View From Lodi, CA: Can Women Really Like Dubya? [With Joenote To VDARE.COM Readers]
Time Magazine`s lead story
“What do Women Want?” reports that women are
drifting toward President George W. Bush in his
The Republican spin is that soccer
Moms think that Bush will do a better job of protecting
the country against further acts of terrorism.
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
Post researcher Margot
Williams crunched Milbank`s figures to arrive at salary
data that indicates White House wage discrimination
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 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
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
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
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
These four mothers—raising seven
fatherless children—also concluded that the Bush
administration did nothing to prevent the 9/11 terrorist
Said one of the Moms, Mindy
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
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
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
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
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.
TO VDARE.COM READERS:
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
have all made passionate pleas to Bush to intervene. But
Bush—again revealing his
peculiar partiality for Mexico—ignored them.
personal conclusion: Bush is not merely cowardly, but