Here’s the thing, Republicans. Here’s the real reality of the situation:
Your side is the one trying to limit our access to birth control and abortion (a legal medical procedure).
Your politicians are the ones talking about how girls “rape easy,” and your sainted Ronald Reagan is the one who started the simultaneously racist, sexist and classist myth of the “welfare queen.”
Just this week, one of your own said he supported forcing women to give birth to a rapist’s baby, and your presidential candidate said he would not withdraw his support for him.
You’re the ones pushing the rumor that Obama’s mother was a porn star who gave birth in Kenya.
Your candidate slammed single mothers right in front of the first president ever born to one.
You’re the ones suggesting bills to cut aid to new mothers.
You’re the ones attempting to defund Planned Parenthoods across the country, which primarily serve young women.
You’re the ones voting down bills like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Violence Against Women Act.
Oh, and you’re the ones trying to kill Obamacare, which insures millions of American women.
So you’ll have to excuse me if I can’t get my hackles raised over a double entendre about voting and sex. If my choice is between a candidate who lets a celebrity make a cutesy video about her first time and a candidate who will not withdraw his endorsement of a man who says rape babies are part of God’s plan, it’s pretty clear who to choose.
Republicans have been hopping on the “Oh, no! Obama mentioned something about vaginas” Sanctimony Pony every chance they get because even they aren’t dense enough not to realize their party platform is inherently anti-woman. They will do whatever they can in order to pivot the conversation away from “women’s bodies should be subservient to their husbands and fertilized eggs” — because they know that both lady parts and lady smarts tremble in fear at the idea of a Romney presidency. And with good reason. As far as I can tell, most Republican politicians actually do hate me and every other liberal woman out there.
As a young woman, my health, reproductive rights and livelihood are directly threatened by a Romney presidency.
Your team is the one waging the War on Women. Trying to get my feathers ruffled because an ad subliminally mentions sex isn’t going to make me forget that.— Face it, Republicans: You’re the ones who hate women (via current)
If you say you’re for equal pay for equal work but you keep refusing to say whether or not you will sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia.
If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let employers deny contraceptive care, you might have a case of Romnesia.
If you say you will protect a women’s right to choose but you stand up in a primary debate and say you’d be delighted to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases, then you have definitely got Romnesia.
If you come down with a case of Romnesia and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises you have made over the six years you’ve been running for president, here is the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions.—
(via The Huffington Post)
Romney caught lying.
- ROMNEY: It took the President 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.
- OBAMA: Get the transcript.
- CROWLEY (to Romney): He did in fact, sir.
- OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?
- (Crowd applauds.)
On the most basic level, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is responsible for saving and creating 2.5 million jobs. The majority of economists agree that it helped the economy grow by as much as 3.8 percent, and kept the unemployment rate from reaching 12 percent.
The stimulus is the reason, in fact, that most Americans are better off than they were four years ago, when the economy was in serious danger of shutting down.
But the stimulus did far more than stimulate: it protected the most vulnerable from the recession’s heavy winds. Of the act’s $840 billion final cost, $1.5 billion went to rent subsidies and emergency housing that kept 1.2 million people under roofs. (That’s why the recession didn’t produce rampant homelessness.) It increased spending on food stamps, unemployment benefits and Medicaid, keeping at least seven million Americans from falling below the poverty line.
… It made crucial investments in neglected economic sectors that are likely to pay off for decades. It jump-started the switch to electronic medical records, which will largely end the use of paper records by 2015. It poured more than $1 billion into comparative-effectiveness research on pharmaceuticals. It extended broadband Internet to thousands of rural communities. And it spent $90 billion on a huge variety of wind, solar and other clean energy projects that revived the industry. Republicans, of course, only want to talk about Solyndra, but most of the green investments have been quite successful, and renewable power output has doubled.
Americans don’t know most of this, and not just because Mitt Romney and his party denigrate the law as a boondoggle every five minutes. Democrats, so battered by the transformation of “stimulus” into a synonym for waste and fraud (of which there was little), have stopped using the word. Only four speakers at the Democratic convention even mentioned the recovery act, none using the word stimulus.
Mr. Obama himself didn’t bring it up at all. One of the biggest accomplishments of his first term — a clear illustration of the beneficial use of government power, in a law 50 percent larger (in constant dollars) than the original New Deal — and its author doesn’t even mention it in his most widely heard re-election speech. Such is the power of Republican misinformation, and Democratic timidity.
… Republicans learned a lesson from the stimulus that Democrats didn’t expect: unwavering opposition, distortion, deceit and ridicule actually work, especially when the opposition doesn’t put up a fight. The lesson for Democrats seems equally clear: when government actually works, let the world know about it.—
DAVID FIRESTONE, writing in the Sunday New York Times, “Don’t Tell Anyone, But The Stimulus Worked.”
Part of me wonders why it took The Secretary of Explaining Stuff to lay out all of the Obama administration’s achievements when it could have easily been detailed — and in some cases, bragged about — months, if not years, before the DNC.
I could go on, but I won’t. Because POTUS should.
First, individuals and businesses have already gotten a billion dollars in refunds from insurance companies because the new law requires 80 to 85 percent of your premium to go to your healthcare — not profits or promotions.
…Second, more than three million young people between 19 and 25 are insured for the first time ‘cause their parents’ policies can cover them.
Third, millions of seniors are receiving preventive care all the way from breast cancer screenings to tests for heart problems, and scores of other things — and younger people are getting them, too.
Fourth, soon the insurance companies — not the government — will have millions of new customers, many of them middle-class people with pre-existing conditions who never could get insurance before.
Finally — listen to this — for the last two years, after going up at three times the rate of inflation for a decade… health care costs have been under four percent in both years for the first time in 50 years.
So, lemme ask you something: are we better off because President Obama fought for healthcare reform? You bet we are. — President BILL CLINTON (via inothernews)
President BARACK OBAMA, to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta prior to the State of the Union speech. Earlier, Panetta had overseen the rescue operation of an American woman and a Danish national who were part of a relief organization in Somalia: they had been kidnapped and held for ransom by Somali pirates, nine of whom were killed in Wednesday’s firefight with U.S. soldiers.
Andrew Sullivan used the term “badass” to describe our president. He continues to be just that.