During her campaign debut last week, and in response to Hilary Rosen’s comments that Ann Romney doesn’t understand the economic issues that working mothers face, Ann Romney said she “knows what it’s like to struggle,” (a statement which I refute here) and talked about choice:
“And I think that all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. Other women make other choices, to have a career and raise a family, which I think Hillary Rosen has actually done herself.”
She also said that “Mitt respects women who make different choices.”
No he doesn’t — at least he doesn’t respect the rights of low-income women to make their own economic choices.
To wit, this clip of a speech Romney gave in New Hampshire, in which Romney says that he would require women who receive welfare to work — even if they have young children — because he wants them to experience the dignity of work:
This should put to bed any GOP argument that their boy champions the rights of women to make their own economic choices. He doesn’t. He couldn’t possibly. He cares about privileged working mothers. Struggling working mothers, on the other hand, are welfare queens who should get to work.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Mitt Romney.[You can listen to me talk about Ann Romney and a bunch of other stuff on The Hal Sparks Radio Show yesterday (he let me ramble for a good half hour!) by clicking here.]