See what Jane Hamsher from Firedoglake.com says about the Health Care Bill:
"Top 10 Reasons to Kill Senate Health Care Bill"
1. Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations -- whether you want to or not.
2. If you refuse to buy the insurance, you'll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS.
3. Many will be forced to buy poor-quality insurance they can't afford to use, with $11,900 in annual out-of-pocket expenses over and above their annual premiums.
4. Massive restriction on a woman's right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court.
5. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays.
6. Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won't see any benefits -- like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions -- until 2014 when the program begins.
7. Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others.
8. Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
9. No re-importation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years.
10. The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1,000 a year -- meaning in 10 years, your family's insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.
And Senator Clinton was made fun of (by comedians and the MSM) for wearing pant suits, for her cankles, for being masculine. Gov Palin was (is) criticized for wearing attractive clothes, for being pretty . . . .
What would be acceptable attire for women in politics? What kind of look (stylistically) should women politicians have? What is the correct demeanor for a woman politician?
Having women shit upon, as it were, with sexism and misogyny does not signal advancement for women. On the contrary. It was to Hillary's and Palin's credit that they took it and stuck it out, despite the bias.
The point is that this kind of hostile environment toward women does NOT encourage women to run for national office. I think it sends a chilling message for any woman who may want to run for elected office at that level.
For some reason, having a woman president or VP was not seen as historic. I don't get it. The presidency has always been a men's club -- and that hasn't changed this election.
And this from those who want to make Michelle Obama out to be another fashion icon like Jackie O. What a double standard!
I wonder how much was spent on the Obama family wardrobe? Obama's suits actually looked pretty well tailored to me. Hey, that's okay -- he was running for president after all. Hillary also had her pant suits tailor made. So what? They had to look good on camera. Big deal!
If Sarah had worn cheap clothes she would have been skewered. As it is, she and her family were attacked for being "white trash." Come to think of it, Bill and Hillary have always been attacked as "white trash" too.
Face it, the Left has a lot of soul-searching to do after this election cycle -- that is if it can even find a soul.
Wow! Your anger is astouning! And this from the side that "won"!
I'm just stating a comparison -- which apparently you don't think is valid. So what? We have different opinions and interpretations of the matter. I guess that justifies name calling though from your POV.
I didn't tell you to "support" Palin. I know y'all hate her--- that is clear. I'm saying that regardless of her ideological differences with the left, she was targeted and attacked specifically on the level of gender.
Clinton couldn't have won because the DNC changed the rules and the MSN wanted OBama, just as they had wanted GWB in 2000 & 2004.
HRC and OBama were virtually tie in pledged delegates by the end of the primaries (and HRC had won the popular vote); nevertheless, an honest roll call vote was not allowed at the Convention. In other words, the Super Delegates -- who were supposed to cast their vote -- didn't have to weigh in, since there was no Roll Call vote to speak of.
It is certainly complex because of the generational issue, but the gender bias amongst those under 40 years of age is very disturbing. In fact, "Palin is a CUNT" T-shirts were donned by young women of this demographic.
Oddly, some "feminists" of the old guard also joined in the bashing of Palin based solely on her gender (i.e. she's a bad mother, she's pretty but dumb, she shops, etc.). Also, I visited a Gender and Women's Study class at a high profile university right after the election and nary a word about the gender issue -- it was all about the racists who opposed Obama.
The stories about HRC the monster, etc. were begun by the Right wing, and the Left just picked up where the Right left off. It was really horrible to watch and live through. But the damage has been done. Gender politics and women's rights have been set back 40 years. IN fact, I think the number women in elected office this election cycle is already down from the last election.
Sadly, you still don't get it. Sexism hit both Sen Clinton and GOv Palin hard, but especially Palin. That her children were attacked too was beyond the pale. (It's too exhausting to go through it all and explain what seems obvious sexism and misogyny against both women, but check out Riverdaughter's blog THE CONFLUENCE for some articles, Camille Paglia on Salon.com, and blogger's Uppity Woman and Dr. Kate.)
After this neanderthal year, I don't think many qualified women will want to put themselves out there for national office.