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Thanks President Obama, but I Need More


Dear President Obama,

As a certifiable member of the female sex, I want to thank you for preventing the Republican Party from conducting a "war on women."

Some cynics might say that you were worried about women's declining support for Democrats. While 56 percent of women voted Democrat in 2008, only 48 percent did so in 2010. And while the percentage of women with a favorable view of your leadership has been climbing back up recently (women seem more willing than men to give you credit for improving economic numbers), you need a really lopsided proportion of the women's vote to compensate for your weakness among men. A February Quinnipiac poll, for example, found that white men disapproved of the way you are handling your job by a two to one margin.

Still, women were 53 percent of the electorate in 2010, and while I'm sure you weren't thinking of that, if a significant percentage can be persuaded that the Republicans wish them harm — isn't that what wars do? — you can continue to live in public housing for another four years.

I really appreciate your insisting that insurance companies and employers provide me with free birth control without regard to my ability to pay. Giving away free stuff to the middle class has worked so well in other areas of our national life. Just look at how well Medicare is working. And Social Security. And the auto bailouts. And your recently announced plan to help speculators who bought second, third or fourth homes with the hope of flipping them. Is this what you meant when you promised that Obamacare would reduce medical spending in the United States? I ask because it's going to cost more to provide all these "free" services to millions of women. Well, I guess we can think about that tomorrow, like Scarlett O'Hara.

I notice that your campaign is sending mailings to a million women this week, some under the heading "Nurses for Obama." Nice way to imply that women's health depends upon you. And I see you have your people at The New York Times working the "war on women" angle. A March 10 story, "Centrist Women Tell of Disenchantment With Republicans," was heavy on interpretation and light on facts.

The Times found a handful of "independent" women voters who may not vote Republican because of the contraception flap. "The sudden return of the 'culture wars' over the rights of women and their place in society has resulted, the women said, in a distinct change in mood in the past several weeks." Those who read past the headline discovered this though: "To what extent women feel alienated remains unclear: most interviews for this article were conducted from a randomly generated list of voters who had been surveyed in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, and their responses are anecdotal, not conclusive." Ah.

So I love the free contraceptives, but there are other things that are important to my health that you and Secretary Sebelius seem to have overlooked. What about abortion? Clearly women cannot be expected to pay for their own abortions. If we are to be functioning members of society, equal to men, then isn't it obvious that abortions ought to be paid for by everyone? Sure, some religious types may object, but they aren't sincere in their religious scruples. It's only a smokescreen for their "war on women."

There are a few more items, while we're on the subject. Have you thought about calcium supplements? Every year, more women suffer osteoporotic fractures than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancers combined. We cannot participate fully in national life with weak and broken bones. So we need free calcium supplements, along with free bone density scans and free hip replacements when the time comes. Also, weight-bearing exercise is good for bone health, so gym memberships should obviously be "covered" by insurance. And when I say "covered," I mean it the way Sebelius does: Free. No co-pays. We don't want women to be set back by decades, do we? Republicans, of course, want women to be crippled and hunchbacked. But not you.

Since it's well known that women do the majority of housework in America, it's only fair that maids and cooks be covered by insurance. It's for our health. While the maids are cleaning and the cooks are in the kitchen, we can spend time at the government-subsidized gym.

And let's not forget dental health, why, did you know that women . . .

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I read your column in my local newspaper. Perhaps you have a misunderstanding about the many purposes of the birth-control pill. 30 years ago, I was working in the trades, one of just a few woment to do so. I was also experiencing ten-day periods. I went to see a gynecologist, after experiencing another ten-day period. He tested my blood-level first, and then said to me, "How did you walk in her? Your blood count is more than 60 points below normal." He then performed a D&C in the office, and told me that my problem was that blood clots were holding the lining of my uterus apart. I said, "Dr, I want a hysterectomy. I just can't stand this any more." He told me that all I needed to do was take the pill. It would slow down my periods and make my life bearable. What a life-saver the pill was for me! No more wearing super napkins eight to ten days a month. No more telling the boss I had to run to the head every hour. So maybe you think you have a line on who needs the pill and why. And then again, maybe you ought to talk to a few doctors and do some research before you blow off that smart mouth of yours in the public realm, and remember that not everyone uses the pill so that they can spend their time bumping bellies with every guy on the street. Incidentally, you should also remember that you wouldn't have that sweet cushy high paying job wwhere you get to smart off in the public realm if it wasn't for the hard work of old-time feminists like myself. But I guess you're just another one of those succesful women who hates other women who hates other women. No wonder men rule the world. Say hi to Sarah Palin.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Betsy Rosenberg
Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:50 PM
This article is not about one specific issue. Its about a growing sense of entitlement that is tearing this country apart from the inside. Gimme, gimme, gimme is becoming the new national anthem and some people want to stop it. Mona is one of them. When you give someone the "right" to a good or service, you take away the real rights of the people stuck paying for them.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Chris McCoy
Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:11 AM
Wow, Betsy went from good story to nasty in a microsecond. Obviously jealous of Charen's "cushy high paying job" and lecturing about the 30 miles she walked in foot deep snow to the feminist rally in the bad old days, she ends up accusing people of hate. Well, Betsy, you don't sound too loving yourself. You had me for a minute, though, because the exception tests the rule. You are saying that one size doesn't fit all, and with that I surely agree. Lose the pictures of Chairman Mao. I thought old-time feminists fought so other women could move ahead, why hate on Palin, who did just that? Or does she OWE you something? Now we are back to the point of this column. You did what you did, and nobody owes you a thing.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Tom
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:23 AM
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