Witness the all-out viciousness aimed at Congressional candidate,Mayor Mia Love. Not only is she conservative, she is – gasp – a woman, and she is BLACK. Shocking.
Actually, what is shocking is the nastiness that followed her speech at the RNC convention. Vile names, accusations of being a traitor to her race and to her gender, called a sell-out, Mia joins the ranks of women like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Governor Susanna Martinez. The ire of the left is not saved for women of color only, however. Oh no. Conservative women are attacked relentlessly for standing for life, for fiscal conservatism and for wanting a whole lot less government in our lives.
President Obama claims he’s all about fairness to women – but right now, female staffers in the White House make 18% less than their male counterparts. Some have described it as a a “hostile” work environment where they felt excluded and ignored. Even TIME published a piece calling the President out on his his problem with women.
In spite of the flowery words he reads from a tele-prompter, his actions speak far more loudly. Not only does have a problem with women in the workplace, President Obama is creating a legacy of debt the next generation will have to bear – a legacy that grows worse every single day he is in office. He’s had four years to make good on his promise to bring down the deficit. Nada. We can’t afford four more years of empty talk and policies leading us in the wrong direction.
President Obama’s economic policies have been bad for all Americans, but they have been particularly devastating for women.
Under President Obama, the number of unemployed women has increased by 860,000 and the total number of women without a job has hit a record high during his time in office. The poverty rate among women rose to 14.5% in 2011, the highest rate in 17 years. 30% of single mothers are in poverty. More women are on food stamps under this president than ever before.
Each American household’s share of government debt and unfunded liabilities has reached $520,000 under this president, a debt that will be passed on to our children and grandchildren.
Why is it so shocking that women across this country ARE NOT BUYING what Obama is selling?!
Why is it stunning that we want a better future for our children and our grandchildren? One where those future generations are not crushed by debt the second they are born, where politicians (and I deliberately avoid calling them leaders) sell them down the river for a mess of pottage known as the winning the next election at all costs. A future where the American dream is alive and well, one where our children and their children have the freedom to dream, to try, to succeed and yes, even to fail. For what does one learn when there are never any consequences for poor choices? Arrogance and entitlement, believing the world owes them a living.
I an unabashedly conservative. I am also Republican. To be blunt, our party – both locally and nationally – still has a ways to go when it comes to women in politics. But make no mistake – Mitt Romney has a far better track record of empowering women than the current President.
When Mitt Romney was governor, ten of the top twenty appointed positions in the state were held by women. If you missed the RNC speech by one of those women – Jane Edmonds, a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat – you should go watch it. He has a history of entrusting critical leadership roles to women and relying on their counsel when making important decisions. Under his leadership, Massachusetts had the highest percentage of women in such positions of any state in the country. In fact, his Lieutenant Governor, Chief of Staff, and Campaign Manager were all women.
On his 2012 presidential campaign, women occupy senior roles throughout his organization including senior strategist, communications director, chief legal counsel, deputy campaign manager, and press secretary. In fact, top on my list of who I would most like to spend a day with is Beth Myers, who has worked closely with Governor Romney for more than a decade.
Even more than who he works with, his plan for economic recovery is the one that will best help families by getting government off our backs and out of our wallets. That is the kind of leadership I’ve been looking for, and as a conservative woman, the only kind I can support. I am far from alone. “Utah Women for Romney” is one local organization, but there are many all across the country who are actively engaged in this election – many of them for the first time, because they have seen and felt first-hand the devastating impact of Obama’s failed economic policies. Two months left until “We the People’ choose which direction we want this country to go – prosperity and freedom, or big government dependence for all. For myself, and my family, we will continue to do everything we can to get Mitt in the White House. I hope you’ll join us.