Let’s get one thing straight. Ann Romney knows ZERO about the economic struggles of American women. Raising five boys is hard work, no kidding. Raising ONE child, boy OR girl, is hard work. But if Ann Romney had raised 14 children, all of them hell-raisers and trouble-makers, she would know ZERO about the economic struggles of American women. Nor would she know what kind of hard work it is to raise even one child, much less five, when you’re a single mom working in a bar at nights to feed your kids. Or if your husband has been unemployed for a year or more and there’s no work to be found. Or if you and your husband are both trying to make ends meet and still can’t do it when you’re both working two or three or more jobs. Hey, Ann Romney: Try raising five children on $40,000 a year. Now try raising five children when one of them has a serious chronic medical condition, like Rick and Karen Santorum’s daughter, but without any of Rick and Karen Santorum’s resources. Or your husband’s. Or yours. Try raising two or three or four or five children with no health insurance. Or when you can’t afford to pay for the birth control that you, Ann Romney, use without giving the expense a second thought, while your husband courts the votes of the right-wing Republican base by supporting the “right” of any employer to refuse to cover contraception in their insurance policies, even if they’re not paying for it. Imagine if you can (and I know, of course, that you can’t) raising children when you’re living below or just above the poverty line and your husband is traveling the campaign trail with a U.S. member of Congress who’s become the darling of your party by writing a budget that gives massive tax cuts to the wealthy and pays for them by ending Medicaid, ending food stamps, ending Aid to Families With Dependent Children (i.e., welfare).
No one is going to deny that raising five boys is hard work. But it’s less hard when you’ve got all the help that money can buy to keep your home clean (or your three or four homes), cook the meals, and do the grocery shopping, laundry, lawn mowing and yard work, etc., etc., etc. It’s less hard when you don’t have to be constantly dealing with the heat and hot water breaking down, or dealing with infestations of rats and roaches, or losing everything you own in a tornado or a hurricane.
Raising five boys is hard work, no shit, Sherlock. But the only thing it makes you an expert on is raising five boys when you’re married to a fabulously wealthy man, are wealthy yourself, and know you will never, EVER, have to know or understand what most American women — and men — struggle with every day of their lives. It does not confer on you any understanding or knowledge of, much less expertise on, the economic struggles of American women. It doesn’t give you a clue, which means that you remain clueless, just like your stiff, cold, callous, animal-abusing husband.
And Hilary Rosen? Damn straight — stay strong and resolute, and know a lot of American women have your backs and admire you for not apologizing to Ann Romney, even if Pres. Obama’s crew decided to throw you under the bus.
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