Terrence Wall’s Twitter feed produces another gem;
“10 Congresswomen tell Pres. Obama that his policies are damaging to women. Is Sen. Feingold listening?”
Wall’s link points to a blog post by ten Republican women in Congress doing the worst job playing the gender card since the last time you heard a guy say “Why aren’t there ‘men’s studies’ classes at colleges?”
The post claims “President Obama’s policies are hitting women especially hard,” evidenced by “the unemployment rate among women is at the highest level in over 25 years.” Not mentioned is unemployment regardless of gender hit a 26 year high in October of 2009. Also, men have lost their jobs at three times the rate of women during the recession but a good chunk of that is due to unresolved gender discrimination issues; women getting paid less and being more likely to work part-time. The point is, the GOP lady cadre is being disingenuous in their initial accusation.
Women as a growing percentage of small business owners is the next issue. Fears over lack of investment is stressed, followed by fear over the Recovery Act debt obligations. The Recovery Act is pumping billions into small business, and a recession is no time to start worrying about debt. Perhaps the previous Republican administration should have continued to operate in the black, as the prior Democratic administration did? The GOP likes fiscal responsibility more in theory than in practice.
The post cites a so-called bipartisan forum addressing the breast cancer screening recommendations that made headlines as “rationed care.” Of the speakers listed, all are tied to the Republican party. Victoria Clarke has served on the staff over several Republicans at the federal level. Betsy McCaughey, in addition to propagating lies about the Clinton health care plan was a Republican Lt. Governor of New York. Mariam Atash Nawabi worked at the Embassy of Afghanistan during the Bush administration and Amy Nichols gave $1500 over the last three years to a PAC which supported Republican candidates 90% of the time. Bipartisan? Evidence please…
The section addressing recent breast cancer screening recommendations is a legitimate concern, but the federal government has done nothing to make screenings harder to obtain for 40-49 year olds. The post uses California as an example as the state recently raised the age of state funded screenings, but California is a bankrupt state cutting everything in every department. And doesn’t the GOP believe the government shouldn’t be involved in your health care anyway? Except when the uterus is involved, of course…
The women remember that stance when they announce;
“If we can get the president to abandon his goal of seizing control of America’s health care system, we might be able to persuade him to start re-focusing on the economy.”
Yet the only advice offered is to cut taxes, which turned a budget surplus into the deficit the authors were decrying only a few paragraphs earlier.
The entire post had nothing to do with women specifically, it was merely ten women reciting tired GOP lines. I know women working hard for gender equality and presenting a piece claiming the president’s policies are hurting women is beyond vulgar. Unfortunately, parroting GOP rhetoric seems to be Terrence Wall’s strong suit.