Mitt Romney: Mothers Should Be Required To Work Or Lose Assistance

H. Scott English

Washington, D.C. - Mitt Romney is going to make sure that stay at home moms don't get any help from the government if he becomes President. Romney is going to push for a federal law which requires stay at home mothers to prove they have satisfied outside of the house work requirements in order to be eligible for federal assistance.

Romney makes the remark on the heels of a comment by a Democratic strategist who complained that Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.

Ann Romney was quick to answer saying in a Tweet,

"I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,"

Speaking of poor women who try to stay home and care for their children Romney said,

"[poor women] shouldn't be given a choice, but instead should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. Even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work,"
"I wanted to increase the work requirement. 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 daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.'"

This is not the first time Romney made these type of comments about the poor. During his failed senate campaign he said,

"This is a different world than it was in the 1960s when I was growing up, when you used to have Mom at home and Dad at work. Now Mom and Dad both have to work whether they want to or not, and usually one of them has two jobs."