To The Daily Sun,
On Oct. 28 Mr. Ewing had yet another letter with the blanket claims that everything from the Democrats is bad and everything from the Republicans is good. He continues to make broad sweeping claims, and as you might expect many are simply opinion but stated as fact. In his last paragraph he writes "In November, vote Republican to oppose President Obama's assault on our jobs, our health, our liberties, and the unity of the American people. Vote Republican to show you want to return to proven policies that make our country strong and the American people free and prosperous."
Does Mr. Ewing want us to return to the G.W. Bush days of collapsing banks, a collapsing housing market and mistruths that led to unwarranted wars? I would think if Americans wish to go back to any time in the last two decades they may well choose the Clinton years when we did in fact prosper. Perhaps Mr. Ewing is thinking back to the days under Reagan. If so, it is widely acknowledged that Ronald Reagan could not win a Republican primary in most "red" states now as he did not hold the extreme right-wing positions that dominate the Republican Party today.
Much of what directly impacts our lives is governed at the state level. I recently saw a new survey from 24/7 Wall Street (a Delaware based LLC which runs a financial news and opinion company with content delivered over the Internet) of the 10 worst states for women to live in and another from iVillage (the largest content-driven community for women online) of the Best to Worst States for women. I looked at what they reported and then at which party governs the states identified as the best and the worst — here is what I found. I did not include the state legislative party makeup due to space and time but for those I checked it reflected that of the governor, U.S. senators and congressional reps.
24/7 Wall Street Survey — Ten Worst States for Women. Based on the gender wage gap, jobs, the poverty rate for women, the infant mortality rate and the percent of women in state legislature they found the 10 worst states for women are:
State Governor's party / Senators party / Congressional Reps party
Utah R / 2R / 3R, 1D
Wyoming R / 2R / 1R
Idaho R / 2R / 2R
Mississippi R / 2R / 3R, 1D
N. Dakota R / 1R, 1D / 1R
Montana D / 2D / 1R
S. Dakota R / 1R, 1D / 1R
Indiana R / 1R, 1D / 7R, 2D
Alabama R / 2R / 6R, 1D
Kansas R / 2R / 4R
iVillage Survey — In presenting their data iVillage wrote: "Politicians and pundits love to stir up arguments around the most divisive social and moral issues, but we know what is truly most important to us as women: We want to live in a land where women can thrive; where we can live in good health, get quality care for our kids, and have a government that truly gets our priorities. To help American women make the best decisions in those voting booths come November, iVillage examined the quality of life for women in our country today — and we found that all states are not created equal."
10 Best States for Women — 10 Worst States for Women
State Gov/Senate/Congressional Reps State Gov/Senate/Congressional Reps
Conn. D / 2D / 5D — Mississippi R / 2R / 3R, 1D
Hawaii D / 2D / 2D — Oklahoma R / 2R / 5R
Maryland D / 2D / 7D, 1R — Arkansas D / 1R, 1D / 4R
Mass. D / 2D / 9D — W. Virginia D / 2D / 2R, 1D
Calif. D / 2D / 38D, 15R — Kentucky D / 2R / 5R, 1D
Vermont D / 1D, 1I / 1D — Alabama R / 2R / 6R, 1D
New York D / 2D / 21 D, 6R — Louisiana R / 1R, 1D / 5R, 1D
Minn. D / 2D / 5D, 3R — Indiana R / 1R, 1D / 7R, 2D
Washington D / 2D / 6D, 4R — S. Carolina R / 2R / 6R, 1D
NH D / 1D, 1R / 2D — Idaho R / 2R / 2R
Both of these surveys are clear in the results — that the worst states for women to live and thrive in are states that are primarily governed and represented by Republicans and the best states identified for women to live and thrive in are primarily governed and represented by Democrats.
If you are a woman or care about women then you may want to cast a careful eye on this information and other similar surveys and carefully consider who you will vote for on Nov. 4.
Contrary to Mr. Ewing's suggestion, these surveys clearly show that if you are a woman it may not be in your best interest to vote for Republicans.
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