Monday, April 16, 2012
Romney would subsidize child care so that poor women go back to work (January)
The Huffington Post has unearthed some of Mitt Romney’s comments back in January about mothers and work, in a story with this link. He said that poor women who stay at home with children should be given assistance in child care, including with day care placement, so they can go back to work, even if the children are as young as 2. Such women should learn the “dignity of work” he said.
I think Bill Clinton said something like that back in the 1990s. But, then again, Bill Clinton became a "Republicrat". He had to.
Of course, we all are familiar with the “culture war” over issues like whether raising kids is work (it is), and whether men really want their wives to stay home (if I were straight, I wouldn’t). The lost buzzword is “patriarchal family”. Another one is “family wage”.
Remember back around 1957, a women’s magazine said, “who would you rather have a college degree, you or your husband”. That was just before Betty Friedan.
Picture: Yes, that is a real poster in the Washington DC Metro system, sponsored by Richmond, VA.