Andrew D Ellis
2 min readMar 28, 2024


Yael, I like a good political rant as much as the next guy, but there are some facts that you seem to be ignoring.

Democrats do not have a majority in the House and they don’t have enough votes to kill a filibuster in the Senate.

Women vote against their own economic and political interests all the time when they vote Republican. (One could say this as well for all middle-class voters, but the injury to women seems particularly acute.)

A majority of Democrats in the House have long supported an increase in the minimum wage. In an economy that is driven largely by consumers (70% plus), raising the minimum wage would literally drive more dollars into the middle class and be supportive of the economy. Employers would earn less in the short term, but the long-term benefit both to employees and employers would more than compensate for that. Moreover, given the pay gap between men and women, an increase in the minimum wage would benefit women proportionately more.

To help employers and employees we should reduce the payroll tax from 6% to 4% and increase the amount to which it is subject so that payroll tax revenues are not affected.

If the direction of our politics is going to change, then it seems to me that women must change and stop voting for Republicans up and down the ballot. Why do I place this burden on women and not argue for a sex neutral denunciation of Republicans? In my opinion, women have infinitely more to lose by voting Republican, and infinitely more to gain by voting Democratic . That might seem politically incorrect but I do think it is true.