September 20 2012
What's Behind the "War on Women" Rhetoric?
Our latest publication, Liberty Is No War on Women: How Big Government and Victim-Politics Undermine America’s Progress, by Carrie Lukas and Sabrina Schaeffer, will be released tonight at a book event/panel. Please join us. You’ll find details at the end of this post.
Our all-star group of discussants (Matt Continetti, Mona Charen, Christie Schilling, and Sabrina) will talk about what the Obama camp’s rhetoric about an alleged “war on women” really means.
What's behind it? Why now? And do Sandra Fluke and "Julia" really speak for women?
It's interesting to note that this week's WOW ad from the Obama campaign says that Mitt Romney has a “tough luck” attitude towards women.
This sounds like the latest attempt to sell big government under the rubric of “compassion.” The ad misleadingly claims that the Romney tax plan would raise taxes on middle class families to give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. Just FYI: The ad doesn’t mention the tax burden that will be imposed on millions of members of the middle class to support Obamacare.
As for the figures cited in the ad, they come from a widely-debunked study done by the Tax Policy Center, which is inevitably described as a "nonpartisan" think tank. That is true but just a bit misleading. The Tax Policy Center is a liberal-leaning organization, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, both highly respected and both left of center.
The Romney ad takes a different tact:
[The Romney ad] features a female announcer reading a letter to her daughter saying that Obama’s policies “are making it harder on women.”“Your share of Obama’s debt is over $50,000, and it grows every day,” the announcer says. “More women are unemployed under President Obama. More than 5.5 million women can’t find work.”
Which of these ads is more likely to win your vote?
Join us tonight for wine, cheese, and a good discussion by topnotch writers and thinkers on what’s behind the “war on women.”
Where: 722 12th Street, NW/ Sixth Floor
When: wine reception at 5:30; panel begins at 6 pm
IWF has been addressing the complicated issues that lie behind the phony "war on women" rhetoric for many years.
If we were more messianic, we might be saying, "These are our issues. This is our moment."