GOP War on Women Goes Nookyular
Yesterday, President Obama handed the Republicans their asses — again:
After two solid weeks of Republicans rapidly escalating attacks on contraception access under the banner of “religous freedom,” Obama finally announced what the White House is proposing an accomodation of religiously affiliated employers who don’t want to offer birth control coverage as part of their insurance plans. In those situations, the insurance companies will have to reach out directly to employees and offer contraception coverage for free, without going through the employer.
Instead of re-evaluating its attempt to turn contraception into a wedge issue — after all, Fox News (yes that Fox News) published a poll that found 61% of Americans approve of “requiring employer health plans to cover birth control for women.” – the GOP, led by Missouri Senator Roy Blunt (R-Crazytown) has decided to double-down on the War on Women.
Blunt has introduced an amendment to the PPACA which would allow employers to deny any preventive health services (including breast cancer screening, depression screening, and diabetes screening), under the guise of religious freedom and respecting the right of conscience of insurers, plan sponsors and healthcare providers, among others. Apparently, that’s the new meme: Insurance companies are now having their religious freedom infringed. Somebody save them! (I wrote about that nonsense yesterday.)
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Doug Lamborn (R-Co) is skipping tonight’s State of the Union address. You see, he doesn’t like President Obama and doesn’t agree with any of his policies. So he’s just gonna go ahead and skip it. There’s no job requirement that he be there. (His words.)
Surely, he has something better to do. Maybe he’ll go bowling. Who knows. The world is his oyster.
While Doug “Obama is like a tar baby” Lamborn is busy acting like a petulant asshole, the other representatives from Colorado put their adult pants on and are at least pretending to be civil:
I can’t stand it, I know you planned it.
There has been a lot of whispering among politicians and pundits that Republicans are purposefully thwarting President Obama’s efforts to put Americans back to work and tanking the economy, but no polling had been conducted to provide support for such a notion — until now.
Voters in Florida recently responded to the following question: “Do you think the Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jumpstart the economy to insure that Barack Obama is not reelected?”
The results are interesting:
You And Me Baby Ain’t Nothin’ But Mammals
Traffic signs warn drivers to stay in their cars because of exotic animals on the loose near the intersection of Route 40 and Interstate 70 East just west of Zanesville. (CHRIS RUSSELL | DISPATCH)
Turns out Wednesday’s bizarre escaped animal incident in Zanesville, Ohio (east of Columbus) where dozens of exotic animals were put down after they were released into the Ohio countryside before their owner apparently committed suicide? Yeah, you can hang that one on Gov. John Kasich’s neck too.
The tragedy exposes the dangers of wildlife trafficking, in which private collectors actively trade in exotic animals all over the states “in a vibrant and poorly regulated market.” According to the Humane Society, Ohio has long been “the center of the exotic-auction industry.” Ohio’s former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) attempted to “crack down” on the market by issuing an executive order that banned new private ownership of exotic animals. Issued on Jan. 6, 2011, it was one of his last acts as governor and lasted 90 days. His replacement, GOP Gov. John Kasich let it expire. Only now, after the bloodbath, does Kasich see it as “a problem.”
Kasich’s team called the measure “unenforceable.” Only one problem: parts of that executive order were very much enforceable, including the provision that could have prevented this awful event.
As details emerge about the relentless negative coverage that President Obama receives as compared to every other presidential candidate1 (and even the non-presidential non-candidates — coughSarahPalincough) it is important, I think, to highlight positive coverage.
So here’s a bit of positive news reported by Jake Tapper: President Obama reads 10 letters from constituents every day; often times, he feels powerless to act in a direct manner to alleviate some of the pain that Americans are in, so he does what he can — he occasionally writes them a personal check:
In February 2009, ABC News was first to report on the 10 letters from constituents that the president is given each day.
Culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president,” the letters “help him focus on the real problems people are facing,” said then-senior adviser David Axelrod.
Some of these, maybe two or three each day, the President responds to in his own hand.
Then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told us that before two different economic speeches, the President “pulled letters he has gotten and distributed them to staff, to understand what people were going through.”
The White House is now cooperating with a book about those letters, written by the Washington Post’s Eli Saslow, who says that sometimes the president has written a check to help his correspondents. “A few times during his presidency, Obama admitted, he had written a personal check or made a phone call on the writer’s behalf, believing that it was his only way to ensure a fast result,” Saslow wrote in the Post.
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“We could actually lose jobs with their plan.”
President Obama spoke in Asheville, North Carolina this morning as part of his continued push to bring jobs to the American people. He laid waste to the Republican’s “plan” and did a little comparison for us that spells out a stark reality. It needs to be shared with the people marching in the streets across the country…(emphasis mine)
THE PRESIDENT: They said no to helping veterans find jobs.
Essentially, they said no to you — because it turns out one poll found that 63 percent of Americans support the ideas in this jobs bill. (Applause.) So 63 percent of Americans support the jobs bill that I put forward; 100 percent of Republicans in the Senate voted against it. That doesn’t make any sense, does it?
THE PRESIDENT: No, it does not.
Now, it turns out that the Republicans have a plan, too. I want to be fair. They call — they put forward this plan last week. They called it the “Real American Jobs Act.” The “real one” — that’s what they called it — just in case you were wondering. (Laughter.) So let’s take a look at what the Republican American jobs act looks like. It turns out the Republican plan boils down to a few basic ideas: They want to gut regulations; they want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants.
The GOP Doesn’t Care About Muggles
Remember how the GOP tried to force a government shutdown over disaster relief? Remember how we had Tornado Terror! and ZOMG! Earthquake!! and Hurricane Irene LOL? And still the Republicans led by Eric Cantor and his sidekick, Great Orange Doofus bravely stood up to disaster relief?
If you don’t recall, let me refresh your memory: FEMA asked the White House for more money; President Obama, in turn, asked Congress for more money; and the Republicans were dicks about it.
Now, it seems that Republicans are pissed FEMA managed to recover enough unused funds and were able to avoid having to close shop, and are probing FEMA’s accounting practices:
Congressional Republicans haven’t gotten over the last government shutdown fight – perhaps because it wasn’t a clear win. They’re probing FEMA’s accounting practices in the last week of September, suggesting the agency manipulated its disaster relief fund to help Democrats avoid a political fight with Republicans. But FEMA officials were on the record, both publicly and in private briefings with members of both parties, about the tools they were using to keep themselves in the black through the fiscal year. So what’s this really all about?
WOW: The GOP Continues Its Fine Tradition Of Doing Jack Shit About Unemployment
I’m having a hard time mustering the motivation to write about anything because everything sucks:
Every single Republican voted against even discussing whether or not to pass the jobs bill. Every.Single.One.