By NeW Intern Nicole
In this book, Carrie Lukas and Sabrina Schaeffer show that there is no Republican “War on Women” as liberals like to convey. However, “Americans recognize there are bad policies that are hindering the progress of women and men, and chipping away at our economic prospects” (83).
In order to focus our efforts, Lukas and Schaeffer believe we need to right-size our government. We need to “return agency budgets to pre-recession levels and let them grow only at the rate of inflation…reduce social security’s unfunded liability…reform public sector unions and bring balance to government worker benefits…and end corporate giveaway programs (including “green energy” boondoggles).” (85-86).
Simply put, we need smaller government so that we can take control of our own lives and achieve the American Dream. Lukas and Schaeffer believe that we need to reduce taxes to put more hard earned money back in the hands of the American people. In order to do so, the government needs to lower tax rates and get rid of deductions. This will result in the same tax revenue, but “Americans would have incentive to work and invest more, since they would keep more of what they earn.” (87).
The estate tax, otherwise known as the death tax, is also controversial. Lukas and Schaeffer believe that “most individuals who leave death taxable inheritances … are hard-working entrepreneurs who have spend years and years building a business, saving, and contributing to America’s economy” (88). The death tax does not encourage entrepreneurship that would help our economy grow. It needs to be eliminated.
Lukas and Schaeffer also make cases for “returning power over health care to patients and doctors” instead of government bureaucrats, reigning in overreaching government regulations on businesses that create a nanny-state, and “freeing up education resources to create a vibrant marketplace” (88,94).
The solutions Lukas and Schaeffer offer are rooted in the thoughts of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson–“The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.” We, as conservative women, must fight to keep government limited so that we, along with our brothers and sisters, can continue to prosper as a nation. A nation of free, responsible, patriotic Americans.
Lukas and Schaeffer wrap up their book forcefully with the statement that “individual initiative, opportunity, family and community are the real source of protection and happiness for women” (96). As a reminder, Ronald Reagan said that “Man is not free unless government is limited.”
Thank you so much for following along with the NeW book club these past 10 weeks. I hope you enjoyed the book and will continue to participate in the future!