AN OP-ED IN TODAY'S SUN-SENTINEL
BY RNC CO-CHAIR SHARON DAY
March 28, 2012
How desperate are Democrats? Desperate enough to rely on empty, hypocritical words to win women's votes.
After three years of Democrats' policies, a majority of Americans say the country is headed in the "wrong direction." Democrats know they are in trouble, and they want a diversion - anything to distract from their record of failures and broken promises.
So they fashioned an outlandish narrative - the "War on Women" - and then declared they would "stand for women" in this contrived "war."
But while Democrats claim to stand with women, women say they can no longer withstand the Democrats' agenda. According to a CBS News/New York Times poll last week, Barack Obama's approval rating among women is down 12 points from just last month.
In short, their rhetoric is not working. Women care most about the difficult times facing our families and the direction of our country - not DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's latest political ploy.
Mothers like me worry about our children's future. For the first time in my life, a majority of Americans believe their children will be worse off than they were. We see the skyrocketing national debt and shudder to think of the burden the next generation will bear.
They are already weighed down by student debt and record-high college costs. Since Obama took office, tuition rates have increased 25 percent. The president has made numerous speeches on the topic, but his plans to cut costs have been criticized by education experts, and his loan reforms would save the average student less than $10 a month.
Wives like me wonder how to keep our family's finances in order. In the Obama economy, wages are shrinking. But grocery bills and healthcare bills are growing. Millions of families face underwater mortgages and the continued threat of foreclosure, despite Obama's promises to save us from the housing crisis.
Gas prices add further strain to the household budget. The price of a gallon of gas has more than doubled since Obama took office. He promised a comprehensive energy policy as a candidate, but as president he has blocked projects like the Keystone pipeline and squandered taxpayer money on failed companies like Solyndra. He says there is no "silver bullet" to lower energy prices, but if he had spent the last three years pursuing domestic sources of energy, we might feel less pain today.
Businesswomen like me wish Obama would stop attacking job creators. We are overburdened by regulations, weighed down by mandates, and worried about the threat of higher taxes. Were it not for Obamacare and Democrats' regulatory regime, small businesses could hire more workers - and increase economic output.
For 37 straight months, unemployment in America has been above 8 percent. 12.8 million Americans are out of work, and millions more cannot find enough work to meet their needs. Obama's misguided economic policies have created an inhospitable job market.
Under the Obama presidency, women are not better off because America is not better off. Government spending is unsustainable. Economic conditions are unacceptable. Future crises are unimaginable.
Democrats' promise to "stand for women" is as hollow a slogan as "hope and change." Worse, it's hypocritical: while they lob attacks at Republicans, they embrace celebrities like Bill Maher, whose serial misogyny is a staple of his political talk show. A pro-Obama SuperPAC, run by a former White House aide, gladly took Maher's $1 million check, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz has cheerfully appeared on his show.
Women know we need a new direction. We need leaders who put economic opportunity ahead of political opportunism. We need a president who will stop mortgaging our children's future and implement a pro-growth agenda.
Republicans stand for the solutions Americans have been demanding the last three years: domestic energy, free markets, low taxes, less government intrusion, and greater personal liberty. With priorities like these, Republicans are fighting for women's interests, and a Republican president will truly "stand for women."
After all, as a woman and a Republican, I should know.
Sharon Day is co-chair of the Republican National Committee.