“The thing about not having much money is you have to take much more responsibility for your life. You can’t pay people to watch your kids or clean your house or fix your meals. You can’t necessarily afford a car or a washing machine or a home in a good school district. That’s what money buys you: goods and services that make your life easier. That’s what money has bought Romney, too. He’s a guy who sold his dad’s stock to pay for college, who built an elevator to ensure easier access to his multiple cars and who was able to support his wife’s decision to be a stay-at-home mom. That’s great! That’s the dream. The problem is that he doesn’t seem to realize how difficult it is to focus on college when you’re also working full time, how much planning it takes to reliably commute to work without a car, or the agonizing choices faced by families in which both parents work and a child falls ill. The working poor haven’t abdicated responsibility for their lives. They’re drowning in it.” — Ezra Klein (via azspot)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Mitt and Ann Romney wouldn’t last two weeks living ordinary people’s lives. Not when Ann describes the toughest time they’ve had is when they had to sell some stock to allow her to be a stay-at-home mom (serving tuna!!) while Mitt attended Harvard.
What they don’t know, apparently, is that that sounds like a pretty sweet deal to most of us.