No surprise here, but I love discussing politics. This election season has led to some of the most interesting, and at times insane, debates I’ve ever partaken in.
Thanks to the craziness of the modern-day GOP, this is a year that has seen candidates share a Republican primary debate stage who:
- Have claimed Disney’s The Lion King is gay propaganda
- Proudly displayed their lack of knowledge on foreign leaders
- Referred to one of our nation’s allies as “Islamic terrorists”
- Do not believe in evolution
- Warned us of the “dangers of contraception”
- Claimed Satan is attacking America
- Wondered why airplane windows don’t open
You cannot make this shit up.
That last point came from the current Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Yes, one of the world’s most powerful political parties has nominated a man for president that doesn’t understand why airplane windows do not open.
The final NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has the race incredibly close, with President Obama at 48% with Mitt Romney carrying 47% of likely voters. Like many of you, I can only look at those numbers and ask: Are you fucking kidding me?
Contrary to the GOP, the biggest concern on the minds of Americans is not women receiving contraception coverage, it is still jobs.
Romney’s jobs plan will create 12 million jobs in four years. There are just two problems with that:
President Obama has offered multiple, fully funded jobs bills, favored by the majority of economists, that have been consistently blocked by congressional Republicans.
Lets get back to the GOP’s favorite subject: women. Romney will defund Planned Parenthood. This institution is not the capitol of abortion that the GOP makes it out to be. In fact, taxpayer funds are not even used for abortions through Planned Parenthood (they always fail to mention that). What would we lose if Romney succeeds? Let’s take a look at the numbers from 2010:
- SERVICE: STD Testing and Treatment
NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED: 4,179,053
- SERVICE: Contraception
NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED: 3,685,437
- SERVICE: Cancer Screening and Prevention
NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED: 1,596,741
- SERVICE: Pregnancy Tests and Prenatal Services
NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED: 1,144,558
- SERVICE: Abortion
NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED: 329,445
- SERVICE: Family Practice Services, Adoption Referrals and Other Services
NUMBER OF PEOPLE HELPED: 68,132
If you notice, only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are attributed to abortion.
Speaking of abortion, Romney has voiced his support to overturn Roe v. Wade, and if elected President, that could happen. The next President of the United States will likely appoint two justices to the Supreme Court.
After men have had Viagra and vasectomies covered for years, it was long overdue women finally received full coverage for contraception. If Romney repeals Obamacare, you can say goodbye to that provision, along with not being refused coverage due to a pre-existing condition and young adults remaining on their parent’s insurance until they turn 26.
While on the topic of social issues, it is amazing to me that same-sex marriage did not receive more exposure during the debates. These two candidates could not have more opposing views on the subject.
The Obama administration has made several great advancements for the LGBT community. This includes covering sexual orientation and gender identity under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, calling for the Justice Department to cease defending the discriminating DOMA, supporting the repeal of DADT and issuing an executive order allowing visitation rights to same-sex partners during hospital stays.
Do not get used to that last one under a Romney administration. That may be a right to heterosexual couples, but according to Romney advisor Bay Buchanan, that is a benefit (as is adoption) for same-sex couples.
Mittens also made a deal with the devil when he signed NOM’s anti-gay marriage pledge. As mentioned in Sex Toy Story, Romney has pledged to support defining a federal amendment declaring marriage between one man and one woman and establishing a council on religious liberty (Jesus Christ, indeed).
Mitt’s come a long way from telling Bay Windows in 1994: “I’ll be better than Ted for gay rights.” That would be Ted Kennedy, by the way.
Why would ANYBODY support a candidate who clearly has an inaccurate/misleading jobs plan, favors writing discrimination into our constitution and take back women’s healthcare to the 1950s?
“I like his economic policies.” How many times have you heard this?
Romney’s economic policies are shit. He favors the extension of the Bush tax cuts, which the majority of economists are against, including Paul Krugman, former Reagan advisor Bruce Bartlett and Republican economist Alan Greenspan.
Romney is against the appropriate taxation of the wealthy, which a majority of economists are for (Greenspan is in favor of a rollback to the Clinton era rates).
The non-partisan Congressional Research Service concluded in September that tax cuts for the wealthiest incomes do not create economic growth (Mitten’s plan calls for additional tax cuts for the highest earners).
Partly why you will not see Romney raise taxes is because he signed Grover Norquist’s ridiculous anti-tax pledge. I’m not kidding when I tell you Grover came up with this concept when he was twelve years old. Essentially, this party is holding to the views of a child. Would you trust a kid with your financial decisions?
The news does not get any better for the former Massachusetts Governor when you take a look at the Tax Policy Center review of his policies, which has concluded: “the features Governor Romney has proposed would provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle and/or lower-income taxpayers.”
Last week saw New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praise the response of President Obama, FEMA and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to the Hurricane Sandy disaster. What was Romney’s response to the future of FEMA during a CNN debate during the Republican primary?
Does anybody think privatizing disaster relief sounds like a good idea?
Then again, this is the same guy that has ignored the work of every scientific body in regards to global warming (a factor scientists attribute to Sandy’s intensity).
The modern-day Republican Party is trapped in a 1950s wormhole and they are trying to suck the rest of the nation in with them.
The policies of this party are failed and discriminatory. The most intelligent minds the party did have, such as retired General Colin Powell and Senator Olympia Snowe, have long since fled the Party (Powell has endorsed Barack Obama… again).