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Angle To Women: Stay Home With Your Kids

Angle To Women: Stay Home With Your Kids

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?

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7:53AM PDT on Aug 18, 2010

since she feels that way, she should take her own advice and quit working, and take care of her family, no?

7:37PM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

First and foremost, she must take her own advice. Apparently, she knows that what she is saying is a lie because we all know that if it is the right thing for all women to do, she would not have the high paying job that she has now if she stayed at home. Not everyone can do something that others can, and just b/c some of us cannot "afford" to stay at home (married or not) to take care of our families, that does not mean that we love our them any less and just b/c one does stay at home it does not mean that you love your family any more than the next person. This woman needs to get into 2010 and stay her butt out of 1910.

3:04PM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

I over heard a conversation in the elevator today. The guy was talking about sharon a. He said when he heard her speak he "didn't know whether to laugh or cry" I thought cry, definitely cry.

10:55AM PDT on Aug 13, 2010

I stayed home until 1989 when my husband and I divorced, to retain our joint custody I had to work 4 jobs to keep our 6 children fed and a roof over there heads, my ex did not let me work while we were married, so I have been in school since 2005 and have 2 semesters to go to get my degree. If I hadn't taken the initiave to get out there and re make my life I would be on the streets or God knows where. We do not live in old testament times, and reality is not still in the 1950's. So we need to get a person who is in touch with sane thinking, not wishful pursuits.

10:37PM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

overnment.Sharon Angle is nuts. She has no idea of what she is saying. It would be wonderful if women could stay home and raise their kids, but the economy and other things make it impossible right now.
She spouts all this stuff about the Bible, but she has no clue what it means or where it came from in the Bible. Our ForeFathers separated our government when they drew up the Bill of Rights and The Constitution to separate church and government (State). So she evidently didn't pay attention at Church or she didn't learn anything in Government class. So either stick with the Constitution or become a Minister, she can't be both.

12:05PM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

I'd have loved to stay home and raise my kids. That is exactly what I was doing until 1989 when I got a little part time job just to keep my sanity. In July 1996 my husband suffered a stroke. It left his left side paralyzed. My part time gig became our only source of income until Social Security Disability kicked in.What were we supposed to do crwl into a hole and die?
My job has kept us afloat all these years.

My responsibilty as a MOTHER and WIFE was to go OUTand get the best job I could. Medical bills need to be paid. Eating and living don't stop just because my husband is disabled.
SSD helps but it does NOT do much for a family.

When this woman steps into my shoes and tells me how she can support the family without working outside the home I will support her! Until that happens I will continue to consider her a fool!

I hate people who have no clue as to how the REAL WORLD works!

8:45PM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

Whoa! What is so scary and bad about women having a job and supporting their families? Why can't women be just as powerful as men when it comes to the working world? Sure, we know how to get kids to eat their veggies and get them to soccer practice on time but ANYONE can do that. I believe that Nevada's Republican Senate should look at her calendar before she talks out at a press confress because I'll rather eat the paint off a condemned house before I let any man tell me what i can and can't do with my life!

6:44PM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

Let's support both working and stay-at-home mothers.

5:16PM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

I couldn't agree with her more. Her, Palin, and all the other 'female all stars' of the tea party movement should quit working and stay home. Just think of how much better the world would be, only their children would suffer from their wrath of ignorant, bigoted, and sexist stupidity.

3:45PM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

She should lead by example and give up her high paying job to stay at home and raise a family.

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