Political ramblings straight from the heartland
I found this open letter, and regardless what Rosen said, Ann Romney should realize she has it easy:Dear Mrs. Romney,Perhaps you can advise me. Since you have raised 5 boys, I'm sure you'll understand. One of the kids is sick again and I have no sick days left at work. In fact, my boss gave me a bad performance review and no raise this year because he said I obviously don't care that much about my job since I've missed so many days and if I miss anymore he may have to replace me. Whenever my child gets sick, my boss reminds me how easily I can be replaced.We don't have health insurance at my job, so, if my boy gets worse, I'll probably be at the ER most of the night tonight. Not for the first time, but that's ok, he'll get care. It's tomorrow I'm worried about.As you know, regular day care will not take a sick child, so if I want to work when my child is sick, I have to pay for sick child day care, which costs as much as I make, and, as I'm sure you know from personal experience, I still have to pay my regular day care, whether my child is there or out sick, so I actually lose money in order to work while he's sick. It's that or take a chance on losing my job entirely.Should I take my child to the day care for sick kids and lose money and not have enough for my bills this month, so I can keep my job, or should I stay home with my sick child and hope that I don't get fired?What did you do when this happened to you?Sincerely, Just Another Mom
Hmmm...Ruth A. Lopez, just another mom? I've searched for said Ruth A. Lopez, just another mom, and have only found her letter quoted on liberal websites and her reportedly personal Facebook page has no information in-ref-to her actually being a real person. Sounds to me like another Pulitzer Prize winning "woe is me, America owes me" story from Janet Cooke. This time instead of it being some fictitious 8 year old, it's some (fictitious?) woman, probably in her middle to late 40's (according to the FB photo) with the requisite 1.86 children.This smells like another *bama administration play. This FB account was created in 2009 and I'm sure it lay dormant until September of 2011 when they realized they would need some back story for this "Ruth A. Lopez" to activate her into the fray of this political season. But, like everything else this administration has done, they have done it half-assed and it shows.In 5 minutes, I have been able to identify this "Ruth A. Lopez" as a possible ficticious character. Seeing her letter was conviently placed in the comments section of thinkprogress.org (http://thinkprogress.org/special/2012/04/15/464640/romney-welface-moms/?mobile=nc) and subsequently regurgatated by a dzaffina on cbsnews.com (http://www.cbsnews.com/8618-503544_162-57414802.html?assetTypeId=41&messageId=12240540&blogId=503544) comment section, these "news" organizations won't vet the factuality of the letter. But then again, if it's been tweeted or blogged ad naseum, it's a legal precedence.Granted, her posts could be hidden from public, but why would you be vocal in a small slice of the leftist world's public forum and not the most popular public forum in the world?
Oh...I almost forgot, Ruth A. Lopez is also a TOP COMMENTER (and with a Star) on thinkprogress.org. I've smelled fish before and this is definitely rotten tuna.
Ok...now let's take a look at "Ann Romney should realize she has it easy."According to Wikipedia (today's go to source for the gospel truth :-/), Ann raised her boys from 1970-1981. I don't know how old the above Mr. Patrick actually is, but in my recollection of history (before the NEA helped to rewrite it), the 1970's were the beginnings of the American population coming into it's liberal mindset (Roe v Wade, Reporting of Watergate, etc) and where was Ann Romney in all of this? She was taking the leisurely way out of raising her kids by spending all of her time "swinging" at drug-laced parties with Mitt and all of his buddies? No, she took the hard road and raised her children in a "moral" environment.In 1981, her last was born and now it's on to the 80's. We now move from Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll of the 70's to the Hair Bands, Drugs and Sex of the 80's. A different set of norms, yet still the same. Soon She will be dealing with teens and toddlers. A fun combination of parenting skills required! How hard can it be to raise children in a loving, kind, respectful environment outside of the world's harsh Me, Me, Me reality? I'd say pretty hard.So raising 5 kids is tough in of itself, whether you're a stay at home mom or your kids are latch-key. If Patrick is saying Ann had it easy because of "Money," then say so...don't parrot what you hear, speak what you believe. Does money make it easier? I guess it would make the row easier to hoe, but that does not negate the strength needed to raise 5 children in a world that would devour them without a moral compass, which no amount of money can buy.
Soooo....after all her life of having it easy, Ann was blessed with MS. Wow. That sucks.
I assumed the letter was fake when I posted the comment (as in, was not from a real person), though the situation it presents is a reality for millions of Americans. And yes, money makes it easier to raise children. Having money makes it easier to afford good food, better shelter, good healthcare or even healthcare at all. I don't blame Ann Romney for being rich. That is how life turned out for her, and I can't really say anything about it. But I sympathize more with people who work hard all their lives but still get the short end of the stick.Yep, life is unfair to some people, despite their best work, intentions, and situation. That's the way it is. However, I can still feel for them and try to work to make their situation better.Also, I have no idea where the tangent went (or came from) on norms and morals in the 1970-1980's. You can raise your children with whatever morals you want; hopefully good ones. My parents raised me with great morals.It is terrible and unfortunate that Ann Romney has MS. I feel for her and her family. However, she can afford the best care and doctors, so hopefully she will live a long and comfortable life. It really doesn't have anything to do with this post, in my opinion.
You are exactly right, Ann's MS has nothing to do with this post as does your positing that "Ann Romney should realize she has it easy:" Of course she has it easy. Who wouldn't? Everybody with MS knows that MS is probably one of the "least painful" diseases of choice for those who are rich, can afford the best health care Massachusetts can buy and never worked a day in their lives. :-/ Of course she doesn't have it easy.Ruth A. Lopez, just another mom, is having trouble juggling her life, who doesn't. Where is the story in that other than it portraying Ann Romney as a privileged matriarch who "never worked a day in her life?" Why was the "open letter" not written to michelle obama? She's a strong, I am woman hear me roar, type of a role model for the disenfranchised like Ruth A. Lopez, just another mom.Anyway, most states have social programs like medicaid to help pay for medical expenses and Child Care Assistance Programs to helps low-income families pay for child care. Has she looked into any of these? Did they reject her because she makes too much money? If so, then she needs a budget or a more flexible job. Or is she too PROUD to be "associated" with such programs for fear she would be labeled a "low-income family" or worse yet - on government assistance. The horror!She's a political hack, you know it as you've hinted at and I know it.This is not a story. I'm just wondering why I'm even having to take time out of my day to even address this. If there are any more questions, please feel free to tune in to your local AM station between noon and 3pm EST and listen to the GOP's mouthpiece discuss the non-story of this letter.I'd rather be discussing how China is flooding our nation with fake silver rounds and what we can do to stop it.
Well, of course Rosen would bad mouth Ann Romney. She is a Democratic party strategist, I imagine it's part of her job description. I also stated I don't care who Ruth A. Lopez is, and I imagine her outrage is fake or enhanced. I agreed with you. Lopez being fake (or a blowhard) really doesn't matter to me. I may have been off-topic, but it's a bit late now to get back on.It still doesn't make my outrage that many families are extremely stressed and hurt by their situation. Not all of them can use to opportunities you claim they can get. This blog also constantly decries the unemployment in the USA, yet you claim they should get a new job as if it is easy. Well, for thousands of parents, they cannot do much (or anything more) to improve their situation. Their life is much harder than the Romneys'. Thousands to millions of people in the US have to make the choice to either stay at home to take care of their families or spend all their time away working to afford to take care of them. One instance of bad luck such as an illness in the family or other type of disaster could ruin them forever. I posit that this should not have to be a reality in America.Eh, it doesn't matter. We see different sides of the issue, agree on some things, but I doubt either of us will be able to convince the other. We both see evidence for our arguments and interpret the same facts differently. It's humanity I guess. Life can be unfair. I just want to make it more fair, and I can do is vote or donate my time and anything I can afford. I try to make the world a better place as I see it, as much as I can. I imagine you try to do the same.I looked up a bit on your silver rounds comment. Interesting. I bet the only way to stop it is trying to stop smugglers or try to eliminate their existence if you discover them. I doubt any demands to China for them to crack down on them will work. I mean, it doesn't seem that intellectual property in China carries any weight. Foreign copyright theft is a major problem with no clear solution that we can enact as citizens here. Maybe contact your representative?
Where there is a will there is always a way. I think it's pretty disturbing that you don't have the know-how to go out and find a job even in this economy. It's sad to me that there are people that wake up and tell themselves that finding a job is impossible because unemployment is so high. I have never allowed statistics or interpretation to keep me from working when I've needed to. But then again I don't see myself as a perpetual victim which is something most liberals tend to see themselves as. They allow their circumstances good or bad to define them. What a sad way to live. Contrary to what you believe I am never ruined by my circumstances. God always provides a safe place to land no matter how bad things get.
Thanks for the comment