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Posts Tagged ‘birth control’

Lincoln’s Birthday Observations

This is the Party of Honest Abe?
Almost comical isn’t it? The Republican Party’s first president was revered for his penchant for telling the truth. How well would that go in the party he helped found today? Few can remember when Mitt Romney last told the truth or took a stand he didn’t reverse the next day. Were Mister Lincoln to have a glimpse of what his Party has become, no doubt he would cry.

You want war with Iran? Show us the money!
Not that being able to pay for a war would be a reason to go to war, BUT before the drumbeats of war get too loud, let’s have some real adult talk about how it will be paid for.

Warring on the credit card is no longer acceptable.

The last Republican bozo put us $5 Trillion in debt with his magic combination of tax cuts and bad war.
Cutting back on programs for the poor has pretty much reached it’s end. And the middle class is slowly sinking into poverty thanks to austerity.

We are to the point where the only revenue source left is the rich. And these are the ones who profit most by war.
- So Mitt, Rick, Newt – if you want war, will you force the rich to pay for it?

The kerfluffle over birth control

Republicans are trying to wrap their noisy opposition to mandated birth control coverage in health care plans in a cloak of religious liberty. If you believe them, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

When one -  just one -  Republican stands up for a Muslim,  or better yet an atheist,  in the name of religious liberty then I will pay attention. They only believe in religious liberty for their narrowly defined set of cults. And no, Mr. Romney, your group is not included yet.

Just in – a great opportunity for Republicans to back up the religious liberty of atheists. Huffingtonpost reports that the Latin word for “God” has been removed from the Air Force logo. Here is your chance, Republicans!

If this shows us nothing else, it shows us that health care needs to be totally, totally divorced from employment.

The money will prevail
In case you have forgotten, money is the only driving force in the Republican Party. Therefore Mitt will win the nomination, no matter what has to be done to make it happen. Romney is a member of the ruling class and the choice of the money. Social issues are only used to get votes.

Planned Parenthood fundraising ploy
Having Nancy Brinker and Karen Handel threaten to withhold funds from Planned Parenthood has to be one of the greatest money raising campaigns ever for Planned Parenthood. My hat’s off to Ms. Brinker and Handel for this brilliant campaign! Surely other non-profits will be using this method in the future. Again, brilliant!

Observation on financial status
From Bill in Portland Maine on dailykos.com:  “The lower you are on the financial ladder, the more likely you are to be punished for something related to your finances.”

A word on the weather
Warm. Mildest winter I can remember. This week is normally among the coldest of the year. We have spent days below 0 during this period. But not this year. I am not a weather person and this is only my memory, but is this going to be the first winter ever where we did not go below zero?

Republicans believe in getting government out of business’ life
and into the women’s reproductive system. Boy oh boy, I bet the founding fathers never saw that coming. Three years of equal marriage in Iowa.

My first thought always goes to Tom Sands, state rep from Columbus Junction. In the back of a crowded forum room as he left, he pounded his finger into my chest and told me over and over that “homosexuality is wrong and must be stopped. It’s a sin.” I really feared that his marriage would be one of the first to splinter under the weight of marriage equality. If not then he was lying about how marriages would be breaking up all over Iowa.

Let us hope his district gives him much more time to fight sin next November and elects someone who is reality based.

The Republican War On Women

I hate it when Republican insane talking points become all a person hears about on radio and TV. But like many who will read this, I have several relationships with women – my wife, my daughters, many friends and relatives are women. This most recent controversy is truly, truly insane. But it does fold in nicely with the Republican War On Women. This war has been going on for a long while, but as the move to the fringe increases, the intensity of the war also increases.

Among the many things that make me want to puke over the whole controversy on birth control pills being covered by health insurance through a person’s place of employment is that the Catholic Church is carrying the water for the Republican Party. For some stupid reason, I was taught that churches were to keep their noses out of secular business and in turn they would not be taxed. They have never been taxed, but damn near every church in this country sticks its nose into secular business.

Considering that the Catholic Church already offers reproductive services, including pills, through health care benefits at most of their businesses (hospitals, schools, universities) and considering that most Catholic women already use or have used the pill, isn’t the Catholic Church a huge hypocrite? It is too bad that no one will even speak of repealing their tax exemptions that they seem to want to forfeit.

This week has been quite the eye opener in the Republican Party’s War On Women. The week started with the attack on Planned Parenthood by the board of the Susan G. Komen Foundation led by Republican activist Karen Handel and Nancy Brinker. Attacking Planned Parenthood also attacks millions of women, especially poor women, for whom Planned Parenthood is their reproductive health provider.

Then, of course, this attack on birth control came out of the blue. Using the Catholic Church as a surrogate, which is shameful, Republicans are trying to once more control women’s reproductive health and thus keep women “under control.” Claiming this is a religious freedom question is obviously bogus, as the Catholic Church already defies that logic.

Here are the lessons I have learned from this situation:

1) Settling for the odd compromise of a health care bill is going to come back and haunt Democrats. We still need to work toward Universal Health Care and nothing less. Health Care must be severed from the work place and from insurance companies, else there will never be consistent health care in this country and it will always be open for judicial interpretation and games played by doctors, insurance companies and workplaces

2) It is about time that some politicians with guts stand up to say to the churches of this country “If you want to keep your tax exemptions keep your nose out of state affairs.” And then back it up with laws that will actually tax churches if they cross lines. Ever since the Reagan revolution decided that they could get evangelical votes by playing to the religious, the lines have become more and more blurred between church and state. If they want a voice in policy, pony up for the upkeep.

3) It is time for women, especially Republican women to stand up and say “Stop this insane war on women.” Through the years of the alliance of evangelicals and Republicans, they have shrunk available reproductive health care in state after state to the point where poor women have no access to reproductive care. This is wrong. Believe it or not, women are humans also and as such deserve to have medical services available to them and for them in a “free” country. For those who believe in “market” economics, I think one can make the case that there is a huge market for women’s reproductive services.

One thing I have fought for all my life is that my daughters be treated equally with men. For a long time the fight was for economic equality. Now that is still an issue and access to all medical care has been added.

Meanwhile, Chuck Grassley does his part in the War on Women as he helps cut funds for the Violence Against Women Act Reathorization. This act has been reauthorized by voice vote for 2 decades. But our Chuck says “No!”