View From Lodi, CA: Can Women Really Like Dubya? [With Joenote To VDARE.COM Readers]

Time Magazine`s lead story
this week,

“What do Women Want?”
reports that women are
drifting toward President George W. Bush in his
re-election bid.  

The Republican spin is that soccer
Moms think that Bush will do a better job of protecting
the country against further acts of terrorism.

Is anyone paying attention to
facts? The truth is that Bush, in general, is no friend
to women. And the

women I know
rate his

track record on terrorism
as abysmal.

Since elected Bush has done little
to promote women`s advancement.

In a Washington Post story
dated July 13th 2004 titled

“Leaked Salary List Shows Bush`s Highest Paid Staff
Mostly Male,”
reporter Dana Milbank wrote that
12 of the 17 White House staffers who

make $157, 000
—the top of this year`s pay scale—are
men.

Post researcher Margot
Williams crunched Milbank`s figures to arrive at salary
data that indicates White House wage discrimination
against women.

According to Williams, men in the
Bush White House earn an average of $76,624 versus an
average of $59,917 for women. Using those salaries as
her base, Williams calculates Williams that Bush female
employees are paid about 78 cents for every dollar that
Bush male employees earn—similar to the U.S. wage gap
that still exists between men and women.

The March 2004 National Council for
Research on Women report titled

“MISSING: Information about Women`s Lives “
[PDF]
reveals more bad news about how the Bush administration
perceives women.

The report states that the White
House has systematically deleted and altered information
previously posted on government websites that deal with
women`s concerns including but not limited to pay
equity, childcare and birth control.

Furthermore, the report charges
that key government offices such as the

White House`s Office of Women`s Initiatives and Outreach

and the President`s Interagency Council on Women have
been disbanded.

Now, to move from the general to
the specific, the Bush campaign`s assertion that women
view the president as stronger on terrorism than Kerry
is preposterous.

Women who have lived through the
trauma of 9/11 and the horror of the Iraq War hold Bush
in low esteem, to phrase it as politely as possible.

As background for columns, I have
interviewed several of the

sisters, wives and mothers of 9/11 victims.
I have
met with them in Washington D.C.

Without exception, they have been
bitterly disappointed by Bush`s lax approach to
investigating what happened on 9/11 and why it happened.

And they remain unconvinced that
Bush has taken even the most basic steps to secure the
country from future attacks.

A letter posted on the

9/11 Families for a Secure America,
contains this
paragraph:

“For
decades the policies and lack of attention to the real
dangers our nation faced by the Congress, Senate, and
the President led to the failures of September 11, 2001.
Those weaknesses in our defense continue to this very
day.”

A New Jersey group, the

“Four Moms”
forced Bush, over his

strong objections
, to form the

9/11 Commission.

These four mothers—raising seven
fatherless children—also concluded that the Bush
administration did nothing to prevent the 9/11 terrorist
attacks.

Said one of the Moms, Mindy
Kleinberg,

“The
Bush people keep saying that Clinton was not doing
enough to combat the Al Qaeda threat. But nothing is
less than not enough, and nothing is what the Bush
administration did."

The Bush administration delivered
the ultimate insult to women by arresting 55-year old

Sue Niederer
for protesting the death in Iraq of her
only son, Second Lt. Seth J. Dvorin. 

Niederer confronted Laura Bush at a
New Jersey fund raising event to challenge the first
lady. Standing at the back of the room while Mrs. Bush
lauded the president`s Iraq policy to a handpicked group
of supporters, Niederer

called
out, “Why don`t your children

serve
?”

Immediately, Niederer was, as she
retold it, “surrounded by men in dark suits with
little earpieces,”
handcuffed and arrested for
trespassing even though she had identification and a
ticket to the event.

Niederer was subsequently released
and charges were dropped.

Niederer`s asked an appropriate
question. Whatever you may think of the war, arresting a
fallen soldier`s mother for expressing her grief is a
slap in the face to every parent who has lost a child in
combat.

If the war is as noble a cause as
President Bush insists, why don`t Barbara and Jenna sign
up for the National Guard? As the twins said in August
at the

Republican National Convention,
“Since we
graduated from college, we`re looking for something to
do for the next few years.”

As always with my columns regarding
President Bush, I encourage readers to fact check.

I could not find any overwhelming
evidence that women should—or do—prefer Bush to Kerry as
the November choice.

But please don`t take my word for
it. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

 

JOENOTE
TO VDARE.COM READERS:

In
addition to interviewing 9/11 families, I have also
spoken at considerable length with dozens of mothers,
wives, sisters and daughters of innocent U.S. citizens
killed by illegal aliens who then fled to Mexico for


safe haven.

Without
exception, those women consider President Bush to be a
contemptible coward for his


repeated failure
to pressure Mexican President


Vicente Fox
to extradite the killers back to
California.

They
have all made passionate pleas to Bush to intervene. But
Bush—again revealing his


peculiar partiality for Mexico
—ignored them.

My
personal conclusion: Bush is not merely cowardly, but
arrogant.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English
at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly
column since 1988. It currently appears in the


Lodi News-Sentinel
.