Independent Women's Forum RSS feedhttp://www.iwf.orgThe RSS feed for the IWF. News, Commentary and Blog posts from the Independent Women's Foundation.(...)IWF RSShttp://iwf.org/images/email-logo.pnghttp://www.iwf.org33968FGM Shouldn’t Have a Place in the U.S. — or Anywhere<p> The AHA Foundation, led by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, just released a report, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.theahafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Why-we-hesitate-to-protect-girls-from-FGM-in-the-United-States.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Why We Hesitate to Protect Girls from FGM in the United States</a>,&rdquo; arguing that we need to focus more attention on the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM).</p> <p> Only&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theahafoundation.org/female-genital-mutilation/fgm-legislation-by-state/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">26 states ban FGM</a>, although it was made a federal crime in 1996. The United States is currently undergoing its first&nbsp;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/carrielukas/2017/10/31/lets-prioritize-protecting-girls/2/#60d64a683150" rel="noopener" target="_blank">criminal trial&nbsp;</a>related to FGM. In Detroit, doctors are accused of performing this brutal operation of female circumcision on six- and seven-year-old girls. The accused doctors are part of an India-based Muslim sect, Dawoodi Bohra.</p> <p> Some hesitate to weigh in on this issue, worrying that to do so might appear culturally insensitive. The AHA Foundation report encourages us to &ldquo;let go of the misguided political correctness around condemning cultural and religious practices which have provided cover for perpetrators to inflict harms on women and girls.&rdquo; The message needs to be clear that there can be no tolerance or accepted form of FGM; such an unequivocal ban isn&rsquo;t culturally insensitive, but rather recognizes that women&rsquo;s and girls&rsquo; basic human rights are universal and that they must be at the core of society.</p> <p> Especially as Congress works to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, policymakers ought to consider how to combat this form of violence against women with stronger laws and enforcement, as well as to educate medical practitioners and other community leaders to help deter FGM. The United States needs to be a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/carrielukas/2017/10/31/lets-prioritize-protecting-girls/2/#60d64a683150" rel="noopener" target="_blank">clear leader</a>&nbsp;on this issue, showing zero tolerance for it within our borders and challenging the international community more broadly to work to end this abhorrent practice.</p> http://iwf.org/news/2806565/Carrie L. LukasMon, 21 May 2018 14:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumReader’s Digest Needlessly Worries Moms<p> <em>Reader&rsquo;s Digest</em>&nbsp;will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020 &mdash; no easy feat in an industry that constantly has to compete with new sources of entertainment and information.</p> <p> Unfortunately, the online magazine resorts to some of the worst practices of the online age in order to attract an audience in its recent article: &ldquo;<u><a href="https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/things-you-need-to-throw-out/">30 Things You Need to Throw Out ASAP</a></u>!&rdquo;</p> <p> Some advice is certainly useful: Throw out old and worn out extension cords and power strips (fire hazard), old spices (gross), expired makeup (eye infections), and clogged air filters (allergies).</p> <p> Yet, the article also instructs people to throw out Tupperware because of the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://iwf.org/blog/2805922/BPA-Safety-Confirmed-Again">widely debunked claim that the main chemical used in plastic manufacturing (BPA &mdash; Bisphenol-A) is dangerous</a></u>&nbsp;(Tip: It&rsquo;s only dangerous if you eat the plastic container housing your leftovers). It warns that oven cleaner contains &ldquo;highly corrosive chemicals that can cause redness and burns if they come in contact with the skin.&rdquo; Is that really a surprise for a substance that promises to help strip off cooked-on oven messes? Oven-cleaning spray bottles recommend latex gloves to protect one&rsquo;s skin, which is really all the advice you need to use this product safely.</p> <p> The author warns against air fresheners because they contain a chemical called phthalates, which the writer explains can &ldquo;affect hormones and reproductive health.&rdquo; Except in order to get a&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.iwf.org/blog/2795391/Are-Plastic-Products-Costing-You-Your-Sex-Drive-">dose large enough</a></u>&nbsp;to actually &ldquo;affect hormones and reproductive health,&rdquo; one would need to drink air freshener in large quantities.</p> <p> This kind of misinformation about the risks of everyday products takes a toll. People have enough to worry about and to consider when trying to improve their health without trying to rid their homes of wet wipes, bottled water, costume jewelry, hardwood floors, even scented candles, all of which are perfectly harmless if used properly. Moms don&rsquo;t need to be guilted into buying products dubbed &ldquo;chemical free&rdquo; &mdash; which in many cases aren&rsquo;t as durable or safe, but are more expensive.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s a disappointing when the venerable&nbsp;<em>Reader&rsquo;s Digest</em>&nbsp;serves up this kind of sloppy advice column. It may be successful click-bait, but it&rsquo;s leaving readers less informed.</p> http://iwf.org/news/2806525/Carrie L. LukasTue, 15 May 2018 07:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumHow conservatives are poised to actually make paid family leave a reality<p data-elm-loc="1" style="margin-left:auto;"> Many new moms this Mother&rsquo;s Day won&rsquo;t get what they most want: time to recover from childbirth and care for their newborns without great financial sacrifice.</p> <p data-elm-loc="2" style="margin-left:auto;"> The United States is essentially the only developed country in the world that does not guarantee mothers paid leave.</p> <p data-elm-loc="3" style="margin-left:auto;"> Most conservatives already support the principle of paid leave. According to the Pew Research Center,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/03/23/support-for-paid-leave-policies/">75 percent of Republicans</a>&nbsp;think mothers should receive some paid time off.</p> <p data-elm-loc="4" style="margin-left:auto;"> It is time for conservatives to back a sensible policy for America&rsquo;s mothers.</p> <p data-elm-loc="5" style="margin-left:auto;"> The principles behind paid family leave are deeply consistent with conservatism, and our movement is already showing that we are best equipped to move passable legislation forward. Done right, there is something there for all of us to like.</p> <p data-elm-loc="6" style="margin-left:auto;"> For fiscal conservatives, for example, there is the Rutgers&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/other/pay-matters.pdf">study</a>&nbsp;that found that women who return to work after taking paid leave are 39 percent less likely to go on public assistance and 40 percent less likely to need food stamps the following year. Or the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/survey-business-owners-paid-family-leave">Paychex survey</a>&nbsp;of small and midsize businesses that found nearly half support the notion of paid family leave. Or the endless studies that suggest a positive correlation between female participation in the labor force and overall national economic growth.</p> <p data-elm-loc="7" style="margin-left:auto;"> For social conservatives, paid family leave is deeply consistent with the pro-family, pro-life ethic we champion. At its core, supporting and celebrating the irreplaceable role of mothers and their crucial work in bringing up the next generation in an increasingly gender-neutral world is inherently conservative. Much of conservatism&rsquo;s maternal reverence is informed by religion; perhaps no faith elevates motherhood more than Roman Catholicism with its exaltation of Mary, the mother of Christ.</p> <p data-elm-loc="8" style="margin-left:auto;"> Unsurprisingly, Pope Francis, who once said that Mary&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/vatican-female-cardinals-arent-even-remotely-realistic/2013/11/04/a39e6890-4595-11e3-95a9-3f15b5618ba8_story.html?utm_term=.9d47fcf6bf35">is more important</a>&nbsp;than the Apostles, bishops, deacons and priests, has a thing or two to say about maternity leave for women. He told business executives in 2015 that women have both &ldquo;<a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2015/womens-right-to-maternity-leave-must-be-protected-pope-says.cfm">the right to work and the right to motherhood</a>.&rdquo; &ldquo;The challenge,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;is to protect their right to a job that is given full recognition while at the same time safeguarding their vocation to motherhood and their presence in the family.&rdquo;</p> <p data-elm-loc="9" style="margin-left:auto;"> Pope Francis builds on the thinking of Pope Saint John Paul II, who&nbsp;<a href="http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_14091981_laborem-exercens.html">wrote</a>&nbsp;in his 1981 encyclical &ldquo;Laborem Exercens&rdquo; that, &ldquo;The true advancement of women requires that labor should be structured in such a way that women do not have to pay for their advancement by abandoning what is specific to them and at the expense of the family, in which women as mothers have an irreplaceable role.&rdquo;</p> <p data-elm-loc="10" style="margin-left:auto;"> But conservatives also understand that the true advancement of women usually does not come in the form of top-down, budget-busting, government mandates.&nbsp;<a href="https://newrepublic.com/article/122348/how-do-you-make-sure-generous-paid-leave-doesnt-backfire-women">Numerous studies</a>&nbsp;raise legitimate concerns about whether the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/12/managers-avoid-hiring-younger-women-maternity-leave">European models</a>&nbsp;of long, mandated paid leave lead to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/26/upshot/when-family-friendly-policies-backfire.html">more discrimination</a>&nbsp;against women, never mind whether they are sustainable in the long term.</p> <p data-elm-loc="11" style="margin-left:auto;"> Thankfully, a new generation of conservatives is putting forward sensible paid leave proposals that have the potential to help lower- and middle-class moms without punishing their employers. Few have talked about the two-year trial provision that Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/12/fischer-paid-family-leave-proposal-included-in-tax-reform-conference-report">slipped into last year&rsquo;s tax bill</a>. Companies receive a tax credit if they offer workers some paid leave. It&rsquo;s the first time any federal paid family leave policy has been voted into law, and Republicans got it done.</p> <p data-elm-loc="12" style="margin-left:auto;"> Ivanka Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are shopping around a proposal that would allow new mothers to draw early from their Social Security, delaying their ability to access the benefit upon retirement by a few weeks. <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">A variation of the plan is&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://www.iwf.org/publications/2805652/FAQ:-A-New,-Simple-Solution-for-Paid-Family-Leave"><span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">championed</span></span></a><span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&nbsp;by the Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum, a conservative group.</span></span></strong></span> It has its critics on the right, but the plan&rsquo;s ethos is conservative in that it gives workers more control over what is rightly theirs to begin with.</p> <p data-elm-loc="13" style="margin-left:auto;"> And while the left will criticize any policy conservatives put forward as too little, the reality is that America has no appetite for a heavy-handed mandate. Government-mandated paid leave simply won&rsquo;t pass. Or as Rubio&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/961944768812060672?lang=en">tweeted</a>, &ldquo;My goal isn&rsquo;t the &lsquo;perfect&rsquo; plan, it&rsquo;s 60 votes for law better than status quo.&rdquo;</p> <p data-elm-loc="14" style="margin-left:auto;"> Can the party that gave women the right to vote change the status quo and lead the way forward on paid leave? Can the conservative movement show that it is possible to help women flourish both as mothers and as workers without upending the esprit de corps of American free-market economics?</p> <p> <wp-ad aria-hidden="true" data-google-query-id="CP2Gp6TZhdsCFQ3CwAod07AAtw" data-json="{&quot;targeting&quot;:{&quot;pos&quot;:&quot;inline_bb&quot;,&quot;ctr&quot;:[&quot;zeus&quot;,&quot;zeus_inline_bb&quot;]},&quot;categoryExclusions&quot;:[]}" data-size="[[300,250],&quot;fluid&quot;]" data-slot="local/acts-of-faith" id="slug_inline_bb"></wp-ad><wp-ad aria-hidden="true" data-google-query-id="CJXixqTZhdsCFcbbwAodHnwFTQ" data-json="{&quot;targeting&quot;:{&quot;pos&quot;:&quot;inline_bb_2&quot;,&quot;ctr&quot;:[&quot;zeus&quot;,&quot;zeus_inline_bb_2&quot;]},&quot;categoryExclusions&quot;:[]}" data-size="[[300,250],&quot;fluid&quot;]" data-slot="local/acts-of-faith" id="slug_inline_bb_2"></wp-ad><wp-ad aria-hidden="true" data-google-query-id="CNraxaTZhdsCFY_IwAodO3wL8Q" data-json="{&quot;targeting&quot;:{&quot;pos&quot;:&quot;inline_bb_3&quot;,&quot;ctr&quot;:[&quot;zeus&quot;,&quot;zeus_inline_bb_3&quot;]},&quot;categoryExclusions&quot;:[]}" data-size="[[300,250],&quot;fluid&quot;]" data-slot="local/acts-of-faith" id="slug_inline_bb_3"></wp-ad></p> <p data-elm-loc="15" style="margin-left:auto;"> Conservatives are already embracing the challenge.</p> http://iwf.org/media/2806502/Carrie L. LukasSun, 13 May 2018 12:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumUrge Graduates to Create a Culture of Kindness and Respect<p> Graduates will enter a country offering boundless opportunity. More than ever before, they will have the ability to define and pursue their own versions of happiness.&nbsp;But they know that already. They&rsquo;ve been hearing calls to lean in and dream big throughout their lives. American society today does not lack for people eager to make a difference.</p> <p> What we lack today is a culture of kindness. We&rsquo;ve lost the ethic of encouraging people to respect others, even those with whom they disagree.</p> <p> <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://brenebrown.com/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1526312000809000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGw0Vyyt0xZMxSZpBkifekgZi74lg" href="https://brenebrown.com/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Bren&eacute; Brown</a>, author of &ldquo;Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone,&rdquo; would be an ideal graduation speaker to advance this urgently needed message. In this book, she highlights trends with which recent grads are likely to be all too familiar:&nbsp;Our increasingly polarized culture and public debates; the increased isolation and loneliness that too many people today feel.</p> <p> Brown notes the irony that our ability to sort ourselves, so that we are surrounded by those who share our beliefs, hasn&rsquo;t made us feel a greater connection with our community. Rather, it has left us feeling disconnected. Political debates today seek not just to convince people that those with different views are wrong but that they are untrustworthy, ill-intended and even less human. Our lack of interaction with people with different views makes it easier for us to accept attempts to objectify and humiliate them.</p> <p> Social media &mdash; which is increasingly a primary vehicle for interacting with others and expressing our political beliefs &mdash; has driven this lack of civility. People who would never consider insulting someone to their face or using profanity among strangers feel free to insult and denigrate others with the anonymity of being online.</p> <p> The next generation ought to be reassured that it doesn&rsquo;t have to be that way. Brown urges people to have the courage to reject the tribalism that is at the core of this desire to put others into out groups. She counsels people to &ldquo;move in,&rdquo; and recognize other people as unique and vulnerable human beings. It&rsquo;s much harder to hate someone from up-close.</p> <p> Another important message for new graduates that Brown shares is to remember that it&rsquo;s OK not to have all the answers. You don&rsquo;t need to pretend to have an informed opinion about everything. No one does. Recognizing what you don&rsquo;t know is a sign of thoughtfulness and maturity. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to ask questions, rather than offer your opinions, during a conversation. You&rsquo;ll learn from the process even if you don&rsquo;t agree with everything the other person shares.</p> <p> Brown urges the public to reject the false dichotomy of having to pick sides, as if the world and every debate is divided neatly into two competing teams. Life is more nuanced and complicated than that. It takes bravery and maturity to step out from the pack and refuse adopting wholesale the positions and assumptions in &ldquo;your&rdquo; group.&nbsp;Being willing to reject both extremes and stand alone is central to maintaining your integrity and true individuality.</p> <p> New graduates should look for opportunities for real connection. Social media and sharing pictures is no substitute for sharing actual experiences with someone.</p> <p> Brown highlights the power of joining with groups for big celebrations or sharing times of grief.&nbsp;Maintaining a connection to society more broadly is important just as it&rsquo;s important to maintain deep personal friendships and relationships. This connection to humanity is a foundation of mental and physical heath, and overall well-being.</p> <p> New graduates don&rsquo;t need to hear about chasing their dreams and fulfilling their potential.&nbsp;But they do need to be reminded that kindness and conviction can stand together, and help build a better future and stronger society; that standing up strongly for your beliefs doesn&rsquo;t require attacking or belittling others.</p> <p> Rebuilding civil discourse and a culture of respect is among the great challenges facing graduates, and they should be encouraged to recognize this as a vital and worthy goal.</p> http://iwf.org/news/2806551/Carrie L. LukasSun, 13 May 2018 06:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumTakeaways: A Market in Higher Education<p> Are you questioning if an investment in higher education makes sense? Americans need more and better opportunities to obtain education and skills training, not just immediately following high school, but also throughout their careers in order to keep up with the changing economy. Here&#39;s a quick recap of how the market is responding to a different demand in education:&nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:22px;"><strong><u><a href="http://pdf.iwf.org/HigherEducation_Takeaways.pdf">GET THE FACTS (PDF/DOWNLOAD) &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></u></strong></span></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a href="https://www.scribd.com/document/378820953/top-takeaways-higher-education-marketplace#from_embed" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Top Takeaways | Higher Education Marketplace">Top Takeaways | Higher Education Marketplace</a> by <a href="https://www.scribd.com/user/330323807/Independent-Women-s-Forum#from_embed" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Independent Women's Forum's profile">Independent Women&#39;s Forum</a></p> <p> <iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.27584097859327217" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_56017" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/378820953/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-YPdjRkoIMODPa35lUSLs&amp;show_recommendations=true" title="Top Takeaways | Higher Education Marketplace" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://iwf.org/publications/2806473/Carrie L. LukasThu, 10 May 2018 08:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum'Abstinence only' is the wrong approach to vaping products<p> Senator&nbsp;<span data-behavior="rolloverpeople"><a data-nid="188240" href="http://thehill.com/people/dick-durbin">Dick Durbin</a></span>&nbsp;(D-Ill.) may seem an unlikely member of the abstinence movement. Yet when it comes to smoking at least, he is firmly in favor of pushing the &ldquo;just say no&rdquo; line rather than providing information about how to limit the risk of harm.</p> <p> No one who cares about public health wants any current nonsmoker to start smoking or vaping. Particularly, we don&#39;t want teenagers to make decisions that put their health at long-term risk when they are too young to understand the consequences. That&#39;s why it&#39;s illegal for anyone under age 18 to buy cigarettes or e-vaping products. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the sale of these products and monitors companies&#39; marketing practices. If a company engages in marketing designed to skirt these laws and encourage those under the legal age to buy their products, the FDA can take action against them.</p> <p> Yet even as we seek to discourage young people from smoking, we also don&#39;t want to spread misinformation about the relative risks of different products, which could lead to them make worse decision and suffer worse health outcomes.</p> <p> Unfortunately, some public figures are doing just that. Senator&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wjbc.com/2018/05/01/durbin-calls-for-higher-enforcement-of-vape-marketing/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Dick Durbin recently called</a>&nbsp;to increase the legal age for buying cigarettes and vaping products, saying:</p> <blockquote> <p> &ldquo;Originally, vaping was sold as the healthy alternative to tobacco cigarettes, the way to end tobacco addiction. And it turns out it&rsquo;s insidious and harmful in it of itself and it doesn&rsquo;t guarantee any end to tobacco addiction.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p> No one claims that vaping can &ldquo;guarantee any end to tobacco addiction.&rdquo; But that doesn&#39;t mean that it isn&#39;t significantly less harmful than traditional cigarettes. That&#39;s something that the public needs to understand, and is increasingly lost in public debates that imply that cigarettes and e-cigarettes are essentially interchangeable.</p> <p> In fact, they are very different products. First, unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, and they do not burn or smoke. This is critical: Overwhelmingly, the harm from smoking occurs when the cigarette burns and toxins are released. While mimicking smoking, e-cigarettes do not burn, but rather heat a liquid solution made up of glycol and flavorings, and in some cases, nicotine.</p> <p> As a result, vaping is up to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/e-cigarettes-around-95-less-harmful-than-tobacco-estimates-landmark-review" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">95 percent less harmful</a>&nbsp;than smoking, according to independent research. E-cigarettes also don&rsquo;t produce smoke, and therefore there&#39;s no risk to non-smokers from second-hand smoke. The vapor produced by e-cigarettes contains no dangerous chemicals or carcinogens.</p> <p> In other words, e-cigarettes are much, much less harmful in terms of the health of the user and the public than traditional cigarettes. That message shouldn&#39;t be lost in general warnings not to smoke.</p> <p> Of course, 95 percent less harmful doesn&#39;t mean that vaping is risk-free. Would I prefer that none of my children ever trying vaping? Absolutely. However, if they are to ever succumb to the temptation to try a nicotine product, I certainly hope that they try the one that is significantly less harmful than the alternatives.</p> <p> Moreover, I have friends already addicted to traditional cigarettes and who have failed to quit using other cessation products. I hope they aren&#39;t swayed by Durbin&#39;s blithe dismissals of the significant benefits of switching to vaping, and recognize that &mdash; while, sure, it would be better to just say no and quit cold turkey &mdash; significantly reducing the harm of their addiction would be a giant step in the right direction.</p> <p> Durbin understands this in other areas of life. Given his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/06/politics/trump-birth-control-democrats/index.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">support</a>&nbsp;of Obama-era contraception policies, presumably he would likely object to the suggestion that we shouldn&#39;t bother telling teenagers about condoms since they are only about 80 percent effective at preventing diseases.</p> <p> Public health officials typically recognize that we can&#39;t make the perfect the enemy of the good. The&nbsp;World Health Organization&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/condoms/en/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">trumpets</a>condoms as &ldquo;highly effective in preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs),&rdquo; while admitting that they have &ldquo;an 80% or greater protective effect.&rdquo; They understand that &ldquo;just say no&rdquo; doesn&#39;t always work.</p> <p> Of course, we want teenagers to abstain from smoking, just as we want them to abstain from sex. Yet if they are going to engage in these behaviors, we also want them to know the facts so that they can mitigate the risks of lasting harm. By all means, let&#39;s work to deny teenagers access to cigarettes and e-cigarettes to keep them from smoking, but we shouldn&#39;t also deny them reliable information about relative risks.</p> http://iwf.org/news/2806459/Carrie L. LukasTue, 8 May 2018 11:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumConservative groups demand farm program reforms<p> Heritage Action for America and other fiscally conservative groups are calling on House members to demand major changes to commodity programs and crop insurance in the House Republican farm bill.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;The bill not only fails to make reforms to farm subsidies, but actually makes the subsidies even worse,&rdquo; says the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.agri-pulse.com/ext/resources/Coalition-to-Congress_-Farm-Bill-Must-Address-Out-of-Control-Subsidy-Programs.pdf">letter</a>&nbsp;released Wednesday by 14 organizations.</p> <p> The letter could complicate the House GOP leadership&rsquo;s attempt to win passage of the farm bill this month because of reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that the legislation includes. Democrats are expected to be united in opposition to the bill.&nbsp;</p> <p> House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, is warning conservative lawmakers that amendments cutting commodity programs or crop insurance would jeopardize passage of the bill and the SNAP provisions.</p> <p> The letter doesn&rsquo;t mention the SNAP reforms which include an expansion of work requirements for adults getting the aid.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Heritage Foundation, of which Heritage Action is the advocacy arm, is also critical of the work requirements, arguing that too many adults without dependents would be exempted and that the bill&nbsp;would exacerbate a marriage penalty for parents of children over 6, who would also be required to work.</p> <p> The letter says that the existing farm subsidy system &ldquo;violates the most basic principles of conservatism, including a belief in free enterprise and limited government.&rdquo;</p> <p> Echoing conservative criticism of welfare programs, the groups say the farm bill promotes farmer dependence &ldquo;on federal handouts, instead of empowering individuals to succeed on their own.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> The letter also singles out for criticism the sugar program,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/10925-lawmakers-amendments-could-sour-farm-bill-prospects">which is expected to be the subject of intense debate on the House floor.</a></p> <p> &ldquo;In 2018, it is hard to believe that the federal government dictates how much of a commodity can be sold, yet this is a key feature of the federal sugar program,&rdquo; the letter says.&nbsp;</p> <p> The groups also take a swipe at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/10855-house-farm-bill-tees-up-fights-over-funding-policy">the bill&rsquo;s liberalized payment rules</a>, saying the legislation &ldquo;creates new ways to funnel more money to agricultural producers, including to individuals who do not even farm.&quot;</p> <p> The bill would allow members of LLCs and S corporations to individually qualify for up to $125,000 of&nbsp;crop subsidies annually. Under current law, the entire entity is limited to $125,000 a year. The bill also would add cousins, nieces and nephews to the list of a farmer&rsquo;s family members who can be eligible for commodity programs.</p> <p> The letter disputes the idea that cutting farm programs would be &ldquo;anti-farmer.&rdquo; &ldquo;Quite simply, respect for farmers doesn&rsquo;t mean tolerance for wasting taxpayer money on handouts.&rdquo;</p> <p> In addition to Heritage Action, the letter was signed by the Campaign for Liberty, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Coalition to Reduce Spending, Club for Growth, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum, Independent Women&rsquo;s Voice</span></strong></span></span>, John Locke Foundation, R Street Institute, Rio Grande Foundation, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and Taxpayers Protection Alliance.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/10898-snap-reforms-may-win-hard-nose-conservative-support-for-farm-bill">Two key conservatives, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina and his predecessor, Jim&nbsp;Jordan of Ohio, have both signaled</a>&nbsp;that they are open to supporting the bill. &ldquo;Typical hard-nose (members) are not necessarily hard nose during this debate,&rdquo; Meadows said last week.</p> <p> But Dan Holler, vice president of Heritage Action, said this week that Republican lawmakers can&#39;t pass up the chance to push for reforms on the House floor, knowing that the Senate&#39;s bipartisan bill is even less likely to change existing policy.&nbsp;&quot;This is the high water mark in terms of what w&rsquo;ere going to see in terms of conservative policy,&quot; he said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Conaway has said he hopes to have his bill on the House floor the week of May 14, but he first must make sure he has the votes to pass it.&nbsp;</p> <p> The ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, said on the&nbsp;<a href="https://americanagnetwork.com/programs/adams-on-agriculture/">Adams on Agriculture radio show</a>&nbsp;Wednesday that Democrats wouldn&#39;t offer any amendments to the bill.</p> http://iwf.org/media/2806427/Carrie L. LukasWed, 2 May 2018 10:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumPolicy Focus: A Market in Higher Education<p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Americans need more and better opportunities to obtain education and skills training, not just immediately following high school, but also throughout their careers in order to keep up with the changing economy. The cost of college tuition has more than doubled during the past 30 years and studies have called into question how much learning occurs during college. Because of this, many Americans have come to question if an investment in high education makes sense. At the same time, many high-paying jobs, including many that do not require college degrees (such as those in the skilled trades), go unfilled for lack of qualified candidates. </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">The good news is that the market is responding to the demand for different education paradigms and offering students, at all ages and stages of life, new opportunities to learn and gain skills. Some traditional colleges and universities are offering students access to lower-cost education options, including access to course materials online. For-profit businesses are developing a variety of new educational services that compete with traditional providers as well as fill critical gaps by offering more specific, skills-based education and training opportunities. </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Policymakers should applaud these trends and consider policy reforms to encourage continued innovation in education. Importantly, education consumers&mdash;not government regulators&mdash;are best situated to sort out which providers, both traditional and for-profit, provide value and which do not. This process is the best way to bring costs of education down and provide more Americans with access to the education and training that they need.&nbsp;Read more to find out if an investment in higher education makes sense for you and your family!</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://pdf.iwf.org/market_in_higher_education.pdf"><img alt="" src="http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb366/IWF11/Policy%20Focus/0518_PF_clickhere_zpsgkuvjttg.png" style="width: 350px; height: 58px;" /></a></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://iwf.org/publications/2806418/Carrie L. LukasWed, 2 May 2018 07:05:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumSocial Security Paid Leave: Let’s Have an Honest Discussion of the Trade-offs<p> Under a new conservative proposal &mdash; first outlined in a&nbsp;<a href="http://pdf.iwf.org/budget-neutral_approach_parental_leave_PF18.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">paper</a>&nbsp;by my Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum colleague Kristin Shapiro &mdash; workers could take paid leave after having a child in exchange for agreeing to delay collecting retirement benefits from Social Security. An&nbsp;<a href="https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/should-parents-borrow-social-security-finance-paid-leave" rel="noopener" target="_blank">analysis</a>&nbsp;from the left-leaning Urban Institute, however, raises some concerns about the proposal.</p> <p> This idea should be thoroughly vetted, and we welcome fair criticism. While we differ with the Urban Institute&rsquo;s analysis on a few points, it is clearly a measured attempt to weigh the plan&rsquo;s costs and benefits. The real downside of the new report, though, is the way that some in the media have deliberately misinterpreted its findings in an effort to sabotage a worthwhile idea.</p> <p> The report&rsquo;s authors, Melissa Favreault and Robert Johnson, sought to estimate the budget implications of this program and to calculate how long parents would have to delay their retirement to offset paid parental leave. Taking into account the significant share of people who end up relying on Social Security&rsquo;s disability program before their normal retirement age (and who would thereby be prevented from repaying the implicit debt), they conclude that workers would have to delay retirement benefits by as much as 25 weeks to offset the costs of twelve weeks of parental leave.</p> <p> They also estimate that one twelve-week leave would result in an overall reduction in someone&rsquo;s total Social Security benefits by 3 percent.</p> <p> They note that these delays in retirement benefits could create hardship for those with lower incomes or challenging employment situations as they approach retirement. The authors also estimate that, because the program&rsquo;s costs would be front-loaded (as paid leave starts immediately while the retirement delays would happen decades in the future), it would affect Social Security&rsquo;s Trust Fund finances as well, albeit modestly, moving up the date of insolvency by less than a year.</p> <p> Their analysis is a welcome addition to the paid-leave discussion. However, the report places too little value on the voluntary nature of this program, ignoring that people would be&nbsp;electing&nbsp;to take benefits early, and so would be making an informed decision that the money at the time of a child&rsquo;s birth was more important than the benefits at age 67. And while the authors focus on the potential hardship of having to work about an extra five months for each period of leave, they fail to put this in the bigger picture of the enormous gains in longevity. Even a one-year-later retirement age is still a relatively early retirement given today&rsquo;s life spans.</p> <p> However, it&rsquo;s worth considering other ways that people could repay the system for their parental-leave benefits. For example, leave-takers could have the option of temporarily paying a higher payroll tax. Those who did so and paid back the costs of their leave could then become eligible again for full retirement benefits.</p> <p> The Urban Institute&rsquo;s measured analysis contrasts with some of the media coverage of the findings, such as&nbsp;<a href="https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/04/new-study-republican-paid-leave-plan-will-undermine-social-security.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">this article&nbsp;at&nbsp;Slate</a>&nbsp;by Alieza Durana, with the inflammatory and misleading title &ldquo;New Study: The Republican Plan for Paid Leave Is Going to Undermine Social Security.&rdquo; Durana ignores the nuances in the Urban Institute report and dismisses the Social Security parental-leave approach as being &ldquo;too good to be true.&rdquo; At the same time, she makes contradictory arguments in favor of her preferred alternative approach to paid leave, suggesting that it could somehow be both more generous and less expensive.</p> <p> Durana blithely suggests that the Democrats&rsquo; FAMILY Act, a proposal to create a new entitlement program that would give all workers access to up to twelve weeks of paid leave each year (including both parental leave and leave for workers&rsquo; and family members&rsquo; illnesses), could be financed by asking employers and employees to pay &ldquo;about the cost of a cup of coffee per week.&rdquo; Talk about too good to be true!</p> <p> <a href="https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/paid-leave-proposals-the-numbers-dont-add-up/">Analysis</a>&nbsp;by the conservative American Action Forum confirms the obvious: The FAMILY Act would be much more expensive than advertised. The legislation would officially force all workers to pay a&nbsp;<a href="http://iwf.org/publications/2805963/Graphic:-The-FAMILY-Act-or-Social-Security-Parental-Benefits--" rel="noopener" target="_blank">0.4 percent payroll tax</a>, which works out to about $200 per year for the median worker. That may be about the cost of a (high-end) cup of coffee a week, but over the course of a working lifetime it adds up to a total of about $8,000 in lost savings, and that&rsquo;s without including any interest. Further, AAF found that the income generated from this payroll tax would cover only a fraction of the expected costs. The lower-bound estimate of how much the program would cost added up to the equivalent of 2.1 percent of payroll, and it could go much higher.</p> <p> In addition, while the FAMILY Act&rsquo;s costs may not directly affect Social Security&rsquo;s Trust Fund or finances, the new entitlement would compete with Social Security (and Medicare) for payroll taxes. Surely there is some limit to how high a payroll-tax rate we can impose on workers to support entitlement programs. If a paid-leave entitlement claims another 2 percent of workers&rsquo; pay, that will limit policymakers&rsquo; ability to ask taxpayers to pay more to close Social Security&rsquo;s financing shortfall in the future, making benefit cuts to Social Security more likely.</p> <p> No plan for providing paid-leave benefits is going to be perfect or cost-free. We should be honest about the trade-offs that exist with all of these approaches.</p> <p> The impulse behind the Social Security parental-leave approach is to modernize our existing entitlement programs to make them more flexible and responsive to workers&rsquo; needs, rather than layering a new program on top of the old ones. This approach would provide people who do not currently have paid-leave benefits with meaningful access to support during the time of childbirth or adoption. The Urban Institute&rsquo;s thoughtful analysis of the budget and other implications of this approach could help policymakers as they consider how to translate this concept into legislation, and how to protect the financial interests of taxpayers while limiting burdens on all workers.</p> <p> This is how policy debates are supposed to occur. If only everyone participated in such good faith.</p> http://iwf.org/news/2806397/Carrie L. LukasFri, 27 Apr 2018 19:04:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumSocial Security Paid Leave: Let’s Have an Honest Discussion of the Trade-offs<p> Under a new conservative proposal &mdash; first outlined in a&nbsp;<a href="http://pdf.iwf.org/budget-neutral_approach_parental_leave_PF18.pdf" rel="noopener" target="_blank">paper</a>&nbsp;by my Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum colleague Kristin Shapiro &mdash; workers could take paid leave after having a child in exchange for agreeing to delay collecting retirement benefits from Social Security. An&nbsp;<a href="https://www.urban.org/urban-wire/should-parents-borrow-social-security-finance-paid-leave" rel="noopener" target="_blank">analysis</a>&nbsp;from the left-leaning Urban Institute, however, raises some concerns about the proposal.</p> <p> This idea should be thoroughly vetted, and we welcome fair criticism. While we differ with the Urban Institute&rsquo;s analysis on a few points, it is clearly a measured attempt to weigh the plan&rsquo;s costs and benefits. The real downside of the new report, though, is the way that some in the media have deliberately misinterpreted its findings in an effort to sabotage a worthwhile idea.</p> <p> The report&rsquo;s authors, Melissa Favreault and Robert Johnson, sought to estimate the budget implications of this program and to calculate how long parents would have to delay their retirement to offset paid parental leave. Taking into account the significant share of people who end up relying on Social Security&rsquo;s disability program before their normal retirement age (and who would thereby be prevented from repaying the implicit debt), they conclude that workers would have to delay retirement benefits by as much as 25 weeks to offset the costs of twelve weeks of parental leave.</p> <p> They also estimate that one twelve-week leave would result in an overall reduction in someone&rsquo;s total Social Security benefits by 3 percent.</p> <p> They note that these delays in retirement benefits could create hardship for those with lower incomes or challenging employment situations as they approach retirement. The authors also estimate that, because the program&rsquo;s costs would be front-loaded (as paid leave starts immediately while the retirement delays would happen decades in the future), it would affect Social Security&rsquo;s Trust Fund finances as well, albeit modestly, moving up the date of insolvency by less than a year.</p> <p> Their analysis is a welcome addition to the paid-leave discussion. However, the report places too little value on the voluntary nature of this program, ignoring that people would be&nbsp;<em>electing</em>&nbsp;to take benefits early, and so would be making an informed decision that the money at the time of a child&rsquo;s birth was more important than the benefits at age 67. And while the authors focus on the potential hardship of having to work about an extra five months for each period of leave, they fail to put this in the bigger picture of the enormous gains in longevity. Even a one-year-later retirement age is still a relatively early retirement given today&rsquo;s life spans.</p> <p> However, it&rsquo;s worth considering other ways that people could repay the system for their parental-leave benefits. For example, leave-takers could have the option of temporarily paying a higher payroll tax. Those who did so and paid back the costs of their leave could then become eligible again for full retirement benefits.</p> <p> The Urban Institute&rsquo;s measured analysis contrasts with some of the media coverage of the findings, such as&nbsp;<a href="https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/04/new-study-republican-paid-leave-plan-will-undermine-social-security.html" rel="noopener" target="_blank">this article&nbsp;at&nbsp;<em>Slate</em></a>&nbsp;by Alieza Durana, with the inflammatory and misleading title &ldquo;New Study: The Republican Plan for Paid Leave Is Going to Undermine Social Security.&rdquo; Durana ignores the nuances in the Urban Institute report and dismisses the Social Security parental-leave approach as being &ldquo;too good to be true.&rdquo; At the same time, she makes contradictory arguments in favor of her preferred alternative approach to paid leave, suggesting that it could somehow be both more generous and less expensive.</p> <p> Durana blithely suggests that the Democrats&rsquo; FAMILY Act, a proposal to create a new entitlement program that would give all workers access to up to twelve weeks of paid leave each year (including both parental leave and leave for workers&rsquo; and family members&rsquo; illnesses), could be financed by asking employers and employees to pay &ldquo;about the cost of a cup of coffee per week.&rdquo; Talk about too good to be true!</p> <p> <a href="https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/paid-leave-proposals-the-numbers-dont-add-up/">Analysis</a>&nbsp;by the conservative American Action Forum confirms the obvious: The FAMILY Act would be much more expensive than advertised. The legislation would officially force all workers to pay a&nbsp;<a href="http://iwf.org/publications/2805963/Graphic:-The-FAMILY-Act-or-Social-Security-Parental-Benefits--" rel="noopener" target="_blank">0.4 percent payroll tax</a>, which works out to about $200 per year for the median worker. That may be about the cost of a (high-end) cup of coffee a week, but over the course of a working lifetime it adds up to a total of about $8,000 in lost savings, and that&rsquo;s without including any interest. Further, AAF found that the income generated from this payroll tax would cover only a fraction of the expected costs. The lower-bound estimate of how much the program would cost added up to the equivalent of 2.1 percent of payroll, and it could go much higher.</p> <div class="site-header-wrap site-header site-header--sticky site-header--not-bottom site-header--not-top site-header--slideup" data-component="siteHeader" data-fixed="true" role="banner" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: medium; line-height: inherit; font-family: &quot;Open Sans&quot;, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; left: 0px; position: fixed; top: 0px; transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px); width: 1440px; will-change: transform; z-index: 5; transition: none; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <section class="article-browser" data-component="articleBrowser" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px 0px 1px; border-top-style: initial; border-right-style: initial; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: initial; border-top-color: initial; 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padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(45, 45, 45); text-decoration-line: none; transition: color 0.2s ease;">Mika Brzezinski: White House Correspondents Dinner a Big Win for Trump</a></p> </div> </div> <div class="article-browser__article post-list-article is-selected" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px 1px 0px 0px; border-top-style: initial; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: initial; border-left-style: initial; border-top-color: initial; border-right-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-bottom-color: initial; border-left-color: initial; border-image: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: table; height: 83px; width: 249px; position: absolute; 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padding: 0.5em 0.5em 0.25em; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: table-cell; width: 65px;"> <a href="https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/trump-kim-jong-un-north-korea-summit-lessons-from-libya/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(45, 45, 45); text-decoration-line: none; transition: color 0.2s ease;"><img alt="" class="attachment-article-browser-square size-article-browser-square wp-post-image" height="65" sizes="(max-width: 65px) 100vw, 65px" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dprk-nukes-29.jpg?resize=65%2C65&amp;ssl=1" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dprk-nukes-29.jpg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dprk-nukes-29.jpg?resize=65%2C65&amp;ssl=1 65w, https://i2.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dprk-nukes-29.jpg?resize=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/dprk-nukes-29.jpg?resize=200%2C200&amp;ssl=1 200w" style="margin: 0px; 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padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(45, 45, 45); text-decoration-line: none; transition: color 0.2s ease;">In His Summit with Kim, Trump Should Apply the Lessons from Libya</a></p> </div> </div> <div class="article-browser__article post-list-article" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px 1px 0px 0px; border-top-style: initial; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: initial; border-left-style: initial; border-top-color: initial; border-right-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-bottom-color: initial; border-left-color: initial; border-image: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: table; height: 83px; width: 249px; position: absolute; 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padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(45, 45, 45); text-decoration-line: none; transition: color 0.2s ease;">Slow Death of the Train to Nowhere</a></p> </div> </div> <div class="article-browser__article post-list-article" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px 1px 0px 0px; border-top-style: initial; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: initial; border-left-style: initial; border-top-color: initial; border-right-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); border-bottom-color: initial; border-left-color: initial; border-image: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: table; height: 83px; width: 249px; position: absolute; left: 3250.03px;"> <figure class="article-browser__article__thumbnail post-list-article_thumbnail" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0.5em 0.5em 0.25em; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; display: table-cell; width: 65px;"> <a href="https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/04/trey-gowdy-resignation-south-carolina-history/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(45, 45, 45); text-decoration-line: none; transition: color 0.2s ease;"><img alt="" class="attachment-article-browser-square size-article-browser-square wp-post-image" height="65" sizes="(max-width: 65px) 100vw, 65px" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/trey-gowdy-hearing.jpg?resize=65%2C65&amp;ssl=1" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/trey-gowdy-hearing.jpg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i1.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/trey-gowdy-hearing.jpg?resize=65%2C65&amp;ssl=1 65w, https://i1.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/trey-gowdy-hearing.jpg?resize=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i1.wp.com/www.nationalreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/trey-gowdy-hearing.jpg?resize=200%2C200&amp;ssl=1 200w" style="margin: 0px; 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LukasFri, 27 Apr 2018 12:04:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumWhat Self-Help Guru Tony Robbins Was Trying to Say<p> Tony Robbins must have known immediately that he&rsquo;d made a huge mistake in how he responded to a question about #MeToo.</p> <p> Last month, at one of Robbins&rsquo;s popular, sold-out seminars, audience member Nanine McCool told the self-help guru that she thought he misunderstood the #MeToo movement. You can see the entire interaction&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74YILhy4RgE&amp;t=47s">here</a>, but Robbins focused on the danger of people feeling like victims and seeking to accuse others of wrongdoing.</p> <p> Among the portions that have gotten him in the most trouble was this:</p> <blockquote> <p> If you use the #MeToo movement to try to get significance and certainty by attacking and destroying someone else, you haven&rsquo;t grown an ounce. All you&rsquo;ve done is basically use a drug called significance to make yourself feel good.</p> </blockquote> <p> Robbins attempted to put these comments in some context, going on to say, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not knocking the #MeToo movement; I&rsquo;m knocking victimhood.&rdquo; He even praised Ms. McCool, agreeing that, while she was using the movement productively, many aren&rsquo;t.</p> <p> Yet it&rsquo;s no surprise that Robbins has faced great criticism for this exchange. It was at best an inartful response &mdash; particularly for the 6&prime; 7 Robbins, who, while answering McCool, walked toward her and even pushed her backward (while encouraging her to push back). Not the best optics, particularly on the issue of sexual assault and given that McCool herself is an assault survivor.</p> <p> Robbins&rsquo;s central point, however, deserves more discussion. Presumably, Robbins&rsquo;s recognizes that it is affirming for people who have been wronged &mdash; and subject to the kind of assault and abuse that appears to have been standard protocol of men such as Harvey Weinstein &mdash; to speak publicly about their experience, expose those predators, and prevent them from continuing to victimize others. However, there is a balance between encouraging people to share their trauma and supporting them in that process, and encouraging everyone to see themselves as victims and to focus on perceived wrongs in a way that is counterproductive for them.</p> <aside> <div data-unruly-ad-type="horizontal" style="margin-left:auto;"> <div style="margin-left:auto;"> <img src="https://video.unrulymedia.com/native/images/unmiss-sound-button-muted-e74d67a0c85c3548f07d7564782a269c.svg" style="vertical-align:baseline;border:0px !important;line-height:normal !important;height:20px !important;width:20px !important;min-height:initial !important;float:right !important;border-radius:50% !important;" /></div> </div> </aside> <p> <a href="https://harpers.org/archive/2018/03/the-other-whisper-network-2/">Many</a>&nbsp;have&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/01/the-humiliation-of-aziz-ansari/550541/">written</a>&nbsp;about this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/movies/catherine-deneuve-and-others-denounce-the-metoo-movement.html">potential overreach</a>&nbsp;and the danger of #MeToo morphing from a positive force to stop harassment and truly bad behavior, to one that demonizes everyday interactions &mdash; from ill-conceived jokes to misunderstandings about romantic interests &mdash; that occur between flawed individuals.</p> <p> Given Robbins&rsquo;s long history of encouraging people to think positively and to overcome any obstacles, his comments could be understood in that context: Encouraging people not to dwell on the negative in their lives but to focus on making the most of the opportunities before them. It seems unnecessary &mdash; and to exemplify the negativity that he was warning against &mdash; to assume the worst about his intentions.</p> <p> Tony has since apologized, saying in part, &ldquo;I apologize for suggesting anything other than my profound admiration for the #MeToo movement,&rdquo; adding, &ldquo;Let me clearly say, I agree with the goals of the #MeToo movement and its founding message of &lsquo;empowerment through empathy,&rsquo; which makes it a beautiful force for good.&rdquo;</p> <p> That&rsquo;s undoubtedly needed clarification and wise public relations to admit that he failed to recognize all the good that the #MeToo movement has done. However, I hope he doesn&rsquo;t (and we all don&rsquo;t) shy away from the willingness to see and address the fact that there can be unforeseen consequences to movements such as this that can sometimes cause harm to the very people they are intended to help.</p> <p> Too often, Internet mobs aren&rsquo;t satisfied with someone admitting he or she said or did something wrong, learned from it, and sincerely apologize. They will only stop if the person&rsquo;s reputation is completely destroyed.</p> <p> In Robbins case certainly, that would be a mistake. Robbins is a force for good, encouraging people to see the best in each other and in themselves. That&rsquo;s a message we all need to hear.</p> http://iwf.org/news/2806340/Carrie L. LukasThu, 19 Apr 2018 07:04:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumPresident Trump, voices from across political spectrum remember Barbara Bush<p> Former first lady Barbara Bush was remembered as a public servant, devoted wife and mother and a tireless advocate for children as reactions poured in to her passing on Tuesday night.</p> <p> Bush died at the age of 92, after reportedly being in failing health. Jim McGrath, a family spokesman, did not give a cause of death.</p> <p> &ldquo;As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American Family,&rdquo; President Donald Trump said in a statement, which was dated April 17, 2017. &ldquo;Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.&ldquo;</p> <p> Flags will be flown at half-staff until the day of internment across the U.S. and its territories, the White House announced Tuesday evening.</p> <p> The president said that Bush was a &ldquo;was an advocate of the American family&ldquo; and said his and First Lady Melania Trump&lsquo;s thoughts and prayers are with the Bush Family.</p> <p> Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama said in a joint statement that the former first lady and mother to President George W. Bush was a &quot;testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit.&rdquo;</p> <aside> <article> <div> <footer> &nbsp;</footer> </div> </article> </aside> <p> &ldquo;She&rsquo;ll be remembered for passing those American values on to her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren &ndash; and to the countless citizens who she and George inspired to become &lsquo;points of light&rsquo; in service to others,&rdquo; the Obamas&lsquo; statement continued.</p> <p> Bush &ldquo;was a woman of unique strength and grace,&rdquo; Vice President Mike Pence and his Second Lady Karen Pence said in a joint statement.</p> <p> &ldquo;Barbara Bush was a woman of unique strength and grace whose devotion to her family was an inspiration to every American,&rdquo; the Pences&rsquo; statement said. &ldquo;Mrs. Bush&rsquo;s example in public life and her encouragement made a lasting impact on our family, as it did on the families of millions of Americans, and she will be missed.&ldquo;</p> <p> Former Vice President Joe Biden said Bush was &ldquo;the picture of resilience&ldquo; and that &ldquo;there was no one else quite like her.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Her tireless work as a champion for global literacy will be just one legacy she leaves behind,&rdquo; Biden said in the statement. &ldquo;The others will be her unshakeable faith, her devotion to service and her beloved family, in which she instilled that same great love of country and public service.&ldquo;</p> <p> Bush spent much of her adult life in Texas where her husband and former President George H.W. Bush began his political career. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered his condolences, saying that Barbara Bush&rsquo;s &ldquo;impact on Texas and our nation will forever be treasured&ldquo; and that her literacy program helped &ldquo;improve the lives of those less fortunate through education.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Barbara Bush dedicated her life to helping others. As only the second woman in history to be both the wife and mother of U.S. presidents, Barbara had a unique and profound impact on our country,&rdquo; Abbott said in a statement.</p> <aside> <article> <div> <header> &nbsp;</header> </div> </article> </aside> <p> Texas Sen. John Cornyn also said in a statement that Bush&rsquo;s work &ldquo;promoting literacy will live on in the families she touched and young minds she helped cultivate.&ldquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Barbara has blessed this nation with her unwavering service, strong moral compass, and trademark sense of humor,&rdquo; the Senate majority whip said in a statement.</p> <p> Bush&lsquo;s public and private service were also commemorated by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter.</p> <p> &ldquo;From China to Texas to DC, Barbara Bush worked on a beautiful floral needlepoint rug, stitching together changing times &amp; geography w constant love &amp; support for her family. Her masterpiece eventually graced the floors of the Executive Mansion, making the White House a true home,&rdquo; Cruz tweeted.</p> <p> During her time as Second Lady and the First Lady, Bush dedicated her life to child literacy and went on to create the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Independent Women&#39;s Forum, a conservative group, commented on her work on improving lives through her foundation.</span></strong></span></span></p> <div style="clear:left;"> <div> <div data-google-query-id="CMmEh7bAxNoCFYOVyAod8q4Peg" id="pol-vp-01"> <div id="google_ads_iframe_/6326/politico/politics_8__container__" style="margin-left: 40px;"> &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&quot;Despite her aristocratic origins, Mrs. Bush was unpretentious, and her country loved her for her for it,&rdquo; the organization releasted in a statement. &ldquo;She made no pretenses about her trademark fake pearls and delighted in the &#39;America&#39;s grandmother&#39; image conferred by her mane of white hair.&quot;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy also honored Bush on Twitter.</p> <p> &ldquo;We mourn the passing of Barbara Bush, who believed that the world would be a better place if more people could read, write and comprehend,&rdquo; the organization wrote.</p> <p> Several lawmakers also offered their condolences to the Bush family, including Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders.</p> http://iwf.org/media/2806324/Carrie L. LukasWed, 18 Apr 2018 14:04:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumUse Nafta to Ease Regulation<p> Congressional Republicans of late have become innovative about using procedural means to further their policies. Witness the latest idea from a trio of senators to transform the regulatory landscape.</p> <p> In a March 20 letter to President Trump, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana and Cory Gardner of Colorado urged him to use the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to reform domestic regulation and enhance U.S. competitiveness. Specifically, they suggested he include a &ldquo;competitiveness&rdquo; chapter in the new Nafta, streamlining permitting for projects, bolstering infrastructure and codifying key regulatory reforms. &ldquo;Rather than pursuing a defensive strategy that focuses solely on what other countries are doing to us, we need to develop a more comprehensive, offensive U.S. strategy to strengthen our economy from within,&rdquo; wrote the senators.</p> <div> <p> These ideas aren&rsquo;t new. Congressional Republicans have been pushing them for years, and Mr. Trump campaigned on them. The novelty is the legislative vehicle: Nafta. Any final trade agreement will be ratified under Trade Promotion Authority, which requires only 50 votes in the Senate, and therefore escapes a Democratic filibuster. A competitiveness chapter can be included as an annex that applies only to the U.S., so that neither Mexico nor Canada would need to agree.</p> <p> The Nafta vehicle would allow Republicans to multiply the Trump administration&rsquo;s deregulatory wins, further bolstering the economy. Take project permitting. Washington can take years to conduct environmental assessments, turning off investors and running up costs. Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan already has a proposal to overhaul the decades-old system that is ready-made for a new Nafta competitiveness chapter.</p> <p> Equally important, such a chapter would allow Republicans to guard against regulatory incursions by future Democratic presidents. Mr. Trump has been aggressive in rolling back the Obama regulatory agenda, but a President Elizabeth Warren could pile the crushing rules back on. The Cruz-Daines-Gardner letter proposes including in any Nafta chapter the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, or Reins Act, a proposal that would require congressional approval of any regulation costing $100 million or more. The House passed that bill a year ago, but Senate Democrats stymied it with the threat of a filibuster.</p> <p> Some conservatives feel uneasy about the idea of muddying up traditional trade talks. But it&rsquo;s hard to envision this roiling Nafta negotiations as it would impose no obligations on the other parties.</p> <p> Supporters argue that all trade discussions would benefit from an emphasis on structural issues that affect domestic competitiveness. Americans gripe about bad deals and unfair practices, while ignoring the barriers imposed by Washington. Instead of seeking to protect U.S. companies with tariffs or subsidies, why not put an emphasis on true competitive advantage? Such provisions might even make Nafta and other trade agreements more attractive to wavering Republicans&mdash;free-traders and protectionists alike.</p> <p> Then there&rsquo;s the worry that this would set a precedent, allowing that future President Warren to codify, say, union card check. But the better question is why she&rsquo;d need precedent as her excuse. The idea is already out there. Democrats have long used trade talks to try to force costly labor rules, and they&rsquo;ve never been deterred by Republican restraint before. President Obama (whose use of recess appointments the Supreme Court found unconstitutional) and Harry Reid (who killed the filibuster for nominations) proved the left isn&rsquo;t constrained by procedural norms that get in the way of its agenda.</p> <p> That realization has inspired Republicans to think more creatively about procedure&mdash;from bolder use of the Congressional Review Act, to the revival of congressional spending-rescission powers, to this Nafta plan. They recognize that they may have a brief window of power, a chance to do real good. They also see an icy Democratic resistance, which&mdash;also expecting the GOP&rsquo;s time in power to be short&mdash;steadfastly refuses to compromise. Thwarting that blockade, taking this opportunity, requires a fresh approach to how things have traditionally been done.</p> <div id="unruly"> <div style="clear:left;"> <div data-ad-options="{&quot;adId&quot;:&quot;AD_G&quot;,&quot;adUnitPath&quot;:&quot;/2/interactive.wsj.com/opinion_potomicwatch_story&quot;,&quot;adSize&quot;:[[2,2]],&quot;adSizeMap&quot;:null,&quot;autoRefresh&quot;:false,&quot;adTargeting&quot;:{&quot;metazone&quot;:null,&quot;msrc&quot;:null,&quot;circ&quot;:&quot;subscriber&quot;,&quot;bkuuid&quot;:&quot;tl4f/evk99y/wl8s&quot;,&quot;p39&quot;:null},&quot;disableRefresh&quot;:false}" data-google-query-id="CO-EuoDht9oCFYqeyAodaP0A3g" data-is-logged-in="true" data-tracking="interactive.wsj.com/opinion_potomicwatch_story" id="wsj-body-AD_G3" style="clear:left;"> <div id="google_ads_iframe_/2/interactive.wsj.com/opinion_potomicwatch_story_1__container__"> That&rsquo;s a growing consensus among conservatives, to judge by the many groups that are racing to support the Cruz-Daines-Gardner strategy&mdash;Americans for Tax Reform, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Club for Growth, the <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum</span></strong></span></span>. In a recent letter to Mr. Trump, 30 such organizations endorsed the idea of a Nafta competitiveness chapter, arguing that it would &ldquo;strengthen the core objectives of the Nafta renegotiations&rdquo; by &ldquo;making it more attractive for companies to invest and create jobs in the United States,&rdquo; even as it made &ldquo;another Obama-like regulatory assault on the U.S. economy nearly impossible.&rdquo;</div> </div> </div> </div> <p> That would be another accomplishment Republicans could use to motivate their base in the midterms&mdash;and another Trump promise fulfilled.</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://iwf.org/media/2806282/Carrie L. LukasThu, 12 Apr 2018 12:04:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumStatement: Speaker Ryan’s Leadership and Commitment to Better Government Will be Missed<p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Immediate Release<br /> <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_807997288" style="border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">April 11, 2018</span></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 20px;"><strong>Statement: Speaker Ryan&rsquo;s Leadership and Commitment to Better Government&nbsp;Will be Missed</strong></span></p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Washington, DC &ndash;&nbsp;<strong>Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum President Carrie Lukas</strong>&nbsp;issued the following statement on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan&rsquo;s announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2018:</p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> &quot;Paul Ryan has been a consistent voice for a better government, which uses resources responsibly and focuses on providing economic opportunity for all. &nbsp;His leadership and commitment to reforming our entitlement systems to make them work better, and act as a true safety net while protecting taxpayers, will be missed. &nbsp;In a time of bitter partisanship and often bad behavior, Ryan has always been a gentleman in the best sense of the word.&quot;</p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; text-align: center;"> ###</p> <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; text-align: center;"> <a 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LukasWed, 11 Apr 2018 11:04:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's ForumMind Your Own Business: Women in Oklahoma face a 26 percent pay gap<p> Today is Equal Pay Day. Many female advocacy groups are calling for actions to close the national 20-cent pay gap between men and women; 26 cents in Oklahoma. The &ldquo;holiday&rdquo; was slated for April 10 to demonstrate that it takes women workers a little more than 15 months to meet what their male counterparts earn in a year.</p> <p> The gap in gender pay inequity has closed only by 7 cents in the past 20 years, according to analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aauw.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">American Association of University Women</a>&nbsp;(AAUW). It exists in every state, ranging from 30 cents in Louisiana to 11 cents in New York, and is greatest among Latina and African American women, at 54 percent and 63 percent, respectively.</p> <p> The loss to women is roughly $500,000 over their lifetimes and up to $1 million for women of color, per the National Organization for Women.</p> <p> Meanwhile, some groups call today a &ldquo;misleading false holiday,&rdquo; arguing that the pay gap between the sexes is due to the choices women make about working.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">Carrie Lukas, president of Independent Women&rsquo;s Forum in Washington, D.C., said, &ldquo;Often women seek job options that have more flexible hours, so they can be there to welcome their kids off the bus. Many women look for jobs that they find personally rewarding, even if that means accepting lower pay.&rdquo;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <span style="color:#ffffff;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="background-color:#ea425b;">&ldquo;Some with a political agenda try to convince people&ndash;particularly women&ndash;that this statistic is evidence that America is fundamentally sexist and short-changing women,&rdquo; Lukas said. &ldquo;It&#39;s simply not true to suggest that these statistics are a proxy for gender discrimination. Moreover, it&#39;s unhelpful to American women,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;to encourage them to think that they are inevitably going to be wronged, rather than encouraging them to be aware of how the choices they make about what fields to enter, specialties to pursue, and time they dedicate to their professions will impact their earnings potential.&rdquo;</span></strong></span></span></p> <p> A recent survey by Chcago-based&nbsp;<a href="https://www.careerbuilder.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">CareerBuilder</a>, of some 800 U.S. workers and roughly 800 hiring and H.R. managers, in part, supports Lukas&rsquo; statement. Though 32 percent of women, and 12 percent of men, don&rsquo;t think they&rsquo;re making the same pay as their counterparts, the inequity may start with differences in expectations, analysts found.</p> <p> According to the survey, 29 percent of men think they will reach a director level or higher, compared with 22 percent of women, while 25 percent of women never expect to reach above an entry-level role, compared with 9 percent of men.</p> <p> Thirty-five percent of women don&rsquo;t expect to reach a salary over $50,000 during their career, compared with 17 percent of men, while 47 percent of men expect to reach a six-figure salary, compared with 22 percent of women.</p> <p> Notably, 42 percent of employers surveyed by CareerBuilder said proposed legislation that prohibits employers from asking job candidates for their salary history will help close the gender pay gap since salary histories cannot be discussed.</p> <p> Only four states currently have such legislation, according to the AAUW, which deems Oklahoma&rsquo;s equal pay laws moderate. In Oklahoma, as in 41 states, employers are prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against an individual for taking legal action to secure equal pay. But though a&nbsp;<a href="http://newsok.com/article/5589478" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">bill is pending to allow free-for-all discussion of pay in the workplace,</a>&nbsp;Oklahoma has yet to pass legislation prohibiting employers from discriminating or retaliating against an individual for discussing or disclosing wages, as 19 states currently have. The bill is being backed by the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.okwc.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Oklahoma Women&#39;s Coalition</a>.</p> <p> With a goal of eliminating the gender pay gap by 2030, AAUW is pushing for reforms at the national level. With better workplace gender equity practices, $12 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025, according to recent analysis by Kinsey.</p> <p> The AAUW also announced a new commitment to train 10 million women through salary negotiations programs by 2022. The organization has launched an e-learning interactive experience to help women understand their market worth and give them the tools and confidence they need to negotiate for higher salaries.</p> <p> Mind Your Own Business @ work and @ home.</p> http://iwf.org/media/2806261/Carrie L. LukasTue, 10 Apr 2018 17:04:00 CSTen-usIndependent Women's Forum