“Ann Romney Never Worked a Day in Her Life” Letter to the New York Times
To the Editor
What Maureen Dowd did not point out in “Phony Mommy Wars” was that Hilery Rosen’s claim that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life” was an indictment of the lack of concern manifested by Romney and his superrich cohorts for the plight of those on a lower economic plane.
I would be the first to deny that being a wife and mother with five boys would call for mammoth stamina if she were wedded to a man who brings home say $40,000. However Ann is has zillionaire Mitt, so I don’t believe she ever went a day without maids, baby nurses governesses, tutors, chauffeurs, cooks, etc. Therefore Rosen was absolutely right when she claimed that the governor’s wife had always lived on easy street. I would wager that Ann never experienced the misery of doing menial work for a desperately needed paycheck or of lacking time to forge a self fulfilling career. She never had to worry abut the lack of decent daycare when she was forced into the job market to experience as Mitt says “the dignity of work.”
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