Sunday, February 17, 2013

Are Democrats the Women-Friendly Party?

A group of smart women, several of whom I have met, sat down in January to talk about why the majority of women in recent years vote for big government. "I’m not sure what’s worse, conservatives ignoring women’s issues or conservatives addressing them," said AEI's Christina Hoff Sommers, who used to sit in the office across from mine.

I think part of the reason may be that conservatives aren't as into gender politics as liberals. They, like women like me, think of women as part of the human family. My interests aren't opposed to society's interests. What's good for women is good for children, men, and society at large. At any rate, I think that how Democrats see themselves and present themselves as champions for women is wrong. Democrat policies directly hurt me, my family, and my fellow women. For one, the payroll tax increase the president demanded means an extra $200 out of our pockets each month. For another, making energy more expensive means it's harder for us to pay for our toddlers' doctor visits, which we do out of pocket. As Sommers says, feminist academics "represent only a tiny coterie of radical women, but they effectively present themselves as the voice of American womanhood." To me, it's the same with liberals.

So here these smart ladies talk about women's issues from a conservative perspective, and offer their ideas about why more women vote for Democrats and how conservatives can change that. If you consider yourself a moderate, this should be an extra-interesting discussion.

Watch the video for more.

IWF Women in the WIlderness: Charting a New Path Forward from Independent Women's Forum on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Recipe: Mexican Rice-Beans-Meat

By Mary C. Tillotson

I met someone who frequently scores big when she makes one of those dump-the-refrigerator-into-a-bowl-and-spice-it-up dinners. Here's her latest.

Ingredients: rice (cooked), salsa, black beans, chicken (cooked - baked or grilled is best), sausage (Mexican chorizo or kielbasa)

This is really a matter of throwing everything in a bowl and mixing it together. Read through the recipe and see if you have any leftovers you can pull out of your fridge. I wrote the recipe assuming you were making it from scratch, but if you've already got leftovers, warm 'em up and throw 'em in the bowl.


1. Start cooking the rice (1/4 to 1/2 cup of dry rice per adult). It usually takes a while to cook, so do steps 2 and 3 while you wait.

2. Cut the sausage into bite-sized pieces and brown in a skillet. Sausage usually comes in precooked links, so brown it just enough to make it a little crispier and not taste microwaved. My friend used chorizo, which tastes (to me) exactly like super spicy kielbasa. I thought it was too spicy, so I used kielbasa.

3. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and throw it on the skillet. (One chicken breast was enough for my husband and me, and leftovers.) I had baked a chicken breast the night before, so it just needed to warm up. You could sautee the chicken while you're browning the sausage.

4. By now, you should have finished cooking the rice, so put it in a serving bowl. Add salsa and mix it in. The salsa should coat the rice like a sauce. This is where much of the flavor comes in, so use tasty salsa! If you want to spice it up, chili powder and cilantro are good choices.

5. Add black beans. If you use canned beans, it's easy; if you use dry beans and do the whole soak+boil thing, it's extremely inexpensive. Do what works for you.

6. Add the sausage and chicken.

7. Mix it all together and serve.