The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Balances the Checkbook
April 13, 2012 - 5:39 am
After weeks of race-baiting with the Trayvon Martin case, the Democrats are at it again and this time they’re dipping their toes into Mommy Wars. Hillary Rosen, Democrat strategist, has let us all know again what she and the Left (especially faux feminists) think of stay-at-home moms. You don’t count. Rosen let out her venom on CNN against Ann Romney.
‘What you have 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: his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kind of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future.’
Besides the obvious knock at motherhood and insinuating, not so subtly, that raising five children is somehow not work worthy of respect, she also assumes that most American women have to work in order to put food on the table and those who don’t simply live in the lap of luxury. Obama himself had this to say on the subject a few days ago at the White House forum for women (to which no conservative women were invited). As reported by the UK Daily Mail,
“Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling….And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.”
The idea that stay-at-home moms are financially able to do so is a popular one on the Left. The Democrats would have you believe that only rich women can stay home. This is a lie. On the contrary, staying at home is not a “luxury” but a sacrifice. Rosen chose to sacrifice her children for a high paying job in the Democrat Party. She could have given up pedicures, designer clothes, fancy cars and political power instead. It’s amazing what you can live without when you decide to do so. (At one point Rosen did stay home with her children for a while. I wonder if during that time she considered her ideas on the economy void.)
When Obama was a state senator in my home state of Illinois he brought home a salary of $60,000 plus an extra $32,000 as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago. This combined salary is more than my family lives on right now and we have the same number of children and live in the same state. According to the Obamas’ lifestyle, however, it wasn’t enough for them (not surprising considering he and Michelle have a penchant for Wagyu beef and Wednesday night cocktail parties with celebrities.) You can’t serve Stevie Wonder canapes from the frozen food section at Aldi. It simply isn’t done.
What Obama and Rosen don’t understand is that a wide section of educated women who could be working if they wanted to, have chosen to give up that second salary and the comfort that comes along with it in order to focus on raising well-adjusted and firmly attached human beings. Of course, if any of those women were to look for work in Obama’s economy they wouldn’t be able to find a job. Even the Washington Post admits through clenched teeth that 92% of all jobs lost since Obama took office were jobs held by women (but Republicans are icky so it must be Bush’s fault, or something.) Even in the White House itself, under the administration of the guy who claims to be for women’s rights, women earn less than their male co-workers. And yet, Rosen is concerned that Mitt Romney’s ideas will hurt women. The hypocrisy is hilarious.
Many mothers today have seen the financial and emotional burden of daycare and after-school programs and have said, “No thanks. Not for my children.” And so we sold our second car, bought a smaller house, spent time meal planning and coupon clipping, growing gardens, and homeschooling our broods (or spent massive amounts of time on the PTA or in the principal’s office advocating for better education.) We do this because we believe the future truly does rest on the the shoulders of the people we are shaping right now. They are more important to us than any luxury a second salary could provide.
That some women need to work or want to work is their business. Some women need to be with their children and it is as valid (if not more so) than needing another vacation or a daily venti mocha from a tatted-up barista. What really annoys is the wedge Rosen is trying to drive between women.. It pits us against one another and causes the us vs. them insults to fly (like my snarky Starbucks barb above). The truth is, Obamanomics is bad for ALL women, poor, rich, middle class, working or non-working, all women are suffering under economic policies that are bankrupting our nation and saddling our children with unsustainable debt.
The chances of providing the same or better financial comfort for your children your parents were able to give you is dwindling quickly. When I go to the grocery store and see $3.98 on a gallon of milk I break out in hives. Gas at $4.19 a gallon makes my gluteal muscles clench. At the same time employers aren’t raising salaries fast enough to accommodate the higher cost of living because profits are down. The price of food is skyrocketing because of the cost to truck it into town.
In discussions with my friends, the biggest issue for all of us is rising prices which can all be traced to the fuel that turns our engines. All sensible people know that drilling for more oil and building refineries will put this country back on the right track. The Keystone Pipeline would have put thousands of people to work and increased the flow of oil from Canada to the US. But somehow, the fact that I don’t sit in a cubicle (and can wear yoga pants all day) means I can’t have an opinion on policies that sent us spiraling into this economic crisis according to Democrats like Rosen.
Au’contrair, mon ennemi! I object! The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world and buys the groceries and this mama is very concerned about the economic state of this country. As a tax-paying citizen (yes, I pay property taxes, sales taxes and income tax for the few freelance jobs I do from my house) my ideas matter. More importantly, my vote and the votes of every other full-time mom matter too.
Methinks Hillary Rosen and the rest of the Democrat Party are going to find that out this November.