Liberal women's groups have long complained that "women suffer discrimination in the workplace that leaves them economically worse off than men." Economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth debunks this claim in a new well-sourced book, Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women in America, arguing that by many metrics women are doing better than men.
There are only a few things Congress is constitutionally obligated to do at the federal level, and one of them is to provide for the national defense. Yet, although it is only 20% of the federal budget, national defense is absorbing 50% of the budget cuts today — almost $1 trillion over the next 10 years — despite growing cyber, economic, terrorism and military threats.
Assume Jane Doe earns $100,000 each year. The government collects 15.3%, or $15,300, on Jane's behalf each year "for her own good," promising a monthly pension upon retirement in the future. But Jane doesn't own the money. She can't decide how it's invested. She can't access the money in emergencies before she retires. She may never see the money, even at retirement age, if Congress decides to change the rules and laws of the Social Security entitlement program.
Worse, Jane can't pass it on to her family as an inheritance if she dies before retirement age. So if Jane dies after 40 years of earning $100,000 per year, the total collected by Social Security on her behalf in this example - $612,000 - is forfeited to government. Dr. deRugy explains this and other government taxation, regulation, and entitlement initiatives that should cause women to demand less government.
2010 was a watershed moment for women — a real crossing the Rubicon for America’s women as voters. When asked, “what was the most important issue that helped you decide today?,” 42% of women said economics and the budget. It took the conservative movement to respect women for the financial sophisticates they are. They’ve moved beyond the ‘girl stuff’.
Few of us are trained in economics, so we arrive at adulthood feeling uncomfortable with the subject and doing our best to avoid it. Avoidance, however, is a luxury we can no longer afford. The economy is in shambles, and our lifestyles, careers, wages, and property are on the line. If only for self-preservation, we must engage in today's economic policy debates and make our voices heard. Author Jackie Gingrich Cushman puts the numbers in perspective and offers a quick guide to help understand today's economic debates.
Ten years ago I believed that environmentalists were genuinely good and kind and caring. They were concerned about nature, the animals, and keeping the world clean and unpolluted. They were doing this work for all of the rest of us, and I was grateful because I was too lazy to do anything to save the whales myself. This all changed when, as a journalist, I was sent to cover the story of a Canadian mining company who wanted to open Europe’s largest gold mine in Transylvania, Romania. Journalist and film producer Ann McElhinney explains why environmentalists' claims are often bad faith.
When asked, "Are you a feminist?," most American women say no. For good reason, says the author, who makes the case that the feminist movement has been taken over by aggrieved eccentrics who are fighting a gender war that few women support or understand. The potential for harm is enormous to women here and abroad. Author Christina Hoff Sommers explains how the once noble cause of feminism has been derailed, exposes the destructive nature of modern feminism's public policies, and argues that mainstream American women have to put it back on track.
by Sally C. Pipes, CEO of Pacific Research Institute and one of the world's top health care experts.
We've all heard the statistic "47 million Americans do not have health insurance" as an underlying argument for massive health care reform. But did you know that 57 percent of the 47 million uninsured have annual incomes above $50,000? Or that two-thirds of the 47 million are between the ages of 18 and 34? Are younger Americans being sold another Social Security scheme? "Young Americans," says the author, "have the most to gain or lose by the outcome of the health care debate."
by Barry R. Chiswick, Ph.D., Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago
Current immigration laws and policies are not serving the best economic interests of the United States. What changes in border and interior enforcement policies would help stem the flow of illegal immigrants? What reforms in U.S. immigration law would encourage more highly-skilled legal immigrants and increase the economic benefits of immigration for the American public? Dr. Chiswick addresses these questions and suggests how the tide in immigration can be turned.
by Nonie Darwish, author of Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror.
Most Americans think of Islam as just a religion. Islam is much more; it is a one party state with a very elaborate legal system, called Sharia law, that can put you to death if you leave it. The lives of women living under Sharia law and those living under democratic law are a world - and centuries - apart. Ms. Darwish describes the danger America faces from Sharia advocates who claim that Sharia Islamic law is a religious right compatible with democracy and suggests that American women can stand together against the spread of radical Islam and its discrimination against women in the Western world.
Diana Furchtgott-Roth is Director of Employment Policy at the Hudson Institute. She served as chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor and chief of staff at the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth discussed the incoming Administration's economic proposals with women at a Luce Institute Conservative Women's Network event in Washington DC.
by Karol Boudreaux, Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
How do everyday choices of shampoo, shoes, magazines, and electronics make the capitalist free-market economic system work? What are the economics of choice, and why is consumer choice a fundamental indicator of individual liberty and democratic societies? Author Karol Boudreaux answers these and many other questions in this report.
by Elizabeth Kantor, Ph.D., author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature.
Classic Western literature has traditionally played a large role in sustaining "Western culture." If Western culture has, on balance, been a benefactor of the human race, then the abandonment of its great literature by college literature professors is a very great loss, both to students and to the long-term health of Western civilization. Dr. Kantor argues that universities today should be teaching the classic literature of our culture to their students.
by Miriam Grossman, MD, UCLA psychiatrist and author of Unprotected
A college freshman - I call her Heather - came to me for help with her mood: every so often she had episodes of feeling down, crying easily, and hating herself. Normally, she was social and outgoing; these days she was spending hours alone in her room. Heather didn't know where this was coming from. Everything seemed to be going so well: she liked school, had plenty of friends, and got along well with her family. She paused at one question: did you recently begin or end any relationship? Well, yes ... I can think of one thing. I recently got a "friend with benefits," and actually ... I'm confused, because it seems to me like he's getting the benefits, but I'm not getting the friendship...
by Ryan Lynch, Deputy Director of Students for Saving Social Security.
Social Security is the largest investment most of us will make in our entire lives, and it will likely be one of our worst. Some working women are particularly hard hit, and today's young workers can expect a one to two percent rate or return on investment - a deal worse than the local bank. At what cost will we continue paying into a system that has repeatedly raised taxes and cut benefits since its inception? At what point will we demand that Social Security stop undermining the retirement security of future generations?
by Roy W. Spencer, PhD, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama's Earth System Science Center.
Global warming is in the news nearly every day now. Calls for action to reduce mankind's greenhouse gas emissions are being made by scientists, environmentalists, politicians, movie stars, and op-ed columnists. Some view the threat to be greater than that from terrorism. But just how real is the threat? And even if global warming becomes dangerous, what can be done about it? You might have heard that "all reputable scientists" agree on global warming -- that there is a "consensus," and that the science is "settled." But there is only one aspect of the problem that scientists agree on: that global warming has occurred in the last century. What is not agreed upon is the degree to which mankind is responsible for that warming...
by Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute
American health care stands at a critical crossroad. National policymakers are debating two very different courses: one toward expanded government-directed health care; the other toward free-market, consumer-directed health care. Americans of all ages have a stake in this public debate, for the policy outcome will shape the cost, care, coverage, and control of their health care services for decades to come.