Posts tagged Romney
Posts tagged Romney
The Nation’s Katha Pollitt gets right to the heart of the manufactured controversy about whether Democrats don’t give stay-at-home moms enough respect:
When performed by married women in their own homes, domestic labor is work—difficult, sacred, noble work…. When performed for pay, however, this supremely important, difficult job becomes low-wage labor that almost anyone can do—teenagers, elderly women, even despised illegal immigrants. But here’s the real magic: when performed by low-income single mothers in their own homes, those same exact tasks—changing diapers, going to the playground and the store, making dinner, washing the dishes, giving a bath—are not only not work; they are idleness itself. Just ask Mitt Romney. In a neat catch that in a sane world would have put the Rosen gaffe to rest forever, Nation editor at large Chris Hayes aired a video clip on his weekend-morning MSNBC show displaying Romney this past January calling for parents on welfare to get jobs: “While I was governor, 85 percent of the people on a form of welfare assistance in my state had no work requirement. And I wanted to increase the work requirement. I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless,’ and I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving daycare to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’” (Don’t be fooled by the gender-neutral language—he’s talking about mothers.)
Like the old adage says, the rich are different from the rest of us. In every way you can think of, it appears.
The rest of Pollitt’s column is here.
If the propect of a Romney presidency wasn’t already scary enough, check out this development: The Mittster has made Robert Bork the head of his judicial/consitutional law team. The same Bork who many Republicans thought was too much of a right-wing ideologue to support his nomination to the US Supreme Court back in the 1980s. (The fight waged against his nomination was so intense that it even spawned a verb: borked.)
[Bork (l) and Ronald Reagan, 1987. Photographer unknown.]
If you’re not familiar with Bork, let’s just say that he makes Antonin Scalia seem like a reasonable sort of guy. People for the American Way has put together a report on Bork’s political/legal views and background. Check it out here.
The next president will almost certainly get to fill at least one vacancy on the Supreme Court. Any guess as to who Romney’s nominee might be?