To the Editor:
Re: Lauren Burr (Athens NEWS, May14) on Obama's "advocacy" for women:
Equal pay for equal work has been the law for nearly 50 years. The oft-quoted "women earn 80 cents to a man's dollar" reflects gender differences in occupation. Men dominate in jobs requiring physical and financial risk, unpleasant environments and longer work hours. Women leave the workforce, work fewer hours, and choose family-friendly jobs over higher-paying occupations far more than men. Marriage and motherhood distinguishes us, not discrimination.
Oh wait – in Obama's White House, where men and women truly do similar work, median salary for men is $71,000, for women $60,000.
Lilly Ledbetter's Act is a trial lawyers' dream. But if employers will be exposed to discrimination suits for years after a woman quits, they may be less inclined to hire women period.
Obamacare "passed" by a corrupted, bribe-infested process. Most Americans oppose it. Every claim Obama made for it has been proven false: Costs are massively higher. Your "free" preventive care must be paid by somebody. An unelected, politicized bureaucracy will rule over patients and doctors alike. Scheduled cuts to Medicare will be devastating to older women (and men), as fewer medical providers will remain in practice under such conditions. If Obamacare is wonderful, why has Barack granted hundreds of waivers to his favored constituencies?
The true rate of unemployed or underemployed adults is 14-15 percent, highest since the Depression. Those who have given up and dropped out of the labor force are not reflected in published figures of 8.1 percent. Oppressive taxation and regulation kill opportunity for men and women alike. Taxes on most forms of income and assets are scheduled to soar in January. Your share of the massive deficits Obama has generated is far more destructive to your wellbeing than student loan interest, which, if you can't find work, won't matter. If you do find work, Ms. Burr, increasing portions of your income will be consumed in support of Obama's entitlement state.
Obama's campaign slanders Ann Romney, who raised five boys through breast cancer and MS. Conversely, he welcomes support from Bill Maher, major league misogynist.
Obama backs the Muslim Brotherhood with words, action and money. The Brotherhood espouses Sharia Law, where women have fewer legal protections than an American dog, and where gays and lesbians are executed.
Tell me again, Ms. Burr, how Obama is "good" for women.