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Ann Romney fumbles the women in poverty question

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2012 at 1:21 AM
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NEW YORK — Mitt Romney’s response to the release of the now-infamous "47 percent" video may, at this point, be doing more damage than damage control.

Part of the problem is the campaign doesn’t have a deep bench of sympathetic spokespeople. So they lean heavily on Ann Romney, hoping that her obvious femaleness makes an adequate substitute for empathy.

Perhaps they’re running her too ragged, as she seemed tired and off her game in an interview with a Denver news station that the campaign first posted and then swiftly yanked, perhaps realizing that "Mitt doesn’t disdain the poor" doesn’t sound that comforting to the nonmillionaire masses.

In the interview, Romney defends her husband by claiming the quotes sound better in context. She adds: "He is talking about what’s happening right now in America, and how more and more people are falling into poverty. More, in particular, women, are falling into poverty."

All very true. Women, especially mothers, are more likely to be members of the working poor, and therefore make too little money to pay federal income tax. Which means, by her husband’s accounting, women are more likely to be "dependent on government" and to constantly be making overbearing demands for housing and food.

It also means that working mothers with children at home are, in vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s parlance, "the takers," who contribute nothing but simply siphon from the "makers," such as wealthy Republican donors who live off their investments.

The fact that mothers with dependent children are more likely to be working poor or rely on government assistance doesn’t do much for the Republican claim that these are folks who need to have their help cut off so they can learn the value of a hard day’s work.

In reality, women often make less money on the job market in no small part because they have to do so much more unpaid labor on the domestic front, especially when it comes to child-rearing. Single mothers especially are often in a bind where they have to decide between caring for their children and income-earning work.



After all, it was Ann Romney herself who recently and indignantly described raising children with these words: "Believe me, it was hard work." But not, alas, work that brings in income the federal government can then tax.

How to square her claim that this untaxable labor is hard work with Romney’s claim that those with untaxable labor cannot be convinced to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives"?


http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/54941832-82/romney-ann-women-doesn.html.csp

by on Sep. 23, 2012 at 1:21 AM
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 23, 2012 at 1:32 AM
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How to square her claim that this untaxable labor is hard work with Romney’s claim that those with untaxable labor cannot be convinced to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives"?

These folks can not win. No matter what they say and do they are out-of-step with mainstream America. 

You can not complain about people being irresponsible and needy and then at the same time enact and support policies that keep people down and needy. Or make it harder for people to rise up because of barriers put in place (outsourcing, for one).

Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
glitterteaz
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2012 at 1:43 AM

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Sep. 23, 2012 at 1:46 AM
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I find it very telling when, this close to an election, people from his own party are speaking out against him...and are reluctant to go to bat for him...
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ashellbell
by shellbark on Sep. 23, 2012 at 3:14 AM
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I just don't think either one of them will be ready for the job of POTUS. She'll have a mental breakdown if he makes it to the white house.
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meriana
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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In the interview, Romney defends her husband by claiming the quotes sound better in context

Umm NO, they actually sound worse in context. Especially considering that he was speaking to a very select group of very wealthy supporters and had every reason to feel confident that his words would never be heard by anyone outside that group. In other words, he was being far more truthful as far as what he feels & believes than he would ever be on the campaign stage where there's a need to appeal to people, not in his select group who do not share his opinions and values.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Sep. 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Dis is hawd

parentalrights1
by on Sep. 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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I really hate that bastard

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Sep. 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

No Mrs Romney has no clue what it is to be a working mother. I wouldn't have a problem with that fact if they didn't judge everyone.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Sep. 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Correct.

And let's face it, they, like many on the right, look down at woman who choose to have children and a career. Yet at the the same time, MR castigates the 47% of enslaved victims (inaccurate and false #, I know). So they pretty much disagree with ANY choice a woman might make.


Quoting mikiemom:

No Mrs Romney has no clue what it is to be a working mother. I wouldn't have a problem with that fact if they didn't judge everyone.


Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
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