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By assuming that all women will just roll over and play dead?

But you know what the Bible says about pride. Puffed up with their triumph in the 2010 elections—and worried about keeping their ever more reactionary base on board—Republicans at the state and federal level are letting their misogyny, their fundamentalism and their sheer nuttiness show.

They attack us via false economies.

Not content with depriving women of reproductive healthcare, House Republicans want to starve them and their children too. Their budget cuts the Women, Infants and Children Health and Nutrition program by $750 million and Head Start by $1 billion. It cuts $50 million from a block grant that pays for prenatal healthcare for 2.5 million low-income women and healthcare for 31 million children each year.

Have they gone too far in attacking the unions?

Unions are going up with a hard-hitting new ad in Wisconsin, a labor source says, that takes direct aim for the first time at Republican state senators who continue to stand by Governor Walker, even as he sinks in the polls and the unpopularity of his budget repair proposal continues to mount:

Will there attacks on the middle class pay dividends, or will it just wake them up to the economic reality?

How will they balance denying rights with their love of small government?

“The President correctly concluded last week that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court — nor should the House of Representatives,” said a joint statement issued Friday by House members Tammy Baldwin, David Cicilline, John Conyers, Barney Frank, Jerrold Nadler, and Jared Polis. “In the 15 years since the passage of DOMA, the harmful stereotypes used to justify this law have been shattered. There simply is no legitimate reason for denying committed gay and lesbian couples the legal security, rights and responsibilities that marriage provides.”

Especially when the balance is shifting away from them:

The new poll finds that about as many adults now favor (45%) as oppose (46%) allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.

The current survey finds a majority of 54% supporting legal abortion in all or most cases; 42% say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.

Will their attack on health care pay the dividends they expect?

Kaiser said 47 percent of those surveyed wanted to keep the health-care law as it is or expand it, while 43 percent favored repealing it altogether or repealing and replacing it with a Republican-sponsored plan.
Senator Charles Schumer of New York, third-ranking Democratic leader, said he’s confident public support will grow.
“As people see the benefits and the parade of horribles fades away, the bill will become more and more popular,” he said.

Is the austerity plan popular?

If you don't believe me, read a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, published Thursday, that has what should be sobering news for Republicans who keep telling us that their radical assault on the size and scope of government has the support of "the American people."

Link to poll

So both parties should be explaining why any reasonable deficit-reduction program will include tax increases. "Cuts, cuts, cuts" isn't a plan. Right now, it's just a bad slogan.

The only thing they seem not to be giving a damn about is creating jobs, if you want to stimulate an economy this is by far the most logical step by far, it also increases revenue and decreases the deficit.

The knuckle-draggers are throwing feces at the wall to see what sticks.

You know Republicans if you end up throwing enough wedge issues out there you will eventually create a pie, and you might then end up with it all over your faces.

By dividing you may unite, now wouldn't that be ironic?

Originally posted to LaFeminista on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 04:06 AM PST.

Also republished by The Amateur Left.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar keep going Republicans and eventually you (34+ / 0-)

    will annoy enough people to make 2012 a disaster for your party

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 04:05:52 AM PST

  •  Plenty of nits to pick (8+ / 0-)

    I question the accuracy of the pro/anti gay marriage poll results if it was done with land line phones.  Many households have only cell phones and many if not most young people only have cell phones or one of the newer gizmos.  Young people don't give a hoot about gay marriage, so their input would not be reflected in a land line poll.  

    Good ad, and the MoveOn ad is spectacular and moving.  

    George W. Bush's favorite word, from what I've read, was "bold."  He loved it when he was bold, and in fact one could say he took false pride in his boldness.  Doesn't false pride goeth before the fall?

  •  GOPers got nothing & they (8+ / 0-)

    know it. Weeel,maybe the HC teahadi don't know yet but the rest of the party does. George Will & Kathleen Parker today basically concede the top of the ticket. Wedge issues are meat for their rabid & small base but the rest of the country has more immediate concerns.

    The GOP plan is to beat the deficit drum long & hard (oops,guess George Will referring to Huckabee as a vibrator got to me) so that Dems/Obama cut spending in a way that destroys any recovery. Then they can blame Dems and the POTUS for the failure to recover.

    Too many elected Dems have fallen for this (see McCaskill,Claire) but finally the people are roaring back. A bit late,but better late than never. The latest unemployment/jobs report doesn't hurt either. 2012 may prove to be an opportunity for Democrats. Although I have every confidence in Dems ability to waffle and fuck it up.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 04:27:29 AM PST

  •  The republican's "austerity" plan, (5+ / 0-)

    only applies to those working for the government, Taxes, government revenues are at record low levels  for the wealthy.

    "Education is dangerous - Every educated person is a future enemy" Hermann Goering (NRSC?)

    by irate on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 04:44:42 AM PST

  •  You mentioned biblical analogies (4+ / 0-)

    I have been fascinated this week by analogies to old and new testament characters being played out in our current struggles with GOP hubris.  The Right would like to tie themselves to scripture (even if its their version of the Consitution)  Only problem is I think they are mistaking the characters they play.  For example, the pharoah of Egypt comes to mind in the case of Scott Walker.  I remember in the story how when Moses confronts him on releasing the slaves, the Pharoah doubles down on the suffering he causes them instead.  Walker's threats against workers and Democratic congressmen and women is so parallel.

    •  History repeats itself w/ repugs over and over (1+ / 0-)
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      again. Not much original about the Grand OLD party-sheesh..

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones"

      by roseeriter on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 05:49:03 AM PST

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    •  They are all over questionable (2+ / 0-)
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      references to homosexuality in the Bible, but strangely overlook anything they don't agree with.  

      How about the concept of the Jubilee Year where:
      Debts are forgiven
      Slaves are set free
      Capital is redistributed

      Even the Old Testament knew that it was a bad idea for the rich and powerful to oppress the rest of society forever.

      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

      by ahumbleopinion on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 06:42:16 AM PST

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  •  The one thing that is on the GOP's side (6+ / 0-)

    is that our President with his "go along to get along" attitude to a fault is giving them the cover and tacit support that they vitally need to avoid a backlash.

    Regarding the battle over budget cuts, the GOP is in a win-win situation. They have no stake in a good economy.  If it comes about, they'll take credit, but if it doesn't, they'll blame Obama and the Democrats.  And since he is giving in to their charade of the emergency need to blindly slash the discretionary budget, which guts vital programs and will slow the economy without impacting the deficit in any but a microscopic way, he'll ensure that the Republicans' charge will stick.

    The President should not give in to bad governance in the form of gaming this year's budget.  He should insist that Congress concentrates on future budgets, and that the burden of putting us on a sustainable long term path is equitably distributed.  This means not giving the wealthy a free pass, which they have been given completely up until now.  This is a message that will resonate with Americans.

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 06:13:37 AM PST

    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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      when do we get to hear Dems once more talking about steeply progressive taxation as a stimulative policy? If you want rich people's money to stimulate the economy, you have to tax it away from them and invest it in public goods and services. Otherwise it gets sequestered in hedge funds and derivatives. You cannot ever balance the budget by cutting spending. The cuts will be exactly equal to the loss of revenue.

      "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

      by johnmorris on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 08:02:48 AM PST

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  •  The big goal is getting out of pension liabilities (9+ / 0-)

    all of them.  This is happening everywhere, even states without public employee unions.

    Why? Because though the amount pales in comparison to the Federal employee pensions (never mind Social Security) converting state staffers from defined benefit (for year of service and level of compensation, you get x dollars per year for so long as you live) versus defined contribution (you pay in - maybe we match, maybe we don't - and if you outlive your savings well that's your problem).

    The amount in question - most of it school teachers, thus the teacher-bashing - is on the order of $5-7 trillion dollars for all state, county and municipal government employees.

    That's just the pension guarantees.

    It's more than the size of all private pensions and 401K (and other defined contribution) plans combined.

    It's a lot of dinero.

    •  ding, ding, ding... (4+ / 0-) nailed it.  that is precisely the answer to the "why teachers?" question.    

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 06:33:09 AM PST

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    •  As always, with the GOP (5+ / 0-)

      follow the money.  Don't forget how much more profit they can make with their private schools when they drive the wages of teachers down to equal baggers at the local super market.

      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

      by ahumbleopinion on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 06:44:21 AM PST

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      •  My argument about the value of public education (5+ / 0-)

        (from a comment I made on my FB last night)

        Look at what NOT getting public education costs society in the way of (a) lost skills (b) lost wages (c) lost consumer spending (d) lost demand for big ticket items like houses (e) less private insurance cover oopses and (f) more dependency on public assistance of various kinds.

        So, yes. Public education is worth something just by the numbers! The proper question is not "How can we get rid of public education?" Oh no - the proper question is "How can we make it work EVEN BETTER?" that and "How can we compensate teachers BETTER to attract the best talent?"

    •  The problem with that thinking (2+ / 0-)
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      is that all of those state pension funds are required by law to be fully funded and to limit their investments to AAA rated instruments. The fraud at the ratings agency is the central culprit in the current funding problems. The funds were solvent until Wall Street crashed. We bailed out the banks and the money funds, why don't we bail out the pension funds?

      "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

      by johnmorris on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 08:24:58 AM PST

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      •  Who is holding 100% assets to 100% PV liabilities? (0+ / 0-)

        Pensions lend to be long on the liability side on the expectation (right or wrong, but historically sound) that appreciation in pricing, future contributions and reinvestment will keep pension disbursements funded.

        Is there a pension out there with 100% of assets on hand to cover 100% the PV of liabilities? That might be useful sound-biting for the citizenry but who is actually doing that....or wants to?

        To my understanding having 80% on hand is kicking ass.. .being under 70% is cause for concern and under 60% is well and truly worrisome.

      •  Because Republicans hate the poor and love (0+ / 0-)

        the rich. It's that simple. And enough Dems are willing to go along with that, it seems, for no justice to be done.

        "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

        by allergywoman on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 11:48:31 AM PST

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  •  I still can't believe these numbers. (1+ / 0-)
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    The current survey finds a majority of 54% supporting legal abortion in all or most cases; 42% say abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.

    Isn't 52% of the population female?  Shouldn't pretty much all females support choice, apart from the ones brainwashed by whacky cults?  Is there a M/F breakdown on those numbers, because it would seem that would make male support of choice very very low.

    •  You must not have clicked through ... (2+ / 0-)
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      LaFeminista, allergywoman

      The details presented explain the apparent discrepancy.

      Support for legal abortion is higher among Democrats and independents than among Republicans. Nearly two-thirds of Democrats (65%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, as do 58% of independents. Among Republicans, just 34% support legal abortion.

      There has been relatively little change in views about abortion among different religious groups. A small majority of Catholics (52%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases; 45% disagree. In 2010, Catholics were divided (47% in favor of legal abortion, 45% opposed). White evangelical Protestants remain the religious group most opposed to legal abortion, with just 34% saying abortion should be legal and 64% saying it should be illegal in all or most cases.

  •  The problem... (3+ / 0-)
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    is that women DO roll over and play dead. You've got blatantly anti-woman women like Bachmann and Palin giving Republicans cover to hate women, and then you've got the Democratic Party telling women to put their pet issues aside for the greater good (except of course during election years, when Dems pretend to be feminists).

    And we women have no real choices and, being good women, DO put our own interests aside for the sake of the party.

    (Also, LaFem, please think about including "war on women" as a tag in your great feminist rants. I'd love to see that tag used for stories like these so we have a nice, complete list of all diaries that address this war.)

  •  My poor mother has to deal with Rethugs. (1+ / 0-)
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    She's going to try to persuade them not to cut funding for rape victims. Anyone have any ideas what she could tell them?

    Personally, I think she should tell them all rape victims in our state are personal, close friends of David Koch and Scott Walker, as well as St. Ronald Reagan and St. Cheney. Waddaya think?

    Yeah, me too. Compassion makes them ill, empathy makes them confused, killing women who are desperate makes them happy.

    "This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it." -- Keith Olbermann

    by allergywoman on Sun Mar 06, 2011 at 11:44:56 AM PST

  •  Thanks LaFem (0+ / 0-)

    John Kasich, R-OH-gov hates black people, women, children, and unions, I guess that covers almost everyone.

    by OHknighty on Mon Mar 07, 2011 at 10:51:45 AM PST

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