Has there ever been a president so contemptuous of his own supporters?10:48 AM, Jan 23, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
In spite of his own mostly impressive educational pedigree, President Obama has always harbored an anti-intellectual (or, to be generous, anti-academic) streak. Whether insulting art history in a failed appeal to "Real 'Muricans," or developing a philistine "College Scorecard," which reduces the entire value of education to future earnings, it's become apparent that in the president's estimation, American higher education should basically be a network of pretty good trade schools. You know, the kind of place where the “folks” drop their G’s when engaging in conversation.
Now, in his new tax proposal, the president is taking aim at another segment of academia: the feminist Left. As Ramesh Ponnuru points out at Bloomberg View, Obama "wants to triple the existing tax credit for child-care expenses, and create a new credit for second earners. Those proposals will help some parents and couples, but have nothing to offer families where one parent concentrates on home-based tasks."
Starting several decades ago, feminist scholars began drawing attention to the vast amount of uncompensated labor – cleaning, cooking etc. - that occurs in the home. The lion's share of this work is of course performed by women. A 1988 tome entitled If Women Counted showed, in the words of reviewer Julie A. Nelson, “how the unpaid work traditionally done by women has been made invisible within national accounting systems.” That women’s domestic labor is unfairly compensated and accounted for has become an article of faith in elite Gender Studies and Sociology departments across the country. But now, President Obama seems set on exacerbating the inequities that feminist scholars have discovered by subsidizing women who choose to work outside the home, and offering not even a pittance to women whose home-based labor is already undervalued.
President Obama almost certainly pulled down something approaching Soviet levels of support in those Gender Studies and Sociology departments, of course. Truly, has there ever been a president so contemptuous of his own most vociferous supporters?
3:55 PM, Jan 21, 2015 • By CARRIE LUKAS and HEATHER R. HIGGINS
Given that nine in ten African-American women voted for Democrats in 2014, it may be no surprise that a focus group of urban, female, African-Americans had mostly contempt for all things “Republican” or “conservative.” But what was shocking is that this group also, unprompted, uniformly opposed both extended unemployment benefits and a minimum wage increase, and volunteered conservative economic and moral arguments about their potentially destructive impact on job creation, costs, and conduct.
8:08 AM, Jan 21, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Possible presidential candidate Carly Fiorina confronted President Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, over the White House paying female employees less than their male counterparts:
10:28 AM, Nov 12, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
Watch Christina Hoff Sommers puncture the balloon of some seeking to enlist the police to root out “street harassment.”
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12:06 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
With less than two weeks to Election Day, the Democrats are bringing out Gloria Steinem to help rally their troops.
"The outcome of this election will be determined by one factor," Steinem writes to email recipients of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "Women."
5:41 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking earlier today in Illinois, Vice President Joe Biden praised Governor Quinn -- and, more importantly, his mother. "I like guys because of their moms," said Biden.
"You know why I like Governor Quinn so much? His mother says I'm the best looking Irish man she knows," Biden said to laughter. "That's why I like his mom. I like guys because of their moms is the real reason."
3:04 PM, Oct 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking earlier today at the Chamber of Commerce, talked of inner city Detroit women from the "hood," which is apparently slang for neighborhood:
11:33 AM, Sep 30, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
The Factual Feminist warns that a “little army of junior assistant deans and harassment apparatchiks are quietly repealing the free speech protections of the First Amendment.”
8:01 AM, Sep 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand reportedly reveals in her memoir that one U.S. senator told her, "Don’t lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby!"
It is now being reported that that line came from Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a Democrat and personal hero to President Barack Obama.
11:13 AM, Sep 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a women's conference in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden touted Bob Packwood, a politician brought down by a sexual harassment scandal:
1:05 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By CHARLOTTE ALLEN
Amy Alkon, Los Angeles-based syndicated advice columnist (“Advice Goddess”) and author of Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck (St. Martin’s Griffin), is a friend of mine, so this is a plug, not a review. But even if this were a review because I didn’t know Amy, it would read like a plug anyway. Her previous manners book, I See Rude People (2009), got rave blurbs from Elmore Leonard and Harold Bloom. I’m not in the same league as either of those, but I can say without reservation that Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck is hilarious, consistently entertaining, and, above all, wise. It’s Emily Post as a beach read.
12:25 PM, Jul 15, 2014 • By CLAUDIA ANDERSON
This week, Christina Sommers answers questions from her mailbag about workplace discrimination and discrimination in the sciences and responds to a critic of her employer, the American Enterprise Institute. See for yourselves:
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