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24 April 2012 @ 03:15 am
Ann Romney Loves It That We Don't Have A Choice  
Bear with me; I feel a rant coming on.

Ann Romney talks about how much hard work she did as a wealthy mother of five.


“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,” Romney said to the crowd. “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.”

Romney alluded to the fact that not all women can stay at home saying, “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.”

Ann, Ann, let me break it down for you. Those welfare moms who don't know the dignity of work (according to your husband Mitt) worked much harder than you. Those groceries you hauled in out of your car? I used to haul them over a mile in a shopping cart, feeling like I could just die of humiliation. I would also push that same cart back to the store the next time. Sometimes I lived too far and had to lug groceries home on the bus along with my two children. Laundry? I didn't get to simply use machines in my home. Without a car I had to take them to the laundromat, in duffel bags hanging off my stroller and over my shoulder, again with two kids in tow that I had to watch while I did my laundry. Once someone stole my load of diapers and I had to just wash the last dozen I had over and over by hand every day.

When my kids got sick I had to beg a ride from someone to get them to the doctor. Sometimes we were so low on food that starchy foods like rice or potatoes were what we had for the final week of the month. I would save up my WIC coupons to supplement that with things like milk and cereal. I remember counting up pennies for a quart of milk or a loaf of bread. I remember how the people in line looked at me while I laid them out for the cashier. I remember that a quart of milk took 32 pennies. I would stack pennies into units of five to save the cashier from having to count them all.

Gosh, Ann, I'm so happy that you are happy that some of us were or are broke ass bitches who have had to work for minimum wage and then lost some of our benefits that our kids depended on. But hey, I guess the "dignity of work" kept our kids fed, clothed and in decent shelter. Right?

Point of information: they won't accept dignity as currency in the supermarket. So no, I guess not.
litlebananalitlebanana on April 24th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
I suspect when she says she didn't have help, she meant she didn't have a nanny. There's no way in hell she was cleaning a huge mansion by herself with four kids.

I'm not even poor and I take offense to Ann Romney's comments. How could she say that she loves that there were women who don't have the choice that she had?
Tapatitapati on April 24th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
One of her sons was interviewed and said they had a housekeeper come once a week, no nannies or anything like that. Life was really tough.

I suspect that was a poorly worded phrase much like Rosen's, and what she meant to say was that she respects women who didn't have a choice other than to work while raising their kids. She didn't think it through.
litlebananalitlebanana on April 24th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're right. Although her saying that she "loves" it that there are mothers who *have to* work is more in line with Romney's requirement that all women receiving government aid be forced to put their babies in daycare so that they can "have the dignity of work."
W. Lotus: Headachewlotus on April 24th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I can NOT with her. I really can NOT.
carmy_wcarmy_w on April 24th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
I went looking for some history on the family when I read Mitt's, Rosen's, and Ann's last few statements like this.

According to the Wiki entry on Mitt (which I think has been polished to a mirror bright finish by the election squad), they lived in a $75/month basement apartment when Mitt was going to BYU in Utah.
Then I did some digging and came up with an adjusted for inflation figure of $405/month for a similar apartment in 2011 dollars, if I recall correctly.
$400 a month seems like pretty darn high rent for a college student, to me-especially when you have a wife and two kids, which generally means no roommates.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 25th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
$400 a month for rent is what i paid as a college student. for three years. i lived with my boyfriend, who eventually moved out, but once he did, i almost ended up homeless because i couldn't handle working, school, bills, and juggling everything on my own. so, yeah.

we had a politician here in kentucky several years ago (and i keep mentioning this in various places, but it's true) who said that it's possible for a "male head of household of a family of four" to support that family on minimum wage. 1. kentucky doesn't have a living wage; our minimum wage is federal minimum 2. one person living alone can't support himself earning minimum wage 3. i'd like to see this politician try it.
carmy_wcarmy_w on April 26th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
That's what struck me, also-that $400/month was pretty pricey for a basement apartment, even with utilities included, and also that $400/month plus food, tuition, and all the other stuff needed for a growing family meant that Mitt was either getting some SERIOUS family help, or was working for his dad/inlaws and getting very very well paid.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 26th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
i'm leaning toward the getting serious help
Tapatitapati on April 26th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
and they always had family to help out so they never went hungry or anything
carmy_wcarmy_w on April 26th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)

I live in Kansas, and I don't recall EVER paying $400/month rent, clear up until we rented our last house, in the late '90s.
My rent normally ran around $275 to $350, from 1985 till 1995. That was for houses, and apartments, and one of them was a basement with a walk-out exit.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 26th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
the apartment complex i was living in in 1995 here in kentucky was $400 a month. the one i wanted to live in in another town (where i am now) was $555 a month. and that's not counting water or electric.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 26th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
i wouldn't know what that was like. must be nice is all i can say.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 25th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
i added this to my tumblr
lunaetstellaelunaetstellae on April 25th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
I am shocked that she says she "loves it" that those women have to work under those conditions. I am not at all impressed with her 'credentials' she gives us. Remember, even as struggling college kids, she and Mitt were Mormons, and that religion has a support network that they could have (and most likely did) take advantage of. Food pantries, jobs, after-natal care, ladies guild that comes in to help with housework when you are severely ill, etc, etc. to name a few of the resources they had available through their church. I also don't believe that later on they never had house cleaners, or childcare of any sort. With the kind of income that necessitates hiding away part of in off-shore accounts to evade taxation, it is simply unbelieveable that no help was utilized. Bottom line, regardless of how or when they had help, I don't believe that she understands or has experienced the real struggles of the average woman in America. She, along with her husband, don't "get it", and are a poor choice for America to elect to the White House.
Tapatitapati on April 26th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)

One of their sons said they had a house cleaner once a week while he was growing up but that the house would be dirty again soon after she left. But yeah, I know they had family and church assistance as needed when they were younger and then they had wealth of their own so it's not remotely the same and I don't think she gets that at all. Huge blinders on.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on April 26th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
people with $$ like that don't get it. not unless they came from it in the first place -- and the people who have and care to remember what it was like are extremely rare.