Worky Work and the Worky Bunch
Mitt and Ann Romney are liars.
They would have you believe that they think being a full-time stay-at-home mom is hard work. They have attempted to re-frame Hilary Rosen’s criticism of Ann Romney in that way.
They know it because just a few short months ago, Romney held a very different view of stay-at-home moms; well, the poor ones, anyway.
But the attacks don’t gibe with comments Romney made just three months ago on the campaign trail. In January, Romney touted his proposal as governor of Massachusetts to raise the amount of work required of parents on welfare so that they could “have the dignity of work.”
The comment was uncovered and aired on MSNBC’s “Up w/Chris Hayes,” Sunday morning.
“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney in New Hampshire. “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.’”
But it was this very idea, that raising children is not “work,” that started the Romney campaign’s “war on moms” attack against Democrats this week. Immediately following Rosen’s comments on CNN Wednesday night, the Romney campaign kicked into high gear attacking Rosen and defending motherhood as “hard work.”
So, which is it? Is motherhood itself “hard work” that provides women with the “dignity” thereof? Or is staying at home and working raising kids a luxury reserved only for those who can afford it? Is being a mom “hard work” for some, but not for others?
Lying is nothing new in politics, but the frequency and easiness with which the Romneys do so is breathtaking.
Oh, also – if you’ve been hustling to get your taxes filed and paid on time, you’ve accomplished more than Mitt Romney has. The unemployed multimillionaire corporate raider filed for an extension to submit his return. His campaign said, presumably with a straight face, that they’ll file as soon as they have “all the information” needed to do so. He paid $3.4 million in estimated tax.