Skip to comments.The retirement gap (Teresa: "I'm secure, and you're not!")
Posted on 10/10/2005 6:58:31 AM PDT by bitt
A LIFETIME of hard work should bring economic security -- income sufficient to raise a family, and resources to enjoy a retirement earned over many working years. It is troubling that as far off as this goal seems to millions of American men, it is even further off for America's working women, especially in the area of retirement security.
Even as families become more dependent than ever on second incomes, and the number of women as sole providers grows, women still earn less money than men; women are less likely to have a pension than men; and women are less able to contribute to 401(k)s and similar self-funded plans than men
Women's status today as second-class economic citizens has deep roots. It wasn't until the early 1900s that the doors of opportunity began to open for American women. Pioneers like Mary Lyon, founder of Mt. Holyoke College, blazed pathways for girls in education. Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, founders of Hull House, started the settlement house movement and enabled thousands of women to find permanent and fulfilling employment as social workers. Our circles of opportunity grew wider still as working-class women formed unions to protect their coworkers in textile mills and other factories.
As unions fought for more organized work places, as America's men marched to war to fight Hitler and Imperial Japan, and as the postwar economic boom transformed our society, more and more women entered the US labor force. The doors of many more professions, including industrial workplaces, were opened to women. Stories like that of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, whose Stanford law degree was viewed by the 1950s legal establishment as an expensive ticket to the typing pool, but who earned a place on the nation's highest bench, became common.....
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
heh-heh, SHE is an authority on THIS, too!
LT's wife-y ping
oneo would think that one has already raised the family before retirement, eh?
Well, there is a plan. What a brilliant mind...
Girlie-Man, Next Leader of the Free World?
by Carey Roberts
Blame it on Arnold Schwarzenegger if you must, but a lot of people are questioning the macho-meter of Democrats in general, and Senator Kerry in particular.
It started back in July when the Democrat-controlled state legislature stalled the vote on a critical budget bill. The partisan foot-dragging prompted Gov. Schwarzenegger to chide the legislators for being girlie-men.
Despite howls of protest, Schwarzenegger refused to apologize. Then he repeated the charge in early August, this time tagging candidate John Kerry with the emasculating moniker.
By the time the Republican Convention rolled around, the California delegates male and female -- had donned pins reading Girlie Men with a red slash through them. In his televised speech before millions, Schwarzenegger couldnt resist repeating the now-famous phrase.
Worse, Kerrys own supporters began to admit the truth of the charge. In his New York Times column, How Kerry Became a Girlie-Man, Frank Rich confessed, Its Mr. Kerrys behavior now, not what he did 35 years ago, that has prevented his manliness from trumping the president. (http://220.127.116.11/focus/f-news/1207620/posts) And Michael Moore began accusing his fellow Democrats for being a bunch of crybabies for complaining how lousy a candidate Kerry is and how he cant win.
It wasnt for lack of trying that Senator Kerry couldnt shake the caricature. Riding high after winning primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, he challenged President Bush to Bring it on. And when he rode that thundering Harley-Davidson onto Jay Lenos set, the black-leather crowd was duly impressed.
Of course, Kerry didnt help things when he admitted he intended to fight a sensitive war on terror. Or that he wanted to bring the terrorist threat down to the level of a mere nuisance.
But its the Teresa factor that really tests Senator Kerrys cojones. As we all know, Teresa Heinz Kerry is worth more than $700 million, which prompted columnist Ann Coulter to deride Kerry as a poodle to rich women.
Let's consider Teresa's last name. Some political wives, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, choose to retain their maiden names. Thats fine.
But Heinz is not Teresas maiden name it's her ex-husband's name. By calling herself Teresa Heinz Kerry, Teresa is revealing her loyalty to former Republican Senator John Heinz.
Naomi Wolf had this to say in a recent New York magazine article: Teresa is publicly, subliminally cuckolding Kerry with the power of a dead man. Strong words, indeed.
Most revealing, though, were Senator Kerrys comments during the third presidential debate. Referring to the wives of the two candidates, moderator Bob Schieffer posed this question: What is the most important thing that youve learned from these strong women?
After paying tribute to his now-deceased mother, Senator Kerry had this to say:
And my daughters and my wife are people who just are filled with that sense of whats right, whats wrong.
Feminists believe that women are morally superior to men, so that comment played well with one of Kerrys key constituencies. But what does that say about Mr. Kerrys own moral compass?
And then things fell apart. Kerry admitted:
They also kick me around. They keep me honest. They dont let me get away with anything. I can sometimes take myself too seriously. They surely dont let me do that.
Kick me around? Last I heard, kicking is a form of domestic violence. If a female candidate ever said that, the cops would have shown up at her doorstep with an arrest warrant in hand.
Maybe Mr. Kerry didnt mean that kicking comment literally. But still, is this the voice of a self-confident male who is in marital relationship with equal say and mutual respect? Or is this the whine of a hen-pecked husband?
If elected President, is this a man who will command respect from our allies and adversaries? Will they regard him as a man of his word?
This man John Kerry curtsies and bows to anyone wearing a skirt. And now he aspires to be the next leader of the most powerful nation on earth?
Thanks to John Heinz's remarkable lack of judgement in choosing a wife, this harridan is well prepared for her old age. I don't think you could translate this into a national policy, even though Anna Nicole Smith might disagree.
Look, TerEEZa, just because your boytoy treats YOU like hired help and a walking ATM doesn't give you the right to lecture us on economic reality.
It's not our fault your spineless husband failed to credit you during the national debates, and you have no right to take it out on us, either.
Just shut up and go find a bottle - you're more amusing tanked than you are when you try to be serious.
Maybe Ter-ay-za should take some of her billion and set up a retirement assistance fund for needy women....
'George W. Bush chose an amazing partner who helped him grow as an individual. He understood the kind of person he needed to become a man and selected the ultimate, beautiful, feminist, feminine, smart, independent women. John Kerry chose a wallet...twice. Teresa Heinz-Kerry
is a woman with a very dark demeanor, who is certainly no lady. The curse words, arrogance and lies about America coming from her lips are beyond apologies. Forget the Laura Bush remark.
Mrs. Heinz-Kerry is a European socialist who wants America to becomeFrance and has already accused this great country of going into Iraq for oil. Did we go to Korea for oil? Did we rescue Europe from totalitarianism for oil? Do we support Taiwan and Israel for oil? Did we go to Somalia for oil? Answer me Teresa! The thought of Heinz-Kerry as first lady? Please, I need a vomit bag!'
can anyone copy itand post it? Looks like a good one for a photoshop thread....
The breathtaking GALL of Leftists...
(Tah-ray-sah): "My retirement plan: marry well."
It doesn't hurt to marry a billionaire!
And how lucky we are to have her as our first lady! Oh wait....
You forgot VIETNAM..which we got into because of FRANCE and the Democrap President..Kennedy.
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