I guess I’m not that concerned with the federal government interfering with my health care WHEN IT ALREADY FUCKING DOES.
Jesus Christ, sometimes the level of cognitive dissonance that republicans have is literally unbelievable. Do they not listen to the words they say?
Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, on Sunday said that social issues important to women, like contraception coverage and abortion rights, were “shiny objects” that were being used to distract voters. […]
“Mitt Romney is pro-life,” the senior adviser admitted to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “He’ll govern as a pro-life president, but you’re going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people’s attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election.”
Look. I’ve said this before. There have been plenty of moments in the last 3.5 years where I thought Obama could have done better - much better, in fact - on reproductive rights and reproductive justice.
But the things I have problems with when it comes to Obama are NOT going to be fixed by electing Romney. No way.
[NB: “Women’s issues” affect more people than just cis women.]
I disagree about this not being a social issue election because the social issues facing this country directly affect the economy.
We need more funding for education because a more educated population will help increase employment. Not to mention that if you increase education funding, more teachers can be hired.
People who say social issues don’t matter when it comes to the presidential election have the luxury of saying that because social issues don’t affect them.
For example, cis men who say that this “war on women*” thing is just a way for Obama to get votes have the luxury of saying that because THEIR major form of birth control isn’t the one Romney has explicitly supported making illegal.
Fuck Off Romney.
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People often seem to wonder if the concept of privilege is misused and what it /really/ means. Well, this instance of cis privilege and male privilege is the idea that issues that are tied to the ongoing health, and survival in many cases, of people that are not cis males are ‘shiny objects’, unimportant and not worth focusing on. Privilege is the idea that a presidential candidate is saying this. That he can step on the throat of an entire group of people and then tell them to stop complaining and focus on important things. And then say they keep planning to step on their throat.
Mitt Romney, 1994 Massachusetts Senatorial Debate
It’s very sad that Mitt has this opportunity to share this information with people who will actually listen to him, and he’s choosing not to because of political pressure.
In not-shocking news, Mitt Romney is a hypocritical dick:
Mitt Romney views stay-at-home moms who are supported by federal assistance much differently than those backed by hundreds of millions in private equity income. Poor women, he said, shouldn’t be given a choice, but instead should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. “[E]ven if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work,” Romney said of moms on TANF.
Recalling his effort as governor to increase the amount of time women on welfare in Massachusetts were required to work, Romney noted that some had considered his proposal “heartless,” but he argued that the women would be better off having “the dignity of work” — a suggestion Ann Romney would likely take issue with.
“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney. “I said, for instance, that 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 daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’”
Kind of makes his outrage over Hillary Rosen seem even more ridiculous. Instead of focusing on Rosen, I suggest we look at the party whose policies consistently hurt families (except wealthy ones), and the party whose members overwhelmingly opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
Hint: They’re running Mitt Romney…
Turns out, according to Mitt, that motherhood is neither dignified, nor is it work. Wonder what his wife, the stay-at-home mother of five, thinks of that?
…it’s not just TANF that doesn’t recognize parenting as “work.” Social Security doesn’t count parenting as “work.” The tax code doesn’t count parenting as “work.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t count parenting as “work.”
Those statutory distinctions don’t matter to wealthier parents like Ann Romney. She’s not looking for government benefits. Politicians can pander to her by merely recognizing the labor she puts in. But to poorer mothers, those benefits mean quite a lot. Politicians, however, don’t pander to poorer mothers. They put them to work.
65% of married, stay-at-home moms live in households that earn less than $75,000 a year. If they were working, they would have to find daycare, which is far from cheap. Parenting and running a household is work - child care, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, chauffeuring, maintenance and repairs, nursing, teaching, and more. But, in our society, we see motherhood and caretaking careers as something people should do out of the goodness of their hearts.
Problem is, good will doesn’t put food on the table or keep the lights on. It doesn’t pay the student loans or the medical bills. No matter how much someone loves their children or the people they care for, they still deserve to be compensated for their time and work. Stay-at-home parents in low-income households deserve help, because their children deserve food, shelter, education, and a safe place to come home to. That’s something the Romneys will never understand.
Isn’t this always the story?
Can I hang out with the people who run Barack Obama’s Tumblr?
Republican presidential candidate MITT ROMNEY, continuing the GOP’s war on women. And common sense and decency.
STOP BEING FROM MY STATE
STOP SAYING WORDS
Women and all other people capable of being pregnant. But are they still calling it obamacare? Is it because callling it ‘accessible healthcare for everyone’ ring quite as well for something they’re trying to get rid of?