Limbaugh is NO FLUKE!

My man Rush has done it again! He has provoked me to go yet again on another rant. He has demonstrated just how much the liberal left is the largest group of hypocritical, two-face, biased and down-right mean spirited people they truly are.


After making a heartfelt apology for allowing his self to descend to the level often used by the left by utilizing name-calling and over dramatizing an issue. He has once again made headline news. It was admittedly an absurd attempt at humor to display the absurdity of progressives who continue to believe that being accountable for one’s self no longer applies, but rather that it must be our government’s role to provide nearly anything that is deemed necessary by the entitlement crowd they have developed.


(Okay, kind of a lengthy run on words, but I am fairly fired up right now)


In case some of you have not been following, Rush recently referred to a woman named Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute”. Absurd? Sure it is. Let me move on.


Ms. Fluke is a 30 year old college student and a long time birth control activist. She recently gave a testimony before Democratic members of the House of Representatives on why she believed contraceptives should be FREE. She feels that ALL insurance companies should be obligated by law to provide them at no cost to their clients. She cites that it would cost over $3,000 of her own money to buy her own contraceptives during a three year stint in college.


Now let’s break this down. She wants our federal government to make it a law that a private insurance company MUST pay for her to have sex. In her mind, and many liberals’ minds, that is an obligation by others to provide her the means of having “safe” sex. No accountability for her owns self. This is the mentality of progressives that I cannot wrap my brain around.


Grant it, Rush’s analogy may have been a bit harsh in referring to Fluke as a slut or a prostitute, but yet it is spot on in my opinion. When did it become the business of our government to make sure every ones sex life is at the hands of taxpayers? She wants to have sex at the cost of others.


Rush made an apology for using such words on Ms. Fluke, and apologized to his listeners for lowering his standards down to the level that is quite common on the left.


Ms. Fluke rejected his apology.


I am still waiting on David Letterman’s apology for describing Sarah Palin as a “slutty flight attendant” or an apology by Bill Maher for the many, many off color and vulgar attacks on Palin and other conservatives. MSNBC's liberal talk show host Ed Schultz only last year referred to Laura Ingraham as a slut. Though he later did apologize, and it was graciously accepted by Ingraham. It never received the attention that this little fiasco has.


My point is this. When a conservative makes an outlandish remark such as Limbaugh did, it is headline news. When Limbaugh makes a heartfelt apology, it is rejected. On the other hand, liberals can say and do whatever they feel, and get a pass for it. In my opinion it is a clear cut case of hypocritical, two-faced, biasness and down-right mean spirited attack by the progressive crowd. Limbaugh brilliantly displayed the absurdity of left by utilizing some absurd tactics of his own.


For me, I am more resolved than ever before in supporting Limbaugh. He has had some advertisers drop their spots, which is fine and their right to do so. I think they are only hurting themselves and trying to save face. He will continue to be the number one Talk Radio host in America…..and I appreciate him now more than ever.



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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

You are definitely right on your points. It was very wrong of him to use those particular words to describe her. And I want to know where she is getting her contraceptives so cheaply. My daughter is on them right now as she is young and having problems which the pill might straighten out. WITH insurance, I am paying $20 for hers every month. haha!! I do not expect to have to pay for every lame-brain girls either. She can always use the tried and true method of holding an aspirin between her knees. It is not medical necessity, it is lack of self control which is why she needs hers. She can do like I did when I wasn't married and didn't want kids yet. I paid for it. Wow, new concept for these people. Get a job and pay for your own. Get insurance where you work and pay for it. Don't ask me to pay for it. I have to pay for other things with MY money.


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

If you think your mad now, wait till you hear Obamas press conference today! He went on about how he hopes his daughters can someday say things that are on their hearts without this type of behaviour or name calling! I think he used the word discourse!

Never mind his superpac committee accepted 1 MILLION dollars from Maher and Maher called Palin a slut and called Palin and Bachman names! I can't remember the word he used at the moment! I too am fired up over these hypocritacal decievers! I sitting on go waiting for Paul Revere to sound the alarm!


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, very interesting rant. Today on the radio they talked about a store 3 blocks from Ms. Fluke's school where the pills are available for $9 per month.

This whole thing got me to thinking, what about toilet paper? Most everyone I know uses it. Since toilet paper is a requirement for most, shouldn't the government be providing this for us for free? I don't use birth control pills, so that would mean they would be a government paid freebie I am not, and will never, be entitled to. But toilet paper is uni-sex and should really be provided free to everyone.


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Thank you, CMerritt, and I will have to agree with you, and also agree that Rush should have used gentler words to get his outstanding point across. I also agree that the lefties seem to get by with their BS a lot easier(I have no time for DL. I consider his whole show a show of sarcasm to some good people.) Sorry, though, I'm not a fan of Rush, either, although there have been times that I've agreed with him...just don't want to make a habit of it. I know Indiana has been having tornadoes, very vicious ones. Hope you and your loved ones are OK.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

It is so refreshing to hear your view on the issuing of free contraceptives. True, we want people to protect themselves if they wish to indulge in such libertys, but not at our expense. Why don't we pay for smokers to have free packs too? Sorry Rush's statement was harsh but he had an element of truth in it.


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Something everyone is missing when they bring up X called Palin this, or Y called Bachmann that is that Palin and Bachmann are public figures running (or had run) for public offices. Ms. Fluke is not a public figure running for anything. That in my opinion is the main reason why this garnered so much attention. If this had been a public figure making this testimony and Rush had made the same comments, the controversy would not have gone this far.

The difference is that Rush publicly attacked a private citizen that doesn't have the ability to counter the attacks like other public figure such as Palin, Bachmann, Pelosi, Boxer, etc. This is a very important distinction.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Becky,

Excellent points of view...I think at the least something should be a medical necessity before it would even be entertained.

Thanks for coming by, it is good to hear from you.

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

AR, you would think we could have a WEEK, where we did not have to have our blood pressure ROCKET up because of something this admin is doing....lol

Thanks for your support my bro!

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Mike!

You make excellent points....first of all, like you said, contraceptives can be bought and bought cheap....I think it stays on coarse with this admins objective is to merely gain more control over the masses and not do what makes sense.

Secondly, I know you say it in jest, but the tolilet paper analogy is excellent!....where does it all stop?

I refer back to my "dept of common sense" hub as a final solution to such idiocy.

I appreciate you and you taking the time do comment.

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi SubRon!....I rarely get to listen to Rush, but I have to say that he is usually spot on with his analysis and is always entertaining when I do get the chance to listen.

Letterman never, ever gets turned on in my home...

Yes the southern part of our state got hit very, very hard and we lost 8 lives....it devastated a small town. My family and I had no problems, but thanks for asking.

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

teach12345, Thanks for commenting....you are right, why don't we pay for smokes too?...it is all just a way for the left to BUY votes....

I appreciate you stopping by,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

politicalzealot,

first of all I disagree that Ms. Fluke is a women's rights activist, and has been for years...she was speaking before Democratic members of the House of Representatives...she is NOT just a "citizen that doesn't have the ability to counter the attacks"...she voluntarly spoke in a national spotlight.

On the other hand there was Joe the "Plumber" who WAS a private citizen, who merely disagreed with the POTUS in a private conversation....and was made the butt of jokes by every media outlet across the nation...even Joe Biden took some jabs at him.

But, that is not even the point here...you seem to make it okay that Palin can be called a slut, or Bachmanm can be hit below the belt because they are "women in politics"?

The whole name calling thing is ridicules...and Rush had the integrity to admit this....and went public and made a formal, heartfelt apology directly to Ms. Fluke.

I think the bottom line is this....the liberal left wants so badly for Rush to go away....they tried the "fairness doctrin" to make him go away....

there is plain and simply some serious discrimination against conservatives by the left...the hypocricy knows no bounds on this issue.

With all of that said, I do appreciate your comments and you taking the time to stop by...you are always welcome here.

Chris


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I don't think Rush's apology had anything to do with integrity. Why did he apologize? He isn't sorry he said those things. He is sorry he is losing his sponsors, which contribute to his bottom-line. If he was sorry, he would have not doubled down throughout the week saying Ms. Fluke should release sex videos of herself. He was only sorry when he got the call from the man upstairs that said, you better apologize, fix this, and STFU before things get worse than they already are. Don't believe for one second Rush made that apology for any other reason.

Keep in mind though, I did not say nor do I agree that it is ok to attack someone because they are a public figure. I never understood the personal attacks on Palin or Bachmann because it was very easy to debate their political stances without having to bring personal attacks into the fray.

My point is that the distinction between a private citizen and a public figure was being ignored (though she proclaims herself to be an 'activist', I also don't buy the argument that makes her a public figure because you cannot find information about her prior to this incident previous news stories). It is that distinction that I believe made this whole thing a 'controversy' in the first place.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Politicalzealot,

I once again disagree...I do think Rush WAS sincere...I am certain no one told him to do this....he has a list of advertisers miles long, awaiting the opportunity to be a part of the Rush Limbaugh Show....I also seen where Carbonite, a sponser who withdrew from his show, their stock has plummeted nearly 12 percent and was one of the biggest decliners on the NASDAQ on Tuesday.

This will not hurt him, but rather increase his popularity...He did not have to apologize, but he did. Because it WAS the right thing to do.

I think being a public figure gives no one the right to be verbally attacked in the fashion of which Rush did or Maher did Palin...it is unclassy. Which is why Rush's apology should be accepted.

but, that is just my view...and I appreciate the exchange and your view.


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AlexDrinkH2O 4 years ago from Southern New England, USA

I am a long-time listener and supporter of Rush and I thought his comments were funny (he usually uses over-the-top humor to make a point). The problem is his comments have made Ms Fluke and her issue (which is spurious) into a cause celebre, taking the spotlight off the real issue which is the Democrats' assault on religious freedom and the power of big government.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Alex, I agree with you 100%.

:)

I think in the long run....Rush wins this battle...and Ms. Fluke will go away. This whole assult on religious freedom will be in the forefront during the remainder of this election process.

thanks for your comments.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

Bill Maher is even defending Rush. I think that he knows that a backlash is coming from the right. If people don't like Rush, then they shouldn't listen to him. I don't like left wing talk shows, so I do not listen to them. It keeps me healthy. I have less moments of elevated blood pressure.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I am with you on that mich, I cannot stomach to listen to Maher, so I just flat out don't listen to him....and I am much happier when I don't...lol.


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LuxmiH 4 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

Rush was effective in that he got attention by making a very sharp, albeit an outrageous point.

But!!!! Does the outrage come from the fact that 'a woman who wants someone else to pay for her sexual activity, is viewed by Rush as a woman of ill repute'? (My term), or is the outrage because perhaps the point may have validity with some truth to it? I mean, if Rush had said that Ms Fluke was a 'table', he would have either been ignored or they'd say that Rush is nuts, because obviously she is not a 'table'. (Ergo no truth to the 'table' accusation.)

Oh, and for your information dear 'Politicalzealot', since when is it alright to sling lies and mud at public figures,courageous women who step up to the plate to serve their country? Ms Fluke was testifying in front of the world that she wants the government to pay for her contraceptives, for her sexual activity. I would say that she was being a pretty 'public' figure, don't you?

Two wrongs don't make a right, however, why is it that the left gets to malign and destroy the image and reputations of Conservative women, without even a hint of outrage?

We, the American public should not put up with verbal attacks against ANYONE, let alone those who have the courage to stand tall for what they believe in. Ms Fluke included.

There's an on-line article this morning: "The War on Conservative Women" By Michelle Malkin, and it is clear that the media-double-standard infiltrates all arena's.

I am glad you had this Hub rant, because it proves you have not been intimidated by the left.

Viva la freedom of speech!

Voted up.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Chris,

You nailed it bro. In I'm not a big fan of Rush Limbaugh. He's acutely aware of the biased media. He reports on it and of course, this played right into the left wing media's hands. This was a dumb mistake which will keep on biting us on the ass throughout the upcoming election. Having said that, we all make mistakes, and the best we can do is apologize for them, and not make the same mistakes again.

Our media is the most powerful media in the world, and the fact that it is geared towards the liberal agenda is very frustrating, but it is what it is and we have to deal with it. And we can. We can offset this tactical advantage against us by not sitting on our hands and letting our voices be heard as you've done here.

I'm proud of you my brother. Say what's in your heart, and shout it from the rooftops! I

jim


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ LuxmiH,

All I can say to your comment is this:

Thank you, Thank you and Thank you!!

Your rant made me feel very good...we see eye to eye on this and I loved the way you explained your point.

You are very much appreciated and I am so glad you came by to respond.

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Jim,

Thanks bro for the kind words...yeah, I get fired up...and I am only going to get more stoked as time nears election day....I love this country, and want my kids to understand why they should love it also....

Actions are louder than words though....and the time is approaching where the rubber meets the road.

You have taken the lead, and I am heading over to your place now to check out your latest...

http://hubpages.com/politics/Save-A-Nation-For-Ten...


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Chris,

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Just what I've come to expect from the number one ranter on HubPages. Again may I say, "Rant on!"


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank you so much lifegate....your words mean very much to me, and I appreciate your support and friendship here on hubpages.

Chris


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

LuxmiH, I already said that I never understood or agree that it is ok to launch personal attacks on anyone. See my second comment.

CMerritt, you said, "This whole assult on religious freedom will be in the forefront during the remainder of this election process." If this happens, I can assure you that Obama will be a two term President. The majority of Americans are not concerned about a supposed 'war on religion'. They are concerned about jobs, wages, and the economy. Anything else is an afterthought and concentrating on the afterthought is a bad idea if you want to win in November.

The good news is after Super Tuesday, there is approximately a 99.7896% chance that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee. He will focus on jobs, wages, and the economy and mostly ignore the afterthought. There is hope yet!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

PoliticalZ...

I think pushing the 1st amendment and keeping it first and foremost is NOT a bad thing....now, I agree with you that it can be overplayed but it IS a prevailent issue.

I do think it will be a good thing for Mitt to get this wrapped up and begin to focus on Obama.....and the economy will be the factor.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Luxmi has such a way with words. I look forward to her political rants. They make so much sense.


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Unfortunately, it appears Santorum and Gingrich's pride is getting the best of them and they are vowing to continue onto Tampa. I don't include Paul in the list because his goal isn't to win, but to prove a point and win delegates to spread his message. Santorum and Gingrich still think they can win, though the math doesn't quite add up...


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Becky you are right about luxmi...she does have a way with words.

:)


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

policalz,

I agree with you, though Mitt was not my first choice in the beginning...I believe he is the best man for the job at stake....and Santorum and Newt need to turn thier support to Mitt and start thinking what is best for the country.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

As a Woman and a Conservative and on the RIGHT...I am so ANGRY that the LEFT is allowed to get away with this kind of behavior. It is not right for Rush to stoop to this level anymore than it is for the Left to. I'm ashamed of Both sides, and when did it come to all this...and how far will it go? If you don't like someone, stick to the Reason of why and don't stoop to a Level you shouldn't go to...Just my Thoughts. Good Hub, fairly told, CMerritt.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thanks b. Malin...and the only thing I may add, is that at least it appears to me that the "right" usually takes the high road...such as in this case, Rush DID make a heartfelt apology and was sincere.

The left will never apologize except for Amerian Exceptionalism....then they apologize for Americans to the world for when it is America that steps up everytime to do the right thing.

I appreciate your thoughts as always...

Chris


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Excellent rant!!! Bravo! AND - you've saved me the trouble! Man, this dickhead gets my blood boiling, but more than that - i wonder where the money is coming from that keeps his lips moving??? Someone big and powerful is pulling the strings, and i'm very interested to see how this all plays out. Public outrage alone should get him booted from the airwaves! Conservatives are making complete fools of themselves this election season! Why don't they see this? Again - great rant and well warranted!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This is so true, the left uses this PC nonsense to go after anyone they don't like but it's OK for them to insult anyone they wish. I'm sick to death of the double standard. I will go out of my way to support Rush now! I'm ticked off at his sponsors that are bailing out too. What they supported conservative values until it got a little hot? You go! This was spot on.


Brenda Durham 4 years ago

Honest hub, CMerritt. I agree with you.


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American View 4 years ago from Plano, Texas

PZ,

Just for information, Fluke is a 3rd year student but is also a political activist. She has organized and spoke at rallies.Therefor, she is a public target. She may not be as famous as Palin, but make no mistake about who she is.

CM, Good hub Maybe someday the left can see the hypocrisy they throw down. I wonder if Obama will return the million Bill Mayer donated today. Voted up.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi CMerritt! Excellent rant. What Rush said wasn't right. He certainly could have used a better choice of words. However, the left is guilty of saying (and doing) horrible things as well. Two wrongs don't make it right.

Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts!


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

AV, remember the key tenant of politics. It is all about perception. The perception is that Fluke was a private citizen being attacked because she expressed her views by a very public Rush Limbaugh. That is the key distinction that in my view made this whole thing bigger than it should have been.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Great rant. Rant on Rush. I have to agree with Rush about Fluke. The woman is a nut job, a known nut job and a contraceptive activist. Turns out that right down the street from Georgetown University the local Target sells a month's worth of bc pills for $9.00. So where does her mythical $3K a year come from. Then lets discard the fact that many clinics give the damned things away.

The whole episode was a setup by the left wing elites to divert attention away from the real issue of Obama stepping on the First Amendment. They want to say its an assault on women's rights? They already have the right to keep their pants on and not be promiscuous. I have to agree with Rush. Sandra Fluke is a slut if she expects me to pay for her to have sex. How about I buy the woman drinks, dinner and a movie? The fact is I wouldn't touch that hussy with a 10 foot pole after she ran her gums. But I reckon if a man at Georgetown wants some, he knows now whose door to knock on.

TFP


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I agree with every word of your hub. I am so tired of the double standard in this country Liberals pretty much say whatever they please without consequence. As for free birth control, enough already!!!!


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Political, Rush does NOT want to lose sponsors, but at the same time he has been making over 45million a year for many many years now! Money is not his primary concern! He basicaly said himself he simply doesn't want to lower himself to the standards of liberals! Honestly I was dismayed that he apoligized! When a woman needs 3 grand a year for contraceptives she is either a whore or a serious nympho..........why is it no longer OK to speak the truth?

Maher on the other hand attaked two very nice people with children and families!

If I call your mother a slut will your blood boil a little?


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

ImKarn23,

LOL, I'm not sure if we are on the same page, but I appreciate you commenting.


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

AR, are you suggesting it is ok to call someone a slut as long as they are not a mother (your last question seems to imply as much).

The $3k figure was cited as to how much birth control pills can cost over the average time spent at her university. The figure is not high by any means. The average cost of brand name birth control is $78/month. Generic brands average $37/month (only 67.5% are available in generic form). Note these are averages. Some people pay $100/month for birth control because their doctor prescribed them that specific type of medication due to other health concerns.

Now do the math. That equates to $3,746 over 4 years for brand name and $1,784 for generic. The numbers are not high. All you have to do is be prescribed birth control and use it throughout college. It has nothing to do with being a 'whore or a serious nympho' as you claim.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

poetvix,

Good to see you...yeah this whole double standard deal is amazing....I also heard where two of his sponsers that left are wanting back now...and he may NOT be allowing them...he said he has two brand new sponsers that will air in the next few days.

thanks for dropping by,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Brenda Durham, glad to see you drop by and for your support....

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

American View I apreciate you coming by and I am pretty certain Obama is irrate with Bill Maher and will give his money back..............RIGHT? I'm mean his IS our transparent president....RIGHT?

lol

Thanks for coming by...

:)

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi dexter...you are very correct....both parties know how to play dirty ball....but, I think it is up to us Ameicans to start calling them out on it....

It is good seeing you,

chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

FROG,

Right on!!! I love it...and you tell it so well...

The conservatives has got to start swinging back...and you throw some excellent blows...

thanks bro!!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

breakfastpop, it is a pleasure to have you drop by....free birth control is just the one of many "FREE" things they want to enforce in order to buy more votes this November....and it is a shame that some cannot see this.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

HI AR!

Rush has sponsers lined up, eagerly awaiting for thier opportunity to AIR on his show....I still say he did the right thing by apologizing, but he made his point so loud and clear.....He knows exactly what he is doing and he will play an important role as he always does this November....

as always, you and I are lined up....I appreciate you,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

PZ,

Let me ask you this....Why do you think it should be at the tax payers expense to pay for contraceptives for university students or for ANYONE as far as that goes?

Is it medically needed? Why can't people be responsible on thier own?

??????


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I actually have no problem with health insurance plans not covering women's health related prescriptions so long as they don't also cover men's health related prescriptions (in fact that is the law in most states). There has to be equal access when it comes down to what plans cover.

I do not agree with your premise that 'it should be at the tax payers expense to pay for contraceptives'. There have been many studies showing there is no cost associated with providing coverage in this area. In addition, who says the burden eventually falls on the taxpayer? If the argument is that health insurance companies will pass along the cost (if there actually is one, which is debatable) to everyone else, then the same argument can be made for everything your health insurance plan covers that you don't want.

News flash, the health insurance market does not exist in a free market economic system. That is really what should be debated, but instead the GOP is getting side tracked into a phoney 'war on religion' that the majority of Americans don't care about. A much stronger (winning) argument would be to attack the fact that our health insurance system doesn't exist in a free market. They should be focusing on bringing it more in line with a free market economic system. The problem is, not even Republicans can all agree on such a proposal.

In the end, it all comes down to lack of leadership in the Republican party.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I think the people of this country that understand that government interference into the free market, where they demand a private company to provide FREE "anything"...it outrageous...and NOTHING...NOTHING is free.

The cost WILL be passed on to more than likely the average hard working taxpaying American.

If a insurance company sees a benifit in providing contraceptives in THIER program then that is fine...we as amerians can decide for ourselves if we want that provider or not. If the price fits us or not.

I say in the end, it is the lack of intelligent leadership in the democrat party....who is NOT looking out for what is best for ALL Amerians but rather they are merely 'buying' votes by making policies that suit the "entitlement" crowd....keeping THEM happy.

and to hell with the men and women who are busting thier butts of everyday to provide for thier families....


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politicalzealot 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

CM, you glanced over my last point. There is not a free market in the health insurance industry. We as Americans do not get to decide what health insurance plan we use. Our employer does. Usually they give you a list of options, but for over 2/3rds of Americans that have health insurance, the choice is very limited and chosen by their employer. This has been sponsored by the federal government since WWII through tax incentives that make owning your own plan less cost effective than getting it through your employer.

This mandate is nothing new other than it is coming from the federal government. States already have a basket full of mandates that all health insurance companies must comply with to be able to sell insurance in their state. Here are five examples:

1. Alcoholism/Substance Abuse (45 states)

2. Diabetes Self Management (34 states)

3. Contraceptives (29 states) (yes that's right!)

4. Mammography (50 states)

5. Psychologist coverage (44 states)

Why should I have to pay for alcoholism and drug abuse treatment coverage if I never plan on needing it because I don't use alcohol or drugs (or have self control)? Why should I have to pay for diabetes self management coverage when I have a BMI of 20, can run 5 miles a day, and have a small chance of ever getting diabetes? Why should I have to pay for coverage to use a psychologist when my mental state is top notch? These mandates already exist, they are just mandated by the states.

I also don't understand how you can claim this is a lack of leadership in the Democrat party. They have been trying to pass extensive health care reform since the Johnson administration. They of course have a different opinion as to what the best thing is for the country when it comes to healthcare. Give them credit for passing a plan after over 40 years of trying.

Republicans on the other hand have sat on their hands. Not only didn't they pass health care reform when they had complete control of government early this century, they expanded medicare with a new program! Now all Republicans are doing about Obamacare is chanting 'repeal, replace' yet they have nothing to replace Obamacare with that they all agree to support. That is lack of leadership.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

PZ,

It is quite clear that our Constitution declares that our federal government has limited powers. This mandate steps on the checks and balances...even on a state level, many of those mandates you mentioned are suspect and are infringing upon our checks and balances.

On the other hand, If an Insurance Company deems it as a cost savings to cover mammography and other procedures, then I am all for it.

The federal government has NO place in mandating, but rather perhaps can play a role in creating tax credits and vouchers to help Americans buy private insurance and special coverages.

I think republicans dropped the ball in years past, but now that it is a more prevalient issue....they have introduced several ideas and bill that have been shot down or ignored.

Obamacare is loaded with too much ink, and not even close to being understood by the people who passed it....and THAT is a lack of leadership.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I don't have a problem with a private health insurance plan covering birth control pills. I have a problem with a health insurance plan paid for by the PUBLIC paying for birth control. That is the big problem for me. My health insurance is military and it does not provide free birth control. I have to pay a good sized percentage of it. My husband is a disabled veteran and I find that we have to pay more than if we were on welfare. We have to pay 25% of all medical care. There is something wrong there. Maybe they should have to pay 25% of everything too.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

There's a reason Rush has 40 million listeners, it's because he's saying true things that the liberal media ignore! If somebody is clueless enough to demand that I pay for thier safe sex, I think they should expect to get some flack!


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

I am so-o-o-o behind on my Hub reading! But trying to get caught up.

My first experience with the liberal media double standard was when the late Paul Wellstone stated in a televised debate that "Most welfare mothers are women." If a conservative said something as stupid as that, it would have been headline news. For Wellstone, nary a peep.

The other day during a local radio station interview a DFL state legislator said he supported the "2nd rights amendment." He went on to repeat that phrase 2 or 3 more times, so I know I heard it correctly. From the liberal interviewer, nary a peep. It remains to be seen if my letter to the editor about it gets printed in the local paper.

Thanks for the rant Chris!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is how far we have come from the America we used to be just a few years ago. In that era, very few women became pregnant out of wedlock, and a woman who openly declared that she wanted sex without benefit of marriage would most certainly have been seen as a slut. If she wanted others to pay for her escapades, she would have been called a whore.

When the pill first came out, doctors prescribed it only to married patients, because the moral standards demanded it! The moral standards of today are ‘anything goes’, and we are seeing the results in single parent families, widespread drug use, prisons full of youth, and dismay.

The leftists are winning.


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I Saw Marty 4 years ago

Nobody's pointing out Fluke's agenda, that being that she's trying to deny the governing body of Georgetown University their First Amendment rights of freedom of religion. That's what it's REALLY all about: Fluke is trying to force a private Catholic university to act in complete contradiction with the teachings of the Catholic church by making them pay for her contraception. And it's not like the Catholic church just came up with the prohibition against contraception last week, it's been a "law" in the church for CENTURIES.

And I agree 100% with Will Starr. It used to be that women who had sex outside of marriage were shameful. Now it's the people who proclaim their desire to remain virgins until marriage are the ones vilified and ridiculed (remember all the jokes about Promise Keepers?).

Great hub, you have a "thumbs up" from me. PS: Maybe Rush should send Ms. Fluke a copy of "The Scarlet Letter" as an apology gift.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I suspect Ms. Fluke was offered some serious cash, or promised some wonderful opportunity for her efforts. But, that is just my opinion and I am sticking with it.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ wba108@yahoo.com,

You are right, IF Rush was as big as liar as the liberal left claims...then he would NOT have 40 million listeners...great points.

Thanks,

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ J Elaine,

The liberal media can become so silent IF and When anything that my spoil their applecart comes along...they report what THEY WANT Americans to hear....the truth no longer means anything in journalism.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Will...you nailed it dead on (as normal)

What do you think it is going to take to reverse such a immoral trend?....anything?

I think we are starting to see some of the younger generation that is catching wind....I know my niece has decided to be a stay at home mom of her three kids...many of her friends are the same....I'm hoping that this generation can spawn a better thinking group of kids the places value on morals.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

@ I Saw Marty,

Your comments are spot on...Fluke has an agenda MUCH larger than "free contraceptives"....she is attacking the church and our constitution.

The scarlet letter has become the NORM for so many, that she probably would not even understand its intent.

I thank you for your comments and I see that we agree on this.

Chris


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Poolman, I have come to learn over the time I have known you that your opinion is usually saturated with facts...and THAT is why I always value your "opinions"

Chris


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Mike (Old Poolman) is right. It turns out that Fluke, far from being just a student, is a long time radical feminist who has been trying to force Catholic institutions to provide birth control!

It also turns out that she is being supported by Obama's former public relations manager Anita Dunn, so she has direct ties to the Obama White House! :

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/08/oreilly-former-o...


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I think one thing that I want to reinstate on my hub was the humor that Rush managed to muster in this issue...

Lets be reminded that Fluke was ASKING congress to force others to pay for her sex...(paraphrasing)...

Mr. Limbaugh pointed out that Georgetown should establish a "Wilt Chamberlain scholarship ... exclusively for women"....

I found that particulary funny....despite the liberal goody two shoers who can laugh at Maher but fail to see some real humor that Rush shined on this....


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I cannot stand Maher, he is rude and crude. He acts like he has no respect for women or anyone else. Limbaugh goes over the line sometimes but I think he is going for shock vale when he does. He sure did shock some people this time.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Chris,

Great rant. I would give Ms. Fluke two options. She can pay for her own contraceptives or the government will pay for her sterilization.

I have no time for people that have a sense of entitlement.

Voted up and away!


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Sue!

I think those are two excellent options, as I too, have very little time for the entitlement mentality.

THANK YOU for coming by!

Chris

:)


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Dear Sandra Fluke,

Do I have this straight? You want me to pay for your birth control so you can rut like a rabbit outside of marriage, but you don't want to be seen as a slut?

Let me think about that.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

It is all in a matter of wording....I think YOU Will, worded it excellently.

lol

funny, but yet so very true and sad.


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Barnsey 4 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

You have all sold your character and dignity to the commercialist BS that Rush regularly spews in order to gain him ratings. Nobody wants to pay for anything for anyone other than themselves in this country. Little else needs to be said. However, the country was founded on higher ideals, ideals which have been buried beneath politics. Rush has no ideal other than fattening up his ass and then his wallet. Wake up, Americans, it is time we stopped looking to shock jocks to speak for us. Where is our true voice? Where are our true leaders?


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

First of all, I appreciate you coming by and leaving a comment, they are always welcome.

With that said, I don't "Look" to any shock jock to speak for me. I happen to agree with Rush and several issue, but I listen to him as a form of entertainment. He makes me laugh everytime I listen to him. His opinions are ususally 'spot on' with my thoughts.

In this day and time, who IS our "true leaders" as you put it?

If you want to get right down to it, Rush DOES speak very close to MY VOICE as anyone....

Also, good for him for 'fattening up his ass and wallet'...THAT is the American way....He explimplfies the American spirit....he found a market for his talents and is "capitalizing" off of it very well. Nobody is forcing anyone to listen to him, he is not getting any government subsidies to "air" his thoughts....he is getting Advertisers to invest in him to sell their products, because he is very good at what he does.

What is wrong with that....now that you mention it...HE is one HELL of a leader....leading by example.


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feenix 4 years ago

Hey, CM

You went there, you saw, and you ranted -- and this is a very good and timely rant, at that.

Now, I must say, that is has always been my opinion that Rush should not apologized for what he said about, and called, Fluke.

When it comes to saying things that are in "poor taste," what Rush said pales in comparison to the "poor taste" that Fluke demonstrated while testifying before that Congressional committee.

What she revealed in so many words, with the entire nation listening in, is that she is a single woman who gets "bedded down" on a frequent basis, and the taxpayers should pay for her to have as many rolls in the hay as she pleases without having to worry about the consequences.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hey, feenix,

On a personal note, I agree....but Rush, in my opinion, decided to take the "High Road" as do MOST conservatives.

He chose NOT to be mixed in with the vitriol and heartlessness that the liberal media has become.

Rush, as many time, was spot on with his analysis.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub, Brother! I agree with you 100%. Thank you for having the courage to make stand against the ever encroaching forces of darkness.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi James! Great to hear from you! I appreciate your words of encouragement.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Nobody wants to pay for anything for anyone other than themselves in this country."

Correction: Nobody wants to be FORCED to pay. Big difference.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Also, tell that to the billions of dollars that the private citizens of this country GIVE, the thousands of charities across this nation....

If the fed gov keeps on tapping into these resources (the private citizens)...it may start to dry up.

Let the free market work and it will.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Chris, a super hub, that has so many points that are right there. I listened to rush way way back when he was younger and skinny, he never cut anybody slack when they need hammered. he's great.

I can't add much but I'm down for free toilet paper and a home nurse to drop by after my coffee to wipe my a$$, after all I'm a senior with arthritis that eats beans and rice, ha!

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