Because there IS a substantive debate that we need to have about maybe changing the U.S.’ status as the ONLY developed country in the world to not have paid Parental Leave, or having Workplace Flexibility, or expanding Childcare Tax Credits. I mean, those are REAL debates…THIS has been ridiculous!”
~ Crystal Ball, MSNBC Contributor and former Congressional Candidate
It turns out he doesn’t. If you’re a poor mother in Massachusetts and you go to sign up for TANF, you’ll see you need to fulfill a “work requirement.” And you cannot fulfill it by being “a mom.” And that’s because of policy that Romney signed into law in Massachusetts, and Bill Clinton signed into law nationally.
That law has seen some real successes: The poverty rate for single mothers is lower now than before the legislation passed in 1996, and the labor-force participation rate is higher. Both parties brag about it routinely. But those numbers are only successes if you believe, as both parties do, that being a stay-at-home mother is not the same as working.
Over the past week, both parties decided to pander to stay-at-home mothers by forgetting this policy consensus and claiming they have always believed being a stay-at-home mother is “work.” But while they certainly believe parenting is toil, they don’t believe it is, in any real sense, work. And you can see that in the laws they’ve made.
After all, it’s not just TANF that doesn’t recognize parenting as “work.” Social Security doesn’t count parenting as “work.” The tax code doesn’t count parenting as “work.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t count parenting as “work.”
Those statutory distinctions don’t matter to wealthier parents like Ann Romney. She’s not looking for government benefits. Politicians can pander to her by merely recognizing the labor she puts in. But to poorer mothers, those benefits mean quite a lot. Politicians, however, don’t pander to poorer mothers. They put them to work.
We all KNOW exactly what Hilary Rosen meant! ESPECIALLY THE GOP HENCHMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO STEER THE CONVERSATION AWAY FROM ANY REAL ISSUES.
Ann Romney has never had to WORK FOR PAY, WORK FOR PAY, GET IT? Annie never had to work all day at a low-paying or even a high-paying job out of the home, as WELL as RAISE A FAMILY!!
That’s what Rosen meant! Duh!
And, guess what, Ann Romney had FIVE HOUSEKEEPERS HELPING HER RAISE HER FIVE SONS!
So give me a break, Ann…
The funniest part of this whole story is that Ann Romney didn’t think to have a Twitter Account until now!!…and that THIS was what pushed her over the edge…
No Twitter Account for Mrs Romney??? Why the fuck not?
What kind of Cutting Edge Campaign Strategy was that, Romney campaign?
Howard Dean was tweeting how many years ago?
ROMNEY = OUT OF TOUCH!
We are looking at five dollar a gallon gasoline. Mitt Romney’s wife filled up both her Cadillacs today and now she’s one of the poor people he doesn’t give a sh*t about.”
~ Bill Maher
Then she said, ‘If you don’t believe me, just ask my chauffeur.’”