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October 21, 2012

Column: ‘Gender gap’ has become a self-fulfilling prophecy


This year many Democrats pander to what they think is “the women’s vote” with accusations that Republicans oppose equal pay for women — without noting that women who work for the Democratic National Committee earn less than the men. Republican politicians rush into defense mode led by their wives and daughters, who may or may not get equal pay for some similar jobs somewhere.

Both sides seem to think they have to use women to voice-over their ads. Male candidates who debate female candidates are expected to pull their punches, even though it seems to me that genuine respect would mean that they wouldn’t.

I’ve known since that Prop 2 ½ campaign that many women voters are different from me. But so are many men voters, or government would be under taxpayer control by now, Obama wouldn’t be president, and Tierney wouldn’t still be my congressman.

I’m thinking that the “gender gap,” like the “war on women,” is fabricated, at most a self-fulfilling prophecy. My dream is to be part of a majority of all voters, come Nov. 6.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a regular contributor to the opinion pages.

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