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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 30, 2010 / 22 Tishrei, 5771

Women without husbands rely on good ol' Uncle Sam

By Betsy Hart



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's obvious to me that men and women are built to need each other equally. But it's just as obvious to me that we women are built to be cared for by men differently than they are built to be cared for by us.

In other words, when we don't have a husband, we pretty naturally look for a fallback for all kinds of protection and support. Enter Uncle Sam?

Let's back up to yet another way that I am "different." Sure my kids, and probably various guys I've dated, will tell you there are many ways.

But one in particular? I'm single mom, and I'm a reliable conservative vote in any election. I don't exactly think I'm shocking anyone with that news. But it makes me an oddity. Single women -- even more than their married sisters -- overwhelmingly favor Democrats.

In general, according to a New York Times/CBS poll just out, 45 percent of men say they will vote for the Republican in their district and 32 percent for the Democrat. Meanwhile, 43 percent of women say they will vote for the Democrat, 36 percent the Republican.

Today the "gender gap" in politics, or the trend of women voting more Democratic than men, is the accepted norm. But it's a relatively recent one. So why the change?

First, just the facts, ma'am. According to the Gallup organization, the gender gap first showed up in significant terms in a presidential race in 1984. (A majority of women still voted for Ronald Reagan that year, just at much lower rates than men.) A majority of women have voted Democratic since the election of Bill Clinton in 1992.

But Gallup shows that, in 1976, a majority of women backed Gerald Ford over Jimmy Carter. For the dozen or so years before that, men and women had pretty similar voting patterns. Before 1964, "women actually voted Republican at higher rates than men did," Gallup shows.

Married women are actually more likely to vote Republican than single women, though they remain a true "swing group" of voters. In contrast, single women tend to be rock-solid Democrats. Never-married women and/or single women with children, more Democratic still.

It shouldn't be hard to finish drawing the circle now. It seems that many women who have a husband to provide for and protect them favor Republicans. While women who don't have a husband are apparently more likely to look to the government to provide and protect instead.

Sure, there is a lot of overlap here with traditional Democratic voting blocs, like African-Americans and the young. Still, my hunch is perhaps best supported by the fact that not only did women start voting more Democratic as families routinely broke up, but that single women are significantly more likely to favor Democrats than are single men.

I can feel the toes I'm stepping on right now. Yes, I'm the first one to say women are not a monolith, as I'll demonstrate this November with my own vote. (I know that Uncle Sam is no substitute for a husband!)

And as women become more economically advantaged relative to men -- which a recent census report and other data show may be happening -- this could shake up electoral politics all over again. By the way, the Times/CBS poll also showed that women are more likely to stay home this election cycle than men, which is a switch from recent years and may show the apathy of Democrats in general.

I'll leave all that to the political consultants to figure out what this means for getting their candidates elected.

I'll just note that there has been a lot of man-bashing in our culture in recent decades, and that's too bad. Because the evidence suggests to me, and voting patterns are just one part of this puzzle, that women don't really want to go it alone at all.

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