Poor poor Ann Romney, apparently she has been abandonded by the people who follow around her and Mitt and tell them what to say. Or maybe the person responsible for Ann’s words was sick a few days ago when Ann said this:
“I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”
“I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and still have to raise the kids…”
When she adds that, “thank goodness that we value these people too” I lose it. Because we, as a society, do not honor those moms who have to work to survive. We pay them less. We strip away their rights. The Republican and Tea Parties are more concerned about the possibility these women might reproduce and protecting that non-viable, unborn embryo than protecting the living woman and her children that are already born.
Why else would social programs that help these families survive be cut? Insurance for kids? Affordable day care? Early education programs? These are always the things that get cut in the budget. Yes, while a majority of our elected politicians are pandering to the wealthy in our country, they are letting the common people slip away.
I wish Ann Romney could come to one of the day cares where I was a consultant. I wish she could spend some time with those parents. These are the people who have no choice: they need both salaries to survive. When I was working with homeless people, the statistic we quoted a lot was this: It takes a person working 120 hours at a minimum wage job to afford housing in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. This was years ago, so I know it’s changed. I’m guessing not for the better.
These mothers were tired. They weren’t working nice cushy office jobs. They were the hotel maids, factory workers, and any blue collar job they could find. These are the moms of kids who were unprepared for kindergarten according to current standards because they weren’t being taught to read, count, etc. at home. When did these parents have time for such frivolous things as reading to their children?! They were working multiple jobs!
Does Ann Romney truly “…love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.” What is there to love about people who are truly struggling?!
This is why someone needs to give the Romney’s a reality check. There are three kinds of working women in America: women who are truly devoted to their careers, women who choose to work so they can have more Stuff, and women who have absolutely no fucking choice!
I’ll take all politicians seriously when one of them comes out and says, “It makes me sad that women miss out on the joy of raising their own children because of money. It will be the primary goal of my campaign to end this madness.”