It seems liberals have backtracked on their disdain for stay-at-home mothers, at least if those mothers are living on welfare. That’s because they’ve found a clip they think they can use of Mitt Romney saying mothers who can’t afford to stay home should go to work, even if it means the state pays for daycare.
Mitt Romney, however, judging by his January remark, views stay-at-home moms who are supported by federal assistance much differently than those backed by hundreds of millions in private equity income. Poor women, he said, shouldn’t be given a choice, but instead should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. “[E]ven if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work,” Romney said of moms on TANF.
Recalling his effort as governor to increase the amount of time women on welfare in Massachusetts were required to work, Romney noted that some had considered his proposal “heartless,” but he argued that the women would be better off having “the dignity of work” — a suggestion Ann Romney would likely take issue with.
This is the latest example of how liberals think women are stupid. Liberals don’t think women know there is a difference between living off the government to stay home and making an agreement with one’s spouse about staying home and raising the kids. The first case strips the adult of the dignity and responsibility that come with adulthood and having a family.
For liberals who don’t understand bigger concepts, I’ll put it in small words: you must support your children. If there are multiple breadwinners in a household, you should arrange for a parent to be home with the children, if possible. If it is not financially possible to do so, then you must go to work.
This is the basic premise of the Hilary Rosen/Ann Romney fight that liberals don’t want to understand. They think that staying home with the kids is a luxury that only multimillionaires can afford. But millions of families arrange their work to allow children to be raised by their parents. If you are a single parent, your choices are more limited: you must support your children. Even a liberal should be able to understand that.