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Mitt Romney flashback: Stay-at-home moms need to learn ‘dignity of work’
Washington Post ^ | 4/15/2012 | Ezra Klein

Posted on 04/16/2012 10:35:36 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto

Mitt Romney, it turns out, was against calling stay-at-home mothers “working moms” before he was for it.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes broke the news this morning. Back in January, Romney appeared at a town hall even in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he explained his position on welfare.

“While I was governor,” Romney said, “85 percent of the people on a form of welfare assistance in my state had no work requirement. I wanted to increase the work requirement. I said, for instance, that even if you have a child two 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.’”

Read that again: “I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.” And by “individuals,” Romney means “mothers.”

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1 posted on 04/16/2012 10:35:41 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Wait, there’s a huge difference between staying at home, and the financial sacrifices that comes with that, and sitting on your a$$ and expecting the taxpayers to pick up the tab. It is more dignified to work than to take handouts.

I’ve had to work, so that we didn’t rely on taxpayer subsidies, so I have no patience for those who stay at home, on my dime. Now I am home with my kids, but only because my husband worked two jobs for years, and I still work from home.

I’m with Mitt on this one.


2 posted on 04/16/2012 10:39:22 AM PDT by mockingbyrd
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Welfare checks are no substitutes for Husbands.


3 posted on 04/16/2012 10:39:42 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Well, Romney is a liberal, so I get that he wouldn’t like “stay at home moms”.


4 posted on 04/16/2012 10:39:42 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

He was talking about welfare moms. How low will the romney haters go.


5 posted on 04/16/2012 10:41:59 AM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

The really great thing about this severe moderate is that if you don’t like his position on anything, you only have to wait a few spins until he rotates to a position you can approve.


6 posted on 04/16/2012 10:42:32 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: jersey117

How low will Romneybots go to defend him?


7 posted on 04/16/2012 10:46:49 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: jersey117
How low will the romney haters go?

I'm pretty sure there is a ways to go yet.

8 posted on 04/16/2012 10:47:33 AM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: Psalm 144

You’re exactly right. I have to say I agree with his position back in January. I wonder if he would stand by it now.


9 posted on 04/16/2012 10:47:45 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: jersey117

“He was talking about welfare moms. How low will the romney haters go”

Not necessary to go very far at all.

Have you read any of the complaints against Romney?

How do you feel about Ann Coulter?


10 posted on 04/16/2012 10:48:54 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
I think conservatives should stay home and not vote for this Rino so we can get four more years of Obama.
11 posted on 04/16/2012 10:49:22 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

This article is a sad substitute for the truth, but since welfare whores and democrats don’t see why the government shouldn’t replace the role of husband, this kind of trash will be given some weight.

It’s also why they are proponents of abusive relationships.


12 posted on 04/16/2012 10:51:45 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Mitt Romney, it turns out, was against calling stay-at-home mothers “working moms” before he was for it.

Par for the course. There is not a single thing about this carpetbagger that is genuine. Yet, he could run to the LEFT of Zero and there would still be "republicans" and even self-identified "conservatives" rallying around him and chastising anyone refusing to vote for the scum.
13 posted on 04/16/2012 10:52:57 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Every Romney hit piece I read in the MSM has moved me closer to voting for him. Every single one.


14 posted on 04/16/2012 10:55:37 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

15 posted on 04/16/2012 11:07:30 AM PDT by kevcol
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To: mockingbyrd
Wait, there’s a huge difference between staying at home, and the financial sacrifices that comes with that, and sitting on your a$$ and expecting the taxpayers to pick up the tab.

Bingo.

16 posted on 04/16/2012 11:14:36 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: svcw
. .so I get that he wouldn’t like “stay at home moms”.

So in your view, it's a conservative position to "stay at home" with your kids and let the government give you a check every month?

17 posted on 04/16/2012 11:16:40 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: HenpeckedCon

Sounds perfect to me.

Romney against moms who stay at home? Thanks Romney for making this an easy decision for me.


18 posted on 04/16/2012 11:22:36 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: mockingbyrd

I am a 70 year old female widow living on $935 a month. I don’t own a home, it isn’t easy but i do it. I don’t buy anything i can’t afford, and I don’t expect my children to support me. I made sure that all of my children had good educations, so that they would not be in the same position that I am in. I don’t blame anyone but myself for where I am in life. Would I go back and change things if I had the chance,you bet. I have never depended on the government for anything and don’t intend to.


19 posted on 04/16/2012 11:38:54 AM PDT by onthegulf
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To: JCBreckenridge
And don't forget he's a Mormon, not a true Christian like Obama.
20 posted on 04/16/2012 11:48:04 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Yet ANOTHER “issue” that Mitt Romney cannot exploit without there being documented evidence of him recently favoring the position that he currently protests. It’s ironic that his lack of consistency is his one constant.

Oh well, add this to the mountainous pile of Romney hypocrisy. Since everyone loves Ann so much, maybe they should nominate - her. There may at least be a chance that she doesn’t share her husband’s repugnance toward truth and reliability.


21 posted on 04/16/2012 11:51:04 AM PDT by publius321
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To: treetopsandroofs

“He was talking about welfare moms. How low will the romney haters go.”

Mitt Romney’s brain child: “Wheels for Welfare”. Free car, free car insurance, free auto repair and even free AAA.

What a conservative. It worked until Scott Brown and his Democrat Governo had to scrap it because it was bankrupting the state.


22 posted on 04/16/2012 11:53:53 AM PDT by publius321
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To: Psalm 144
The really great thing about this severe moderate is that if you don’t like his position on anything, you only have to wait a few spins until he rotates to a position you can approve.

Thank you for my first big laugh of the day! Perfect description of Romney.

The issue here is The Nanny State. Romney would rather pay for the mother to use institutionalized daycare than to pay the mother to take care of her own kids. Conservatives would rather pay for neither.

23 posted on 04/16/2012 11:54:06 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Ezra Klein can kiss my ass. Look at the context...he was talking about
"85 percent of the people on a form of welfare assistance in my state had no work requirement."
24 posted on 04/16/2012 11:55:46 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Ezra Klein is a jerk. Come on now, Romney was talking about welfare moms demanding that taxpayers subsidize their lifestyle. Yes, they should go to work. My kids see their dad go to work every day, what do these kids see? They see their mom getting a government check every month. That is their role model. And we wonder why 30% of the federal budget goes to various aspects of social services. Thanks for being the voice of reason.


25 posted on 04/16/2012 12:04:29 PM PDT by BLOC77 (bloc07)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto; All

I don’t have a problem with saying welfare mothers with no husband or family means of support need to go to work. Also, let’s remember, there are a few legitimate cases such as young widows and women whose husbands have run off who are in this situation — not every mother on a welfare program is a deadbeat welfare queen. The program was originally designed to help people who most of us would agree are in need of help, and has turned into a horrible nightmare rewarding unmarried women for having more babies. Helping mothers in legitimate need is the proper role of the church and the extended family, and this is a perfect example of what happens when government starts doing things it should not be doing.

However, I have a major problem with what Romney said about homemakers needing to learn the “dignity of work.”

Sometimes you can do the right thing for the wrong reasons.

Here’s Romney’s quote again. I don’t have a problem with what he did; I have a problem with what he said were his reasons.

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“While I was governor,” Romney said, “85 percent of the people on a form of welfare assistance in my state had no work requirement. I wanted to increase the work requirement. I said, for instance, that even if you have a child two 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.’”


26 posted on 04/16/2012 12:06:44 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: MEGoody

Try and keep up, this is not about me but Romney.


27 posted on 04/16/2012 12:08:18 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: HenpeckedCon

You mean, Obama, I think the Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful thing ever? ;)

Hey, it’s sad when the Republican nominee can’t even argue that he’s the better christian, being a pro abortion, pro gay nominee.

But go ahead, support Romney. That’ll show the Republicans.


28 posted on 04/16/2012 12:10:15 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

Bfl


29 posted on 04/16/2012 12:44:48 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: jersey117; Jim Robinson
How low will the romney haters go.

Why do you like Mitt so much?
30 posted on 04/16/2012 1:10:29 PM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: jersey117

It doesn’t get any lower than his tacit support for abortion, endorsed and paid for via Romneycare.

Anything else is just “icing”.

Romney must go.


31 posted on 04/16/2012 1:14:36 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: mockingbyrd

Exactly. Stay-at-home mom in a self-supporting family is NOT the same as welfare mom.

Sounds like he is being quoted out of context.


32 posted on 04/16/2012 1:18:28 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Psalm 144

33 posted on 04/16/2012 1:24:46 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
Ezra Klein, the founder of JournOList, that group dedicated to making the news all sing the same pro-Obama song, de-stresses one little fact:

Romney was not talking about ALL mothers or parents, but those on welfare.

Ezra, you are an utter scum bag.

34 posted on 04/16/2012 1:24:46 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Brown Deer

I don’t Luke him but he’s going to be the nominee. Obama must go and mitt is the last man standing. Governor Perry was the most qualified and he was run out of town. Newt generated excitement in SC and I was hoping after perrys endorsement that he would do well in the south. It didn’t pan out. Am I supposed to root for someone who realistically doesn’t stand a chance? I admire the work you do on the BC and obama’s illegitimacy issue. Will just have to agree to disagree on this.


35 posted on 04/16/2012 2:40:59 PM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: NEMDF
Sounds like he is being quoted out of context.

Yes, exactly. Again, I'm no Romney fan ... but if the choice is allowing a mom to be a homemaker because the State is playing the role of breadwinning husband/father, or putting her into workfare where the State can see a reduction in how much welfare it pays her, then I'm all for putting her to work.

That's exactly what Romney was talking about here. There's no difference between this cheap attack and that whole line of cr*p from last week about how the Founders supported the "individual mandate".
36 posted on 04/16/2012 5:06:31 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto
if your spouse is paying for you to stay at home, you are a stay at home mom...

if the taxpayers are paying for it, you are an unemployed idle layabout...

37 posted on 04/16/2012 5:09:35 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

I am no Romney supporter and will not vote for him, but taking his words out of context is beneath conservatives.


38 posted on 04/16/2012 5:16:57 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: mockingbyrd

“Somebody’s got to pay for all these kids!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bavou_SEj1E


39 posted on 04/16/2012 5:18:49 PM PDT by a real Sheila ("Vado a bordo, cazzo!")
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To: svcw

You sound like the liberfal if yoou think living off taxpayers is better than working.


40 posted on 04/16/2012 5:31:14 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: JCBreckenridge; All

I see you’re new; welcome....

Sounded to me like he’s against professional welfare breeders rather than stay-at-home mothers whose husbands are Not the government. Since when do conservatives disagree with this?

Since when do we not believe in the “dignity of work” instead of being supported by those who do?

Since when did we take up the “newspeak” of liberals and the immediate assault of anyone whose words can be twisted to become assaultable ......... by liberals.

Something has gone pretty wrong here. I’m sure I’m not the only member wondering what.

And no, I do not support Romney and never have, so keep those accusations to yourselves.

I have been a real conservative for 48 years since I was old enough to vote. Are all conservatives equal, or are some more equal than others now?


41 posted on 04/16/2012 5:41:03 PM PDT by CatDancer (Still pulling for Newt. Arms getting tired. Mood getting worse.)
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To: CatDancer

“Since when do we not believe in the ‘dignity of work’ instead of being supported by those who do?”

Last I checked we don’t call people who have children, breeders, nor do we regard a stay at home mom as ‘lacking the dignity of work.’

Work, earning a honest living, certainly, but women are to be commended for staying at home and raising their children.


42 posted on 04/16/2012 5:47:42 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: lonestar

Try and keep up, this is about Romney not me.


43 posted on 04/16/2012 5:55:36 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

I know WHO it’s about; you obviously don’t know WHAT it’s about!


44 posted on 04/16/2012 6:10:16 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: JCBreckenridge
Work, earning a honest living, certainly, but women are to be commended for staying at home and raising their children.

Thank you!!!! I became a stay at home mom not by choice but by necessity. I gave birth to my son 12 weeks early. I planned on going back to work. That all changed when we left the hospital with so much equipment that we had to put up a special shelf over his bed to accommodate all of it. We we not allowed to leave until we learned infant CPR and how to inti-bate him in case he stopped breathing. As we shook the doctor's hand when saying good-bye, he said to me “just a reminder, if you are more than 15 seconds away from this monitor when it goes off your baby may die”. Going back to work was not even an option after hearing that. Sure, it was rough, but it was worth every second. My little preemie is now 14 yrs old 6 ft 2 in and 225 lbs. My husband and I never even considered any kind of public assistance (he made $26,000 per year at the time).

45 posted on 04/16/2012 6:43:46 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: jersey117
He was talking about welfare moms. How low will the romney haters go.

Low enough to suck spew from MSNBC.

46 posted on 04/16/2012 7:36:58 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: lonestar

Sweetie apparently not. If you want to start a thread about me go ahead, this is about Romney the liberal.


47 posted on 04/16/2012 8:20:17 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw
It's about what Romney said about working mothers...welfare mothers. You seem to have commented without reading what Romney had said.

Sheeple!

48 posted on 04/16/2012 8:25:31 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar

Again your post is about me not Romney, seriously take a break, I know I am special but good grief.


49 posted on 04/17/2012 5:26:46 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: JCBreckenridge

The huge disconnect here is that

stay at home moms, REAL stay at home moms, are supported by a working HUSBAND.

Those who need to experience the “dignity of work” are supported by the government.

It’s pretty demonstrative of the left that they conflate the two. One is virtuous, the other is not. And they conflate them under Romney’s quote in order to discredit him.


50 posted on 04/17/2012 5:37:53 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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