Online Book Club Chapter Fifteen: Divorcing Uncle Sam, Part I

February 10, 2010 | Annemarie

Carrie Lukas focuses her final chapter on the role of government and its affects on women’s lives. From the beginning, Lukas asserts that modern feminists advocate big government: 

“Unfettered abortion rights may be the centerpiece of the feminist agenda, but the feminist movement also has a robust economic agenda. This agenda would expand the size and scope of the federal government and create incentives for women to conform to the feminist vision of what they think women should want.”

Although early feminists primarily sought equal rights, modern feminists believe we must go further. Women need to seek independence from husbands and family and instead stake our dependence on Uncle Sam:

“Today’s feminists have a very different agenda. While they still want women freed from having to rely on husbands or family for support, they no longer want women to make it on their own merits and hard work. They pine for a new protector: Uncle Sam.”

Lukas continues to expand on the dangers of a bigger government:

“Dependence on government is not independence. Women should consider some of the consequences of the feminist big government agenda, which would give politicians and bureaucrats greater control of our lives. By contrast, policies that return control to individuals have the potential to make women more independent and better off.”

If feminists want Uncle Sam in charge, than taxes must continue to increase. That’s why feminist organizations oppose tax cuts, no tax is too high for a woman to pay:

“Feminist organizations regularly oppose reductions in tax rates. Their rhetoric implies that there’s no tax too high for women to bear, and that women should prefer government to spend money on their behalf rather than having to make choices on their own.”

Lukas continues:

“But it’s in the nation’s best interest to keep those taxes as low as possible (unfortunately, today, the average working American loses one-third of his or her income to government each year). When you think about taxes, the real question to ask yourself is “who is going to put that money to better use — the individual who earned it or the politicians in Washington, D.C.?” One need only look at the federal government’s budget — loaded with ludicrous spending projects that help a few favored constituents or special causes — to see why it’s preferable to keep taxes low and federal government lean.”

(Lukas’s last chapter goes into great detail, in order to cover the material in the final chapter it will be divided to into two posts. The concluding post will be published in two weeks.  Please check back to read Lukas’ final thoughts on Healthcare, Women and the Workplace, Affirmative Action and School Choice.)
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