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Do you think politicians are out of touch with moms' issues?

Posted by on Jun. 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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Politicians Are Too Out of Touch With Moms' Economic Woes

Posted by Ilina Ewen on June 13, 2012 

price is right logoMy idealistic views are shaken out of whack in every election cycle. I hate that only the uber rich hold office, and those who live in the trenches stay there. We elect representatives to serve us, yet most of those people haven’t a clue about our paradigm. I’m talking about people who would suck at Cliffhangers, Hi Lo, or the Check Out game on The Price Is Right.

Politicians on all sides talk about the “economy” in big business, lofty terms. They never speak of personal experience and only know the “common man” as an allegorical character in a stump speech. Michelle Obama has been known to shop at Target, so she probably has a better handle on how we everyday Joes and Janes live. Ann Romney, not so much. Remember how she spoke of tough times when she and Mitt were in college? "They were not easy years ... Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time." Yeah, because most of us are in a position to sell off stock that we inherited to pay for college.

Mitt Romney stated he is not concerned about the very poor and, in fact, thinks the very poor are “doing fine.” Barack Obama thinks the private sector is “doing fine.” So who’s right?

No one.

In my own life, things are fine. We are not struggling or in debt or fearful of providing for our sons. We pay more for goods and gas, but I know that the President wields little control over those things. My husband and I both have a good education and work experience. He is gainfully employed in the private sector, and I have my own marketing consulting and writing business. We live within our means and pinch pennies, but I am still in a position to buy organic milk for my kids and pay for a couple weeks of summer camp. We are not scrimping, but I did admittedly sell some gold a while back. I used the proceeds to pay my student loan. Life for us is less decadent than in years past, but our hardships are laughable compared to what many Americans are facing (including those who share the same education and upbringing we enjoy). My consulting business has faltered, and I earn less than half of what my income was five years ago. It’s a huge hit to our lifestyle, but we are not hurting.

I know what it is to live so that getting rid of the cleaning lady and not traveling to Europe every other summer as planned isn't real hardship. I realize what a charmed life we live, and our cuts have been to discretionary spending. For this I am grateful, and in a show of gratitude, I have pledged to speak out and support those less fortunate. Luckily we do not have to make the Sophie’s Choice of finances every month -- food or rent. My family has health insurance, a lovely house, and food to grace our table. We are healthy. Most importantly, we know life can change in an instant so we save, we invest, we live within our means. In a word, we are responsible, which is more than I can say for corporations.

Private sector businesses will tell you about cuts and losses and hardship. They will wax on about expenses and difficult times. The whole woe-is-me act is disingenuous at best, full blown lying at worst. CEOs continue to take home obscene amounts of money on the backs of hardworking, dedicated Americans. In an unseemly twist of irony, they get paid bonuses for laying off workers. It’s criminal really. It’s proof that trickle down economics doesn’t work. So from this perspective, private sector businesses, rather the head honchos in the C-suites, are doing fine. They are sorely out of touch, just like our politicians. All I can do is continue to be a voice for so many disenfranchised and suffering among us. Though I don’t live in the same paradigm, I do have an appreciation for those struggles because I have been there.

Do you think politicians are out of touch with moms' issues?

by on Jun. 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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Carpy
by Platinum Member on Jun. 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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mommygiggles317
by Silver Member on Jun. 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I do feel that some politicians are out of touch with not just mom issues, but issues facing the average family period...

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Jun. 13, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Comparing someone shopping at target vs. going  to Spain at the tax payers expense at a tune of around $500,000..doesn't really equate (imo) someone who understands the little guy. To me, especially in this economy, that shouts "let them eat cake".. Besides..how would one  know if Ann Romney doesn't shop there.. Demi Moore has been seen at our local dime store "many" times.. Point is, if it's "your" money..I could care less if it's spent at target or tiffany's.. It's using tax payers dollars that could be spent in better places that I find hippocritical. 

sarebear31976
by on Jun. 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I think most politicians are out of touch with middle/lower class needs period. 

Jambo4
by Gold Member on Jun. 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM

This is a crap piece written without any skill, manipulating facts and stories to fit it's agenda... so it's not worth my time.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jun. 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

 I think they are all out of touch with the issues of average people.  They don't actually care.  It's all about using average people as pawns to further their own agendas.

asfriend
by on Jun. 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM
i would agree, if anything cafe steph is out of touch


Quoting Jambo4:

This is a crap piece written without any skill, manipulating facts and stories to fit it's agenda... so it's not worth my time.


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BoysManDog
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Based on this sample alone, I cannot fathom how this woman's "marketing consulting and writing business" remains solvent at all.   

Future visitors to this thread will hopefully spare themselves the trauma of reading this tripe.  Ever the glutton for punishment, I read through it twice just to convince myself that this woman actually used the word "paradigm" twice within five paragraphs!  Guess what?  Politicians don't live in our paradigm (even though Michelle Obama shops at Target), but the writer (and I use that term loosely) doesn't live in the paradigm of the "disenfranchised and suffering" even though she had to -- gasp! -- get rid of the cleaning lady.  I smell a Pulitzer ...

 

Jambo4
by Gold Member on Jun. 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Oh I wouldn't blame it on Cafe Steph.. she's probably told to highlight articles from "The Stir" because that section is such a waste of CM resources.  It's an attempt to save it.

Quoting asfriend:

i would agree, if anything cafe steph is out of touch


Quoting Jambo4:

This is a crap piece written without any skill, manipulating facts and stories to fit it's agenda... so it's not worth my time.



asfriend
by on Jun. 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM
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You are of course, probably right.

Quoting Jambo4:

Oh I wouldn't blame it on Cafe Steph.. she's probably told to highlight articles from "The Stir" because that section is such a waste of CM resources.  It's an attempt to save it.

Quoting asfriend:

i would agree, if anything cafe steph is out of touch


Quoting Jambo4:

This is a crap piece written without any skill, manipulating facts and stories to fit it's agenda... so it's not worth my time.




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