Friday, July 11, 2008

Cindy McCain says Husbands plan for women is best

In Hudson, Wisconsin, we were fortunate to experience a first of its kind event for Sen. McCains presidential campaign, a "town hall" meeting for women only

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put it this way: "McCain argued that "when you cut through all (of Democrat Barack Obama's) smooth rhetoric," McCain's economic agenda of business tax cuts, lower spending and expanded trade makes him a better candidate for women than Obama. Lauding Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, and even hailing the first woman Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, McCain sought to connect with a "demographic" that, in his own words, is "as we all know ... a majority of the voters."

The values party had everyone on hand to tout their family agenda, except when…"The local businesswoman who introduced McCain -- company CEO LouAnne Reger -- joked about fashion, dieting and her two divorces as she warmed up the crowd. The hundreds in the audience were overwhelmingly women.

Without pointing to an particular policy, McCain decided to make some very wild claims.

"Yesterday in New York, Senator Obama went on at great length about how much he cares about women's issues," McCain said. "Senator Obama's policies would make it harder for women to start new businesses, harder for women to create or find new jobs, harder for women to manage the family budget, and harder for women and their families to meet their tax burden." McCain sought to assure voters here he felt their economic pain, especially after published comments this week by his longtime friend and adviser Phil Gramm that the U.S. has become a "nation of whiners" and the country is in a "mental recession." Gramm said later he was referring to "our leaders" when he said that, not average people.

Democrats criticized McCain this week for opposing some legislation in Congress aimed at ensuring pay parity for women; McCain has said the legislation was flawed.

This has been said again and again by McCain, that he has voted against important legislation because “it was flawed.” Really, look it up. Maybe next time he’ll complain about too many run on sentences, commas or quotes to vote against an important bill.

By the way, to set the record straight as to who’s plan for the economy would benefit women, or just about anybody for that matter: A recent report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center found that McCain's tax cuts would go far more to upper earners, while Obama would raise taxes on upper earners, but lower them more than McCain for people below the highest brackets. McCain argues that his plan would do more to stimulate job creation, and thereby benefit Americans broadly.

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