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.
Image: The Chronicle of the Horse.