Yes,Ann, REAL women do care about jobs and the budget deficit. We also care about contraception and women's health. Women who are working when their husbands are not are concerned about the impact of being the breadwinner on their marriage, their children, their health, and their family's future. Since women, generally, still earn less than men, we are concerned not only about our husbands finding work, but about being paid equally for equal work and having access to the same promotional ladders
Real women know that an unplanned pregnancy can lead to the loss of their job, depending on what that job is. If you were a widow with five sons in school and college, without your husband's wealth, you might be concerned if you found out you were pregnant a few weeks after your husband's death. You might think about abortion, or you might just worry that you could die in childbirth, or be crippled, or that this sixth child might be handicapped and need resources far beyond your ability to provide them. If you were a young woman, you might, even after marriage and before any children were born, look at the economic situation and desire birth control in order to have only as many children as you can provide for. This might be true even if your husband had a good job. You might even decide that zero children are what you can afford.
I am not assaulting your choice to have five children and be a stay-at-home mom. It is your husband's political party which is assaulting the choices women with fewer financial resources are ALLOWED to make. It is the Republican party which is talking about raising retirement age, reducing SS & Medicare benefits. Real women, like my mother widowed at 41 with two children 10-13, are more likely to end up impoverished in old age than men. My mother did, after working from 1963 until 1996. Without Medicare, she would have died well before age 89. In fact, she did die, of heart failure, and was revived in the operating room and went on to have triple bypass and heart valve replacement.
I went to college because I was able to live on and attend the University of Texas on SS Survivor's benefits, small grants and loans. It is your party which is talking about eliminating the grants and loans that put me through college.
I am delighted for you that your MS and cancer have been resolved. At the same time, I am an uninsured SLE patient who is going without the proper medical care because there simply is not enough money. My brother is graciously supporting my husband and myself, and paying for what medical care I do get. The problem is that I now need a medication which costs around $2000-$3000 a month. I am not asking for pity, or even sympathy. It would be nice if you and your husband, and your political party could develop some empathy. Some true Christian compassion might also be nice. For the record, I have been denied SSDI, SSI, and we could only get food stamps for about three months in Texas, since we have no children. It's frankly not enough of a stipend to make it worth the humiliating application process. Instead we are shopping sales, clipping coupons, going without, selling scrap metal, and growing many of our own vegetables and fruits. We are also both looking for employment or ways to earn money.
Your own husband said "Government does not create jobs. The private sector creates jobs." Then he turned around and blamed Obama for the unemployment. Mrs. Romney, if tax cuts created jobs, why didn't Bush's tax cuts create jobs? Real women understand that our husbands' jobs were outsourced, that there is a wealth redistribution from our income brackets to yours, and that jobs are being held hostage until corporations get the tax breaks (0%) that they want.