Stay at home parents -- moms or dads -- do work. It isn't easy raising children. I know, I was a child and a pain in the ass. There is no doubt in my mind that those who stay at home contribute to the family and provide real economic benefit to the household.
Now, parents who work full time also raise children. They also do laundry, make dinner or leave early to see kids at said dinner,
help with homework, and even sometimes have to deal with the negative
consequences of having kids due to pesky social norms. These parents
contribute to the household with both income and to those other areas
where stay at home parents provide their primary contributions.
All of this being said, Hilary Rosen's resume building statement on CNN yesterday was 100% true and has nothing to do with Ann Romney being a stay at home mom.
Romney family is rich. Like really rich. They have people to clean
their many homes and cook meals for them. I am sure that there were many
times that Ann or Mitt or one of their five boys cooked or cleaned but
I would imagine that it wasn't often and it was for recreation rather
than out of necessity. As my mother (a working one, for the record) said, "Ann Romney has no more idea what it is like to be a working
woman than George H.W. Bush knew about the price of milk in the grocery
statements were curt and intended to cause this kind of a kerfuffle,
and anyone who thinks otherwise is stupid. This flash-point statement from a
low-level, semi-affiliated Democratic operative allows the higher ups to fake outrage while still hammering away at Mr. Romney. It brings our good friend Rush Limbaugh back into the War on Women conversation. It also distracts from the real issues at the core of this statement.
The Department of Labor revised jobless claims today. Guess what? More people are out of work than we thought and that is bad. The fact that Mrs. Romney chose not to work and to stay at home with her kids is not a choice most Americans have the opportunity make. (Please see above re:
"Like really rich.") Her husband, the person running for president, has
been a player in the economy for years. He has both created and
destroyed jobs in his previous roles. He was, according to my grandmother a longtime Massachusetts resident (another great source of political knowledge, using the Mrs. Romney
theory) the worst governor in Massachusetts state history. He has
raised tons of money and ran the Olympics. And now comes the fun part:
He is running for president based on his professional and political
experience. (See where I am going here? No? I will spell it out.)
Romney is not running for president and has no experience that would
qualify her for that position, of her own admission. So why are we
upset when someone points out that her experience, or lack there of in
this arena, makes her unqualified to provide opinions to the nation or
the next Republican Presidential candidate on issues that will dominate this Presidential election? Whether about economy or working women's issues or anything else?
she providing advise on something she has special expertise in that she
hasn't told anyone about? No? So as opposed to actually saying she is
an expert or a trusted sounding board to her partner, she fights back saying she was a good mother and stayed home to raise kids. Fuck that noise. Parents, regardless of gender, have responsibilities to their kids. Move past the enlightened 1950s bullshit.
is a non-issue that has been further distorted by the media and by the
horrific state of affairs that poisons our political environment in this
country. Rosen should have phrased the attack differently and probably
should have focused on Mr. instead of Mrs. Romney. Of that, there is no doubt. But she wasn't wrong.