All last week, Mitt Romney and what seems like every Republican politician and conservative media outlet made an issue out of Hillary Rosen telling the truth about Ann Romney not working a day in her life. Mitt was just outraged and accused Democrats of waging a war on moms. Romney, of course, is trying to draw support from stay-at-home mothers to narrow the gender gap between the two parties, which stands at a whopping 19 points. But Romney’s accusation of a Democratic war on moms has completely unraveled.
First, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes discovered video from January showing Romney telling a crowd that poor stay-at-home moms should be forced to work because being a full-time mother isn’t dignified. Now comes another Romney attack on stay-at-home mothers, and this time, it’s in Romney’s own book. The following is a passage from Mitt’s book, ‘No Apology: The Case For American Greatness:’
￼￼￼”In some quarters, however, the American work ethic is waning. Some people devote themselves to find ways not to work. Some seem to take a perverse kind of pride in being slipshod or lackadaisical. In many cases, where our work culture has deteriorated, shortsighted government policies share a good part of the blame. ￼￼￼Welfare without work erodes the spirit and the sense of self-worth of the recipient. And it conditions the children of nonworking parents to an indolent and unproductive life. Hardworking parents raise hardworking kids; we should recognize that the opposite is also true. The influence of the work habits of our parents and other adults around us as we grow up has lasting impact.”
Mitt Romney wrote that the children of parents who don’t work are “indolent and unproductive.” These words directly contradict Romney’s current position. He is basically saying that moms who don’t have jobs are lazy and raise lazy children. It’s stuff like this that reveals that the war on moms is a Republican and Romney-led effort. So, if being a stay-at-home mom leads to “indolent and unproductive” children, what does that say about Ann Romney and the five Romney sons?