- The Washington Times - Monday, September 4, 2006

Marriage advice

Carrie Lukas, vice president for policy and economics at the District-based Independent Women’s Forum, is the latest to take issue with a controversial Forbes magazine article suggesting that working women are more likely to walk out on their marriages (among other points that have local men suddenly sweating bullets).

The author of this year’s “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism,” the Princeton and Harvard-educated Miss Lukas says that, contrary to what Michael Noer writes, there are plenty of happily married career women, albeit she concedes they are less likely to be so than nonworking women.

Mr. Noer’s article was posted on Forbes.com on Aug. 22, headlined “Don’t Marry Career Women.” So many readers complained about the article that it was pulled from the site after one day, then finally re-uploaded next to a piece by Forbes senior editor Elizabeth Corcoran, titled “Don’t Marry A Lazy Man.”

Still, for the sake of future wedding bliss, let’s give Mr. Noer his due, shall we?

Men, here are nine reasons he says not to fall head-over-heels for a career woman: 1) You are less likely to marry her; 2) If you do marry, you are more likely to get divorced; 3) She’s more likely to cheat on you; 4) Don’t count on having children; 5) If children do somehow arrive, she’s not so happy; 6) You’ll need to hire a maid; 7) You’ll be unhappy if she earns more money than you; 8) She’ll be unhappy if she earns more money than you; 9) You are more likely to fall ill.

March to power

It’s Labor Day, which means if you’re an embattled incumbent seeking re-election, you’ve probably found the biggest parade in your state to march in.

And nobody needs to march as fast and as far this Labor Day as Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, who was upset in the Aug. 8 Democratic primary by popular entrepreneur Ned Lamont. The senator is now running as an independent.

“This coming week, round two of our campaign begins,” Mr. Lieberman told supporters over the weekend, starting today when “I will be marching in the state’s biggest Labor Day parade in Newtown with a group of local supporters.”

(Hey, Mr. Lieberman will take all the endorsements he can get.)

Tomorrow, the senator begins “Joe’s Doors and Diners Tour,” during which his campaign volunteers begin nine weeks of knocking on doors. But Mr. Lieberman also will be high-tailing it to Capitol Hill tomorrow, and for good reason.

Sure, the 109th Congress is reconvening for its final term. But Mr. Lamont happens to be arriving on Capitol Hill Wednesday for meetings with Democratic Party leaders and other interested groups who still might be weighing his candidacy.

Labor away

No better day to turn to the National Association of Manufacturers’ annual Labor Day Report, which spells good news for manufacturers, although soaring energy costs are hurting manufacturing workers at the gas pump and in their paychecks.

“It illustrates the need for energy reform to become a national policy,” says NAM’s president and chief executive officer, John Engler, who points out that where manufacturing production increased at its fastest pace in six years, and jobs on the factory floor posted their strongest gains since 1998.

Still, says Mr. Engler, a former Republican governor of Michigan, energy prices in the past year “have risen 23 percent due to increased global demand, limited domestic supplies, natural disasters and global instability. As a result, real wages have fallen by 0.5 percent over the past year when they should have gone up by 1.2 percent.”

Awarding aliens

The immigration crisis in this country has reached the point where some members of Congress are demanding that Americans enjoy the same privileges as illegal aliens.

A Senate proposal to provide in-state college tuition for illegal aliens attending public universities is “misguided” and “shockingly bad policy,” say members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

The lawmakers, during several recent days of field hearings, explained that when it approved its immigration bill this year, the Senate effectively repealed a 1996 law that prohibited states from providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens unless the same rates were offered to all Americans.

“The Senate policy is unfair to legal immigrants and out-of-state U.S. citizens who pay the full cost of tuition,” Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, Colorado Republican, told a hearing she hosted Friday in Greeley, Colo. “Taxpayers should not have to finance education for illegal aliens. Offering these incentives simply rewards them for violating our laws.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or [email protected]

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