Posted by Cluster on May 30, 2014 in Uncategorized
June 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm
Seems like a nice guy. Even money his campaign headquarters was hit by Conservatives. I hope they catch whoever did it and nails them regardless.
June 9, 2014 at 11:01 am
I’d like to address the conservative meme that the Republican ‘war on women’ is a trumped up issue. Rather than get into the many, many Republican politicians who express retrograde views on women’s issues and propose legislation that directly undermines women’s autonomy (I’d be delighted to provide volumes of examples of these in case anyone is interested) compared to the near absence of liberal politicians saying and doing such things, I’ll take one popular example, one that is often mentioned at bfv: that Mitt Romney was unfairly vilified for being a part of the GOP a war on women.
There are probably other areas where Romney was a douche about women’s rights, but the one that stands out for me is contraception. Although better access to contraceptives is a win for everybody, they are particularly beneficial to the health and well being of women. As we all know, Obamacare mandates coverage for contraceptives, thus categorizing them as a part of basic preventative care as they should be. Romney firmly opposed the mandate, thus making it more difficult for women to get basic care.
Further, Romney said repeatedly that he was committed to not only eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood, but eliminating allfederal family planning funds under the Public Health Service Act which have been available, and have probably helped reduce abortions, since the Nixon administration. The federal dollars that go to PP are used for cancer screenings, breast exams and other care to lower income women, none of it is used for abortion services.Yet apparently for Romney and other pro-life idiots, giving the impression your goal is to reduce abortions is much more important than actually reducing abortions.
So there are just a couple of rock-solid reasons women justifiably ran away from Romney like he was a bleary Ben Roethlisberger in a 4 am nightclub. Unlike what the morons at bfv would have you believe, it was not that women thought he was going to directly “ban abortion”, or “ban contraceptives” (although given his and the GOP’s vocal animus toward these things it was certainly reasonable to conclude he would contribute to a climate that makes such bans possible). No straw men necessary, just his own odious positions.
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