House Democrats, reports the Huffington Post, “have raised more than $1.1 million in the past week from their “War on Women” campaign“:
The DCCC launched its campaign on Feb. 23. Since then, Democrats have been using it to raise money, collect signatures on petitions and generally fire up their base ahead of elections. The campaign comes in response to the debate raging on Capitol Hill over women’s access to birth control that escalated with House Republicans hosting an almost entirely male hearing on the issue in mid-February.
Emphasis added. No, the debate is not about women’s access to birth control, but about the federal government mandating what benefits private organizations can offer their employees. At least we know what the Democrats’ rhetorical crusade is really about: raising money and firing up their base.
John Hinderaker gets at the real problem with the mandate:
why on Earth is the government in the business of telling any employers, not just religious institutions, what benefits they must offer their employees? Employers offer benefits solely in order to attract qualified workers. Employees, in turn, have various preferences about benefits and cash wages. Some employees don’t want any benefits at all; they prefer to take all of their compensation in cash.
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There is nothing wrong with any of these choices, and employers and employees ought to be free to agree on whatever combination of cash and benefits serves the employees’ needs and allows the employer to attract qualified workers. Why is this any of the government’s business? It isn’t. When government, at any level, dictates what benefits all employers must offer to their employees, thereby minimizing employee choice and decreasing employees’ wages, everyone loses.
Read the whole thing.
Don’t let the Democrats deceive you. This isn’t about women’s access to contraception, but about private organizations ability to set their own employment policies. About the choices they have. And the choices they can offer their employees.
And gee whiz, doesn’t Mrs. Pelosi claim to be pro-choices?