Dem: Stay at Home Moms Never Work a Day In Their Lives

A Democratic stratetigst is rightly creating a firestorm.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen said on Anderson Cooper 360 that Ann Romney was unqualified to speak about the kinds of economic issues facing women in America because she had never "worked a day in her life."
"His wife has actually never worked a day in her life," Rosen said on CNN. "She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids? How do we send them to school? And why we worry about their future."
And it's the Republicans who are supposedly waging a war on women?

Ann Romney raised five boys and is now a grandmother of 16 kids. Does that not sound like work?

I've run into this kind of thing. I'm a stay-at-home Dad who works from home. And I talk to other people and the presumption is that I'm smoking stogies in my bathtub all day while watching my portable television while cramming my cheeks full of bon-bons.

The fact is that caring for kids is just not an acceptable pursuit because our culture doesn't care all that much about children.

Ann Romney responded to Rosen's comments by tweeting, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work."

Rosen then responded with an in-your-face. She responded by tweeting, "I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don't u?"

What a nasty thing she is, huh? You see, she's negating Ann Romney's ability to speak because 1) she's wealthy and 2) she's just a stay-at-home Mom.

As you can imagine, Obama's folks are distancing themselves from Rosen. David Axelrod and campaign manager Jim Messina - both distanced the campaign from Rosen's remarks, with Axelrod calling the comments "inappropriate and offensive" while Messina called on Rosen to apologize.

Instead of apologizing, she retreated back into the friendly confines of the Huffington Post where bashing stay at home Moms is acceptable.

Comments

  1. I have no love for Romney but attacking a 64 year old woman with MS is just disgusting.

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  2. "She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids? How do we send them to school? And why we worry about their future."

    Um, if stay at home parents don't worry about feeding their kids and sending them to school and planning for their futures *what does Rosen think they do*? Aren't all those things the primary responsibilities of the stay-at-home parent?

    Complete lack of logic on her part. Crazy.

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  3. I am a stay at home dad, until the economy gets better. But until then I worry constantly about what we are going to do, about the future, blah, blah, blah...I have worked in the past just like most REAL women today. ELITIST BULL-SHINGLES!!!

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  4. "But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children."
    What she meant was that most young American women have to earn a living and raise children IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A LIFESTYLE ACCEPTABLE TO THEM. While not putting down the many that really do need to work to support their families, single parents, seriously low income families, etc, many work to not have to sacrifice certian luxuries that our society tells them are necessities. Which is their choice, and I won't judge them for it, I just want her to be honest.

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  5. I guarantee if that CNN distorter stayed home with five kids she'd be crying like a little girl by noon.

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  6. The whole "you can't comment unless you've experienced it" argument is so childish.

    So a heart surgeon cannot truly understand heart surgery unless it is performed upon him?

    That is the genius of the Catholic church. We truly value the wisdom that others can bring to our lives. We often go to a priest about our struggles and truly value his insight as someone outside of our situation.

    Of course, those outside the church will say a celibate priest should not announce the evils of contraception. I would say that he is perfectly qualified in these matters, as they are matters of the soul as well as the body.

    But yes, let's all worry about the economy while we trample our souls into the ground...

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  7. I used to get a wonderful magazine called "Welcome Home" that, sadly, quit publishing to become an advocacy group. I don't know what happened to it afte rthat, I never heard from it again. The magazine was for stay-at-home moms and was all about how to afford staying home with your kids for a few years or your whole life. They ran all kinds of interesting stats on stay-at-home parents and, at least at that time, the truth was that the majority of working mothers did NOT have full-time jobs and did not put their children in full-time daycare. Most women worked to pay bills, and either worked part-time or at full-time jobs (as opposed to "fulfilling careers") to pay rent or have insurance benefits, and most women had their children staying with family or neighbors. The whole idea that only women who work full-time care about the economy, or that most women who work, work full-time, is wrong. It seems to be yet another idea held by liberals despite facts to the contrary. All women care about the economy.

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  8. She committed two grave sins...she's a stay at home mom with CHILDREN (not one), and she's Republican (That is of course, unforgivable).

    There's a word for women who condemn other women priggishly because they feel they can without rebuke...but it isn't ladylike.

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  9. Was Hilary Rosen's comments directed toward a particular wealthy woman, or to all stay-at-home moms? I am a stay-at-home mom, myself, and not wealthy, so I have a dog in this fight. I really don't think she was making a blanket statement. I think she was commenting, as libs generally do against conservatives, regardless of the statistics, that she (in particular) is wealthy and out of touch with the common American.

    I didn't see anything in the statement that was generally applicable to me.

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  10. As a stay at home mom, who is in charge of how money gets spent wisely and has also "worked" in a Corporation before, being the stay at home mom is Hands Down the harder job. Of course it is more rewarding too, but this woman is crazy. And just because the Romney's are wealthy, does not mean it wasn't work. To make matters worse, she is still trying to justify her comment. It shows how out of touch she is, not the Romney's. If I wasn't trying so hard to be a better person right now I would be cursing all over the place!

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  11. Staying home and raising five boys...yep, that sounds like a walk in the park. *insert any type of sarcastic cough here that you feel best fits the previous statement*

    Regardless of fiscal standing, it takes a certain amount of faith for moms to give up a career, take on the duties of raising the children, and rely solely on their husbands to provide. Especially when we're the ones who are balancing the account, budgeting for bills and grocery shopping, and making sure every child has what he or she needs at any one point in the day.

    No matter how much money Ann had access to, she put her life in the service of her children. Not only that, but I have a little boy, and he's busy spending most of his day smearing poop on things when I'm not looking.

    God Bless her.

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  12. If she were a good Democrat, Ann Romney would have killed her babies in the womb to minimize her carbon footprint; then she would have gone on to do something much more worthwhile than raising children-- perhaps writing regulations that destroyed American businesses.

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  13. I would worry a whole lot less about the economy if I were working full time and making the $60-$80k per year that I could earn with my engineering degree. Instead, I'm reading books about cutting grocery bills and I'm teaching my girls how to hang the clothes from the washer on the line to dry. Yeah, this stay at home gig is worry-free.

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  14. For all the stay-at-home moms (of which, I'm the product of one who did...), thank you. You all know what sacrifice is. You know what is most important (and acknowledging that some may have to work outside to help support your families...). This tool of the minions of hades is obviously more impressed with the world's acclaim than what's really important.

    You know, you really understand what folks say when they think the only people listening are those who agree with them.

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  15. Wait, I take back my reticence. Further clarification from Hilary Rosen says that Matthew, and others, were right on the money, and I was wrong.

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  16. Wow. I'm glad to know that as a stay at home mom who is raising and homeschooling four boys, I can just take a load off and not worry about how we're going to provide them with the neccessities of life, let alone some perks like college or whatnot. And since I don't even have MS, or any other disability, I can worry LESS! Thanks, Miss Rosen!

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  17. Rasing 5 kids would be hard, but, without any financial worries, it would be much easier than when we did it. I was choosing Coffee or diapers with my meager salary. Diapers won. Child rearing would be much easier for a rich person than us poor ones.

    The context was economomic in the statement btw.

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  18. I chose to leave a decent paying job to stay at home and raise my 1st child and the numbers 2 and 3. Sacrificed many "extras" (like new siding, insulation, good cuts of meat).

    Went back to work when my youngest became a sophomore FOR FUN because it is much easier working than staying home.

    Now I'm saving my pay check for new windows to cut down on our energy bill...

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  19. When Hilary Rosen is living Ann Romney's life, who is living Hilary Rosen's life? Nobody home.
    When a person is living somebody else's identity, who is living theirs? Certainly not them. Hello. Anybody home at Hilary Rosen's?

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  20. RE: whether Ann Romney is qualified to comment on things she hasn't experienced, let us quote Otto von Bismarck: "Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others."

    There's these amazing inventions someone should apprise Rosen of. One's called "language", where you can learn about things without having to experience them, simply by other people making certain noises at you. And the other's called "writing", where the noises are written down, so you can learn about the experiences of people who aren't themselves present.

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  21. I'm a stay-at-home Dad who works from home. And I talk to other people and the presumption is that I'm smoking stogies in my bathtub all day while watching my portable television while cramming my cheeks full of bon-bons.

    That's ridiculous! Everyone knows you eat the bon-bons one at a time. ;)

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  22. Bless Ann Romney, she raised 5 fine men, supported her husband' s ventures, graduated from Harvard studying while nursing a baby, chose to stay home, is battling MS and breast cancer in 2008. may the Lord keep Her safe and healthy!!!!!!
    Shame on these people....

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  23. The obssession some people have with how other people choose to live their lives, down to how they rear their kids, what they eat, what drugs they take,etc., etc., etc. continually amazes me. We are a busybody, people pushing envious, covetous culture, characteristics nurtured as necessary for the collectivist state. This feminazi is apparently clueless that women who HAVE to work have to BECAUSE of the managed economy, taxation and Federal Reserve debasing our money.....ALL of which I'm sure she thinks are absolutely necessary....for "OUR" "greater good".

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  24. Keeping busy making a home for a husband who loves me and five boys who call me "Mom" OR laboring for strangers who see me as an expense not as a person and, maybe, supervising other strangers who see me as a wage-slave driving boss? Hmmm. I see now why Ms. Rosen only considers the latter to be "work".

    Also, I'm distressed that so many here choose to over-romanticize stay-at-home motherhood and over-estimate its trials. I've had bosses who others described as "babies with the terrible twos" but I could never pick them up and sit them down like a toddler. And I've never worried about being fired by any of my two-year olds!

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  25. Well, her problem is that SAHMs aren't out there making tons of $$$, which is the ultimate function of humans, don't cha know?

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