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. 

But that’s not what Rosen was talking about, and the Romneys know it

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.  

2 comments

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    Most unemployable mentally challenged young women can be
    made useful by becoming welfare moms. They can clean house, do food shopping,
    and send the kids to school. Instead of hiding and munching in the basement,
    they can begin a new life in the bedroom, and gain the dignity of becoming a
    hard working welfare mom.

  • That’s it–keep up the Ann Romney attacks. Barry and Axelrod couldn’t work the same magic on Mitt that they did on former Obama opponents in Illinois, since the Romneys don’t go to sex clubs, marry strippers, etc., and Mitt doesn’t smoke or drink. So they go at The Missus. I think that, if Anne Romney has bourne up against cancer and M.S., she won’t be too fazed by Obama’s operative Hilary Rosen.
    And by the way, how many of your law partners are filing IRS extension requests this month?  The scandall!

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