Our voices are needed. Why? Because while there's a lot of talk by pundits and politicians about how critical the "mom vote" is this election cycle, too often our priorities are ignored or trivialized on the center stage of politics. For example, a Politico Pro story about the presidential campaigns' newest advertising tactics reported yesterday about increased political TV ad buys targeting moms. While it's great to be recognized as critical voters, being the target for ads means little if candidates don’t speak to the central issues that matter to all moms and families. Millions of moms are interested in core economic issues that are based on facts like:
- Childcare now costs more than college in many states,
- A quarter of families with young children are living in poverty,
- We remain one of the only nations in the world without paid family leave after a new child arrives,
- Our toxic chemical laws are decades old,
- Our health care is continually under threat of being rolled back,
- We still don't get equal pay for equal work, and more.Women and families are facing unique and critical challenges now and in the years ahead. We need to send a loud and clear message that women's votes can't be captured just by targeting us through ad buys during an election season  -- and our priority issues shouldn't be compartmentalized in separate silos away from the main political conversation. Instead, we expect thorough and thoughtful consideration of the top issues that impact us, so we can make educated decisions this election.After all, "women's issues" are everyone's issues, and are critical to our nation's economic success.
*Congratulate Candy Crowley on being named a moderator of a presidential debate by signing on to our card for her-- AND, if you have a moment, help broaden the discussion in our nation by submitting your question to the Presidential debate TODAY so the questions of mothers and families are included in the upcoming presidential debates. Forward this email now to friends and friend's friends so they can help broaden the discussion too.
Our voices are too important to be left out of the debates. Over 80% of American women have children by the time they are forty-four years old, and women make up more than half the electorate. Three-quarters of moms are now in the labor force; with more than half serving as primary breadwinners for their families.
Yet many of the issues that we face each day are still missing from the national debate, issues like how we're going to pay for escalating childcare that can cost more than college, how we can take care of our kids when we (or they) get sick, and what's going to happen when we make less for the same job as a man and still need to pay the same mortgage or rent.
Issues like these are also top of mind for the majority of people in our nation, so please connect with friends today to give them this link so they can submit their questions too.
Together, we are a powerful force. Women are active an engaged unlike ever before: With over 90% of women online, and more than 36 million women active either writing or reading blogs, moms are paying attention.  If the candidates are going to target moms with advertising, let’s hope they do more than just buy time on the right shows. Let’s hope they talk about the issues that matter.
THE CONSERVATIVE PAC's HAVE BEEN RUNNING ATTACK ADS SINCE BEFORE OCTOBER OF 2011 AND YET MITT ROMNEY HAS THE NERVE TO SAY-->
Mitt Romney stood behind his claim that President Barack Obama is waging a campaign based on "anger" and "hate," telling CBS This Morning the president is diminishing the White House with his attacks.THAT Mitt Romney has some nerve!!!!!
1. His economic plan would cost America 1 million jobs in the first year. Ryan's proposed budget would cripple the economy. He'd slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014.12. He'd kill Medicare. He'd replace Medicare with vouchers for retirees to purchase insurance, eliminating the guarantee of health care for seniors and putting them at the mercy of the private insurance industry. That could amount to a cost increase of more than $5,900 by 2050, leaving many seniors broke or without the health care they need. He'd also raise the age of eligibility to 67.23. He'd pickpocket the middle class to line the pockets of the rich. His tax plan is Robin Hood in reverse. He wants to cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over the next decade, but only for corporations and the rich, like giving families earning more than $1 million a year a $300,000 tax cut. And to pay for them, he'd raise taxes on middle- and lower-income households and butcher social service programs that help middle- and working-class Americans.34. He's an anti-choice extremist. Ryan co-sponsored an extremist anti-choice bill, nicknamed the 'Let Women Die Act,' that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care even if their lives were at risk. And he co-sponsored another bill that would criminalize some forms of birth control, all abortions, and in vitro fertilization.45. He'd dismantle Social Security. Ironically, Ryan used the Social Security Survivors benefit to help pay for college, but he wants to take that possibility away from future generations. He agrees with Rick Perry's view that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" and he supported George W. Bush's disastrous proposal to privatize Social Security.56. He'd eliminate Pell grants for more than 1 million low-income students. His budget plan cuts the Pell Grant program by $200 billion, which could mean a loss of educational funding for 1 million low-income students.67. He'd give $40 billion in subsidies to Big Oil. His budget includes oil tax breaks worth $40 billion, while cutting "billions of dollars from investments to develop alternative fuels and clean energy technologies that would serve as substitutes for oil."78. He's another Koch-head politician. Not surprisingly, the billionaire oil-baron Koch brothers are some of Ryan's biggest political contributors. And their company, Koch industries, is Ryan's biggest energy-related donor. The company's PAC and affiliated individuals have given him $65,500 in donations.89. He opposes gay rights. Ryan has an abysmal voting record on gay rights. He's voted to ban adoption by gay couples, against same-sex marriage, and against repealing "don't ask, don't tell." He also voted against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009.910. He thinks an "I got mine, who cares if you're okay" philosophy is admirable. For many years, Paul Ryan devoted himself to Ayn Rand's philosophy of selfishness as a virtue. It has shaped his entire ethic about whom he serves in public office. He even went as far as making his interns read her work.10
Actually, what scars me the most about the possibility of --Dare I Even Say it--The Vice-Presidency of Paul Ryan is not that he is into Objectivism per say, but that he is an extremist in the movement and would be given power to Impose those Beliefs on the Nation.
After all, I have worked under such conditions and am still attempting to Get Over It--After all, the pain and the suffering that my former Supervisor Imposed--under the claim of the Holy Spirit was massive from false accusations of Witchcraft--with the most flimsy of evidence--such as--the very young employee who texted all the time on his cell phone, which to her was suspicious, so she was convinced that he was a corporate spy/sabotage--then there was the young Caucasian female employee who was trying to get pregnant with her African-American boyfriend--which according to the Supervise was also evidence of her being a Witch---among MANY other INCIDENTS OF GROSS INJUSTICES --all in all That should not add up to a hill of beans--EXCEPT THE SUPERVISOR WAS ALSO THE BOSS'S OLDER SISTER SO SHE ALSO HAD POWER OF THE PAYCHECK--THE QUESTION IS--WHEN I OVER HEARD THEIR CONVERSATIONS OF TAKING THEM FOR WHAT THEY WERE WORTH---HOW MUCH WERE THESE ACCUSED TAKEN FOR--AS PUNISHMENT FOR BEING FOUND GUILTY OF SOMETHING--THIS IS WHAT SCARES ME ABOUT Paul Ryan--GIVING HIM THE POWER TO IMPOSE AND TO ENFORCE THE PRINCIPALS OF OBJECTIVISM.
P.S. THERE IS MORE TO KNOW ABOUT PAUL RYAN-->
by Lynn Parramore / AlterNetTeam Romney wants you to believe Ryan didn’t really profit from privileged information. Look again.Over the weekend, the Richmonder blog broke what looked like a whopper of a story: that Republican vice-presidential hopeful Paul Ryan had lined his pockets from information he had obtained from a now-legendary meeting that took place on September 18, 2008. On that day, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson broke the news to congressional leaders that they would have to approve a bailout to avert a complete meltdown of the financial system.America was lurching toward catastrophe. But some folks were apparently thinking about their stock portfolios. Checking through Ryan’s financial disclosure reports, the Richmonder discovered that Ryan had sold the stocks of several major banks that day, while purchasing – surprise! – stock in Paulson’s old firm Goldman Sachs. READ MORE»