Thursday, March 15, 2012

End this March madness

The "war on women" continues unabated as Republicans across the country are doing their best to antagonize women.

Senate Republicans oppose extending the Violence Against Women Act that first passed with broad bipartisanship support in 1994.

In Pennsylvania, the Republican governor dismissed the complaints that a new ultrasound bill goes too far by saying, "You just have to close your eyes."

In Wisconsin, a onetime progressive state, the GOP-dominated Assembly voted to ban private insurance abortion coverage and teaching contraception in school.

Republican Idaho, which never likes to be left behind when looniness calls, saw a legislative panel vote to oppose the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Also, the state Senate backed its own anti-abortion ultrasound legislation.

And in Arizona, a longtime leader in sun-baked leadership, a Senate judiciary panel endorsed a bill that would allow employers the right to deny health insurance coverage for contraceptives based on religious objections.

What's driving all this wackiness is the GOP assumption that religion (meaning Christianity only) is under attack.

But, a new poll shows that most Americans do not believe religious liberty is under assault.

So what is this really all about?

Well, it's a way for GOP lawmakers, mostly men by the way, to show how much they hate President Obama, which solidifies their wingnut bona-fides.

It is hard to imagine, though, that all this anti-women rhetoric, will accomplish anything other than enrage women and the men who back them.

And, what do all these potential laws have to do with creating jobs and hiring workers?

Well, nothing.

That's exactly what the GOP has to offer as the national economy slowly rebounds from the meltdown of 2008, before Obama was elected president.

1 comment:

  1. I'll tell you who's waging a "War on Women." It's liberal fatheads like that sleazy editor who worked for the paper in Portland, poking little girls.