Proposed GOP Bills. Do you detect a theme here?

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  1. Mighty Mom profile image79
    Mighty Momposted 12 years ago

    Wish I could say this is a David Letterman "top 10" list.
    Pick one, pick them all.
    It's not just the proposed cuts in funding, it's (in some cases) the rationale behind these bills that makes me wonder. Is this 2011 or 1951?

    Top 10 Shocking Attacks from the GOP War

    1) Republicans not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven't.

    2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims."

    3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

    4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

    5) In Congress, Republicans have proposed a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

    6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

    7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

    8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

    9) Congress voted yesterday on a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

    10) And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can't make this stuff up).

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    1. "'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post, February 9, 2011 … Sx&t=6

    "Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress, January 20, 2011 … Sx&t=7

    2. "Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers,'" The Huffington Post, February 4, 2011 … Sx&t=8

    3. "South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon, February 15, 2011 … Sx&t=9

    4. "House GOP Proposes Cuts to Scores of Sacred Cows," National Journal, February 9, 2011 … x&t=10

    5. "New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo, February 4, 2011 … x&t=11

    6. "Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress, February 16, 2011

    7. "Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic, Feburary 12, 2011 … x&t=12

    8. "House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill, February 16, 2011 … d-economy-

    9. "House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC, February 18,2011 … x&t=13

    "GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2011 … x&t=14

    10. Ibid.

    Birth Control for Horses, Not for Women," Blog for Choice, February 17, 2011 … x&t=15

    1. lady_love158 profile image61
      lady_love158posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Lol!!! Move on??? Try checking your facts!!

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        Texasbetaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You only reference right wing sites like the CATO Institute! Maybe you should check your facts!

        1. bgamall profile image70
          bgamallposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          I am for women's rights. But a person should not be considered a victim unless and until the rapist is found guilty. You hear of a lot of women who cry rape and then it is shown that they lied. Were they victims?

          1. Cagsil profile image75
            Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Were they victims? Sure, victims to their own selfish thinking. Which, they rationalized a reason for screaming "rape", even though there was none.

            There is something seriously wrong, if a woman screams "rape" and come to find out there is no "rape" that occurred. What caused this person to scream "rape" in the first place?

            Changing the word "victim" to "accuser" defeats any understanding that more often than not, the person is actually a victim, because of evidence already found.

            1. bgamall profile image70
              bgamallposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Evidence found is not conviction. Victim presupposes conviction and guilt. That is just contrary to common sense.

              1. bgamall profile image70
                bgamallposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                As clarification, I oppose most Republican policies because they favor the rich, but I think that the the rape laws take away men's rights as now written.

    2. weholdthesetruths profile image59
      weholdthesetruthsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I detect a theme.  You cite, Thinkprogress, as sources of information.   

      This means nothing you have to say will be true, worthwhile, or intelligent.

    3. rhamson profile image73
      rhamsonposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This is typical political rhetoric to keep us common folk away from the 800 lb Gorilla.  The democrats and republicans know it.  Throw some incendiary issues out there so the rest of the electorate can waste their time fretting over it while the real issues are deferred.
      Congress has neither the will or morality to deal with the biggest issues such as Social Security, Medicare or Defense.  These are the single most issues that will sink us.  Add the absolute ignoring of the Wall Street debacle and the inside ties to it and the recipe is going to show itself when the meal is done.
      A couple million or billion here or there makes no difference to a couple trillion here or there.

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        C.J. Wrightposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        TADA! There it is in a nutshell....

    4. Cagsil profile image75
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Hey Mighty Mom,

      It appears as if, maybe it is you, a prime example- not seeing the distortion for what it really is? No offense intended.

      This is a prime example of them using fear on a woman. They know there are very few sources to get information, they have access to them and most other people do not, so it is easy for them to take steps that enforces a specific fear, while they(government) continues business as usual.

      The rights issues in America are getting out of hand, because of so much distortion and misinformation, by those of business or those of religion or those of politics(when all three are together, on the same side, they are the majority).

      It has become clear to me, evermore so now, that the average individual lack understanding of their own rights. And, if they don't smarten up, then they are going to lose the rights that they do not understand.

  2. Evan G Rogers profile image60
    Evan G Rogersposted 12 years ago

    I could make a similarly ridiculous list for Democrats.

    the problem is government, not "the other party".

    1. profile image0
      Texasbetaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Not when they run an entire 2 year campaign on jobs, jobs, jobs, get in office, and do absolutely nothing about jobs.

      1. lovemychris profile image75
        lovemychrisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Excellent point.
        Remember Boehner...."Mr. President, WHERE ARE THE JOBS?"

        or this one: Tax cuts create jobs.

        Do they think we are stupid, or just blind?

        1. profile image0
          Texasbetaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          They only have to cater to the right wing, and the answer for them is: yes.

          1. profile image0
            PrettyPantherposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            Exactly.  There are enough stupid and willfully blind people to join them.  They're laughing all the way to the bank.

      2. Evan G Rogers profile image60
        Evan G Rogersposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        "end the war, end the war, end the war, shut down gitmo, shut down gitmo, shut down gitmo, repeal the patriot act, repeal the patriot act, repeal the patriot act....

        ... nothing".


    2. lovemychris profile image75
      lovemychrisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      NO you couldn't! This is targeting women!

      1. Doug Hughes profile image60
        Doug Hughesposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Not just women, LMC.

        It's also an attack on the poor.

        It's an attack on worker's rights.

        It's an attack on equal opportunity by cutting funding for early childhood education, Headstart and pre-school.

        It's going to take the form of an attack on the elderly - GOP ideas for 'reforming' Social Security and Medicare are built on qualifying people later (like 70 years old) or cutting services offered to Seniors.

        1. lady_love158 profile image61
          lady_love158posted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Lol! You people didn't say a word about how the elderly were being shortchanged with cuts to medicare to fiance Obamacare... or when the dems cut foodstamps to the poor to keep union teachers on the job!! Such hypocrites!!

  3. DTR0005 profile image60
    DTR0005posted 12 years ago

    Many Republicans whom I love and respect have told me, on the QT, that their beloved party is walking off the deep end. And I can't argue this...

  4. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 12 years ago

    Whenever the rich face a squeeze on their income they like to pass it down the line. Their friends in politics will always oblige- then dress it up in some BS morality issue.

    In this case, the morality issue is that it is just plain wrong to be a woman.

  5. lovemychris profile image75
    lovemychrisposted 12 years ago

    Take it from me, a is a war on women....the free kind. The kind who like to have sex (OH NO!!) and make money and not be married with children. Or, who just don't believe like you do.

    Something that always pops up when Repubs are in charge. I personally feel like a steel claw is gripping around my neck until they leave power.

    Because it has been this way for most of my life. They have been in power.

    1. weholdthesetruths profile image59
      weholdthesetruthsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You're just paranoid and deluded.

  6. BillyDRitchie profile image61
    BillyDRitchieposted 12 years ago

    Yeah, I think the sources provided should pretty much kill credibility for this thread...

  7. lovemychris profile image75
    lovemychrisposted 12 years ago

    87% of counties in the USA have no services for abortion.

    They have been terrorized out of existance.

    This is not an issue??

    Maybe not for you, but it is a life and death issue for half the population of America.

    And will be a nightmare if the rightys get their way.

    No abortion, and no social programs to help these moms and babies.

    ....which is already becoming a reality.

    I have to this for the black market baby business?
    Children for sex-slaves? Drug-runners? Or maybe Satanic rituals?

    What do you want these fetuses for?

    Cause if you were pro-life, you would never have voted for Bush, after he killed innocent babies in Iraq. You just wouldn't.
    Shock and Awe. --real live babies don't matter?

    1. BillyDRitchie profile image61
      BillyDRitchieposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You lost me (and most of the rational thinking world) with the whole "Satanic ritual" bit.

      However, it is refreshing to see a post from LMC that doesn't have a wealth envy jab.....

  8. Mighty Mom profile image79
    Mighty Momposted 12 years ago

    Oh yes, I'm clued into the whole "bait and switch" phenomenon.
    Anything to distract from the primary issue.
    Remember when gay marriage took center stage?
    (I am in favor of the right of everyone to marry whomever they choose). But really, THAT was the #1 NATIONAL issue of the time? Heck no. It was a distraction. A MORALLY POLARIZING issue.

    In this case the #1 issue is jobs.
    The right got their tax cut extensions.
    Where are the jobs?
    Oh no -- let's attack our most vulnerable citizens instead of putting Americans back to work.
    We see the pattern.
    Can we stop it?

    1. profile image63
      logic,commonsenseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You need to ask BO where the jobs are.  He promised and promised and all he has done is spend with little result.  Just because the Republicans won the House doesn't mean they can change much unless they have 'bipartisan' support from the Dems in the Senate and the president. 
      Oh, I forgot, only the Repubs are supposed to be bipartisan when the Dems want something.  It's okay for the Dems to be partisan because they are always right.  Sorry.

  9. AnnCee profile image68
    AnnCeeposted 12 years ago

    How refreshing to find cares about women. big_smile

    Clinton Misogyny - Sex
    Juanita Broaddrick (AR)- rape
    Eileen Wellstone (Oxford) - rape
    Elizabeth Ward Gracen - rape - quid pro quo, post incident intimidation
    Regina Hopper Blakely - "forced himself on her, biting, bruising her"
    Kathleen Willey (WH) - sexual assault, intimidations, threats
    Sandra Allen James (DC) - sexual assault
    22 Year Old 1972 (Yale) - sexual assault
    Kathy Bradshaw (AK) - sexual assault
    Cristy Zercher - unwelcomed sexual advance, intimidations
    Paula Jones (AR) - unwelcomed sexual advance, exposure, bordering on sexual assault
    Carolyn Moffet -unwelcomed sexual advance, exposure, bordering on sexual assault
    1974 student at University of Arkansas - unwelcomed physical contact
    1978-1980 - seven complaints per Arkansas state troopers
    Monica Lewinsky - quid pro quo, post incident character assault
    Gennifer Flowers - quid pro quo, post incident character assault
    Dolly Kyle Browning - post incident character assault
    Sally Perdue - post incident threats
    Betty Dalton - rebuffed his advances, married to one of his supporters
    Denise Reeder - apologetic note scanned

  10. Mighty Mom profile image79
    Mighty Momposted 12 years ago

    What in the world does Clinton's sex life have to do with these proposed GOP bills?
    No doubt the man had (past tense) a problem. A personal problem.

    We are talking about systematically yanking rights away from women in this country.


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