April 15th, 2012

Godzilla, default

The bizarre fixation of military terminology in a political sense:

OK, I'm-a just note here: the whole concept of military terminology in politics has bugged me the more it is that I think about it.
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I'm not sure of the extent to which this exists in other countries, but at least in this one it's because in my own opinion (and I say this regardless of who uses the rhetoric, it's weird coming from the mouths of both Dems and GOP people) the USA's political culture promotes adult children who don't have the intellectual ability or the courage to make a real decision, and they cloak this in harsh rhetoric to cover up a substantive emptiness. Your thoughts?

Mitt Romney's "Respect" for the Work of being a Mother



Mitt Romney, in January to a New Hampshire audience: I wanted to increase the work requirement. 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.


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How odd. I thought that stay-at-home moms were working, and that staying at home to take care of your kid was a choice women needed to have available to them.

Ah, but not all women. This is the hypocrisy that Rosen was pointing out. Apparently, in Romney's mind, a rich stay-at-home Mom with nannies and other servants to help out is doing the most important work in the world. A poor, stay-at-home mom with a toddler? Not so much. Get out of the house, you lazy deadbeat! Taking care of a two-year-old isn't work!