There is a big difference between a woman who wears tailored suits, gets expensive highlights in her hair and who shills for the Democratic party saying that stay-at-home mothers don’t work, and a presidential candidate making the legitimate observation that work provides more ‘dignity’ than welfare.
You can spin it however you want, but what Mitt Romney said was right: No mother should depend on other people to raise her children, villages and Hillary Clinton notwithstanding. Welfare should be a stop-gap measure, but has instead become a way of life for some people. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted years ago with respect to black families in particular, “"The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States".
He was, of course, vilified for what was considered a racist proposition, but what was really a politically incorrect/empirically correct statement based on years of statistics gathered by the Department of Labor. Welfare did, and still does, destroy a certain work ethic fundamental to healthy societies. And to the extent Senator Moynihan limited those comments to black families, he was wrong.
There are, statistically speaking, more white women on welfare than African Americans. The reason so many mothers of any race are on welfare is because they had babies without bothering to vet the men they decided to have those babies with. I'm not talking about widows like my mother who were forced to raise kids on their own, or even women who were abandoned by the husbands they'd trusted to provide for them. I'm referring to the ladies who spread their legs for whatever sperm donor appeared most appetizing, and then expected society to take care of the resulting joyful event.
A little quality control would have gone a long way to developing a family that doesn’t need to ask Uncle Sam for a handout.
If this makes me a callous conservative, so be it. But to try and draw an analogy between Hillary Rosen’s revealing comment about the value of stay-at-home mothers and the very real threat posed to the dignity and cohesiveness of the family by people who are committed to a culture of handouts and entitlements is more than callous.
It’s a political stunt. More importantly, it’s societal suicide.