Obama’s policies have failed women. Why are we pretending otherwise?

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Have you noticed that the “War on Women” has intensified – conservative women, that is.

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.

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11 Responses to “Obama’s policies have failed women. Why are we pretending otherwise?”

  1. Jenni Says:

    This is just silly. Our party is in the dark ages on women’s issues and ignoring that as you largely do here does nothing to bring us into the 21st century. Which is where this election will play out like it or not. I am a married woman who uses birth control. My husband and I work for the same employer. He has more avenues of opportunity than I do there. Through our insurance he could get viagra covered, but we pay 100% out of pocket for birth control. That is a farce! And our party is defending this because why again? It’s time to realize being conservative does not require us to prop up and defend a foolish system that has long ignored women. I don’t see how doing so is something we conservative women should be proud of. We should be instead working to change our party’s archaic attitude to these issues.

  2. Fay Says:

    How is it fair that we as taxpayers pay for your bills? (Birth Control) As a retired woman I pay my own bills and do not expect someone else to do do. We WILL be in the dark ages if O wins in Nov. We will lose everything we have ever had including the rest of our freedoms. Why is it that he is followed so blindly? LOOK at the record, his STAFF, our DEBT and the SECRECY that has permeated the the White House since 2008. The Chicago mob has taken over this county along with the billionaire pulling his strings. Read something as truth check besides Polifact and Fact find. They are very biased and slanted. There are sites that are really unbiased and reporting fairly. Lastly, check out how the democrats treat women in jobs, appointments or everyday courtesy. Watching the convention I found the treatment of women to be horrible.

  3. jbtalcott Says:

    Nice try Holly, but it is your party that has so little respect for women that it believes they cannot be trusted to make decisions about their own bodies. It is your party that consistently votes against equal pay for equal work. The GOP’s war on women is real including the forced ultrasounds, unreasonable waiting periods, making contraception more difficult to obtain and more expensive, trying to cut all of the women’s preventative health services for underprivileged women provided by Planned Parenthood. The list goes on and on. Women like you who refuse the see the reality because of your the partisan blinders you continue to wear are a disgrace to your gender.

    The statistics about how many women Mitt Romney employs are meaningless in light of the fact that he has promised to shut down Planned Parenthood and would seek to overturn Roe v Wade. He was even too big a coward to confront Rush Limblaugh when he called Sandra Fluke a slut, saying instead those are not the words he would have chosen. He certainly didn’t stand up for or show his support for THAT woman.

    @Fay If you are retired, isn’t Social Security helping to pay your bills? That is money that younger people are currently paying into the system. The money you paid into the system when you were working helped to pay for those older than yourself. So much for you paying your own bills. Unfortunately your head is full of lies masquerading as facts because you watch, listen to and read only the ultraconservative news sources (if you can call them that).

  4. Pops Says:

    Nice try, JB. It’s the Democrats and Obama who think it’s okay to kill pre-born women, or even the newly-born if an abortion is botched. The abortion issue is a smokescreen put up by men and women who don’t want to be held accountable for their actions.

  5. jbt Says:

    @Pops. Who appointed you to be in charge of a woman’s very personal and private reproductive choices? What gives you the right to decide for someone else? You haven’t a clue about each individual woman’s life situation and the challenges she is up against. A woman’s choice to have an abortion within well defined parameters is legal and a fundamental right under the Constitutional right to privacy. Get over it. It is the law. Neither you nor the conservatives in government have the right to force any woman under any circumstances to carry a pregnancy to term if she doesn’t want to. Your party’s platform would deny that right even in cases of rape or incest. God forbid, but if you had a 16 year old daughter who was brutally raped and impregnated by a mentally handicapped man whose family has a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, and mental illness would you force her to carry her rapist’s child to term? There are an estimated 30,000 pregnancies each year as a result of rape.

    The problem with the emphasis on the sancity of life held by today’s Republican’s is their apparent lack of respect for human life once those fetuses are born. Hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women, and children were killed as a direct result of President Bush’s unjustified invasion of Iraq. There wasn’t a tear shed by you and your ilk for those precious lives that were taken. The sanctimony of your position is only exceeded by your hypocracy.

  6. Pops Says:

    I have no desire to be in charge of a woman’s private reproductive choices. I just wish we could put a stop to killing the results of poor choices and make better choices instead.

    An unborn baby is not any more a part of a woman’s body than a conjoined twin is a part of the other twin’s body. They have separate brains, separate nervous systems, and separate personalities. Nothing magical happens to a baby when the umbilical cord is severed.

    The Republican Party Platform does not forbid abortions in cases of rape, incest, or endangerment of the mother. Why do you keep repeating this absurdity?

    Since you brought up my daughter, my wife’s doctors recommended that she be aborted several months into my wife’s pregnancy. She’s a happy and healthy 22-year-old. Do think the world would be a better place if she had been killed in the womb?

    Your other accusations are just as absurd. You are apparently trying to create or perpetuate ugly and dishonest stereotypes rather than converse on important issues. Please try again.

  7. jbtalcott Says:

    The statement that a fetus in the womb is not a part of a woman’s body is absurd and does not even merit a response.

    Here is the exact language of the Republican Party’s Platform on abortion rights.

    “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

    There are no exceptions for rape, incest, or the heath or life of the mother. The last sentence refers to “life begins at conception” and would effectively make many contraceptives illegal.

    Before arguing with what I have written, it would pay you to do some research and stop pulling things out of your . . . .

  8. Pops Says:

    You’re being difficult. I’ll explain it for you. Planks in the platform of any party are statements of principle. It goes without saying that exceptions exist. The First Amendment, for example, is a statement of principle. Are there exceptions? Of course there are. Are they explicitly stated in the text of the amendment? Of course not. That’s something for congress and the courts to work out. No reasonable person would argue otherwise. What position has Mitt Romney taken on the subject of exceptions to the pro-life plank? I’m sure you know – it just doesn’t serve your purpose to admit it.

    As far as the baby in the womb issue – I’m sorry you don’t get it. I’ll restate it. At one second prior to birth, the baby in the womb is not different in any significant way from the baby one second after birth. It has its own brain, its own heartbeat, it’s own personality – it is not a tumor. So when did the fetus become a baby, given that it didn’t happen at the precise moment of birth? The best answer I’ve heard is “We don’t know”. Because we don’t know, the only safe point of demarcation is prior to conception. Any other choice (e.g., “abortion is OK prior to the third trimester”) results in gaming the law and barbaric practices like partial birth abortion.

  9. jbtalcott Says:

    Keep dancing around the facts Pops. With all this practice maybe you will get to go on “Dancing With The Stars”.

    Of course Mitt Romney sides with the LDS Church position. Paul Ryan’s position is the same as his party’s platform. No exceptions PERIOD. The position and stated goal of the Republican Party is to take a woman’s right to choose granted by the Constitutional right to privacy and reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade away from her and force her to carry an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy to term against her will. Mitt Romney has stated that he would like Roe v Wade overturned. These are the facts.

  10. Pops Says:

    You must really hate the Bill of Rights, because it doesn’t enumerate any exceptions, either.

    Or you’ve got this absurd stereotype stuck in your head and you can’t let it go. We conservatives really aren’t the demons you make us out to be.

  11. ERIC in Murray Says:

    POPS: You are correct. The Democrats fear conservatives more than the Taliban or AlQaida. We have fact and reason behind us. They have OSAMA and OBAMA.

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