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Friday, May 29, 2015

Women May Choose Only What Liberals Approve

If you thought Obama believed in giving choice to women, think again. It’s only some kinds of choice he will tolerate, such as the choice whether or not to kill her baby; but certainly not the choice of whether to be a stay-at-home mom, or work full-time or part-time. A week before Obama’s now-famous stay-at-home-moms statement, Patricia Arquette used her acceptance speech at Hollywood’s Academy Awards to rouse up the audience with the statement, “it’s time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States.” She wasn’t talking about all women because it’s well known that unmarried and childless women in the workforce make almost as much as men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No, Arquette was specifically addressing “every woman who gave birth.” She was giving voice to the feminists’ new issue: the “motherhood pay gap” which results when pregnant women take time off and choose to return to reduced hours after giving birth. According to Obama, “that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.” In order to “ensure that women are full and equal participants in the economy,” he said, the taxpayers must pay the cost of caring for newborns and toddlers.

The mommy pay gap is even greater for married women (they earn 24 percent less than men). One reason a woman gets married is to be supported by her husband while caring for her children at home. So long as her husband earns a good income, she doesn’t care about the pay gap. A Pew Research Center survey reports that 60 percent of Americans say children are better off when one parent stays home to care for the kids. Candidates running for national office should be asked the question, “Do you believe mothers should have the choice to leave the workforce for several years to care for their own children?” The plain fact is that when women look for a husband, they look for a man who gets a bigger salary than they do.

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