let us now praise infamous menHere is something nice to wash the awful taste of this morning out of your mouth: Congressional Democrats led by Pete Stark have introduced legislation graciously allowing Mitt Romney an out on his latest flip-flop (the one where he was for moms after he was against them), by amending federal welfare requirements so parents of young children can stay home with them (and their Cadillacs)! Mitt Romney is invited to join them in plumping for this!

The Women’s Option to Raise Kids (WORK) Act, a copy of which was provided to HuffPost in advance of its introduction, would allow mothers with children ages 3 and under to stay at home with their children and continue receiving benefits.

The act was inspired by the recent kerfuffle, in which the political establishment, from President Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, took great umbrage at the suggestion by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen that Ann Romney had not “worked a day in her life.”

“All moms are working moms,” Mitt Romney responded [insufferably].

Of course, that wasn’t what he said in January, when he was all “nyah nyah lazy bitches,” but Pete Stark is for taking him at his (latest) word. This is so nice, you guys! Better angels, and cetera!

Of course, this bill will never see the light of day, because somehow it is undoubtedly class warfare. Burn them. [HuffPo]

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  • So basically, they want to take money out of the mouths of starving Bain Capital and put it in the mouths of hungry kids?


    • nounverb911

      Outsource those kids to China!

  • nounverb911

    Ann Romney wants to be paid for this retroactively.

    • She can drive her Cadillac to the welfare off—

      Oh. My. God!

  • Barb

    The hardest Ann Romney has ever worked has been this last week in trying to convince us that she worked hard.
    Let them eat horse cake!

    • nounverb911

      Hiring nannies and maids is hard work.

      • It really is. I've seen this movie. Young nubile lady rings the mansion bell and is escorted poolside where a barely-clad couple is enjoying pina coladas in the hot sun, see….anyway, you ought to see them all sweat by the end of fifteen minutes.

        • I never got past the first five minutes in a porn movie.

          • Barb

            All I have to hear is "look, two plumbers showed up" and I am done.

          • Look, I have to do something until she's gone home…

  • SorosBot

    But only rich white women are supposed to be able to stay home and watch their nannies raise their kids.

    • anniegetyerfun

      Rich white MARRIED women. Duh. That's why they don't need benefits. They got all the benefits they could ever want*, through their rich white working husbands.

      *Includes sexytime.

      • Sure, if you consider sexytime with Mitt to be a benefit of some sort.

  • Are there no workhouses?

    • nounverb911


    • Maybe welfare children can be sold for medical experiments?

  • Brilliant move, Pete!
    (Nice to see at least one Dem with his balls intact!)

    • anniegetyerfun

      It's only a matter of time before Harry Reid asks him to hand them over.

  • ChernobylSoup

    Pete Stark just fired the first shot in the Democrats' WAR ON DIGNITY!!!1!

  • metamarcisf

    A little-known amendment to this bill would require daily liquor store deliveries for all of the moms affected by this legislation.

  • Biff

    Don't you see, people? Every three years, just like clockwork, those welfare mothers will poop out a fresh welfare anchor babbie just as the warranty expires on the old Cadillac, just you wait and see!

  • HempDogbane

    My bill was called Families Urged to Care for Kids – Youth: Our Ultimate. It was filibustered to death.

    • Callyson

      But it did get a thorough examination in several committee meetings…

    • swordfis

      Is there a Congressional Acronym Committee?

    • Joey_Blau

      or maybe "jawed" to death would be better.

    • Data Exactly

      Youth: Our Ultimatum. Now let's get this bill back into Congress!

  • freakishlywrong

    Has the administration twatted it's apology for this yet?

    • anniegetyerfun

      I'm looking forward to Hannity's shrieking on this topic.

  • FakaktaSouth

    Now it's time for the Repubs to come out and talk about how this legislation is an obvious discriminatory War on Fathers and vote it down. For Fairness.

    • While secretly tacking on subsidies for Viagra for any American male over the age of 32 whose workplace address is at the corner of East Capitol Street, NE and 1st NE, in Washington, DC.

  • AlterNewt

    The "Thumb in the Eye Act of 2012".

  • DaRooster

    Moms are people too my frien…. oh wait… never mind.

  • thefrontpage

    But, what does Ted Nugent have to say about this?

    • Data Exactly

      "But, what does Ted Nugent have to vomit about this?"


  • meatlofer

    Do not discount the poors! They serve their pupose.

    • Can we use a coupon?

      • Guppy

        All sales are final!

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Wait until tomorrow because on Friday they're half off the regular price. Two to a customer, however.

      • Offer not good in Sectors R or N

    • Biff

      Who else is gonna sit around all day, commenting on our wonkette?

  • SayItWithWookies

    Yeah, this'll fly. In a compromise with Newt Gingrich, the mom can stay at home, but the three-year-old kid will have to work instead.

  • Serolf_Divad

    ANnd why not. According to Ann Romney raising kids is a valid "career choice."

    • elviouslyqueer

      Lord, has she been listening to Sarah's babbling again? Step away slowly, Ann. S.L.O.W.L.Y.

    • freakishlywrong

      Indeed. If you're well off enough to not need a "career".

  • Generation[redacted]

    Mitt counter-offered a bill which would eliminate the capital gains tax for stay at home moms.

  • JustPixelz

    Mitt supports motherhood. He hates Chevrolet enough to let it go bankrupt. So the big question is: Where does Mitt stand on apple pie? "I like lots of kinds of pie. Apple is a pie. And, you know, Michelle Obama want the government to choose our pie for us."

    • Guppy

      Followed by an off-hand comment from Ann about Mitt not liking cream pie.

    • Biff

      We know where he stands on hot corndogs, but what about baseball?

  • snoopyfan2010

    Actually a good idea. Sweden does something like this, no?

  • Blueb4sunrise

    needz moar

    attempted murder and aggravated assault

    lest any West Coasters not get depressed by skipping over the early threads.

    • anniegetyerfun

      Thanks, I was up at 6AM, so I'm already full of barbituates and beer.

    • Biff

      Eh, she got away, that guy's a piker.

  • "Plumping" is a word that we do not use frequently enough on Wonkette. Kudos.

    • Guppy

      I thought the term was "fluffing."

  • edgydrifter

    There is no flip-floppery here. According to the Willard principle, raising kids is work only if you've never had to work. Poors are bred for menial tasks and degrading labor, so raising kids barely even registers with them. They're like fish–it's scientifically proven they feel hardship and pain less than their moneyed betters.

  • Ann Romney would never stoop to taking welfare money to raise her kids. She married a rich guy.

  • Burn them, et cetera…
    [earlier on wonkette] "Blind nut, squirrel, etc."

    I keep seeing this et cetera as a way of abrogating longer, deeper thoughts and conclusions. It is harmless of & in itself but reminds me of my younger niece & nephew's generation using texting shorthand. Just imagine our famous poets of yore, in today's Twitter age, w/ a dose of blasé and a shrug of 'whatevs':

    "Truth, beauty, know, need to know, etc." — Keats
    "Island, bells toll, don't ask, etc." — Donne
    "Er, err, divine, human etc." — Pope
    "Pulse, new day, g'mornin'" — Angelou
    "Lift eyes, hills, help, etc." — psalmist
    "Fourscore and seven, new nation, liberty etc." — Lincoln

    • elviouslyqueer

      "Tale, idiot, bupkes, etc. Sound, fury, also." — Shakespeare

      • They were all before Morrissey's time, of course. He really rocks the etcetera~

      • IncenseDebate

        Haiku, sparsity, better. You, on to, something, etc.

    • "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera," — Yul Brynner


    • Serolf_Divad

      Thou shalt not murder, covet, lie, etc.


      • elviouslyqueer

        Don't make me come down there, etc. — God (attrib.)

    • Exhausted66

      You can't yada yada over the best part!

    • Guppy

      "God, guns, etc." –GOP platform

    • Biff

      Pride, joy, etc.–The Turtles

      • thebeatgoeson

        masterful lyric, that. But I love the song anyway – it's swell, just like Elenore!

    • proudgrampa

      "Not Communist now, Never been a Communist, etc." Any HUAC testimony.

      "Refuse to answer, answer might tend to incriminate, etc." Any person invoking 5th amendment.

  • The act was inspired by the recent kerfuffle, in which the political establishment, from President Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, took great umbrage at the suggestion by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen that Ann Romney had not “worked a day in her life.”

    Sweet Bipartisanship.

  • WiscDad

    In the projects I grew up in, most welfare moms DID have Cadillacs. Pretty sure many do today too. Therefore Ann Romney is probably a welfare mom.

    • Guppy

      Is Ann's Cadillac older than she is?

  • HippieEsq

    You're not understanding the playbook, folks.

    Married women raising kids = hard work.

    Unmarried women raising kids = lacking dignity.

    • WiscDad

      Jobless women raising kids = fucking lazy

      Homeless women raising kids = Conservative ideal for da poah

    • Guppy

      Lacking aspirin, also, too.

      • Biff

        Weak-kneed sluts!

  • Nostrildamus

    Moral consistency is a gimmick.

  • ttommyunger

    We are so fucked.

    • WiscDad

      Touche…let's get a beer

      • ttommyunger

        Sounds good, but water for me.

        • Dudleydidwrong

          OK. "Two glasses of water, barkeep, and put a head on both of 'em."

          • ttommyunger

            Works for me!

  • Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    Pete Stark doesn't believe in anything… and therefore he writes legislation outside belief systems. YES I WILL HAVE A NON-BELIEVORGASM

  • IncenseDebate

    Mitt was Ann's career choice.

  • widestanceromance

    I love the photo, because you can see the power of freedom people used to have before gay sharia law destroyed us.

  • Callyson

    Love Pete Stark.

    But I must stop myself before I read the HuffyPo article, because the wingnuts will have a field day about welfare queens. Because, you know, bailouts to Wall Street are about saving the economy, whereas assistance to poor families equates to handouts for sluts.

    Six and a half more months…

  • Ducksworthy

    Does this legislation also provide the mommies with cooks, chambermaids and grooms to help with the chilluns?

  • owhatever

    "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." — Bush.

    "I have no idea how hard it is for you to put food on your family. Lupita and the kitchen staff take care of that." — Ann.

  • Gainsbourg69

    Fuck this. China didn't become a super power by letting mommies stay at home so they could deal with their kids' separation anxiety.

    – Teapartypatriot

  • WonkCynic

    Aw. Wassamatta u? Is da nigga prez da only one dat be allowed to trade HUD vouchers fo votes? Do they require a photo ID for getting a HUD voucher? Maybe dem ghetto bitches can stop by da HUD office on dey way back from votin' fo dey bro.

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