Money Issues Are More Important Than Women's Issues at the Polls

mtt romneyI had a conversation with my 14-year-old daughter on the way to school today after she told me she is "voting" for President Barack Obama. Um, "supporting" Obama? (Maybe they do a mock election at school?) She said it's because Mitt Romney is anti-abortion. God love this child that she is bright enough to care and that she has opinions. I laughed because a year ago she told me she was a socialist, then announced that she was moderate Republican, only to tell me this morning she is voting for Obama. Kids! I am finally learning that with teenage girls, it isn't worth a big to-do because by day's end, she will probably change her mind!

I did have to say to her while we wish Presidents shared our views on social issues, you can't vote for a President based on social issues. Legislators, yes. Absolutely. They write the laws. "But even if you were a one-issue female voter in the past," I told her, "this year it's got to be about the economy." It was hard to put it in terms that she would understand, but I really believe that Obama has failed to lead in this arena. Where everything Romney has touched has turned to gold. I also think you vote for a Commander-in-Chief in part because they inspire confidence. That's right, you vote for a CEO because he makes investors feel secure. Same thing with the President. Their job, especially at this time, transcends social issues. And this year, I hope women will realize that a rising tide will lift all boats. Fixing the economy and protecting the nation's fiscal health for the next generation is good for all women.

This week, everybody's stuck on the number 47, as in the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay taxes, according to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. I think the number we all need to be thinking about is 50, as in less than 50 days until the 2012 Presidential Election. The other numbers I am thinking a lot about these days are 20 and 40. As in a year ago, 20 percent of the electorate identified itself as Moderate or Independent. Today, with just over six weeks to go, it's 40 percent. For anyone who thinks it's over, I would say the sleeping giant hasn't even reared its head. Either they're so fed up they're going to keep sleeping and stay home or they're going to elect Romney. Let's hope it's the latter.

I have to say when I first saw last week's sneak attack video and heard Romney say that he couldn't "worry about those people," referring to the reported 47 percent of Americans who don't pay taxes because they are exempt, I thought he was referring to the people who are constantly trying to paint him with the "give to the rich and steal from the poor" brush. On second viewing, it does sound like he was referring to the veterans and elderly who don't pay their taxes because they get breaks. I don't know what he was thinking because I am not in his head, but I do know he could have meant that he was going to focus on the monies that do come in, and address what changes need to be made and why.

The polls and the media are fanning the fires that the Romney campaign is going up in flames. You wonder why Independents and Republicans no longer trust the media when it is hard to hear any real news against this attempt to drown his campaign in a drumroll of defeat. Americans are not stupid. They are tired. And discouraged. And more cynical than ever about where they solutions lie. But at the end of the day, it will boil down to the economy. At least it should.


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the4m... the4mutts

Very well written! :)

nonmember avatar Leslie

The media is writing about Romney's campaign going up in flames because it is. Anyone who can disparage half of the nation's population should not be president. I don't care in what way he made those remarks. DiSMISSING half of the population of the U.S. is not indicative of a good leader. If he was dismissing the half that were taxpayers, that would be bad. If it were Obama dismissing Republicans, it would be bad. You can't choose to only lead half of the country. Romney only has himself to blame. And, as far as the economy goes, his success story, "Staples" has just declared bankruptcy. And, he has made money in the fashion that would least lend itself to job creation. He's destoyed companies and created jobs overseas. He has been very smart, because he has made tons of money, but only a few people can have the access, connections and start up funds to do his kind of 'work'. There are many more enterprising Republicans who have actually created jobs and they could probably do a good job of being President. But, Romney is not remarkable.

nonmember avatar Dusty

Thank you! Finally someone wrote an article calling out the media who are very clearly not showing both sides evenly! It's hard to watch the news when you know that they're only telling a small fraction of the story- let's just hope that our fellow Americans do their own research before they cast their votes.

Dana E Armstrong

"Where everything Romney has touched has turned to gold."

Gold for who?  Not the employees who lost their jobs when he shipped them off to China.  Not the workers who got pink slips when he loaded up their companies with debt, put them into bankruptcy, left the government with the bill and road off into the sunset with millions.   Are you referring to the "gold" he stashes overseas or the gold in his million dollar 401K?  ]

Romney's midas touch only reaches as far as the 1%, the rest is just going to magically trickle down to the 47%.   He's a bad Bush rerun and a worse human being.

Livin... LivinBlessed

Americans are not stupid, exactly! And we know that Romney does not care about us, period! I am thankful that I can teach my kids that it's NOT all about some imaginary promise of wealth guiding my vote, but the knowledge that we all deserve respect and recognition of our rights!

DebaLa DebaLa

Money issues ARE women's most important issue. If our leaders' policies can't show us the money, then we need to show them the door Nov 6.

Good article.

Flori... Floridamom96

Dana, do you have any evidence to back up your assertions? I'd love to see it.

nonmember avatar Guest

@Dana E Armstrong, thank you for bleating the left wing agit-prop of the day like a mindless sheep.

Bain capitol made billions of dollars for investors, and did so by building up dozens of businesses and creating many Thousands of Jobs. Bain SAVED many businesses from bankruptcy, which is how they made their money. That is what they do. Romney has created far more jobs with PRIVATE money that OWEbama has writing $6,000,000,000,000 in bad checks. The often cited steel mill that was eventually closes was SAVED from failing, and after a massive cash infusion was kept operating for almost a decade longer that it otherwise would have been, and preserved hundreds of jobs in the process. Though technological and industry changes eventually made the plant too obsolete to keep in production, if you really want to talk about that, the first topic you have to discuss is the Clinton administrations lack of action in regards to Chinese steel dumping. Nahhh, don't let silly little things like facts get in the way of a good liberal hate tantrum.

Only in the most bizarre and twisted mind could building business and industry, creating jobs and earning profits be considered somehow a "bad" thing.

"worse human being" point of fact, YOU are the one spewing ridiculous and disgusting lies.

Are you voting for the extraordinarily successful businessman,

or the dismally failed "community organizer"?

nonmember avatar Rebecca Tantalo

Women's issues aren't important? If the republicans keep going in their current path, we won't have to worry about any election issues in the future. They'll have us all back at home with no right to vote.

Procr... Procrastamom

but I do know he could have meant that he was going to focus on the monies that do come in, and address what changes need to be made and why.

I do love watching the Repubs attempt to twist Romney's words to mean something (anything!) better than what he actually said.  He didn't mean it!  Really!  He's such a great guy!  Just like his campaign spokesmen have to do every. single. time. he opens his mouth.  They come out to re-explain his meaning at least three times a week.

Face facts. Your daughter is smarter than you, Christine.

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