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CraigieBob: I would take issue with little of what you’ve said here except the "late-breaking." More than a decade ago I was asked to serve as a judge for the interview and talent portions of a Junior Miss-type pageant in a fairly conservative, Republican-dominated, rural county in central Pennsylvania (an area most obviously a part of that proverbial "Alabama" alleged to lie between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh).
Because the stated objective of the pageant was to select the most outstanding young woman in her age group, six finalists from area high schools were asked whom they considered to be the most outstanding woman living at the time. One answered that she considered her mother to fill the bill; two others responded that the most outstanding woman alive at the time was Julia Roberts (They were possibly conflating Ms. Roberts’ off-screen persona with the title character from "Erin Brokovitch," whom she had portrayed not many months previous); and three—fully one-half of the six finalists—answered that they believed the most outstanding woman alive in the year 2000 was, in fact, Hillary Clinton.
So, the extent to which Mrs. Clinton has been and continues to be revered—dare we say adored?—by a generation of women voters who have now been eligible to cast ballots in at least two (and as many as three) of the most recent Presidential elections can hardly be overstated.
In response to Amy Schiller’s “Hillary Boys: The New Obama Girl?” April 13, 2012
granadahotel: I agree that there should be an entity that represents the interests of caregivers and pushes for fair pay, but I have to wonder if unions are the best way to do this. Would a cooperative model of business not be potentially better? A worker-owned cooperative would minimize the need for profits, which allows for lower rates for receivers of caregiver services and better wages for the caregivers. In this model there is no business entity that needs to be negotiated with on behalf of workers. No need for a union. A worker-owned cooperative of caregivers would also not require much in the way of overhead, and therefore it should be fairly easy to establish this sort of business. Perhaps there could be a national level of organization that sets minimal standards and a code of ethics, but that doesn’t have to be a union. Imagine multiple local cooperatives that get to set their own rates and operate their own businesses according to the communities’ needs, but organized on a larger scale by a national non-profit entity that simply sets standards to assure quality of care.
In response to Laura Flanders’ “Can ‘Caring Across Generations’ Change the World?” April 11, 2012