Hilary Beth Rosen, an American lobbyist and Democratic pundit, on April 11, 2012, speaking on CNN regarding the difficulties women face in a slow economy, drew criticism after she stated that Ann Romney, wife of Republican Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, and stay-at-home mom, has "never worked a day in her life." Rosen apologized for the statement the following day.
The comment was poorly worded and of course, in an election year, it will be spun ad nauseam by both sides.
But let's consider what Rosen should have said in order to better articulate what she meant.
How about ...
"Ann Romney, a stay-at-home-mom, like other stay-at-home-moms, understands that this is work ... sometimes 24-7 work at that! But Mrs. Romney is not the most well-versed, nor necessarily qualified to speak (on behalf of her husband) on the enormous compounded responsibilities and pressures of the so-called "WORKING MOM," the mother who holds down both the job of parent and employee in the "work place."
And now my speculative spin on the possible realities of moms living the Romney (et others) mega-wealthy lifestyle ... and the rest of the moms ... say, the moms in the households of us 99% types.
My guess is that the 1% moms are more likely to raise their children with the assistance of ... let's call them "full-time nannies," than not. And while I can't be sure that this obtained in the Romney home ... I HEREBY WAGER $10.00 (not the Romney $10,000 - but $10.00) that will go to the American Cancer Society ... that within two weeks from the posting date of this article, a story will break in the media that the Romney children were cared for by nannies (with the possible information regarding their compensation packages).
That's the bet and the first taker is on!
Here's a possible irony should I win my wager.
Republicans love to attack virtually all utilitarian aspects of government (i.e. Social Security, Medicare, "Obamacare," etc.), as the manifestation of a NANNY STATE.
By definition, "Nanny state" is originally a term of British origin, representing a position that a "government or its policies are overprotective or interfering unduly with personal choice."
So ... should we learn that Ann Romney's experience with "workplace women" comes primarily from those her husband hired and FIRED (via Bane Capital) ... wouldn't that be a kick in the (political) ass?