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ROMNEY: Is poverty a lifestyle choice?

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on April 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | 63 Comments »
April 17, 2012 2:30 pm

It is commendable that, instead of getting a job picking tomatoes for Campbell Soup, Anne Romney made a “lifestyle choice” to stay home with five children. But poor women who make that choice are called welfare queens.

Few American women have such choice. They must work a job and raise a family, because it takes both parents’ incomes just to break even, given the wages corporate American pays.

Under the Romney-approved budget of Paul Ryan, women will have even more children to raise while working, since their current reproductive options will be limited. And this budget will force working parents to home-school their children somehow, because only 2 percent of our population can afford private schools, yet Republicans plan to cut public schools and the Department of Education.

These moms and dads will do it all on extremely low-wage incomes, without college degrees, because Republicans will cut community college grants for low-income students. But college is essential for decent-paying American jobs today.

Thus, under the Romney-Ryan budget, our nation will be governed by a tiny elite of the educated rich, served by masses of uneducated serfs, with women suffering the brunt of the oppression. Is this our new American dream?

It is disingenuous to say that Anne Romney made a “lifestyle choice” to stay at home with her five boys and two Cadillacs. Being born into wealth and privilege is not a choice. Or did the Romneys choose poverty, then pull themselves up by their own bootstraps?

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