Mittwit II-Mitt Romney Strikes Out Again!-The Hilary Rosen Controversy 04/15/2012

Watching the Sunday News programs in regards to recent and controversial statements from one Hilary Rosen, I realized that this entire affair is totally absurd. I am mad at the Democrats for showing yellow and quickly running from her statement without looking at the underlying theme and substance. She is not a Democratic Party spokesperson, the party was not obligated to support anything that she said, even though I support every word. Jesus, I wanted the President to get his mojo back and not continue to be intimidated by the Dark Side with its paper tigers. Here is what Rosen said:

What you have,” she told Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night, “is Mitt Romney running around the country saying: ‘Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.’

“Guess what?” Rosen observed. “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life.”

It does not take a rocket scientist to recognize that she wasn’t saying that Ms. Romney has never worked, but has she had to work outside of the home as well as raise children? I am sure that Ms. Romney works, she cuts her lawn and raises children like millions of other mothers across the land. But when this issue is being discussed we are not talking about Thurston and Lovie Howell. Ms. Romney is not representative of the lives of working women and not even that of most mothers who do not have a silver spoon at their beck and call. Mitt Romney is a very wealthy man and for him to compare his life experiences or that of his spouse with that of the average citizen is a fallacy at the very start.

Does Mitt think that we are all stupid? What do you think his wife is going to say when he asks her such a question regarding what the true concerns of American women are? Do you really believe that her experience is representative of the woman on the street?

Yes, there is a “War on Women”. It reaches into areas of pay parity, contraception and reproductive rights issues where Republicans have been consistently found on the wrong side. With all the vaginal probes and arrogant GOP legislators, seems to me that the rightwinger takes a lot of liberties and a great deal for granted. But the Jedi Mind Tricks work only on the feeble minded. So, the rightwinger is advised to keep this form of semantics bait and switch available only for its own crowd. It is sure to work with them. All this talk about the issue centering around whether women who raise children at home actually work is just so much BS and is a red hering. Most of us all know what the issues are about, thank you. They say that matter and anti-matter anihilates itself on contact, can you imagine what happens when you mix “clever” with “Mitt Romney”? Well, we could very well put a “tear” in the universe, altering space-time. That is serious, folks.

But, you know it goes further, according the some material I have read which is substantiated by this video, if appears that the Mittwit is also a hypocrite. Rightwingers please note: You can spare me the spin and such as this is Mitt himself before a live television audience!

Here is the link to the 10 minute video discussion. Sorry, the URL format was not recognized so I am unable to bring it to you directly.

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-with-chris-hayes/47053808/#47053808

It appears that just this last January, Romney made it clear that the act of raising children by welfare mothers does not constitute work. But he recently said to pander to the women in the audience, that child rearing is hard work and implies that it was the arrogance of the left that seem to want to make all believe that child rearing is not work. So, you can’t have it both ways, Mitt, so which one is it?

He said that he would require welfare mothers with children as young as 2 years of age to go to work and have their kids go to day care. I am not attacking or supporting that policy, but it is the hypocrisy of Mitt that I attack here. If anything, it would be more difficult to raise children without the necessary financial resources than otherwise. Raising children is “hard work” for affluent women, but for women not so affluent, it is seen as a free ride, a way to avoid work? Raising of children by welfare mothers is not considered work but evasion of work. What else can be derived by such a double standard?

This is another article that plays on a consistent theme, that of Mitt Romney as nothing more than a panderer and dimestore phony. The progressive community needs to be aware of the desperation and wiles of the political right, whose representatives lie like rugs. If we are all determined not to be decieved they will easily fold in the light of the truth like the lawnchairs they are. I am certain that there will be succeeding articles reenforcing that observation that I will have the opportunity to speak about in the future

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Gusser 4 years ago

Trying to defend the undefendable.


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Anne Pettit 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thank-you my friend. I do not think Mitt or Ann Romney understand the "2nd shift," which is the work women do after they return home from their day job. Raising 5 boys is most certainly hard work. Having to worry about the roof over their head, medical care, and how to buy their food is something Ann Romney cannot imagine.


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Looks like I have succeeded, thank you...


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast) Author

Thank you, Anne. People like Romney cannot possible have a clue of life in the real world and problems therefrom that needs to be addressed. As to who is willing to address those problems is the question we all need to ask....


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Dr Billy Kidd 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Great topic. Not to many of us are going to agree on this because it's such a left vs right thing. That said, I will add that the Democrats had to run from Hillary Rosen's harange on Ann Romney because it was stupidly worded and came across as a personal attack. What Rosen meant to say is a different thing entirely. Problem is, she didn't say what she meant: that Mitt Romney runs all to often from making the details of what he is planning to do as president know. Whether it is tough raising 5 kids or even putting up with Mitt is a different story. Untill she is in there as first lady, what Ann Romney knows is kind of irrelevant! What is more, we don't know what she has learned in life as compared, say, to most of the women who are reading this, and who work and raise kids. That said, it's probably not a guy's place to comment further, because, me, too, I haven't been through that.


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@Credence2 - I think this one is below your usual standards - I think you are the one that has it wrong and are nuancing (sp?)things to fit the "party line."

However, once I explain, perhaps it will be found that I am the one mistaken, but I think not.

I think, using the video example you relied on, you are pretending you don't understand what he means. (don't forget - I am not a Romney fan)

I took his statements as regarding the value of self-esteem and life-accomplishment. The kind you get for doing something to improve your life-situation. Something to feel proud of - instead of staying home and relying on government support.

I did not hear anything that denigrated the value of being a stay-at-home mom. I heard encouragement to improving your life by striving to become somewhat self-supporting.

I see the comparison between a mom choosing to stay at home to care for the kids, and a mom with no choice.

I won't carry it as far as the stereotypical welfare mom with multiple kids and multiple "babies daddies" buying sodas and chips with her EBT card, but I think you can see that that is the welfare mom frequently portrayed.

Do you not suppose that many welfare supported stay-at-home moms would relish the opportunity to improve their life's lot? Versus staying at home waiting for "the check"

Did you have some sort of "ah Hah!" filter on when you found the video? Something that prevented you from considering that may have been the context of his remarks?

My thoughts are that a welfare stay-at-home mom that is making no effort to change their welfare status is not in the same category as a stay-at-home mom that struggles to raise their children with more effort than a trip to the mailbox for a check.

Perhaps a response from a mom in that situation that would see a daycare/work/training assistance program as a positive step to improving the entire family's outlook would be beneficial to this discussion.

To take a point that appears sincerely intended as an effort to help, and turn it into an example of "cluelessness" is parroting - something unusual for you. And also unnecessary - Romney will make all the blunders you need, without needing this type of contortion.

Should you want to see the validity of my remarks - visit some of the state and charity-run job training centers in your area and ask some of the stay-at-home moms there how they feel about the daycare assistance programs that are giving them the opportunity to do more for their kids than "wait for a check." I have taught several such classes and can attest that many participants see it from the same perspective as I do. They welcome the opportunity to improve. Alas, I can also attest that too many only attend because they are forced to - to continue their government check eligibility.

Geesh! And from MSNBC too. Maybe we should check out the Enquirer or Globe tabloids, (or Fox), to see if any two-headed alien moms feel slighted by Romney's remarks.

And even as silly and outrageous as the brouhaha over Rosen's remarks is - she still intended her statement as a snide derogatory remark. She's a shallow shill for putting it out there.

Also, is the world of financial struggle and sub-standard living environment the only real "real world?" Hopefully you know better than to value your life's wealth and happiness by dollar signs. Or maybe a rich family's child's illness/disability/death aren't as bad for them, as folks in your "real world," because they can afford the best doctors/wheelchairs/coffins.

One of us is really wrong on this one Cred - I vote it's you.

But still glad to participate :)

GA


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA

Dear Credence2,

I have to vote for your view on this one! Any thinking person knows what Rosen meant---

More power to any woman who can and wants to stay at home with her children. We all know it is hard work. There is no disagreement between the parties as to that.

There is disagreement between the way the parties treat and legislate women's issues. There is also, in my opinion, no reason short of cowardice, for Romney to use his wife as his surrogate for dealing with women. It comes across to me that he cannot be bothered...His wife isn't running.

The Republican party and their nationwide assault on women and women's rights does the real talking. No surrogate can help Romney with that problem.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up and interesting. You have taken the words right out of my mouth with this article. Romney proves over and over again that he really should be president and CEO of the Flip Flop Corporation. It seems as though this man has contradicted himself on almost every issue that he was for and now is against. How can someone like this make decisions on the world stage? I wonder if Mrs. Romney, being a stay at home mom of 5 boys with at least $250 million in off shore accounts, found it extremely taxing telling her kids, "Quit playing with the car elevators!" LOL


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Barnsey 4 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

Jillian and Pagesvoice covered my opinion rather nicely. Having worked transporting medicaid patients to and from medical appointment for 15 years I can attest that it sounds a lot simpler for a welfare mother to get a job than it is. Here in Jersey the costs of reliable daycare have risen right along with the cost of living. Unless the welfare mother gets a top shelf job right out of the gate there is no way she can afford to survive on what she makes. Now, Jersey I think is one of the highest cost of living states. Thanks to Thurston raising the cost of lving so high people are literally trapped in their welfare/medicaid existences, it is a shame to think they dont try. They do. I saw many people no longer need our service and go onward and upward, but many also tried and failed, literally hammered down by the system, and find themselves stuck.

Maybe not my problem, not my personal issue, but I thought, "Who speaks for these people?" Just thought I would give them some voice in this. Great stuff as usual Credence2!


HSchneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

I agree with your analysis, Cred2. Unfortunately the Democrats needed to run from this comment publicly because the politics were on the GOP side. The GOP has been rightfully hammered on their anti-women policies and they needed this to distract from it. The Democrats just need to keep on track with their message and they will clean up the female vote this November. The GOP loves free markets and free choice except for women. I have just begun writing a new Hub about this hypocrisy.


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GA Anderson 4 years ago from USA

@Credence2 - I believe an apology is in order

On revisiting my comment to this article, I find that my response - although I still stand by my points - was much more stridently phrased and derogatory than was necessary.

I'm sorry. Your efforts, even if I don't agree with them,

deserve a more rational treatment.

GA


knight4444 4 years ago

LOL mitt rommey is pathetic, the republicans are in utter disarray, OBAMA is going to be win again mainly because the republicans can't field a candidate worth anything, McCain/ palin was a global joke!! and rommey isn't much better. I'm not a democrat for many many many reasons, see democrats and republicans or simply two sides of the same coin, republicans say do any outrageous statements and say boo to democrats and the dems fold!!! republicans are a lost pathetic group OBAMA isn't anything close to a socialist or a progressive PLEASE!!! I WISH HE WERE!! OBAMA is a moderate democrat just like bill clinton. Most conservative folk amaze me with they're total lack of knowledge, they scream phrases like socialist,marxist, commie and 9 times out of 10 don't even know the difference between the three lol democrats and republicans are playing us for fools! republicans have tricked foolish ridiculous so called religious folks to vote for them on a social issue or two and dems basically count on black voters and people who realize that voting republican is insane or voting third party is a wasted vote. This two party dominated system is destroying america!!

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