This weekend marks 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic. It struck an iceberg at 11:40 in the evening on April 14, 1912, then it sank shortly after 2 a.m. on April 15.
Speaking of sinking ships, Democrats are running for lifeboats this week after Democrat strategist Hilary Rosen blurted out that Ann Romney, the wife of GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, had "never worked a day in her life." Now, to their credit, top Obama officials such as Jim Messina the Obama campaign manager and strategist David Axelrod immediately condemned the remark, as did the first lady Michelle Obama. There has been some Olympic-level backstroke swimming happening all week from Democrats trying to put as much real estate between themselves and Hilary Rosen as possible. She did issue an apology of sorts.
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HILARY ROSEN, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: ...working moms, stay-at-home moms, they're both extremely hard jobs. I know I've shared them both and I'm sorry if that offended you.
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The apology was a bit tepid and it revealed a cluelessness on the part of Hilary Rosen. Now, when a person begins an apology with "if" just mark it down, it's not a real apology. Now it doesn't matter, if that comes from a Democrat or Republican, when ones says "I apologize if I offended someone," it's like saying, "I don't think I offended anybody, but if I did offend some hyper-sensitive person, I guess I'm kind of sorry they couldn't take it and had to be consoled with my phony apology."
No, Ms. Rosen, you did offend people, and not just Ann Romney, but every person in this country who has stayed at home to raise children whether for a few years or a lifetime, because you denigrated the value of what that mother was doing.
Let me help you out, Ms. Rosen. By staying at home and raising her 5 boys, who are incredibly gracious, courteous, and polite gentlemen, she instilled in them values that made them all tax payers and none of them tax takers today. She took them to school and made their breakfast and lunches, and the rest of us didn't have to pay for their transportation and meals. She nursed their wounds and got them to the doctor so we didn't have to pay for their doctor visits. She volunteered to help with their in-school and their after school activities so we didn't have to pay professionals to provide tax payer subsidized after school care for them. She made sure they got their homework, studied and made good grades, and we taxpayers didn't have to pay for remedial education for them. Because she was available for them after school, we didn't have to provide juvenile detention for their mischief, nor did we have to provide alcohol or drug rehab for them. Because she made sure they ate good nutritious meals, we don't have to cover their increased health care costs from diseases related to lifestyles of overeating and under-exercising. She worked. And she worked hard.
And I'm glad we have after school programs, believe me, I am. I'm all for school breakfast and lunch programs for kids who don't get it at home, I'm ok with remedial programs to help struggling kids, and absolutely for children's health initiatives to make sure that kids do get treatment for their needs. I'm not some conservative who thinks it's bad to have those things. I think it's just unfortunate that we need those things, and we do. But we shouldn't be critical of those who work really hard and stay at home for their kids when they can because they are saving us a whole lot more money than Hilary Rosen will ever pay in taxes.