11 Ways Mitt Romney Shows His Rich-Guy, Ayn Randian Cluelessness
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"It's not those at the low end and it's certainly not for those at the very high end. It's for the great middle class, the 80 to 90 percent of us in this country."
8. Poor moms need to be schooled in the "dignity of work." Remember in April when pundit Hilary Rosen said that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life," and the uproar that ensued? Mrs. Romney, after all, devoted her full-time attention to raising her five sons, and that was a whole lotta work! I'm not saying it isn't; I'm sure it was. It's just that most women don't have the luxury of choosing to stay home to raise their children, even if they'd like to -- and especially if they needed public assistance in Mitt Romney's Massachusetts. As Kalli Joy Gray of the Daily Kos tells it:
Cue Mitt Romney in January of this year:
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 day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It'll cost the state more providing that day care, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work."
Mitt's statement perfectly articulates what the Republican Party has always believed. Being a mother isn't work; it is only through employment outside the home that a mother achieves "dignity." And women who don't have the convenience of their husbands' stock portfolio don't deserve to have a choice to stay home with their children. They "need to go to work." Rich women who stay home work hard. Poor women who do are lazy. And undignified.
We have the patron saint of the Republican Party, Ronald Reagan, to thank for the debunked stereotype of the lazy welfare queen cruising around in a Cadillac. Such women are to be mocked, disrespected, blamed and shamed. Go to work. Get some dignity. One Cadillac makes you a welfare queen; two makes you Ann Romney.
9. Don't know much about sports, but some of my best friends own big-deal teams. At a visit to the Daytona Speedway ahead of a big NASCAR race, Romney was asked about how devotedly he follows the favorite sport of the GOP base. As reported by the Associated Press, Romney replied:
"Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans,'' he said. "But I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.''
Romney said he has visited team owner Richard Childress' facilities and came away impressed by the technology.
The remark, of course, brought plenty of snark Romney's way. But that didn't stop him from committing the same sin just a week later, in a radio interview about football. From The Note:
"I've got a lot of good friends — the owner of the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets — both owners are friends of mine," Romney said in an interview with an Alabama radio host Paul Finebaum on Monday.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson are publicly supporting Romney and have been raising money for the former Massachusetts governor.
10. The $1,000 T-shirt. Someone must have told Ann Romney that out among the 99 percent, hard-working, stay-at-home moms wear graphic T-shirts. So when she showed up to the CBS This Morning set earlier this month with her hubby in tow, she chose as her costume a rather distinctive shirt adorned with a large print of fish. It not only made for bad TV (where solid colors are pretty much the rule), but the shirt was a bit too distinctive. A sharp-eyed fashion blogger at Stylite.com recognized the top as the work of designer Reed Krakoff -- and reported the retail price of the shirt at $990. (Well, it is silk, after all.)