Democrats 'WORK Act' gives poorer moms the choice of Ann Romney
[LEFT] Congressional Democrats are responding to the recent controversy involving Ann Romney by introducing a bill which would let poorer stay-at-home moms earn federal benefits. The bill is called the Women’s Option to Raise Kids, or “WORK Act.” Under current law, a “work activity” outside of the home must be performed by recipients of federal benefits, including mothers. The WORK Act would allow mothers with children ages 3 and under to stay at home and continue to receive benefits.
Last week the Romney campaign expressed outrage after Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen said that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life.” Ann Romney has five children, and responded by saying that he stay-at-home duties did constitute “work.” Mitt Romney later said that “All moms are working moms.”
The WORK Act is clear attempt by Democrats to push legislation they favor using Romney’s recent comments. If being a mom at home really constitutes work, they argue, then Romney should support legislation that allows mothers to receive benefits while staying at home.
In the past Romney publicly said that he supported parents receiving welfare while they have children under preschool age, but has changed that position in 2012, saying even parents of young children need to “go to work,”
"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 day care, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.”
I'd have to say I'd favor this or some version thereof.
I work at a shelter for homeless families. A large minority of the women there try to hold down jobs (or already do when the lose their homes) and the *dis*incentives for working are huge:
1.) get up before 6AM to catch early buses in order to drop kid(s) off with baby sitter (usually a relative).
2.) take more buses to low-paying no-benefits job.
3.) be forced to take time off work to meet with Dept. of Social Services and case workers at shelter.
4.) insult to injury; not that they have income they are required to pay part of their paycheck back to the shelter for the privilege of staying there (I don't know how much DSS pays for clients staying at the shelter but I'm sure it's at large multiple of what a decent apartment costs).
The ones who are trying are being gobsmacked, working for low wages, 10+ hour days (counting commutes by bus) and loss of Medicaid and reduction or loss of Food Stamps.
The ones who are not are at least getting parenting, nutrition classes & the like.
(In all cases here I'm talking about mothers with pre-K children)
I can hear the howls; they are poor because of their own irresponsibility, blah-blah. Well, yeah. Lots of them got pregnant young, but let's keep in mind, they're the ones who chose not to abort. Many others fall in other categories -- moved from other areas looking for better opportunities, abandoned by husbands/partners, Code Enforcement condemned their apartment.