Getting down to women’s issues, isn’t that everything?

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I remember a few years back there was a major push from many different fronts that attempted to bring men more in touch with their feminine side. Well, I have it from very good and multiple sources that I do not possess a feminine side.

I admire, respect and revere women, but by no means do I claim to understand them. So, when I read that presidential candidates score high or low on women’s issues, I wonder what those might be.

I believe that the fundamental issue of this election is creating an atmosphere that encourages businesses, large and small, to expand their services or product lines, thereby creating jobs. Reducing onerous or frivolous regulations and enacting a permanent and reasonable tax code are basic steps that would go a long way toward enticing entrepreneurs to take a risk.

It seems to me that women business owners, women who are unemployed or under employed, and wives watching husbands who have been downsized all have a vested interest in a job friendly economy that includes these items. Why would a steady pay check not be important to women?

I believe energy independence to be gender neutral. If our nation can produce its own cost-effective energy, the price of every other product that is purchased will fall. Since women make almost 80 percent of all purchasing decisions, lower prices that stretch the family purse should be welcome.

By keeping vast quantities of money in America and out of the coffers of other nations — many who don’t like us — our nation will be less dependent on and obligated to tyrants and belligerent governments. Why would energy independence not be important to women?

Our president won’t reduce international tensions or improve American interests abroad by bowing to other leaders or promising to be “flexible” about missiles “after my last election.” He should craft his foreign policy emphasizing a strong military and insisting that American interests are featured prominently. This helps create more markets for American products which in turn increases our economy and improves our job market. Why would a strong foreign policy not be important to women?

One issue that has garnered a lot of national press concerning women is contraception. The upshot has been that women are the only ones who do or should have an opinion on the matter. I have to confess incredulity. Implying that this issue alone is the most important issue to women seems demeaning.

It seems like the Democrats and the Liberals are saying, “The boys worry about money, gas and foreigners, the girls worry about babies.” That message is contrary to the lessons my mom and sisters taught me and the lessons I tried to teach my daughters. Besides, I, like most men, do have an opinion about contraception and behavior without consequences or responsibilities. However, since I send these nickles to my granddaughter, I won’t voice them here.