Ashe Schow
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It’s difficult to find time to govern between golfing and hobnobbing with celebrities for campaign donations, just ask President Obama. But when he does find time to bill taxpayers for his supposedly non-campaign speeches, he decides to speak to just one swath of American voters at a time.

That’s because he’s given up even pretending to be concerned with all Americans. In this election year, he has decided to focus only on helping those who will likely vote for him, trying to bribe them into turning out for him in November in large numbers. His focus has been on traditionally Democratic voting blocs, but his handouts for these groups have been nothing but gimmicks and distortions designed to make it seem as though he is doing more than he actually is.

Women

This election year tactic actually began late last December, when the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department announced it would mandate all employers – regardless of religious or moral objections – to provide contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization without co-pay. To the women who support President Obama, this sounded like free contraception. In reality, it means higher premiums in return for that nonexistent co-pay.

Not only this, but monthly contraceptives can be obtained for $9 a month, meaning this bill will only save women that amount in return for much higher premiums. Not to mention the attack this launched on freedom of religion. Yet the President is touting this move as if it will open access to women who want to receive contraceptives without co-pay. But remember you have to first have a job in order to receive this “benefit,” and the women the President targeted for this handout (young women) are facing a painful job market. Indeed, the youth unemployment rate is nearly 50%, and even if a young woman is lucky enough to be employed at this time, she might not be working somewhere that offers health insurance to begin with.

But it doesn’t matter to the President. He can travel the country claiming he’s done a great thing for women everywhere and that he should be re-elected for it.

Unions

No surprises here. The President’s favorite voting bloc has been receiving handouts since the beginning of his term (think stimulus). The most recent handout came earlier this year, when the President traveled the country imploring Congress to pass the transportation bill so that construction crews (mostly unions) could go to work “building roads and bridges.”
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Ashe Schow

Ashe Schow is the Deputy Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, she wrote website copy based on search engine optimization. She has a background in drafting political donation messaging for conservative-leaning PACs, as well as managing grassroots outreach programs at the local and county level. A Florida Native, she graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.