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Reader’s Forum — 11-2-12

Romney not candidate who’s anti-women

Partisan Democrats, including recent letter writer Janet Taylor, jumped on the “binder full of women” phrase from the second presidential debate to charge Mitt Romney as sexist and anti-women.

Elected officials routinely seek resumes of qualified people to fill positions. Does Taylor prefer filling these positions from the “old boys network” or with the cronies who make huge financial campaign contributions? Obama received a “binder” of 45 Muslim Americans as potential White House hires from U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-MN.

Obama criticizes Romney’s record of hiring women. Romney appointed women to 10 of the top 20 jobs in his administration. Kerry Healey became lieutenant governor and Beth Myers his chief of staff.

Under Obama, women have struggled to find work and the number of unemployed women has increased by 451,000.

Ron Suskind described in Confidence Men (2011) the treatment of former high-level women in the Obama administration. Anita Dunn referred to the White House as a “hostile workplace for women.” Christina Romer said “I felt like a piece of meat.” And, Andrew Stiles reported that Obama paid females 18 percent less than males.

Obama tax platform and Obamacare taxes disproportionately burden women. These include the tax penalty; the medicine cabinet tax; and the $2,500 cap on flex savings accounts.

The silly interest in the “binder” comment overshadows the seriousness for women of higher taxes and lack of jobs. The readers can decide who is anti-women.

Evelyn Poole-Kober


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