By Rep. Jeanette Nunez (R)As State Senator Eleanor Sobel said in a recent guest column, there is a lot at stake in this November’s election, especially for women.
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But while she and her fellow Democrats would like to make this a contest about birth control and abortion, the reality is that women care far more about the dismal state of our economy. And, quite frankly, we’re tired of President Obama and his allies’ divisive tactics designed to distract our attention from just how bad his economic policies have been for us.
To borrow Sen. Sobel’s phrase: On economic issues alone, the Obama plan is devastating for women. Under President Obama, more than 400,000 women have lost their jobs, and our unemployment rate has increased to 8.1 percent. Meanwhile, the poverty rate among women has increased to 14.5 percent, the highest in 17 years.
Over the last three and a half years, family health care premiums have increased more than $2,000. Gas prices have doubled. Today, Americans are burdened by more than $1 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. If we don’t turn around our economy now, more of us will be out of job and unable to put food on the table. More of our children will graduate from college thousands of dollars in debt with little hope of getting a job to pay it all off.
That’s not to mention the fact that, while they try to wage a war about birth control, President Obama and his allies conveniently forget to tell others about the war they’re waging on religious freedom. And as they try to wage a war about pay equality, President Obama and his allies conveniently forget to tell voters about the White House being a “hostile workplace” and about the pay disparities between men and women in the Obama administration.Here’s the bottom line: the war Republicans are waging isn’t against women. The war Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are waging is against the failed policies of the last four years that have devastated women across the country.
The Romney-Ryan plan will turn around our economy and put women back to work. By reducing taxes and untangling regulations for job creators, their plan will give small businesses the freedom they need to grow and succeed – important not only for the millions of women small-business owners across the nation, but also for the 7.6 million workers they employ.
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