The president’s acolytes have been working overtime to convince the American people there’s a “war on women.” They’re right—but it’s not being waged by the Republicans.
The real “war on women” is tied to the state of the U.S. economy, which is currently engaged in its most anemic recovery in the post-war period. President Obama’s policies of tax, spend, and regulate have prevented business expansion, produced layoffs, and led to nearly 3 million people dropping out of the workforce. Of those, women are the hardest hit.
Since Obama took office the nation has lost a net 740,000 jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and unemployment had gone from 7.8 percent to as high as 10.1 percent in October 2009 before coming down to it’s current rate of 8.2 percent. And that’s only counting people still looking for work. Without them, it’s closer to 9 or 10 percent according to various estimates.
For women the picture is even bleaker. The bureau reports that the unemployment rate for women has increased from 7 percent to 8.1 percent and the number of female employees in the workforce has declined by 683,000. The female labor force participation rate fell in March from 57.9 percent to 57.7 percent.
The president’s failure to get a handle on the economy constitutes the real “war on women,” depriving them of opportunities to enter or remain in the workforce. In order to divert attention from these cold, hard facts, Obama and his allies—like former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz—have tried to focus attention on the nonsensical idea that the Republicans want somehow to ban women’s access to birth control.
Read More at US News. By Peter Roff.