While continuing to try to play the victim at a speech in Connecticut, Ann Romney did her part for the GOP’s war on women by saying that she loves the fact that many women can’t stay home with their kids.
According to Buzzfeed, Mrs. Romney said,
I know what’s like to finish the laundry and to look in the basket five minutes later and it’s full again. I know what’s like to pull all the groceries in and see the teenagers run through and all of a sudden all the groceries you just bought are gone. And I know what’s like to get up early in the morning and to get them off to school. And I know what’s like to get up in the middle of the night when they’re sick. And I know what’s like to struggle and to have those concerns that all mothers have.
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.
Essentially, what Ann Romney was saying is that she loves the fact that most women don’t have the luxury of staying home with their children like she did. A recent Pew survey found that only 21% of Americans agree with Mrs. Romney’s point of view that the trend towards mothers of young children working outside the home is a good thing for society. Forty percent of working moms said that they always feel rushed, and 62% of them would prefer to work only part time. Only 30% of women get to be stay at home moms.
Ann Romney’s comments were based on the false notion that moms are working because they all have a choice. Women are the primary or co-breadwinner in 63.9% of families. Many of these women are giving up time with their children out of economic necessity. Most American households need two incomes to survive, but this is something that the Romneys would know nothing about.
Women should have the right to choose whether they want to stay at home, work, or do both after they have a child, but too often economic circumstances make the decision for her and her family. An ideal solution would be a work environment that included more part time and flex hours so that both men and women could spend more time with their families, but in order for this type of change to occur, Republicans would have to put families ahead of corporate profits, and we all know which side of the fence the GOP will come down on in that discussion.
I wonder if Ann Romney would still love the fact that many women have to leave their children and go to work if her husband wasn’t worth a quarter billion dollars, if she couldn’t get health insurance because of a preexisting condition, and she was being counted on to either totally or partially financially support her family?
Ann Romney’s speech demonstrated that the ability to seem out of touch with the lives most Americans lead is a family trait. Mitt and Ann Romney make George and Barbara Bush look like they have their fingers on the pulse of working America. There haven’t been two wealthy people this out of touch with America since Thurston Howell III and his wife Lovey were shipwrecked on the island.
The more Ann Romney speaks the more she reveals herself to be just as insulated and clueless as her blue blood presidential candidate husband. If the Romney campaign thinks she is going close the gender gap, they are in for a major disappointment, because Mrs. Romney has a serious case of foot in mouth disease.