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From left; Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listen to questions as they speak to reporters after a Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 15, 2011.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) From left; Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listen to questions as they speak to reporters after a Democratic Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  

NOW: Women have been left out of the debt discussion

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Caroline May
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The feminist National Organization for Women (NOW) is concerned that without a significant amount of female leadership in the room, the debt deals currently in the works will disproportionately hurt women.

According to NOW, without input from female leaders the male decision-makers have let women’s budget priorities fall by the wayside.

“If there were more women in leadership roles these drastic cuts would not be on the table,” NOW president Terry O’Neill told The Daily Caller. (RELATED: Hill Republicans tee off on Obama’s debt ceiling speech)

O’Neill argued that while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been participating, she has been outweighed by all the male leaders — even with a Democratic president and Senate.

“[With more female consideration] the staggering number of women reliant on these programs would be headline news,” O’Neill added. “Right now women make up just 17 percent of members in Congress and it is clear that women are not high on the list of considerations.”

The feminist organization believes that the cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that congressional leaders are currently floating will leave millions of women in financial trouble. NOW leaders note that as a group, women depend more on government money than men.

According to NOW and their allies, 57 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are women, and women over 85 represent 80 percent of Medicare recipients. Women also rely heavily on Social Security, making up 58 percent of beneficiaries over 62 and 71 percent of beneficiaries at age 85. Further, women comprise 78 percent of nursing home residents. NOW fears that cuts to Medicaid would leave their future in jeopardy.

Instead of cuts to social programs, NOW is pushing for for tax increases on corporations and millionaires.

“NOW has long insisted that any deficit reduction plan must require corporations and multi-millionaires to pay their fair share in taxes,” O’Neill added in a statement. “I hope that President Obama will do the right thing — which the vast majority of people in this country support — leave Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and other essential programs alone and out of the debt deal.”

According to O’Neill the country is not facing a debt crisis, but rather a jobs crisis. Cuts to what NOW see as lifelines for women will not help this problem, they maintain.

“We don’t have a debt crisis, we have a jobs crisis,” O’Neill said. “Until we get that under control we don’t really need to be haggling over the debt. Let’s get people back to work before we start making such large cuts that will hurt so many, especially women.”

 

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  • Jess81

    Dear Now,

    Last I checked, I am a woman and I am a woman, who, like Sarah Palin, had to make it on my own. I didn’t have children until I could afford to take care of them. I didn’t ask government to pay my baby sitter when Carter’s economy forced me back into the work force. I am responsible for MY choices and would never demand that my neighbor pay my bills…I’ve never forgotten that woman Obama used as an example of how we need Obamacare because she was a cancer patient who could lose the house that’s been in her family for ages to pay for her treatment. The poor woman was a waitress. Well, the poor woman DECIDED to be a waitress. Since she was approximately my age, SHE made the decision to live without health insurance and a savings account. She had more of a head start than I…at least her family left her a house. I had to buy my own.

    NOW doesn’t speak for me and never has. Their sole purpose is using women to enslave women for NOW’s own left-wing, slavery agenda. They burned bras to object to male “dominance” (which was incredibly stupid–since men LUV women who go braless and I knew that even as a stary-eyed 20 something). Yet here they are saying women are such delicate, dependent flowers, they have to have a man pay their way. Nitwits. The lot of them.

    No wonder they hate Palin. Does anyone think that if Palin had to feed her family on her own, she’d line up at the Food Stamp office?

  • SunnyJ

    There are more women in congress, and they are Republican women…and astounding number of them. However, they are invisible to NOW because they won’t buy into the man hating far left feminism that allows for NOW to stand by and watch women be attacked in the media…if they are conservative women.

    More women are coming from the conservative side because that is where real opportunity lies…not the phony perpetual “victims” litney that NOW represents.

    Congrats to strong, independent successful conservative women…unafraid and fighting for America and her generations to come. You women rock!