Mitt Romney's Flip-Flop Debate Strategy Won't Woo Women

Flip flopsIt’s time Mitt Romney trades in his Bally loafers for some cheap rubber flip-flops. Am I to believe he suddenly supports women’s rights? Does he truly believe in supporting the working poor and middle class? Nah, he just wants your vote. And he's stretching and struggling to say anything that will grab your attention long enough to latch on to a sound bite to get you to check the ballot in his favor on November 6.

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Mitt Romney lacks character and charisma. Most importantly, he lacks compassion. He is fueled by hubris, not by a penchant to serve. His aim is to dig a wider divide between haves and have-nots. In his view, women never have been and never will be on equal footing. His so-called “binder” of women to hire into his cabinet is case in point. For starters, he lied about that binder. He had nothing to do with proactively seeking and vetting qualified women leaders. From The Phoenix:

A bipartisan group of women in Massachusetts formed MassGAP to address the problem of few women in senior leadership positions in state government. There were more than 40 organizations involved with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (also bipartisan) as the lead sponsor. They did the research and put together the binder full of women qualified for all the different cabinet positions, agency heads, and authorities and commissions. They presented this binder to Governor Romney when he was elected.

How generous of him to let us women have flexible working hours so we can get home to make dinner. Women will not be protected under a Romney regime. We cannot trust Mitt Romney to stand up for for our economic security. He will not be our advocate. When his campaign was asked about whether Romney would support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, their first response was “we’ll have to get back to you.” What?! He has since refused to say whether he would have signed the legislation and has also declined to take a position on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would give women additional tools to enforce their right to equal pay for equal work. Paul Ryan, in fact, voted against it. I’m speaking here woman to woman, not Democrat to Republican. Do we really want a leader in the White House who will not regard us as equals?

Women’s issues are family issues. Family issues are economic issues. American issues. We need leaders in the Oval Office, in Congress, and in every municipal seat who sees the world this way. Cronyism does not help the masses any more than it helped Massachusetts.

 

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