(WOMENSENEWS)–A writer for Znet captured a common bipartisan theme in how political leaders were suggesting women respond to the devastation of Sept. 11.

Cynthia Peters quotes New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as saying “Go shopping;” Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle saying now is the time to “buy that car;” and U.S. Sen. John Kerry as pleading “take that trip.”

The New York Times, Peters writes, dedicated a whole page to high-end accessories in red, white and blue, noting that “the recovery effort must include shopping.” Whether you choose a $42 flag-themed leash for your dog or a stars-and-stripes belt ($198) and matching handbag ($297) for yourself, the message is “the civic-minded can now buy a little guilt-free pleasure, in style.”

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