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Obama Gets One Right

I saw the headline “Some Women Wanted More From The W.H.” and thought, “Darn right!” But then I learn the story is about a dreary group of women purporting to represent “the women’s movement” (are we in a 1970′s time warp?) who are complaining they haven’t been given “a Cabinet-level office, or even a blue-ribbon Presidential Commission on Women.” Apparently they are being pacified with some mumbling about an inter-agency task force. Well that’s one of the few presidential decisions I can applaud without reservation.

Are these gals kidding? A cabinet position on women!? Sounds like a dastardly scheme (must be the Men’s Lobby) to marginalize and patronize women. And what do they want to do with a position in the administration? There isn’t much detail, but I imagine comparable worth and other bad ideas left over from the 70s would top their list of demands. (They already got the full-employment act for plaintiffs’ lawyers under the guise of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. So what more could they be after?)

But if they’re looking for input on a women’s agenda I’ll give them some: cut taxes, increase the child tax credit and personal exemption for children, expand school choice and vouchers, and beef up efforts to combat international human trafficking. Oh, these women are not interested in those things? Ah, you see they are interested in the liberal women’s agenda. But it sounds so much better to claim the entire gender for themselves.

Well, count me out. And bravo to Obama for brushing them off.


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