Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz promise to give women what they think they want, but not what women need; what they need isn't to replace patriarchy with paternalism, but economic opportunity.
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 — Donald Trump’s five-state, GOP primary sweep on Tuesday made his nomination all but certain.
In response, Ted Cruz announced on Wednesday that “after a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be president of the United States, that I will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina.”
Hillary Clinton used the occasion of her Tuesday primary victories to join Cruz in pandering to female voters.
“The other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, woman card. Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”
And so, it seems “women’s health care” (abortion) and nanny-state intervention that forces employers to subsidize women for time away from work and to standardize wages based on genitalia and not proficiency will be the focus of Hillary’s campaign to American women.
But there is one issue specific to American women that Clinton and Cruz ignore. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, “Suicide rates [1999-2014] for females were highest for those aged 45-64 … This group also had the second-largest percentage increase (63%).”
A study released by doctors Katherine Hempstead and Julie Phillips of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that among “individuals aged 40-64 … suffocation is a method more likely to be used in suicides related to job, economic, or legal factors.”
That oddly specific method of suicide is a poignant metaphor for a desperate and collapsing America.
Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, says, “Since 1999, women’s labor force participation has not grown, perhaps largely in response to the slower economic growth the U.S. has been experiencing.”
American women need a growing economy, not government-subsidized childcare and phony “shovel-ready” jobs that never materialize. Paternalistic government that weighs heavily on our economy—as when it created a housing boom through easy-money policies and then blew it up through government-sanctioned subprime lending—has a miserable track record engineering fiscal recovery and sustained growth.
And for that you can partially blame gender-gap politics.
A study by University of Chicago professors John Lott and Larry Kenny—“How Dramatically Did Women’s Suffrage Change the Size and Scope of Government?”—came to a provocative and politically incorrect conclusion:
“Giving women the right to vote dramatically changed American politics from the very beginning. Despite the claims to the contrary, the gender gap is not something that has arisen since the 1970s. Suffrage coincided with immediate dramatic increases in state government expenditures and revenue … Similar changes occurred at the federal level as female suffrage led to more liberal voting records for the state’s two Congressional delegations.”
Women’s suffrage helped give us the nanny state that gave us the globe’s highest corporate taxes and is forcing U.S. companies to flee overseas.
The same study found that “suffrage also coincided with changes in the probability that prohibition would be enacted.”
The unintended consequence of that particular nanny-state infringement on the citizen’s right to consume alcoholic beverages allowed the illegal sale of booze to transform small street gangs into murderous criminal organizations with global reach.
The suffocating nature of our ever-expanding nanny state is killing the American dream, the American middle class and a growing number of desperate American women.
It’s time women ignored all the pandering. Doing so is literally a matter of life and death.
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