The winner of the most-absurd-kerfuffle-so-far award surely goes to the dust-up between previously-almost-completely-unknown Democratic “strategist” Hilary Rosen, who has no affiliation with the Obama campaign or the Democratic party, and the Romney campaign. In case you missed it, Rosen used some unfortunate language on CNN regarding the fact that Ann Romney has had the luxury of deciding to stay home and raise her kids because her husband was making enough money so that that was an economically viable option. Rosen said that Mrs. Romney “never worked a day in her life” – a comment upon which the Romney campaign immediately seized in a fit of fauxtrage as evidence of the Democratic “war on mothers.” How outrageous, they cried, for someone to suggest that raising children isn’t “work”!
And yet, check out this guy saying exactly that, and going further by suggesting that women who stay at home lack “dignity” – apparently, “dignity” for women only comes with making money.
UPDATE: ThinkProgress has an excellent update on this situation. Here’s Mitt Romney, in his own words:
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.
Put aside the question of what the right policy for welfare is. The question here is whether Mitt Romney’s current line – that raising children constitutes “work” that’s just as valuable as any other – is consistent with what he’s said in the past. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that it’s not; in fact, it’s diametrically opposed. This is yet another Etch-A-Sketch moment for Mitt Romney.