Republicans have grown fond recently of saying their party is not promoting a war on women, because women aren’t interested in reproductive health or health care, but in financial security and the economy.
Then they go and support the new Ryan Budget plan, and blow their own argument to pieces.
The Center for American Progress took a detailed look at how the “vision” for a Republican party in power would affect women economically, and the results were frightening. “The House-passed Republican budget targets poor women and their families at every juncture of their life cycle, from crib to rocking chair,” they write. “Instead of “empower[ing] individuals with greater control over their futures” as it claims, this budget does just the opposite. By choking off opportunity for women and children of all ages, the budget leaves poor women to fend for themselves and puts the American Dream further out of reach.”
Supplemental food assistance, Medicaid, Medicare, tuition assistance, all of these programs which help a larger percentage of women than men would all be cut to extend tax breaks for the wealthiest, who are disproportionately male.
There has been massive outrage over the “class warfare” invoked in Ryan’s budget, which will greatly increase the gap between the rich and the poor. But with his proposed cuts making it more difficult for women, especially those with children, to prosper, we should be seeing more outrage over the greater gender discrimination it the budget promotes as well.
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