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Social Issues: Obama Versus Romney

October 21, 2012

Abortion, contraception, equal pay, and immigration reform

Abortion

President Obama supports taxpayer-funded abortions for any reason–even for sex selection–up to and including the last day of the last month of pregnancy.  He voted three times as an Illinois senator for “let ‘em die if born alive” (i.e., no medical aid to aborted fetuses that are born alive).

The Democratic Party used to believe, abortions should be safe, legal, and rare.

Governor Romney is pro-life; (i.e., he doesn’t support abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, and the lives of the mothers).

He believes that using federal tax dollars to fund abortion violates the religious beliefs and First Amendment rights of  many Americans of faith.

That’s why he doesn’t support funding Planned Parenthood.

But he does support low-cost clinics which provide all of the same women’s services (excluding abortion) as those provided by Planned Parenthood–except the low-cost clinics charge less for services and don’t exclude medical treatment for men and our children.

Note on Roe vs. Wade: Overturning Roe vs. Wade would not make abortion illegal. It would send the issue back to the states, removing it from the national stage and thereby preventing unscrupulous politicians from manipulating and scaring naive women into voting for them–something they’ve gotten away with for 39 years. 

Conservatives are divided in their opinions on abortion, but they almost universally agree that the Supreme Court was wrong to violate the 10th Amendment (states’ rights). 

If Roe vs. Wade was overturned, the vast majority of states would vote to keep abortion legal. 

Returning to the states the decision of whether to  fund abortion enables Americans who oppose abortion to live in (or move to) a state where their tax dollars won’t be used to fund abortions.

Dishonest politicians also try to scare naive women into believing that conservatives would pass a Constitutional Amendment banning abortion.  That’s an impossibility, because a constitutional amendment requires three-fourths of our states to ratify an amendment within a set time period, and most Americans want abortion to be safe, rare, and legal.

Contraception

President Obama believes contraception should be easily accessible to all women and should be paid for by insurance companies, even by self-insured religious organizations whose tenets are violated by being forced to provide contraceptives.

The President finds no inconsistencies in his disrespecting the tenets of some Christian religions and his respecting the tenets of Islam.

In any event, I believe, the President’s motivations are suspect, because he created this issue in an election year–akin to his blocking Senator Marco Rubio’s bipartisan bill for a permanent Dream Act.  To score political points, the President used an executive order to provide temporary status for the children of undocumented residents.

Governor Romney believes contraceptives should be safe, legal, and easily accessible to all women and men.

He does not believe, Obamacare or anything else should be allowed to violate our First Amendment rights.

Equal Pay

President Obama says that he supports equal pay for women and men.

But he paid White House women 18% less than men, violating the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and his own legislation, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (from  http://www.theblaze.com/stories/war-on-women-white-house-found-to-pay-women-less-on-average-than-men/ ).

President Obama’s White House and Congress have been labeled by women as hostile work environments (see http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamas-female-debate-coach-complained-about-hostile-workplace-white-house_654745.html  and  http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/oct/18/report-hostile-work-environment-complaints-capitol/ ).

Governor Romney supports equal-pay rights for everyone.

Unlike some politicians, Mitt Romney lives what he believes.   That’s why, when he became  Governor of Massachusetts and he saw that almost all of the applicants were males, he sought out “binders full of women [resumes]” to ensure that his cabinet and senior staff were representative of our population.

As CEO of Bain, Mitt Romney invested in Bright Horizons, an onsite daycare provider for companies and an early-childhood development and education provider, to ensure its success–even though it lost money for its first five years.

Governor Romney believes, we shouldn’t have to worry about whether our children are well-cared for while we work.  He also believes, flextime benefits employers and employees.

Please take the time to watch the videos of two women who’ve worked closely with Governor Romney and know up-close-and-personal how he treats women:

One video is of  a liberal Democrat, Jane Edmonds, Governor Romney’s Former Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcqPVEYKQEk

The other video is of Romney’s Lt. Governor Kerry Healey:  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80494.html

Note on equal pay: President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made gender-based wage discrimination illegal. 

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed by President Obama in 2009, allows an employee to bring a pay-discrimination lawsuit against a company long after the offending manager has retired or died, so that the company is “unable to offer any meaningful defense to the claim” (from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilly_Ledbetter_Fair_Pay_Act_of_2009  ). 

Imagine if you bought a business and then were sued for pay discrimination by an employee who’d worked there years before you bought the company.  Imagine how your reputation and the reputation of your business would be tarnished because of no fault of your own.  As a woman, I wouldn’t give you my business, because you wouldn’t be able to explain the situation clearly in a soundbite.  Plus, your explanation wouldn’t make a good story for the left-leaning media, so it’d be silenced.  (For those who say that won’t happen, please look at myriad lawsuits against banks that bought failed banks (e.g., Bank of America has been repeatedly sued for what Countrywide executives and employees did before BOA bought Countrywide).

However, I believe, pay disparity between men and women is very real as is pay disparity among different ethnic groups.  In 2009, women earned 77% of what their male counterparts made; and in 2000, in 73.7% (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_pay_gap  ; http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-25/why-women-earn-less-than-men-a-year-out-of-school ). 

Unfortunately,  there are so many factors coming into play that no one has accurately determined pay disparity [e.g., education, experience, job performance (e.g., skill level, attitude, ability to meet deadlines, ability to work unsupervised), part-time versus full-time, years worked with versus without interruptions, and the ethnicities of employees and supervisors (i.e., the pay disparity in some cases may be due to racism rather than to gender discrimination)]. 

Rather than funding research on drug-stoned monkeys or for China’s green energy, our government perhaps should fund a long-term study to determine the true wage gaps between genders and among minorities and what can be done to close the gaps.

Immigration reform

President Obama promised immigration reform–but he failed to even offer any legislation, despite having a Democrat-controlled House and Senate for two years (actually four years when including the Bush era: 2007-11, because Bush was a strong supporter of immigration reform).

Furthermore, President Obama’s Congress was filibuster-proof for more than six months.  During that time, the President and Democrats could have passed any bills that they wanted.

President Obama did not submit long-term immigration reform, because he was unwilling to risk his re-election, knowing the majority of Americans don’t support amnesty.

He created an executive order for a temporary Dream Act, because he knew, most Americans would support it.

But President Obama’s temporary Dream Act hurt the children of undocumented workers:  He blocked Senator Marco Rubio’s bipartisan bill for a permanent Dream Act for the children of undocumented residents.

Rather than working with Senator Rubio to provide a permanent solution to help the children of undocumented residents, President Obama hurt us all by usurping Congress, violating the separation of powers, and failing to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

Democrats have played Latinos for years, promising immigration reform, stringing them along, and then throwing them a tiny bone before an election.  It’s unconscionable that President Obama promised Latinos he’d reform immigration, but then failed to even submit the legislation for it.

Note:  By using executive orders, illegal funding schemes, and czars who answer only to President Obama not only does end-runs around Congress and violates the U.S. Constitution, but he also paves the way for future Presidents to violate our Constitution and erode our civil liberties–ultimately paving the way for a dictator. 

For example, we are seeing the effects today of what President Clinton did in the mid-1990s:  President Obama’s NDAA (which allows our government to detain us indefinitely without trial; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act_for_Fiscal_Year_2012) is the result of right-to-privacy end-runs that President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno made after the WTC bombing in 1993. 

Some examples of President Obama’s doing end-runs around Congress:   http://oversight.house.gov/release/video-obamacares-hidden-medicare-advantage-cuts/ ; anti-consumer, anti-safety auto regulations Obama got in exchange for bailing out GM and Chrysler http://oversight.house.gov/report/a-dismissal-of-safety-choice-and-cost-the-obama-administrations-new-auto-regulations/ )

Governor Romney has promised immigration reform in his first year.  This is a guy who actually believes he’ll go to hell for lying, so he doesn’t make promises that he doesn’t intend to keep.  If you take the time to research Romney’s record., you’ll find that he’s one of the rare good guys who still believes, keeping his promises matters.

Mitt Romney gave away his entire inheritance. He worked for zero pay as governor of Massachusetts, chair of the Olympics ,and as a Mormon bishop.  He gives millions to charity each and every year, far more than the 10% tithing most Christians strive to but fail to give. I’m appalled by the vicious attacks against Mitt Romney, who is more qualified than any presidential candidate in at least the past 50 years.

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Note:  I’m a socially liberal, pro-choice, fiscal conservative woman who has always voted for the  candidate who’s best qualified for the job, regardless of party affiliation, sex, race, religion, income level, etc.

The vicious attacks against Mitt Romney–coupled with the mainstream media’s acting like Obama’s PR team rather than reporters we’ve entrusted to expose incompetence and corruption in society and government–reveal how we’ve ended up voting for the least-qualified rather than the best-qualified candidates in the past 50 years.

No wonder America is such a mess.

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