Are you already dreading the inevitable cries about a “war on women” that will be a staple of the fall midterm elections? We know it’s coming: single-women voters gave President Obama a second term, and so the Democrats are gearing up for more phony “war on women” rhetoric to save them from their own disastrous policies in the fall.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Clark S. Judge, managing director of White House Writers Group and chairman of the Pacific Research Institute and a veteran of Washington politics, has some advice:
Don't get rattled when Democrats talk about a GOP war on women and minorities. Throw the charge back at them. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics and census data, the number of women and minorities in the workforce today has barely budged from six years ago, and both groups have seen their incomes drop. The Democrats' tax-and-spend-and-regulate regime has failed women and minorities. Who is at war with whom?
Judge writes that the same can be said of the notion that Republicans are waging a war on the middle class, another Democratic chestnut. But what group of people has been most diminished in the last five years? If conservatives speak convincingly this fall about the economic reality, it will be more persuasive than the musings of celebrity French economist Thomas Picketty, darling of the left and master of flawed data (here, here, and here).
When it comes to the “war on” rhetoric, Judge urges Republicans to make it their own with regard to what Democratic policies have done to the the young. Taxes, regulation, and the difficulty of getting credit have made it difficult for new businesses, the source of jobs for young people, to get off the ground. Unemployment and underemployment is at 25 percent among recent college graduates, Judge notes, and 68 percent among young high-school graduates. If this isn't a war on young people, I don't know what is.
Who is at war with whom?