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Hey Obama, Can I Have $1 Million for Housing?

The Obama campaign wants you to send out this e-card (hat tip: Weekly Standard):

The $18,000 appears to be how much you could pay for birth-control pills over a lifetime. (Planned Parenthood says that birth-control pills can range from $15 to $50 a month, so using their numbers, $18,000 would buy a woman somewhere between 30 to 100 years of birth-control pills.) 

So here’s what I want to know: Why is neither Obama nor Mitt Romney offering to pay for other costs that women routinely face? No candidate has proposed a government program that would pay for, in part or whole, the $13,000 that an average women will spend on make-up, the $50,000 she will spend on hair, or the $125,000 she will spend on clothes over a lifetime. Or, to talk about less frivolous costs, what about the $16,800 people spend on housing annually (multiply that by 60 years, and you’re talking over a million), or the $6,500 people spend on food (or $390,000 over a 60-year span)?

Talk about discrimination.

$18,000 is a high number. But so are plenty of other lifetime costs, including on necessary items like food and housing. Even if Obamacare is repealed, a woman can find a job where the health insurance covers birth control, or ask her partner to pay for some or all of the costs associated with the pill. And you know what Obama hasn’t helped women with? Finding a job. There are 860,000 more women unemployed now than there were when Obama became president, and another 4.1 million have decided to leave the workforce.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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