally selected by God to save the US Constitution.
        He believes that his being elected President will validate Mormonism.
        He believes that, when he dies, he will be rewarded
        for his life as a perfect Mormon,
        with a planet all his own, somewhere in the galaxy,
        where he and Ann will be God & Mrs. God,
        to start a human race of their own, and bring them all to Jesus.
        He believes that only men and women have the right to marry each other.
        He believes that abortion is murder.
        He believes that dogs enjoy riding in crates on the roofs of cars.
        He believes that Catholicism is “The Great Abomination,”
        And that All Christian Churches except LDS are false,
        & their leaders False Prophets.
        He believes that one man, the chief Prophet, Seer & Revelator, currently
        Thomas S. Monson, speaks for God,
        And Mitt has promised to do His bidding.

  • This needs to be sent to every Conservative woman (and the men who claim to love them) you know!

    • lexi001

      I’m sure Ann Romney is a very nice woman, a good mom and a good wife. Clearly, she is the better half. However, as hard as the GOP tries to jump on every word ANY Democrat says and turn it into a negative, the only women to buy into this will be those who also don’t have outside employment, enjoy the financial stability their husbands are able to provide and/or those who are brain-washed into believing a women’s place is in the home. For MOST women, that is simply not the case. Most women who work do so because they HAVE to. Those who have chosen careers as opposed to “work” for the jobs at McDonalds, grocery stores, etc. for minimum wage, are fighting for equal pay for the same “careers”. I don’t know who the right thinks these women are that do work outside the home, but very obviously, they don’t think much of them. There is an openly disdainful attitude toward women who don’t fit the right’s hard-line belief of women being a “nuisance”. Since most employer’s are men, it seems unfair to think that they only make choices about women’s pay based on “qualifications”, as has been proven by the Ledbetter case.

  • By the way, found this great image that kinda explains the whole “working mom” thing

    • The right would have you believe that the mother making 25k a year is a lazy slut while the one worth 280 million is a saint. Sick isn’t it?

      • You said it Brother!!

    • rustacus21

      Hope this clears up ALL the confusion SOME Americans are still suffering from. Thanx Ninure…

  • bob

    I have nothing aganist ann romney I am shure she is a nice person ,. but come on now my mother had FOUR kids , and when I was 5 my father got his first car and it was a ford than my mother had to go to work we were 4 kids age 5 to 10 yrs of age ,. her day started at 5 am, got up made dads breakfast than got the kids up and made us the same and sent us off to school than made the beds cleaned the kitcken got dressed walk 2 street to the bus to go to work ,that was 8
    A. M . CAME HOME at 5 or 6 oclock and made dinner for 6 people cleaned up made shure we all took baths [[ o and we only had ONE bath for all ]] than did other work around the house until about 11 P.M
    that was my mothers day every day with no out side help,. . THAT WAS HER DAY.
    now if ann can say she did that day in and day out my hat is off to her.

    like i sayed i have nothing aganist ann but I wish my mother could have walked in ann shoes
    and i wounder if ann could have walked in my mother shoes..,

  • bob

    I have nothing aganist ann romney I am shure she is a nice person ,. but come on now my mother had FOUR kids , and when I was 5 my father got his first car and it was a ford than my mother had to go to work we were 4 kids age 5 to 10 yrs of age ,. her day started at 5 am, got up made dads breakfast than got the kids up and made us the same and sent us off to school than made the beds cleaned the kitcken got dressed walk 2 street to the bus to go to work ,that was 8
    A. M . CAME HOME at 5 or 6 oclock and made dinner for 6 people cleaned up made shure we all took baths [[ o and we only had ONE bath for all ]] than did other work around the house until about 11 P.M
    that was my mothers day every day with no out side help,. . THAT WAS HER DAY.
    now if ann can say she did that day in and day out my hat is off to her.

    like i sayed i have nothing aganist ann but I wish my mother could have walked in ann shoes
    and i wounder if ann could have walked in my mother shoes..,

    • Very well said and straight to the point. Our great country was founded on the belief that all men are created equal, yet we are still struggling with the fact of equal pay and equal taxes and if the Rublican have anything to do with it we’ll still be sruggling with it in another 250 years.

    • My good ness Ann has had a rough day to, she needed to push the button on the elevator to park one of her Cadillacs. She had to she that the stableboys had proper fed her seven dressage horses and had properly polished her dressage livery, so she could ride in the afternnon. Plus she had to manage the nanny that cared for her 5 boys, and when they got into trouble she had to utter those now infamous words”Wait until your father gets home. Poor Ann

      • Wow, can you hear the comtempt in your statements. You can tell you have never aquired any amount of success in your life. Have you ever had a hobby, maybe, that took many hours of work without any pay? Called it a labor of Love?
        You should….. Work with resuce Horses. All the starving horses that Peta has brought about in this country and then left to be abused. You will experience how many people it takes to maintain such a big animal and not to mention the amount of money it takes. I am learning so many great things about Ann, I did not know before your smear statement. Thank you… Sincerely,

        • carolknows

          please alice..spare me the crap..ann helps horses..oh gee how wonderful..did she get her nails done before or after the horses. oh by the way..yes i was a successful woman and found many sabotaging women my worst enemies..you know the ones: the women with too much time on their hands..skip the horses..go to the cats..meow

          • you mean like alice there?

          • rustacus21

            Carolknows, don’t 4get the system that makes distinctions between Women & every measure of ambition & initiative comparable to men, to their (Womens’) disadvantage. Until there are no variations in insurance premium costs, housing, worth-per-position (compared to Men), we’ve a long way to go B4 we can realize equality across gender, race, culture & income…

          • carolknows

            no argument here rustacus21..i was simply pointing out that there are plenty of women who sabotage other women..sorry i forgot to equalize it to include the neanderthal ‘frieses’ of the world.

          • rustacus21

            Thanx, but no apology required @all!!! It’s just refreshing to know there are Americans out here paying attention & calling out the cranks & faux patriots, who think its a virtue to sabotage opportunity 4 all but the wealthy – even if it means they get NONE in the process… I THANK U!!!

    • I seriously doubt it. While Republicans rage on over nonsense, some other family is being made homeless by another foreclosure by a greedy bank..In Virginia Beach at Christmas, there were 3000, homeless people. In Virginia, there were 30.000….My mother and father worked and there were five of us. Until I was moved out I shared a room with my two sister that I love. Bob we grew up appreciating true sacrifices made by our parents. Ann, has done some humanitarian things but, She, nor I, who have fed the homeless, have accomplished anything. I own my home and I am the only one in my family who achieved a higher education. I owe student loans that choke me down, while foreign students come here and get free education. Not only that but each year these important programs in America’s most poverty ridden cities are being cut. It is sad that all Americans can allow billions in foreign aid, to help other countries have a democracy, when we do not have it here In America. How can we allow our government to bail out big banks, and insurance companies, with billions of our Tax dollars? If you owned a business and you did bad business, do you think they would bail you out? NO! Let them go down the same as anyone else, especially since they gained person hood. Personally, this government needs change and needs to dissolve the parties and us people together need to vote on spending our tax money and not leave it up to committee’s and people who do not represent the actual large percent of America, which is the ninety nine percent. I say another world is possible. Put the money, Our money back into it’s people. A world works better when everyone takes care of their own first.

  • quasm

    Mr. Conason;

    Equal work for equal pay is a myth. In my long work life there was no such thing as equal work. Everyone had different qualifications and work effort which contributed more or less to the bottom line of the company. The term in a catch phrase to attempt to make people seem disadvantaged based on ethnicity or sex.

    It also limits a risk taker from using his employees to best advantage. The decision to hire, fire and discipline and reward should be left entirely to the employers discretion.

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

    • I think that you will find that within unions the sexes are paid the same. That was the case in our company, office personnel and warehouse personnel received the same pay no matter the gender. The Teamster Union, which I joined in October of 1965, was already following that formula of equality in base pay. In recent years the new hires were started at a different pay scale than the long timers, but still at equal amounts for both sexes.

      Also our lifelong married friends, who recently retired from the Postal Service, were paid the same hourly rate. Equal pay for equal work is a reality in the more advanced and mature institutions, unless you believe that men and women driving a mail truck are not doing the same work.

  • With all the negative comments by romney and his LOOSER associates theres no way in hell that romney gets elected. And everyone knows hes a lying sack of shit. Obama 2012

  • How hilarious is that? The campaign will “have to get back to us”??? This translates to what side will Mr Romney come down on this issue this week?

  • I`m sure it was a struggle keeping all those maids and butlers in line with their duties!

  • chrisnot

    Well, this the basic problem with Gov Romney. He has no position on anything.., except when it’s convenient at that particular moment; it will certainly change by this afternoon, this evening, tonight or tomorrow morning. If not then, the day after or the day after that. He’s terribly predicatable.

    The Russians have already taken notice of this (as have others, I would imagine), so. how do you think the Gov would do in the field of foreign policy? Romney has said the Russians are America’s major geopolitical foe. Medvedev shook it off laughably saying this statement was right out of 1950’s Hollywood.

    We need a Presidentwho can be taken seriously, not one who is considered a joke.

  • Maricia12

    What a convoluted speech Ann Romney made. No one was attacking Moms. Most working women are also Moms. Hilary Rosen’s remark came off as harsh but it was directed at Ann Romney who cannot possibly know how hard it is for women who work outside of the home to juggle a career and manage a home and family. Since Romney has never had to work, she has had the luxury of having all the things working women are trying to attain for their families. I am sure being married to a multimillionaire has afforded her the financial help in taking care of her home and kids and time to devote to her own interest as well as personal time. Working women and stay at home Moms, with meager incomes, do not have that luxury. Also the Mormon faith does not allow women to have high positions in the church and believe a woman’s place is mainly in the home with her husband as head of the household, even though many do work outside the home for financial reasons. The Romney’s do not have a clue how most American’s live. They would probably have a different outlook on politics if they had to live on $50,ooo.oo. or less a year, which is where most of the country is. This tactic is just another way to take the spot light off the Republican’s war on women. It is obvious from the many pieces of legislation passed opposing women’s rights, by states with Republican majority Congress, that women are being threatened. If it were men’s sexual and reproductive rights threatened, there would be hell to pay. Yes women do care about the economy but without health care and freedom to choose the size of their families, they have a more difficult time contributing the much needed financial aid to support a family. A woman with a half dozen children cannot afford to work outside the home and pay for child care. What we will get with the conservative Republican ideology are more women and children living in poverty and no resources to help them. Romney wants to get rid of planned parenthood and many of the social programs that give poor people a chance to get themselves out of that situation. We do not need to get rid of these programs, we need to hire enough people to oversee and evaluate those in need so they can weed out those who are just playing the system. The welfare system used to operate that way. Before women were given financial help, a social worker actually went to the home to evaluate the situation to see exactly what was needed. If there was an able bodied male living there to provide support for the Mother and children, then they were not approved for aid. Now funds to hire the social workers have been cut in most states so there is very little accountability.

    • Kay Bright

      YOU are so right on some many things. The repugnicants are so out of touch, they can’t begin to relate to the problems of the poor. You are right, if they would stop cutting things and spent some money to manage them correctly, we wouldn’t have near the scammers that we do. They are just so GREEDY, SELFISH, SELF-RIGHTEOUS, AND SMUG! THEY think that only THEY know anything and can run the government. They refuse to cooperate when they lose, so when they win, they run things and when they lose they still try to run things. When we lose, we step back and give their turn, but THEY NEVER DO THAT! THEY spend all the time whining, lying, distorting, OBSTRUCTING EVERYTHING, SO NOTHING GETS DONE. When they win, all they do is try to undo all the good that was done and pass a lot of HATEFUL legislation, mostly directed at WOMEN, CHILDREN, POOR, SENIORS, IMMIGRANTS, MINORITIES, LGBT COMMUNITIES, ETC. THEY are just hateful people mostly concerned with everybody else’s business trying to tell everybody else how to live. They PRETEND to be “CHRISTIANS” yet have no idea how a Christian acts! They act like mean, spoiled children who don’t know how to share and cooperate! Why would any sane person vote for them?

  • Ass others have noticed and fairely so, Ms Rosen was not attacking stay at home moms she was simply saying that with all the advantages that Ann Romney has being married to a multimillionare she can not relate to the average middle class or poor stay at home mom. Ann says it is not easy, I guess not she has to tell her cook what she wants to eat, nanny to be sure to keep a close eye on the boys, make sure the gardner, waters her favorite flowers and when se makes sure her maid get all of the dust she has a right to be tired. GOP/TP/Cosertatives say what they want but when the issues bite them they say that they were misunderstood or did not say what they said, blame media then they turn statements by other into something other than what it was. This was no attack on work at home moms the few who have a choice and those who don’t.

    • You are certainly correct that nobody was attacking at home moms. All of this is just fake outrage over a non issue ginned up by a desperate political party. I love the way the victim card gets pulled when there is nothing else of value to say.

  • washbag

    I think we’re missing the point here. I’m sure Ann Romney is a fine person. Since I don’t know her personally , I have no reason to believe otherwise.
    The point is the Romneys are rich people. They view the world through rich peoples eyes. Their children want for nothing. Student loans and health care premiums and mortgage payments are NEVER an issue at the Romney house. During his business career , Mitt founded a company that intervenes in distressed companies and almost always ends up cutting jobs. These jobs will not be re-filled if the company is succesfully reorganized , if not , the entire company will be dismantled. Is this the person you want to run the country ?? Is this the person you want getting America back to work ? I think not. He’s perfectly comfortable with jobs going overseas. Those jobs are the first ones filled after a recession and are the reason the recovery is taking so long.
    It has become clear that todays jobs will require more education , and specialized education. The republican party wants to cut funding for community colleges and education as a whole. Nothing I can think of will keep people out of work more than cutting funding to the training and specialized education they need for a better job.
    Rich people HAVE what they need. Cost is no object in their lives. In order for the 99 percent to have what they need , education is essential.
    Do we want a rich person for president ?? I think not

  • Total agree, misinterpret a truthful statement and make a big deal out of to hide the truth. Republican’s have an anti-woman agenda. They have not left the decade when husbands owned their wife and women didn’t even have the right to make decisions about their own health. I was a stay at home mother who later had to go to work, I will tell you right now it was really, really hard to work and raise children; it was much harder than staying home while raising them. And, I was lucky compared to my peers, I didn’t start working until they were 10 and 12 and somewhat independent. I honestly don’t know how working women with small children do it, they are amazing. The only way to make it easier is to have paid help, like Ann did. I know she had health issues, for which she has my sympathy, but she also never had to worry about where she was going to get the money to pay for the doctor, who was going to watch her kids while she was at the doctors and if paying for healthcare for herself meant her kids might not get something they need, you know, like food. There are many parents out there who, everyday, make hard decisions about going to the doctor or paying the rent and buying food. She cannot truly understand what that means, since she has never been there and never will be there. Bottom line I don’t disrespect Ann for being a stay at home mother, I resent her trying to tell me she understands what it like to work outside the home and be a mother. She doesn’t and I didn’t until I had to go to work.

  • dalnb

    It seems Romney and Company would have us believe that a working mother (outside the home) has less in-home responsibilities and work! My grandmother, my mother, my sister, my wife and my Daughter-in-laws all work as mothers, homemakers and at outside the home jobs. Believe me; we know there is a huge difference between being a stay at home mother and working out-side the home mother who does both jobs.
    My guess is Ms Romney has a nanny and sufficient help in handling her job at home. Our families have learned how to manage a home, raise children, and have two working parents all at the same time. Not because that is necessarily the way we really want it but more because in order to cope with cost of living and so we can enjoy our lives also.

  • The National Memo call it “FAKING IT”……
    I call it by it’s real name “BIG FAT LIE”!!!!!!!
    Mitt Romney, Republicans and Tea Party Want’s to take away “WOMAN CHOICE” By taking free Birth control pills away…. and Planed Parenthood…
    I hope all Republicas and Tea Party, fully understand, we are now living in 2012… This is not the “FIRST CENTURY!!! In First Century “MAN’S”
    own every-thing and “WOMAN” there are Property !!!!!

  • Funny how people on the right claim this is only about birth control. You notice they never mention their almost unanimous opposition to equal pay, access to mammograms or sexual harassment.

  • Kay Bright

    The repugnicants are counting on FOOLING their base and enough Independents and Democrats long enough to vote them in. Then they or HE will pivot back to the EXTREME right-wing agenda that is caustic to America to everyone who is NOT rich, NOT republican, NOT a white male, NOT a young( under retirement age) family member or friend or friends of family, etc. They think people can’t figure out what they are doing. Well, the masses DO KNOW what you’re doing, and WE AIN’T BUYING IT!!!!!! ALL those hateful bills you’re passing are SPEAKING LOUDER THAN YOUR CURRENT PANDERING IS! YOUR history IS an issue! We CAN look back and see what you have said and done before in the past, so stop lying! It’s NOT becoming nor convincing!

  • People get all worked up over anything said that might insult some mothers. Mother Mary (the virgin one) does not exist now. . Women’s lives are made up of choices.
    Women don’t have to have children. But many who do choose to don’t have a choice like the Romney’s have. They don’t have a few cars to choose to drive the kid to doctor, school, etc.
    There IS a difference when a woman (childfree or not) has to work outside the home. A mother is paid for the work she does at home by her husband, kids, the very home she lives in. There is other ways of being paid than by money. That is the joy of the job she does for her family..willingly. The women & mothers who HAVE NO CHOICE cannot derive joy or pay for being an at home mom. They need cold hard cash to care for themselves & their families. They go out of the home & are paid by an outside source for the jobs they do OUTSIDE THE HOME. Picking every little benign statement that is made about women is a waste of time & effort. Move the hell on to more important issues than little Annie Romney being insulted over something another woman said.

  • Jackie Allen

    I can attest with confidence that those who live with great wealth all of their lives are
    out of touch in one way or the other, with the “other half”. I don’t care for organized
    religion, so I can’t expound of Mormonism. The fact is that anyone in a position to
    know what the world is about, simply by using their heads to find out, where information is located in the Public Files, etc., ought to be ashamed of themselves.
    This is when ideologies can be the most destructive. When one needs to go against
    the welfare of others to get a vote, should have a hard time sleeping at night.

  • Romney’s words, ‘going to defund planned parenthood’, he supports the social engineering bill of Ryan etc etc. Women you all better run far from Romney and his cohorts

  • she is probably exactly what she looks like, brain dead eye candy for a rich pig.

  • rustacus21

    1st of all, we need to ABSOLUTELY keep this in context; we DON’T know – nor WILL WE know if Ann R. was a stay @home Mom by choice or ‘ORDERS’ from the ‘RULER’ of the house. I would dare go so far as to ‘ASSUME’ it 2 B a LIE that Mrs. Romney had NO domestic assistance, as such. More detachment, in other words: from the life of the Middle Class & working poor; from working Mothers comprising this particular demographic; from working POOR Mothers’ – whose numbers have SWELLED DRAMATICALLY – NOT as a result of the policies of President Obama, but from policies of another Republican Conservative who, 12 years ago – blatently LIED to the face(s) of ALL Americans, that he would OUT-SUCCEED President Clinton!!! It was a lie, b/c in August, 2001, when he was on vacation – from his responsibilities, the Conservative confederacy ‘OCCUPYING’ the W.H., began borrowing money to cover tax-cuts just recently enacted, after saying they would ‘PAY FOR THEMSELVES’… The 4got to mention the Middle Class & working poor would B the 1’s doing the paying. Then 9/11 happened, after dismantling the Clinton anti-terrorism taskforce (see Richard Clarke’s ‘Against All Enemies’ 4 details). 2 wars & a virtual Depression later, another Conservative is telling America ‘he’s doing this 4 ‘US”…’ Whatever, but whoever is confused by this load of XXXXXXXX, is not very ‘smart’ – AGAIN!!! (to put it ‘diplomatically)…

  • Hilary Rosen’s “clumsy remark”? That was bitter and mean and the author knows it. Ann Romney started out married life in a $62 per month basement apartment with concrete floors and no money for carpet. She and Mitt would find carpet samples and bring them home just to have something warm under their feet. The fact that she didn’t have to earn a living doesn’t mean she didn’t work. This article is just another attack on stay at home moms. The phony “war on women” was propagated by the white house and George Stepanopolis. Sandra Fluke is a democrat operative who is attacking the 1st amendment right of free expression of religion. There is no attack on her from the republican party, just a talk show host. The real war on women has been launched by Obama by making HIS secretary pay higher taxes than he does and by the women in the white house earning an average of 18% less than their male counterparts. The Obama adminstration is also supporting the muslim brotherhood in Egypt by sending them $1.2 billion to foster the implementation of sharia law which considers women property andgives them no rights
    whatsoever. So lets start telling the truth about where the real war on women comes from, the democrats.

    • metrognome3830

      Whoa, Todd. Get back on your space ship! You landed on the wrong planet.

    • mnhistoryfan

      You have to be kidding. Romney was born rich. If he subjected his wife and family to concrete floors and carpet samples to keep warm, he must be more of a psychopath than I thought.

    • joyscarbo

      Hey, Todd…Who are you trying to fool? Yourself? Because that’s the only person who believes what you’re saying!!!

      Are we talking about Willard Mitt Romney, who was named after his daddy’s cousin- Mitt Romney a Chicago Bears quarterback- and J.Willard Marriott- the hotel owner! George Romney is wealthy as hell!!! His father was the CEO of American Motors!!! Mitt’s daddy also served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during Nixon’s crooked-ass administration.

      Ann Romney’s family was also wealthy. Her father was the president of Jared Industries and was mayor of Bloomflield, Michigan, where both Ann and Mitt were raised. Ironically, Ann’s dad strongly opposed any kind of organized religion. Until she converted to Mormonism, Ann identified herself as Episcopalian. There is no evidence that Ann has ever held a job of any kind.

      When Mitt and his wife got married in 1969, they had a fancy reception at the Bloomfield Country Club and then flew out to Salt Lake City, UT to be officially married in the Mormon Temple.

      Mitt and Ann both attended private prep schools in Bloomfield and both attended BYU. They did live in a basement apartment, but the only “job” Mitt held during those days was being the a “driver” and “advance man” for his mom’s unsuccessful campaign to become a U.S. senator. Mitt also attended Harvard. There isn’t any evidence that either of them worked during their college years. They had two kids before Mitt graduated Harvard. How did they survive? Easy…their affluent families supported them fully.

      Looks like this Democrat knows more about your phoney, inarticulate, disgenuine, ultra rich, pampered, out of touch, conservative, pretending to be right-wing, bright and shiney Mormon, than you do.

      Mitt has proved he’s highly skilled at doing one thing: He can take a struggling American company, squeeze it to bleed all the profits he can out of it and enjoy putting multitudes of hard working people out of work.

      What Mitt is UNABLE to do is to articulate and stand by ANY position on any single issue. He has no ability to see anything that the working poor, to middle class Americans experience daily. He has no idea what the typical American woman thinks and wants to make it even harder for them. He’s a bad parrot for the pathetic rhetoric of the republican party, and all he does is create more and more awkward, stupid comments and gaffes.

    • rustacus21

      I’ve never seen such confusion in all my life. What is it that Fox has that FreeSpeechTV doesn’t (well, besides commercials)? Of the ‘spin-outs’ all across rite-wing media, do U ever cross-check U’r references? All the things U mention above are pure propaganda & must know that. The billions being sent to Egypt is by prior arrangement, but is more ‘pay-off’ money to ‘suppress’ groups like muslim brotherhood. Big Eddie (Schultz) is on MSNBC & is nothing but the TRUTH!!! Please, do U’r self a favor & get some diversity in U’r life…

    • rustacus21

      I’ve never seen such confusion in all my life. What is it that Fox has that FreeSpeechTV doesn’t (well, besides commercials)? Of the ‘spin-outs’ all across rite-wing media, do U ever cross-check U’r references? All the things U mention above are pure propaganda & must know that. The billions being sent to Egypt is by prior arrangement, but is more ‘pay-off’ money to ‘suppress’ groups like muslim brotherhood. Big Eddie (Schultz) is on MSNBC & is nothing but the TRUTH!!! Please, do U’r self a favor & get some diversity in U’r life…

  • betsym

    Sorry, but Ann Romney is a woman of privilege and lets not forget that. Yes she raised 5 boys but we all know with the help of a hired person. So…I personally do not think that Hillary Rosen should have apologized. And I’m angry that the democrats felt they had to make comments. But because it’s an election year they had to, I get that. Sadly it’s BS because we all know that when someone has hired help it makes life a lot easier. My husband left for Vietnam for a year, leaving me with four very young children. I didn’t have ANY help, not even a husband to help out. I have no pity on Ann Romney at all.

  • peteserb

    AS usual The National Memo supports it’s communist buddies. Lies and distortion is the only way that the democrats attempt to lead. What a radio commentator said about a college leftist seeking free birth control had nothing to do with the article. However it ties in nicely with Obama’s class and race warfare. Way to go Memo!

    • Same right back at you.

    • lets see…. free birth control or invasive vaginal probes…. hmmm….

    • peteserb I just have one thing to get off my chest. Republicans outsource American jobs to Communist China for cheap labor, so corporations can make a bigger profit. Oh, I’m sorry, Mitt Romney said, “corporations are people too.” Hmmm. At any rate I’d like to know how many Chinese have these jobs. I’d be pretty sure if they were given back to American people everyone would be employed and perhaps have second jobs if they wanted to. The Republicans first got in bed with the Communists with Richard Nixon’s visit and it has gone down hill every since. Why doesn’t FOX news talk about the Republicans love affair with Communists. China owns America because of Republicans.

  • labrown69

    Much ado about nothing. The wingers are trying to make hay out of one individuals poorly thought out and abrasive remark. If that is the best they’ve got, big deal … THIS IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY 4 OF WHOSE CANDIDATEs WANT TO MANDATE INTO LAW THAT A WOMAN BE FORCED TO BEAR THE PROGENY OF IT’S OWN GRANDFATHER. If a woman should have to bear the child of rape or incest, why not just make the woman marry the rapist too? After all, “it’s not the baby’s fault”!

  • The average women who has a job and cannot choose to stay at home is one category, another category is a woman who chooses to stay at home but is on a tight budget and then another category is the divorced women who never see a support check and are really but a paycheck from being on the curb. and there are many categories that women fit into. But way out there beyond reach of every woman on this planet is the category of Ann Romney. And what Hilary Rosen said was that Ann Romney never worked a day in her life and she has not compared with the average working stay at home moms out there. Ann Romney and her whole family are clueless as to the needs of the average American woman.

  • dianebkht

    In 2005 Flip Flop Romney signed a permanent ban on assault rifles in Massachusetts……now Romeny and wife Ann are standing in front of NRA audience… WOW!!! Romney scaring NRA audience about President Obama when they are really looking at the real enemy!!!! LOL

  • ChristoD

    Beware of men and women WOLVES wearing sheeps clothing.

  • Thomas Cunningham

    The fact that Ann Romney even got to have the choice to stay home and be a Mom or go out and work is a luxury for most women.

    Today the majority of M0ms don’t have that choice and are forced to work for lower than average wages to get their family by, and also be a full time Mom at the same time.

    By the way, I wonder if the Romany’s had hired help while their kids were being raised and Ann Romney was being a full time stay at home Mom. House(s) cleaners, lawn care, chef, nannies, someone to wash her Cadillacs, etc.

    I would be surprised to find out that Ann Romney has also had a personal assistant for the last 30 years.

    Hilary Rosen should not have apologized.

    • mnhistoryfan

      Actually, she has had much more than a personal assistant: she had five maids. Motherhood is easy then.

  • When Romney says anything you can bet it will change when he needs to say something else for the vote!

  • Ed

    Her claim that being a housewife is work is TRUE! Her claim she worked as a housewife is FALSE!

  • joyscarbo

    Mothers do have a great responsibility on their shoulders whether they stay at home or are working outside the home. I have 3 chilren- two sons, one severely mentally handicapped and a step daughter. My husband and I had to both work full-time to support our family. Even though our children are all adults, I still experience the unrelenting guilt of not always being there for my kids. It comes whenever my adult children experience difficulty as adults.
    I WISH I had Ann Romney’s dilemas as a mother. Through her husband’s wealth, her lifestyle and unlimited income afforded her and her boys many comforts and luxuries. I can imagine that her kind of “work” was who to hire. Having to not worry about cooking and cleaning meant that she had LOTS of time for her boys- that is, if she didn’t hire nannies to do that too. So many of us wish we had the problems that Ann Romney had as a mother. They can afford to create the finest children that money could buy.

  • I know not if she is a nice person. I care a little I suppose. What I find a little nauseating is that she and her supporters are attempting to equate her with the working class or middle class mothers who choose to stay home and be a homemaker. In their cases, it is an extremely difficult job as money is tight and there are myriads of daily chores to do in addition to taking care of the children with little or no help. These are the people we should be thinking of. A woman who has three homes and a husband who counts his gains in the millions must surely not find it as difficult as is being suggested. I would suggest that in all those homes, there is ample help with such things as shopping, cooking, childcare and most if not all of the other necessary chores.

  • I know not if she is a nice person. I care a little I suppose. What I find a little nauseating is that she and her supporters are attempting to equate her with the working class or middle class mothers who choose to stay home and be a homemaker. In their cases, it is an extremely difficult job as money is tight and there are myriads of daily chores to do in addition to taking care of the children with little or no help. These are the people we should be thinking of. A woman who has three homes and a husband who counts his gains in the millions must surely not find it as difficult as is being suggested. I would suggest that in all those homes, there is ample help with such things as shopping, cooking, childcare and most if not all of the other necessary chores.

  • howa4x

    Ann Romney will have an elevator in her garage to hoist up one of her two Caddys. How many working mothers can say that? Hillary Rosen was right on substance but didn’t get it all out and got sandbagged. Ann Romney represents the people of priviledge. She married into a very well off family and it was probably frowned upon for her to work. It would have been beneath them. What I didn’t hear her say aside from the hard at work raising 5 boys act is were she volunteered her time. Was it at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen? Did she lead a clothing donation drive or food collection? What did she do all day when they were at school? Vacum the house or do the laundry?Do you think that might have had a maid or Butler., or nanny to help out? What family worth around 256 million dosen’t? Aside from giving to the Mormon church, who else did they help?
    Croccadile tears.

  • JohnRNC

    Most Mormon men will not marry a woman who wants to do anything other than have babies and raise them. Lots of babies.

    Also according to Mormonism – a woman can only get into Heaven if her husband gives her the “password”.

    Yeah I’d say Ann and Mitt are really in touch with the average American.

  • nothing romney says can be believed except his desire to make himself richer and more powerful. he will lie, cheat, kill or promise the moon to get the office. if he does i am glad i’m not female.

  • joyscarbo

    There is a guy on this thread that actually believes that poor Mitt and Ann had been poor and lived in a basement apartment at one time. WHAT?! Here’s what I posted:

    Are we talking about Willard Mitt Romney, who was named after his daddy’s cousin- Mitt Romney a Chicago Bears quarterback- and J.Willard Marriott- the hotel owner!? George Romney is wealthy as hell!!! His father was the CEO of American Motors!!! Mitt’s daddy also served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during Nixon’s crooked-ass administration.

    Ann Romney’s family was also wealthy. Her father was the president of Jared Industries and was mayor of Bloomflield, Michigan, where both Ann and Mitt were raised. Ironically, Ann’s dad strongly opposed any kind of organized religion. Until she converted to Mormonism, Ann identified herself as Episcopalian. There is no evidence that Ann has ever held a job of any kind.

    When Mitt and his wife got married in 1969, they had a fancy reception at the Bloomfield Country Club and then flew out to Salt Lake City, UT to be officially married in the Mormon Temple.

    Mitt and Ann both attended private prep schools in Bloomfield and both attended BYU. They did live in a basement apartment, but the only “job” Mitt held during those days was being the a “driver” and “advance man” for his mom’s unsuccessful campaign to become a U.S. senator. Mitt also attended Harvard. There isn’t any evidence that either of them worked during their college years. They had two kids before Mitt graduated Harvard. How did they survive? Easy…their affluent families supported them fully.

    Looks like this Democrat knows more about your phoney, inarticulate, disgenuine, ultra rich, pampered, out of touch, conservative, pretending to be right-wing, bright and shiney Mormon, than you do.

    Mitt has proved he’s highly skilled at doing one thing: He can take a struggling American company, squeeze it to bleed all the profits he can out of it and enjoy putting multitudes of hard working people out of work.

    What Mitt is UNABLE to do is to articulate and stand by ANY position on any single issue. He has no ability to see anything that the working poor, to middle class Americans experience daily. He has no idea what the typical American woman thinks and wants to make it even harder for them. He’s a bad parrot for the pathetic rhetoric of the republican party, and all he does is create more and more awkward, stupid comments and gaffes.

  • Can they please just stop? Anyone with an ounce of common sense understood exactly what was meant by Ms Rosen’s statement! Wouldn’t it be nice if all mothers had maids and nannies and never had to worry about how the bills were going to get paid this month.

  • Should we say! God has abolished! Not only woman’s rights in Heaven! But only choose to made a “sex slave” out of her! Because Today! He is a “born again” bigot! Just the egocentric of Chauvinism! After all “Rush” dose declare himself! As “being” on-loan from God! It very strange in what came to define the Path of Theodicy? The argument in defense of God’s goodness despite the justification for Evil Intent. Its’ existence! Its egocentric! Its’ self-serving justification! Standing in Gods’ Stead!

  • This is GOP spin, pure and simple. Read what bob said in comment 5. There can be no question when someone mentions a working Mom that the meaning is employed for wages. The ruling elite Romney’s have no clue what it’s like to struggle to survive, and couldn’t care less. Hell, Mitt was born with a silver spoon up his ass. I’d be willing to bet his “work” consists of hob nobbing at the exclusive County Clubs, or sitting on some other Billionaire’s Board of Directors. Reminds me of that John McCain interview when he was running for President in 2008. He was asked how many homes he owned. He couldn’t even remember and said that Theresa takes care of those things. “Let them eat cake”.

  • I am one of 4 children, divorced a abusive father (good decison), However, money does matter, those who say money don’t, never had money. Missing from this conversation is the fACT: Raising Children has a emotional element. Five Boys, close in age, all the worries, heart felt pains that go along with raising chilren, drugs, girls, ect….. Money makes this issues worse. More Money, the more spoiled, more entitled they feel, LOOK AT THE QUALITY of these young men of Ann Romney. Tax payers, balanced and not in the jails for drugs. More Money you have the More Challeges parents have in these issues. Look at Hollywood Children. Many are a mess… Drugs usually the main problem. IS Romney’s Children hooked on drugs? If not, They had to worked there butts off to keep these kids in line with all the drugs that our Government is suppling to the population. BIG AMOUNT OF EMOTIONAL TOLL, Hours of worry and not to mention. Money makes kids go crazy with entitlement attitudes. So, Ann Romney had a Tougher, harder and same consequences for having money VS. Having no money. Common Sense to me….. If you look at the entire picture of raising kids. Not just one tiny element.

    • joyscarbo

      There is absolutley NO evidence that the Romney’s had any problems with any of their sons. They were sent to the very best private schools. Most of all, they’ve all had the very best brain-washing indoctrination being raised in the Mormon church. Quit trying to defend a man that can’t take a stand on any issue, muchless the insane ones you’re spouting off.

  • “Equal & Fair”: Biggest Lies in America. Nothing in life is fair. Thank God for this and we would not want it any other way. If everything was fair & equal, then we all would have nothing, the government would own everything and all possessions would be taken from everyone. That is all that is fair & equal. Equal means: we are equal in all God given blessings, talent, beauty, forgiveness, mercy and understanding. We all possess the infinite ability to learn. That is what they were talking about. Your complaint about taxes,,,, WRONG: We all pay income taxes. Income taxes are paid by everyone, it is the LAW. Captial Gains tax is income that has already been taxed, then invested and then Taxes again at 20%. (Buffett Pays 20%) If you don’t like what the laws are, then you direct your angry at the government & Obama who is making it worse. WISE UP… AND READ. Republicans & Democrates are all part of the same club. They are no different when you open the door and look inside their club. Republicans are the party that forced Civil Rights, Democrates were against it. Look it up. Democrates are still in charge of keeping certain class of people suppressed in society. No way, does the democrates want to have to see, mingle or be subjected to lower class forms. They are Very Aggragant. Look at Obama? He is the poster child. POINT: Citizens have now stopped listening to politicians and have startede listening to one another on these issues. Government causes the problems and we the people, have to live with their failures. Let’s get smarter. NUMBER ONE: Replace the tax code completely. Totally new approach to make it “fair?” 9-9-9.

    • Diogenes67

      Herman…is that you?

  • wctuagent

    When that comment was made, the subject was economic matters. Clearly, she meant Ann Romney never had to earn a living! It was taken out of context.

  • Rutlander

    Mitt and Ann Romney remind me of a conservative h/w ministerial team: For their own sakes, I
    hope they speak more specifically on the issues rather than generalities in our general society…It
    is time for the GOP to demonstrate a ‘sensitive and responsible’ enterprise–not just more rip-off
    capitalism with its tolerance of markets-gaming and other abuses that benefit the few while repres-
    sing the former middle class…Aaron Allen…

  • RedJan

    I’m pretty sure the statement was referring to the fact that Mrs Romney has not HAD to have a full-time job outside of her home plus raising the 5 boys. She has been extremely fortunate to have the financial means to not have to work outside her home to support herself and her children. Huge difference than those who MUST work and also raise children.

  • I am a business owner and women with 2 biological children and 5 step children who went back to work only days after my children were born, but out of everything I have done, raising children is the most important and hardest. Raising 5 boys is much harder than anything Ms Rosen has done in her life.
    I can see why Mitt may have been hesitant to support the equal pay bill. Every bill passed since Obama has been in office from the Obama Health Care Act to Financial Reform and the Food and Safety act have hidden agendas that harm the American peoples way of life and have all catered to BIG BUSINESS AND BIG GOVERNMENT.
    Planned Parenthood does not have women’s best interest at heart. They are a machine of racial genocide. (I witnessed the drama of women having an abortion just in the past week, emotional trauma, threats of suicide, drug abuse and much more.) (This was a college educated girl who was expecting to be engaged last week-end and had an abortion suggested by her physician.) I have lived long enough to see the effects on women legalized abortion has placed on them and we still have more unwanted children in the adoption system than ever. Conservative Republicans are not against women’s rights. We have seen the effects of a liberal society. Women fought long and hard for equality and fairness. We are now stepping back an analyzing certain choices that are not benefiting
    our society and women as a whole. We want our daughters and granddaughters to experience a life of wholeness and mental tranquility.

    • joyscarbo

      Bonnie…

      What is the difference between Ann Romney and a woman that chooses to have her children and is dependent on welfare? NOTHING, except wealth. They’re both moms who CARE about their children and did everything they could within their economic means to raise their kids in a positive manner.

      Since you’re so incredibly worried about the unborn babies of primarily single women, then I’m sure you’re willing and are doing all you can to help raise those children. Are you adopting these kids? Are you taking these children into your home? Are you feeding and clothing them? Or are you helping these moms by helping them to get an education and job training so that they can independently support their children? Are you tracking down the dads who don’t pay their child support?

      Please don’t try to make the claim that your precious tax payer dollars goes to helping because everything you say, says otherwise. Sounds like the REAL TRUTH is that you vote for republicans, who do NOTHING to help these children. You don’t vote for expanded social programs that DO help women who choose to have these children. Republicans spend their time demonizing the poor and do all they can to CUT every social program that helps women to keep their children.

      Republicans LOVE claim to want to make government smaller. Yet you republicans continually want to legislate how and what kind of healthcare services we all should receive, who you can and can’t marry and when and how many kids we should have.

    • joyscarbo

      Also…legalized, medically safe abortion has also SAVED women’s lives.

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  • rustacus21

    Granted Ms. Rosen’s comments were ‘clumsy’ & ill-timed to ‘off-base’, she did, none the less, put the spotlite on the disconnect between the ‘rhetoric’ & ‘reality’ of Romney’s facade of ’empathy’ 4 the little guy. But Ms. Rosen’s comments are only 1/2 the story; the other 1/2 is the aspirations of the Middle Class & working poor, have gotten considerably worse each time a Conservative majority is in Congress or in the W.H. President Obama has made no demographic, racial, gender, business-size, etc., distinctions – opting instead, to ‘TRY’ extending opportunity to ALL Americans. This is actually a non-argument & it’s surprising a person of Ms. Rosen’s caliber would even go there, but more to the point is foundation of this article – that Conservatives, tho talking a good game re: equality, defer, eventually, to wealthy elitists & corp dictates, who, as the article points out, have historically viewed Women in ‘subservient’ contexts. A ‘job on top of work’ is the best way to describe Women’s role in today’s America. The Ledbetter proposal & the Hoekstra/Romney response are all American voters need to know on the distinction between the 2 candidates & their stance on creating opportunities not just for Women, but ALL American’s – regardless of… whatever!!! After all, that’s the only way the Liberal/Progressive Constitution would have it…

  • joyscarbo

    Ann Romney says criticism from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen over being a stay-at-home mom was like an “early birthday present.”
    What a smug, pretentious, out-of-touch snob!!