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  •  Kaili, she said that she had "never worked a day" (0+ / 0-)

    The term "work" is ambiguous.  It can mean to exert effort to get something done or it can mean only doing so in exchange for direct financial compensation.

    Similarly, "having a job" can mean "having a task to perform (including raising kids)" or "having a task to perform in exchange for direct financial compensation."

    (A few people now "work" for Markos and Daily Kos as employees; more people on the DKos staff work very hard as volunteers.  It's still work, right?)

    Republicans are trying to get people to think that when Rosen (and now you) speak about Ann Romney not having engaged in the latter one of each pair, they are also saying that she has not engaged in the former, which is both an insult and terrible politics.

    You know that you can make the point in other ways: "while she has worked raising children and creating a home and as a volunteer, she has never depended on finding and keeping a paying job for her survival, so "  That's the point we need to be hammering home today.

    Saying that "Ann Romney's never had a job" -- even if the Republicans are complete weasels about it -- is just playing into the Republican meme that Democrats devalue unpaid motherhood.  You don't believe that, I'm sure, so it's important to keep the distinction clear.  Otherwise, the demagogues win.

    Democrats must
    Earn the trust
    Of the 99% --
    That's our intent!

    "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

    by Seneca Doane on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 01:16:38 PM PDT

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