Poor Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle just can’t catch a break. First she gets berated for telling pregnant rape victims they should just make “lemonade out of lemons” rather than have an abortion, then she gets chastized for wanting to bring Biblical Law back to the country. Now, someone has dredged up some statements she made earlier in the campaign about bringing back the “traditional family,” you know, because someone really should be staying home with the kids.
And that someone should probably be the woman.
Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
The Reid campaign dug up an October 2009 quote from Angle in which she said:
“Right now, we say in a traditional home one parent stays home with the children and the other provides the financial support for that family. That is the acceptable and right thing to do. If we begin to expand that, not only do we dilute the resources that are available, we begin to dilute things like health care, retirement, all the things offered to families that help them be a family.”
It’s sort of confusing how having two parents working actually dilutes things like health care and retirement, especially considering all of the families who need two incomes to be able to even afford quality health care. But, regardless, Angle’s sure that it can be done on one income, assuming of course that one spouse has a higher income. With that spouse likely being the man.
Working mothers in Nevada didn’t take very kindly to being told that they somehow weren’t doing the “right” thing by working to provide for their families. A group of female high profile Sen. Harry Reid supporters gathered to make a public statement against Angle’s “traditional” way of thinking. From the Las Vegas Sun:
A Las Vegas city councilwoman, a comedian, a lawyer, a restaurant owner, a Realtor and an executive, along with a handful of other Nevada women, gathered today at a downtown café to send U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle a message: Don’t tell us how to live our lives.
The women, all working mothers, came together to pledge their support for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and to speak out against his Republican challenger, who has said that one parent should stay home with children because that is the “acceptable” and “right” thing to do.
Comedian Rita Rudner called Angle’s remarks “disturbing” and argued that a woman fulfilled by her job is a better mother.
City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian said she was personally offended by Angle’s comments. Tarkanian, a Democrat, is the mother of Republican Danny Tarkanian, who ran unsuccessfully in the GOP primary to try to unseat Reid.
Lois Tarkanian, who endorsed Reid on Thursday, said she worked both because she had to — young basketball coaches don’t make a lot of money, she said — and because she wanted to.
“I was not a better mother when I stayed home full time,” Tarkanian said.
At a time where most families are struggling to make ends meet, trying to afford daycare costs, rising health care costs, increases in the cost of gas, groceries, a plummeting housing market, huge drops in personal wealth and a completely volatile job market, is it even reasonable to say that the only “right” family is one who relies completely on one breadwinner?