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Rep. Noem Op-ed: Focus on Real Issues, Not Sideshows
Rep. Kristi Noem (SD-At Large)
Anyone who has turned on the TV, listened to the radio or read the news in the past few weeks has undoubtedly heard about the Republican Party’s supposed War on Women. So many hours have been wasted on this topic that folks actually might think it’s a real issue. It’s not.
The truth is our nation’s political leaders are using women as a means of manipulation to try to win an election. This means real issues are taking a back seat to a political sideshow. Instead of talking about how we are going to get Americans back to work or lower gas prices, talking heads on TV are bickering over whether being a stay-at-home-mom is an occupation.
I know a number of smart, generous and kind women. Whether they stay at home to raise their children, run a corporation, work in their communities or hold elected office, each and every one of them care more about the real challenges our country is facing, such as our $15.6 trillion debt and unsustainable health and retirement programs, than some fictitious war. The Democratic Party is trying to distract the American people from the fact that this president has had his head in the sand and done nothing to balance our federal budget, increase our domestic energy security or create an environment for robust job growth in America.
It’s no surprise to anyone that the president doesn’t want to talk about his record. The president has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt since taking office (more than the debt racked up by all the presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush combined). Under his direction, gas prices have gone up while oil production on federal lands and waters has declined 14 percent, our once gold-star credit rating has been downgraded, and just over 1 in 4 Americans think our country is on the right track.
As we get closer to November, Democrats will ramp up their efforts to hide behind manufactured crises such as the War on Women so they don’t have to answer for the direction they’ve sent our country. But the women in our country — mothers, wives, small-business owners, lawyers, ranchers and doctors — don’t want partisan politics, they want answers. We want to know that our kids and grandkids will have even greater opportunities than we had, and that the free and prosperous America we grew up in is still there for them.
The Republican Party has been working nonstop to try to implement policies that will secure that kind of future for our kids. The GOP-led House has passed policies to cut spending and get our debt under control; reforms to save and preserve our vital health and retirement programs; tax reforms to make America more competitive and close special-interest loopholes; and efforts to get the government out of the way of private-sector job creation.
It’s time to put this nonsense behind us, talk about real issues and move forward for a better America.
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