I, for one, will be happy when this damned election is over. I haven’t been this stressed out over an election since the days of Richard Nixon. Before I begin in earnest with this article, let me tell you something about my personal journey in this election. I’m not thrilled with either side of the aisle, although I am a registered Democrat. I’m not thrilled with Obama for several reasons: I do not like the drone warfare president. I don’t like the “kill list.” I think he’s capitulated to the GOP far too much in his first four years, and that has kept Barack Obama from making “change we can believe in.” Forget this bipartisan crap. The GOP wouldn’t know what that even looks like. These are the main reasons. I even considered voting Green because there is absolutely no question that the Green Party platform is truly a progressive platform. I changed my mind on that because I now feel that would be a wasted vote in this critical election. It can only benefit the GOP. And the one thing that is never, ever an option for me is voting for the GOP or giving them an opportunity to take the election. It never even entered my mind. It will not happen. Not now. Not ever. My mind is made up now: I’m voting to reelect Barack Obama in 2012.
For the life of me, I do not understand how anyone can be “undecided” at this point. The GOP is a national joke. Or a national tragedy. Depends upon how you look at it. I swore this weekend that I’d take a break from politics. Then, while waiting for my kids to eat pizza, I went outside and saw a story in the Boston Globe about the battleground known as Ohio. On the front page was a woman who was going to vote for Obama, but now is undecided after his lackluster performance in the debate. Okay, I’ll admit he sucked. No question about it. He better be damned ready for the next one. Joe Biden was more than ready. However, to be undecided over a debate performance? This is what worries me about American women these days. Are they for real? Do they understand the ramifications of electing the Romney-Ryan ticket? There was another story on the web that I saw yesterday about how Romney is now going after the female vote. He’s working on his message. Give me a break. Ladies, here’s the reality of what electing Romney and Ryan would mean for women:
(1) We are one Supreme Court justice away from overturning Roe v. Wade. That is a GOP plan. I want to state that right here just in case you all haven’t been astute enough to understand that.
(2) Both Romney and Ryan support a constitutional “personhood” amendment that would define a fertilized egg as a human. This would not only outlaw abortion, but also in-vitro fertilization and some forms of contraception. In fact, Paul Ryan co-sponsored such an amendment. These two morons cannot even get their stories straight. All of a sudden, Ryan stated during the VP debate that there would be an exception for rape and incest. That’s not what he’s saying on the road. That’s not what Mitt Romney is saying.
In fact, all you women out there need to listen to what these two are saying. When Martha Raddatz asked Joe Biden and Paul Ryan how their Catholic beliefs have influenced their position on abortion, Paul Ryan stated that he can’t separate that from his public life. Really? Well, when you’re serving the nation you damned well better be able to separate your religious beliefs from your public life. Why? Because neither a candidate’s religious beliefs nor the Bible should come into play. The United States Constitution is all that matters. Fine, Paul Ryan doesn’t believe in abortion. Then, his wife doesn’t have an abortion. But to flat out cram your religious beliefs down the throats of the American people is unacceptable.
(3) Neither candidate supports the Fair Pay Act, which means that — for the same job — it’s okay for women to earn a fraction of what men earn. Yeah, Women for Mitt Romney alright. The candidate posts on Google Plus that too many women are unemployed under Obama, and that he’ll create 12 million jobs in an attempt to woo women. He doesn’t tell you how. Because he doesn’t know how. But one thing’s for sure, ladies. You’ll never earn what your male counterparts earn. And that’s because the GOP has a fundamental disrespect for women in this country. In fact, the members of the GOP have proved time and time again that they have very specific ideas where women belong on the food chain. They don’t give a shit about women. If you need more proof beyond the Romney-Ryan ticket, I’ve got plenty. Here are some direct quotes:
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” -Todd Akin (R-MO), expert on the female reproductive system. This guy couldn’t find his own asshole with a mirror and a flashlight.
“I think Justice Scalia is a very good judge.” -Scott Brown, who wants every woman in Massachusetts to believe that he’s pro-choice and pro-woman. That’s why he chose the one Supreme Court justice who is hell bent on overturning Roe v. Wade. Because he’s pro-choice. By the way, Brown also co-sponsored the Blunt Amendment. Because he’s pro-choice.
“Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not — that’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.” Steve King (R-IA) talking about covering birth control. I can’t even address this moronic comment.
“Whatever those are.” -Ovide Lamontagne (Republican governor of New Hampshire) talking about reproductive rights. Another genius.
“The only winners under that legislation would be trial lawyers.” -Dean Heller (R-NV) talking about the Paycheck Fairness Act. This is an outright lie. The GOP is so good at lying it’s mind boggling.
This is your GOP, ladies. I have an idea. If you’re thinking about voting for the GOP ticket, stay home. Read a book. Knit. Do whatever it is you like doing because at least you’ll be able to maintain a measure of self respect. Oh, I forgot something else: The GOP-laden Congress sent themselves on a taxpayer-funded vacation without re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, in spite of the fact that it was already passed in the Senate.
And, by the way, every woman in this nation should be insulted when Ann Romney tells you to “wake up” and vote for Mitt. Stay-at-home mom my ass. Like her husband, she’s an entitled little twit with three homes, who has cooks and housekeepers, and spends her day with her horses. She hasn’t worked a day in her life because she hasn’t had to work a day in her life. Her idea of “hardship” and your idea of “hardship” are two very different things.
Lies, Lies and More Lies
Now, let’s address the issue of the economy. I can understand economic dismay, but there are a couple of issues with the way this material is being presented by the GOP and there are many, many issues with their solutions to the problem. First, let’s understand one thing: George W. Bush, the last GOP genius to hold the highest office in the land, was left an economic gift by the Clinton administration that included a robust surplus. It took two wars and huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans over an eight-year period to basically destroy the U.S. economy. Those are the facts, Jack. Barack Obama didn’t cause this economic bust. The 2008 financial meltdown wasn’t caused by Barack Obama or his administration. In fact, he inherited a fucking mess. It’s as simple as that. And he said from the get-go that it would take him more than four years to fix the problem. That’s also a fact. For those of you who think I’m one of those “Obamabots,” think again. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I’m no such thing.
Here’s my problem with the stimulus: We didn’t spend enough. However, that being said, the general consensus is that we’re better off than we were four years ago and the stimulus has worked. Has recovery been slow? Absolutely. I’m not surprised by that, given the mess the GOP left behind. But to paint that as a failure of the Obama administration and the Romney-Ryan solution as the saving grace is just pure bullshit. Do they have a plan? If they do, they sure haven’t made it public yet. He meant it. Apology not accepted.
Romney and Ryan want to cut taxes by 20% across the board and lower the deficit simultaneously. This cannot be done because it’s mathematically impossible to do that. According to Ryan, they’ll close loopholes and getting rid of deductions for the rich. There simply aren’t enough loopholes and deductions to accomplish this. The Tax Policy Center points out that they will still need more revenue from somewhere. That amounts to raising taxes on the middle class. Don’t kid yourselves.
Prior to the debate, here’s what Ryan said when asked to explain the math behind this tax cut:
“I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all of the math.”
These two clowns are running for the two highest offices in the land and they don’t have the time to explain to the American people how the tax plan will work? Are you serious? It’s not that they don’t have the time. It’s that their math doesn’t work. Their plan is cut taxes and we’ll worry about it later. Typical GOP bullshit.
And any notion that they care about anybody but the richest in this nation is also an outright lie. You don’t have to be a math genius to figure that out. The much touted Ryan Plan is ample proof. You didn’t even need that Romney secret video to figure that out. Fully 62% of Ryan’s budget cuts come from programs that benefit low-income Americans. You know, the people who are lazy and feel they are entitled. The $5.3 trillion in nondefense budget cuts comes from things like food stamps, Medicaid and Pell Grants. About those Pell Grants? Seventy four percent of Pell Grant recipients in 2011 came from families earning $30,000 or less. Where do you fall on the income scale? The Ryan Plan would kick nearly 1 million students off the grants. This is the party that cares about education, by the way.
That $716 billion in Medicare savings that the GOP wonder boys continually harp on? Well, let’s talk about that. The $716 billion in “cuts” included in Obamacare will be used to eliminate fraud and increase program efficiency. Funny thing is that the Ryan plan includes the $716 billion in cuts. The difference? Ryan would turn Medicare into a “voucher” program (read: Privatize) and use those funds to pay down the deficit. Give me a break.
Romney and Ryan are constantly talking about Medicare and Social Security going bankrupt. This is pure GOP spin. These aren’t the only two clowns saying this. Here are the facts: If we do absolutely nothing, nada, zip, Medicare will still be able to meet 88 percent of its obligations in the year 2085. Social Security would be fully funded for two more decades, and would be able to pay 75 percent of its benefits after that. That’s if we do not one damned thing. The notion that this is something that has to be addressed right this minute is just an outright lie, and the lamestream media loves to perpetuate this myth. It sells papers. Of course, the simple solution to the program remaining solvent until the end of time is an unpopular one for the GOP. Right now, the wealthiest Americans pay the same payroll tax rate for Social Security as those earning $110,100. Does this even make sense to you? It’s totally illogical. The solution would be to have a graduated rate, so that an undue burden isn’t placed on the middle class. Problem solved. Unless you’re wealthy, of course.
According to Mitt Romney, the “middle class” earns $250,000 a year. Again, the GOP is plagued with math problems. I could go on and on here, and you’d be reading this post right up until election day. The fact is that Mitt Romney isn’t everybody’s president. Paul Ryan isn’t everybody’s vice president. They are the candidates of the one percent. Their proposals, speeches and positions make that abundantly clear. If you’re an Average Joe American, these are not your candidates. If you’re a woman, these are not your candidates. If you haven’t yet seen that, you’re just plain stupid and hopeless.