Shortly after sending out the last Ad Rem, I received this email, which I got to today in my queue of backlogged emails. My correspondent — let’s call him “Sal” — is a professional man whose “Uncle Frank” had something to say about the economics of women entering the workforce. Sal graciously gave me permission to share it:
Some time ago, when feminism took hold of the country, my uncle Frank and I were talking about the economy and taxes. He said to me, “They (the women) are working for free.”
I asked him. “How do you figure that?”
He told me that, in the early 1950’s, the total combined tax burden, federal, state, and municipal, was about 5%. That was a time when there were few women in the work force. Now, the combined tax burden is around 40%. Most of this is to support the social costs of all the broken homes and illegitimate children and the fact that two working parents can no longer care for their aged relatives. These social pathologies have increased many orders of magnitude since women started to dominate the political, economic and social fabric.
On average, the woman’s monetary contribution to a household is about 40% of the man’s. With the combined tax burden at 40%, the women are working for nothing.
The social engineers are very much like their Darwinist fellow-travelers. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22), “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2nd Timothy 3:7).