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The War on (Married) Women

It’s embedded in the tax code.

Dec 17, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 14 • By ASHLEY E. MCGUIRE
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Republicans should seize on the debate about tax reform to pivot and reframe. They should point out that the Democrats’ love of taxes and bureaucracy is a war on married women with children. Our tax code burdens these mothers’ efforts to participate in the job market on the terms many find most desirable: with flexibility, while keeping their children at home. It rewards parents’ efforts to hire childcare legally by drawing them into a paperwork nightmare.

Let’s not forget that Romney won married women by a 7-point margin​—​or that most single women don’t stay that way. Most will eventually take their turn staring at a stack of nanny tax forms or watching their paycheck suddenly shrink for the sole reason that a husband entered their lives. This is a real affront to women—and a political opportunity for Republicans should they have the good sense to address it.

Ashley E. McGuire is a Robert Novak journalism fellow.


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