The Romneys and the ‘dignity of work’

The latest in the war on women from your GOP candidate for president, Mitt Romney:

“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney. “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.”

Now, contrast that with what happened when Hilary Rosen, the Democratic strategist last week said, “Guess what? His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”

Ann Romney,making her Twitter debut, responded, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” The blogosphere quickly picked up on the remarks, prompting senior Democratic officials, including Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, chief strategist David Axelrod, first lady Michelle Obama, and the president himself, to distance themselves from the comment and praise the work of motherhood.

Once again, the White House pisses me off for leaving its supporters out to dry. Yes, there is work in raising a family. We all know that. But a hell of a lot of Americans are immersed in the work of raising a family and at the same time working to bring a paycheck home every week so that family they’re raising can survive.

Hilary Rosen was right. Ann Romney never for a day had “to have the dignity of work” under the terms Mitt Romney wants the rest of us to follow. Because we are not worthy. Because our function in the world is to serve Mitt and Anne and all the little Mittsters driving their cars into the family’s garage elevator.

Don’t think for a second that Romney cares about us or our dignity. We are here to serve or be fired. Nothing more.


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