Democrats are being wusses: Ann Romney’s “struggles” are out of touch, just like Mitt

April 13, 2012
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Hilary Rosen’s comments on Mitt Romney stating, “Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” have left Democrats on the defense. I can’t imagine why the truth puts them in such a defensive position, practically cowering in a corner, sucking their thumbs after yet another Republican deflection.

Mrs. Romney has never had to struggle as a stay at home Mom — her life is grand, relatively speaking. Let’s compare her life to a real working mother’s, for example, her housekeepers.

Huffington Post reports:

IRS forms released Tuesday by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign show that despite reporting income of $21.7 million, the couple paid only $20,603 in taxable wages for household help in 2010. This figure was divided among four women: Rosania Costa ($4,808), Kelli Harrison ($8,667), Susan Moore ($2,238) and Valerie Cravens Anae ($4,890).

According to a number of Boston-based domestic staffing agencies, the salary range for a housekeeper is between $20 and $30 an hour, which adds up to an annual salary of $40,000 to $50,000 based on forty-hour weeks and two weeks of paid vacation a year.

The above is only surrounding one of the Romney’s three homes, one of which is undergoing renovations to double its size.

Mrs. Romney has two Cadillacs which she uses to bring her kids to school (hint: it’s not a school bus), that is, if she didn’t have them chauffeured daily, while her husband worked tirelessly laying off working mothers.

The poor thing must be worn out after hiring a slew of housekeepers and deciding which car elevator to have built in their new house — perhaps she works off the stress riding her dressage horse — don’t we all have one?

Ann Romney’s first tweet:

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. “Believe me, it was hard work.”

Hilary Rosen was not belittling working mothers, but highlighting the fact that this out of touch couple cannot possibly fathom middle class struggles.

CBS reports, “I know what it’s like to struggle, and if maybe I haven’t struggled as much financially as some people have, I can tell you and promise you, that I’ve had struggles in my life,” she added.”

On Fox News Ann said, “My career choice was to be a mother. We need to respect choices that women make.”

So, now Ann Romney is pro-choice, just as her husband was years ago before he wasn’t?

Of course, women are not always afforded the choice Mrs. Romney made to stay at home and ride her dressage horse, hire nannies and housekeepers — and given their tax returns, it’s akin to borderline indentured servitude. I give kudos to Ann though for raising her kids at all of their homes. That’s not the point. The point is, some women have to work and if they don’t their kids will not eat. In this housing market, to even keep a roof over their heads is a task that would blow Ann Romney’s mind.

Ann will be fine in her struggles; her husband made over $21.7 million in 2010 and his estimated net worth is estimated at $250 million (although he’s avoided pinning the figure down) and that figure is highly dubious. It’s likely he’s worth far, far more.

The public was already well aware of what Ms. Rosen meant by her statement and it was appropriate. What we’re witnessing is pure deflection. The Romneys in no way, shape or form can comprehend the struggles so many parents have to endure. Quit apologizing.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erin-Oliva/100001419217523 Erin Oliva

    Why won’t Dems stand up against Karl Rove and his incredibly cruel, destructive policies? I think his political tactics should be deemed by the Supreme Court as “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.” Who is going to hold accountable the truly wicked actions of these people? I hope “Jesus” shows up soon to decry these people for trying to associate themselves with him. Exactly how stupid does the Conservative Right think we are? Hopefully we’ll get the landslide victory for Obama that we didn’t get for Gore… well… that name isn’t good… I’ll admit “President Gore” sounds bad… but if the only way the GOP can win is by voter suppression, they’re going to half to supress at least half the country… reminds me of a line from “Game of Thrones,” Tyrion Lannister: “You might find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.”
    I don’t want them dead. I just want them to go away, and never come back…

  • Amisherin

    wow!! I feel like I am somehow similar to Ann only though in the sense that we both have MS both are married and we both are LDS or Mormon…thats the end of the similarity’s though last year I Made 17 thousand dollars and my combined income when you add in my husbands income was 34 thousand… I have been on food stamps I have been on medicaid and I have had to beg for assistance that helped me pay the heat bill the year after my first husband left me to raise 3 kids with no income what so ever… she is NOT an expert on women maybe an expert on millionaire women but thats a stretch….she has no idea how scary it is to wake up with no sight and you don’t have 20 dollars to go to the doctor! although she might have woke up one day to find herself blind!

  • Karen Hall

    Ann Romney has worked hard raising children, and she has dealt with health issues. I take nothing away from her hard work or the struggles she has had. However, she has also enjoyed incredible financial security. If she thinks that her struggles begin to compare to the millions living in TORMENT, then she has just driven the last nail in the “Out of Touch” coffin. She and Mitt obviously have no clue that millions of people with decreasing, sporadic income, no permanent home, in fear of losing their home, health issues with no insurance would actually love to move UP to the level of “struggle”. The only people for whom Mitt Romney has shown compassion are the ultra-wealthy. Heaven forbid they should be faced with living on less like the rest of us!

  • Dicer

    If they stiff the help, imagine what they will do to the ordinary American people. Their rich friends will be taken care off.

  • http://twitter.com/FeminaziSlut Feminazi Slut

    Yep. That’s what I’ve been saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erin-Oliva/100001419217523 Erin Oliva

    Why won’t Dems stand up against Karl Rove and his incredibly cruel, destructive policies? I think his political tactics should be deemed by the Supreme Court as “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.” Who is going to hold accountable the truly wicked actions of these people? I hope “Jesus” shows up soon to decry these people for trying to associate themselves with him. Exactly how stupid does the Conservative Right think we are? Hopefully we’ll get the landslide victory for Obama that we didn’t get for Gore… well… that name isn’t good… I’ll admit “President Gore” sounds bad… but if the only way the GOP can win is by voter suppression, they’re going to half to supress at least half the country… reminds me of a line from “Game of Thrones,” Tyrion Lannister: “You might find it difficult to rule over millions who want you dead.”
    I don’t want them dead. I just want them to go away, and never come back…

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