A look at the backward looking ideas and attitudes that Mitt Romney displayed last night, and some thoughts of my own.
First, a look at what was said last night. http://tinyurl.com/cyc6hu7
Secondly, I want to talk about the issues I’m afraid we’re not seeing or taking into account.
The needs of Business
Business has needs. What do businesses need more than anything? Customers. If you are in the business of manufacturing, distributing, selling or service, the thing you need most is paying customers.
How can you get more customers? Work harder, open new markets, or innovate. Tried and true. But there’s’ another way that should at least be acknowledged.
What if government and social policy could actually help create new customers? Simply deny women, the world over, access to safe, reliable, cost-effective birth control. The world population of more than 7 billion proves how well this plan has worked so far.
New customers in the world are created by loving, consensual sex, though rape (legitimate or otherwise) has a role here too, at home and in the 3rd world.
Population growth is always good for business. The politicians who create morally superior sounding phrases like “pro-life” know full well that lack of reproductive control will almost guarantee that many women and children will be lucky to stay in the 47% that Mitt Romney is so fond of disparaging when speaking to select audiences at fund raisers for his campaign.
According to the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, in 2010, 22% of native born children in the United States, live in poverty. That’s more than one child in five that you see out there on any given day. Those numbers reflect even more poorly on us as a nation, when you see that 38% of Black children and 35% of Hispanic children live in poverty. More than 16 million of America’s children live in poverty.
Businesses fund and support candidates they know will support legislative and tax policies that are pro-business. Business and Political Action Committees (PAC’s and super-PAC’s) also support political candidate’s quasi-government social agendas (like defunding planned parenthood) that just so happen to provide a never ending parade of new customers - both inside and outside our borders.
When new life exists, voluntarily or involuntarily, someone, somewhere, will be paying for the things that the new life needs. New humans need everything from diapers, clothing and food to housing, health care and education. A lifetime of needs and wants, that business is only too happy to provide for.
Where will parents get the money to care for this new life? Business doesn’t care if the money comes from waiting tables, selling cars, Medicaid, Food stamps, poor Aunt Jenny, or Mom and/or Dad working two or three jobs. Business doesn’t care if XX’s make the same as XY’s doing the same job. Equal pay means nothing to them. Business’s only concern is the bottom line.
Just like business, women have needs. Two big ones: access to birth control and equal pay. These are family financial issue, not woman’s issues. Obama gets this. Romney lives in a clueless Mormon fairy tale. Unlike anywhere else in the world, American women (and the men who love them) have the power to change policy. Do it. Use your power. Vote early. Vote often. (And by often, I mean in every election.)