Online Book Club Chapter Fifteen: Divorcing Uncle Sam Part II

February 23, 2010 | Annemarie

“Divorcing Uncle Sam” is a powerful chapter addressing numerous controversial topics. Healthcare, is just one of the issues Lukas tackles in her final chapter:

“In 1993-1994, Hillary Clinton took a leading role in advocating massive changes to the U.S. healthcare system. Although her proposal was widely criticized and not enacted, how to improve the existing system of healthcare remains an important issue.”

Lukas goes on to say that the reason the U.S. healthcare system has been more successful than socialistic European systems is primarily due to the “profit-motive”, encouraging healthcare providers to develop new cures and provide patients with a high quality of care:

“Feminist groups view he profit motive with suspicion and would prefer to put government in charge of our nation’s healthcare system. Once again, they favor government control rather than leaving decisions up to individuals. They look admiringly at systems in Europe and Canada where governments dictate access to healthcare services, echoing the principles that Hillary Clinton articulated in the 1990s.”

According to Lukas, policymakers should focus on ways to put the control back into the hands of the individual rather than the government:

“Instead of pushing policies that would give government control over our healthcare system, policymakers should consider ways to put power back in the hands of patients.”

Women and work is another important subject in our culture today. Feminists advocate policies that push women into the work place, thus communicating that women should desire to be out of their homes rather than in their homes:

“Feminist organizations push policies designed to make the working world more accessible to women, particularly, mothers. Their underlying purpose is to make their vision of what women should want — full-time jobs and kids in daycare — into reality. These policies ignore the real desires of many individual women and gave unintended consequences that make it more difficult for women to find work arrangements most suited to their needs.”

“As discussed in chapter thirteen, government-funded daycare is a favorite of groups like NOW. Yet while the government can make daycare seem ‘free’ to working parents, it isn’t free to taxpayers. Passing on those costs means families who have one spouse at home will have a tougher time making ends meet. Stay-at-home-moms’ service would be devalued since they could be replaced by ‘free’ substitute: government daycare centers. This proposal would push stay-at-home moms to seek formal employment.”

Again, Lukas emphasizes that the solution is not government taking control but instead giving that freedom to the individual and not Uncle Sam:

“Policymakers should listen to parents, not the rhetoric of organizations or experts who claim to speak on behalf of women and children. Instead of focusing on making daycare more affordable, policymakers should consider how to make it easier for parents to adopt their ideal daycare arrangement — which, more often than not, is having one parent stay home.”

Affirmative action is another “Hot Topic” issue Lukas addresses in chapter fifteen. Feminists think that women have been mistreated, therefore in order for things to be rectified the government should favor women and women’s issues:

“Feminist calls for affirmative action are the most explicit example of their belief that women are less capable than men and in need of special consideration. Proponents argue that women should receive favored treatment in employment an din education to overcome the persuasive sexism that holds women back. But the message is that left on their own, women are less likely to succeed than men and need the bar lowered for them.”

Lukas argues that society needs to trust that women can compete and succeed on their own rather than assume that women are inferior and need to the government to even the playing field:

“Sexism does exist. Women will probably always face gender-related challenges — but they will have to clear those hurdles one at a time. Embracing affirmative action institutionalizes a far more damaging form of sexism: the official recognition of an assumption of female inferiority. Feminist groups make a grievous error when they pursue government-mandated advantages; true feminism means trusting that women can compete and succeed on their own.”

Lukas closes her final chapter with the topic of school choice:

“There are many reasons to embrace school choice proposals, from the potential benefits for children’s education to the increased flexibility for mothers and fathers. Feminists should also listen to their own rhetoric: parents should have more choice when it comes to their children.”

Lukas’ last thoughts:

“Instead of following the feminist lead of constantly pushing for bigger government, women should embrace an agenda of returning power to individuals and limiting the size and scope of government. This agenda would include lowering taxes, reforming Social Security, education, and healthcare to give individuals more control of their resources, and reducing regulations.”

“Women are capable of competing and succeeding on their own merits. With government out of the way and women empowered to make decisions in the interest of themselves and their families, America will better off than ever before.”

If you want more information on any of these topics or topics like it please refer to the following websites:

To find a complete list refer to The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, page 193.
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