Mitt Romney has been saying all along that he wants smaller government. On Tuesday, he added that he was angry that so many women have lost jobs in the last three years.
But one thing that happens when you shrink government is that women lose jobs.
That’s the fundamental political and economic paradox that Mr. Romney is facing. As my colleague Trip Gabriel reports, Mr. Romney has been pointing to the fact that 92.3 percent of the net total of jobs lost since President Obama took office in January 2009 belonged to women.
The net number of jobs held by women has fallen by 683,000 since Mr. Obama’s inauguration, while those held by men have fallen by 57,000. But the statistic is misleading for several reasons.
First, women have lost a lot of jobs in the last three years, but men lost far more jobs during the recession. For this reason, the great recession has also been nicknamed the “mancession.”
At the beginning of the Conservative’s Great Recession men took the greatest hit. broken down further minorities were doing worse than average. As the recession wore on, women took a big hit because there are or were so many women working in the public sector – as teachers and office workers. Most state governments, but especially conservative governors from states like Wisconsin, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio slash and burn public sector jobs. They could have used federal stimulus funds to keep at least some of those jobs, yet used the money to pay their state deficits down. Whatever that is, good public policy or cutting one’s nose off to spite their face, those jobs are gone. All along conservatives such as Romney have said that government does not create jobs and/ or even though the government does provide jobs, those jobs are best done in the private sector. If that is truly Romney’s political ideology, than to complain about the government cutting jobs – mostly women – is also typically two-faced conservatism trying to score points. Conservatives tell us the private sector should do the work of government employees, yet obviously the private sector is not using its historic profits to hire firefighters, teachers, park rangers or any other workers. Conservatives can try to use the media echo chamber to have it both ways, but the fact remains they either stand for small government and the consequences to women, men, minorities or the upper middle-aged or they do not. In an otherwise good article Rampell ends with this paragraph,
Probably the most effective way to put more men and women back to work, economists say, is to improve training programs and, more importantly, find ways to jump-start demand. So far, none of the presidential contenders (including the incumbent) seem to have found a politically palatable way to do either.
Clearly the Democrat-Obama economic stimulus showed that Democrats and the president still embrace good old-fashioned American Keynesian economics. The president especially had expressed a desire to further boost the economy using presidential powers. He cannot pass another stimulus package because it is a non-starter in the conservative controlled House and Senate conservatives would use a filibuster threat to stop any stimulus there as well. Who actually knows what Etch-a-Stretch Romney would do. The odds say that Romney would not start off his presidency by pissing off his base with even a small government stimulus package. Why NYT reporters insist on throwing in some false equivalency into every political piece continues to amaze.
Romney has some electability issues with women. While one should never underestimate the power of a multimillion dollar political ad campaign – how Romney killed off Newt and Santorum – he has a tough road ahead convincing women voters that he even understands the issues facing women under the ‘new’ economy. He is off to a terrible start – Mitt Romney’s ‘Women for Romney’ surrogate is not for equal pay for women in Wisconsin
A March 29 Wisconsin Women for Romney call with reporters featured Wisconsin state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and conservative activist Bay Buchanan. Darling was a cosponsor of legislation repealing her state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which was designed to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by granting workers more avenues for pressing charges. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill into law last week.
Romney still hasn’t commented on repeal of that Equal Pay Enforcement Act (or if he did, it was even more quietly than Walker signed the bill), but while he’s on the subject of Lilly Ledbetter, and given his glowing descriptions of Scott Walker and his use of Alberta Darling as a campaign surrogate, it’s past time someone asks him directly. Because in addition to being on the wrong side of every issue in the war on women, he’s now touting endorsements from those waging it on the front lines. No wonder Romney’s appeal among women doesn’t appear to extend beyond his immediate family.
There are many reasons to note that the real campaign has started. In daily faux outrage we have Ann Romney asserting how badly her feelings were hurt by someone stating a simple fact, she has never working outside the home. Ann Romney and Working Moms by Hilary Rosen
My Twitter feed was on fire after an appearance last night on CNN’s AC360, where I said that I thought it was wrong for Mitt Romney to be using his wife as his guide to women’s economic struggles when she “had never worked a day in her life.” Oh my, you should read the tweets and the hate mail I got after that. The accusations were flying. I don’t know what it means to be a mom (I have 2 children). I obviously don’t value the work that a mother does and how hard it is (the hardest job I have ever had)
[ ]….I have nothing against Ann Romney. She seems like a nice lady who has raised nice boys, struggled with illness, and handles its long-term effects with grace and dignity. I admire her grit in talking about her illness publicly.
What is more important to me and 57% of current women voters is her husband saying he supports women’s economic issue because they are the only issues that matter to us and then he fails on even those.
Let’s put aside for a moment his views on women’s health issues — such as his pledge to repeal funding for Planned Parenthood or repeal title X — which provides important health services for poor women, and true anecdotes (such as when he was a Bishop in his church, he actually went to a congregant’s hospital room and told a young single mother who had just given birth that she was shaming the church and should give her baby away). Let’s put those issues of respect and health dignity away.
Rosen also clarified on her Twitter fed that she meant Ann Romney has not been both a mom and worked like most American moms. That is a statement of fact. Ann Romney had her hands full with five kids, no doubt about that. She also had the luxury of staying at home in a wealthy household. This is family that never had to make the choice between the deli turkey or the cheap baloney. She was never faced with a choice between going without lunch or getting her kids the braces they needed. Never had to take the bus to save wear on the tires of the ten tear old car. Pleaseee tell me that we are not going to have an election cycle where a family that has more money than 50 median American families complains about how rough they’ve had and they feel your pain. You know who has never done a day’s work, Mittens himself. If his life was one of those movies where the character wakes up to find himself a working class regular Joe, he wouldn’t last a week as a tire changer, a roofer or house framer. Because of the sheer luck of birth he has taken money and used it to make more money – putting some people out of work in the process. Romney just happens to be one of the most visible faces of the kind of vulture crony capitalism that conservatives see as glowing with virtue. because capitalism, at least the way we practice it does not always reward work the way it should, people like Romney, Trump, Gingrich and others benefits disproportionately. That’s fine up to a point. In all always has been laced with social-Darwinism economy there are and always have been Americans who have worked hard and ended up poor or barely getting by. Those people provided the labor and bought the products and services that made a lot of lazy arrogant blowhards wealthy. The least that could be expected of them is to take some of the wealth that was redistributed upward to them, is to toss some pennies back to the country in the form of roads, health care, infrastructure and education. That is in no way asking for a hand out to average Americans, it is simply asking the very lucky and wealthy to repay some, just some of what they owe society.
The conservative rag The Washington Free Beacon – seriously, another socialized media project financed by conservative sugar daddies, has put out some dubious facts, some lies and quite a bit of spin to portray the Obama White House as populated by female wage slaves. I did not make up these excerpts. These are what this newspaper published as fact based journalism. Obama White House pays women less than men, records show
Calculating the median salary for each gender required some assumptions to be made based on the employee names. When unclear, every effort was taken to determine the appropriate gender.
They made assumptions and were ever so careful to try to determine which employees were male and female. Off to a golly good start. Obvious they graduated from the O’Reilly-Palin School of Journalistic Integrity.
It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.
So no one has filed any complaints for pay discrimination. That must be because of the Kenyan-marxist-Anti-Christ spell that Obama has cast over the entire White House staff.
According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
That is darn suspicious and evil, IF, everyone on the staff has the same job and does the same or very similar work. Oh, and has the same responsibilities.
We looked at the annual report and it’s true! It turns out that, for example, Deputy Assistant to the President Jonathan Carson makes $153,500 whereas Special Assistant To The White House Rhonda M. Carter only makes $63,240! Un-fair! Rhonda is a “Special” Assistant which has to be better than a “Deputy” Assistant because “deputy” is like a second in command and “Special” is… ‘special’ or ‘unique’ and therefore rarer, like A Very Special Episode of Blossom. Not equal, or lesser – better!
This is another remember moment. Conservatives are not dumb. They claim that is a fact. Thus any mistakes they make. Any assumptions they make. Any conclusions they come to, are the result of razor-sharp analytical minds. Or, they have aligned themselves with evil. The deep belief that anything goes in order to get what they want. And the facts tend to have a liberal bias.
Straight from the conservative playbook: If all else fails just start flinging pooh: Allen West Campaign Releases Full Video Of West Calling House Progressives ‘Communist’
Rep. Allen West’s (R-FL) campaign is disputing a media report that he said there were 80 members of the Communist Party among congressional Democrats, without naming any. Indeed, West’s team has given a more complete video clip to the Daily Caller, showing the full context: He did name them.
[ ]…After about 30 seconds, West unfurled his deadpan punchline: “The answer to that: It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
The Progressive Caucus is, of course, an internal grouping of the most left-leaning members of House Democrats. Current and past members have included Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (who relinquished her membership after she became House Democrats’ leader in late 2002), Rep. Barney Frank, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, and many others.
“One stupid reporter with a local publication misquoted the entire thing, and they all jumped on one press account without verifying,” said West’s campaign manager Tim Edson, referring to the original report in the Palm Beach Post . “It’s all typical West Wing marching orders for their friends in the press.”
Edson continued: “The real point is these people speak for themselves, and if you listen to the words of the Progressive Caucus it’s clear that these people are opponents of capitalism — they oppose free markets, they oppose individual economic freedom — so you can call them whatever you want — whether they’re socialists or Marxists or communists.”
If the Progressive caucus is all commies they are terrible at it. Business profits are back to prerecession levels and corporate taxes are at historic lows. The Progressive Caucus has tried to pass a budget package, that unlike Paul Ryan’s(R-WI) will reduce the deficit while also protecting Medicare and Social Security. I guess communists look out for Americans and that is UnAmerican according to West. West exact quote was, I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party,”. Now The Washington Free Beacon and West have set the standards for what is acceptable discourse. So if someone said they believed West was a Nazi. Or West was a child molester. Or Allen was an anti-American coward. All those accusations could be assumed to be correct, acceptable discourse, and it is incumbent on West to prove otherwise. Thus conservatives have a touted Vice Presidential pick who is a Nazi UnAmerican child molester. These are of course are just things I’ve heard, so that makes it perfectly alright to say them and assume they are true. I don’t make the rules I just follow the ones conservatives with ‘values’ make. There is another possibility. Has anyone ever seen West and Ann Coulter in the same room? West could be Ann Coulter’s alter ego.
Some articles worth a read that came in while I was writing this post - Women’s Job Losses Under Obama Have Been Driven by GOP Obstruction
Not only have these layoffs primarily been implemented at the behest of Republican Party governors and state legislators, but the Obama administration twice—once in the Spring of 2010 and a second time in the fall of 2012—pushed hard for legislation to prevent layoffs of teachers. These efforts were roundly denounced by conservatives as wasteful and costly “bailouts” and so they didn’t happen.
A conservative corporate socialist, a crook, serial liar and general sleaze bag, has a account at Tiffanys, but I’m not sure if he is a Nazi or communist - Newt Gingrich Campaign Vendors Wonder If They’ll Ever Get Paid
This is from a blogger generally sympathetic to conservatives – Gingrich: Fox News more biased for Romney than CNN. he also makes the point that Santorum also went after Fox’s pro-Romney bias. Newt and Rick have both worked for Fox so they might be burning bridges.
She and her husband just act like a fascists - Michele Bachman Clinic Busted by Second Undercover Sting
Taking a page out of the Truth Wins Out playbook, a documentary filmmaker went undercover at Bachmann & Associates, the Minnesota Christian counseling clinic co-owned by Marcus & Michele Bachmann, and again captured a staffer conducting so-called “reparative therapy,” this time with a hidden pen camera. This is the second time the clinic has been exposed for engaging in these dubious practices.
That clinic takes communist Medicare funds.