Seminole Chronicle, May 17, 2012 by Kim Carroll
Women have the power. They take their right to vote seriously and show up at the polls in greater numbers than men according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. In 2008, 60.4 percent of eligible female voters cast their vote versus 55.7% of eligible males. According to the same study, more women are registered to vote than men, 66.6 million versus 63.5 million. Maybe that’s why the “War on Women” has taken a front seat in this election.
We’ve all heard of it. To listen to the news reports, you’d think it’s because we want free birth control. Are we really stupid enough to fall for that? We’re living in a time where Americans are facing enormous challenges. Unemployment is still above 8 percent, the national debt has doubled in less than four years, consumer confidence is low, the income gap is widening and Social Security and Medicare are close to bankrupt. And speaking of unemployment, of the 740,000 jobs lost since President Barack Obama took office, 683,000 of them were held by women according to RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day. Let’s also not forget the ever increasing regulations being put on businesses and skyrocketing college tuitions.
Women see this on a daily basis. We see it in our jobs and we see it at the kitchen table. While wages are shrinking and expenses are increasing, it’s our job to make every dollar stretch.
We are concerned about the rising costs of healthcare. “ObamaCare will dilute care for the majority of us and at the same time, drive up our premiums. Senators like Florida’s Bill Nelson (D) told constituents we’d be able to keep the policies we have. That is a lie,” said author Kay B. Day of the U.S. Report. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), recently vetoed legislation to establish the healthcare exchanges that were required by ObamaCare because they will “impose unnecessary obligations upon the State’s taxpayers.”
Energy costs are also increasing. During his 2008 election campaign, then-candidate Obama said your electricity costs will “necessarily skyrocket.” How about gas? Remember a few years ago when it was under $2 a gallon. The president blamed it on speculation. Gas prices are directly related to supply and demand. We need oil. Let’s not forget that as our energy and oil prices increase, so does the cost of our food as manufacturers and distributors pass their increased costs onto the consumers.
We haven’t even begun to discuss the increased costs of education, clothing.
Yes, there is a war on women, a war that asks them to choose which is most important to their families: food, energy or healthcare. Ladies, this is your time to stand up and say what’s important to you. Take a stand and send a message this November that the real war on women needs to stop. Don’t let us be the first generation of mothers to leave their children worse off than the generation before. Register to vote today!