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Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Health, Politics, Religion | 14 comments

Republican Storm Signals, Outside Not In

Where the Missouri mule leaves off, the Republican platform committee takes up the fight against America’s most pressing problem.

In language that would not dismay Todd Akin, GOP sages call for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest.

“Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

The only threat to Republican unanimity may come from a Higher Power…

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  • RP

    “Its the economy stupid”.

    We have heard time and time again about the conservatives position on abortion and social issues. This election is not about social issues.

    The CBO just handed the Republicans talking points for political ads that can run for weeks and hit their mark. August 22, 2012 “CBO reports that the economy will shrink 3% and the unemployment rate will rise to 9% in 2013”. They do not need to add the comment that this report is based on the congress doing nothing for tax increases and sppending cuts occuring January 1, 2013.

    Just like all political ads that are mostly 1/2 truths at best, so too will this one leave out pertinent details. But for the many centrist voters worried about tomorrow, it will make its point.

  • jdledell

    RP – Can you provide a link to “CBO reports that the economy will shrink 3% and the unemployment rate will rise to 9% in 2013”. Everything I’ve read about the CBO report indicates positive GDP growth for 2013 UNLESS the sequester goes into effect and the Bush Tax cuts go away. Even in this event, the CBO forecasts a GDP shrinkage of 1.3% for the first half of 2013 and 0.5% growth in the second half.

  • SteveK

    This “It’s ALL Obama’s fault” is starting to get old.

    A new recession is likely if a stalemate over tax and spending cuts continues between Democrats and Republicans, according to fresh, dire projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    It’s congresses responsibility to pass budgets and legislation, the blame for the lack of a brisk economic recovery falls squarely on the ‘do nothing’ Republican lead 112th congress… Period.

    The voters are seeing this, even right center voters, and they are getting ready to tell the Big Business / Big Money sycophants what they think… changes will be made come November.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Thanks, Steve.

    This is an excellent example of when a picture is worth one thousand (Republican) words.

  • RP

    jdledell..Here is one link that shows the 2.9% (rounded to 3% in other reports). Will look for the 9% unemployment figure, but most would expect a rise in unemployment with this decrease.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cbo-predicts-deeper-fiscal-cliff-141146274.html

    As I said in the previous comment, the information in the political ad does not need to be 100% truthful, just factually correct for the part they extract.

    Maybe someday we will see truth in advertising in political ads and consequences for not telling “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. Your information contains 100% of the projected economic data, while a political ad does not need to contain the part about the fiscal cliff.

  • RP

    SteveK. “It’s congresses responsibility to pass budgets and legislation, the blame for the lack of a brisk economic recovery falls squarely on the ‘do nothing’ Republican lead 112th congress”.

    Can you provide this same chart for the approved budgets in both the senate and house? The chart covers “legislation”, but not budgets. Healthcare and jobs are important in this election, but the budget is also important. Please add any info about the budgets like the info under the above charts.
    Thanks

  • SteveK

    Can you provide this same chart for the approved budgets in both the senate and house? The chart covers “legislation”, but not budgets. Healthcare and jobs are important in this election, but the budget is also important. Please add any info about the budgets like the info under the above charts.
    Thanks

    Sure thing RP… And when I’m done would you like me to wash your car and pay your electric bill too? 🙂

  • slamfu

    Well the taxes should be foregone conclusion unless Obama wusses out. Either the GOP submits to a tax hike on the top earners only, or the President lets all the Bush Tax cuts go away. I’m pretty convinced either way we will have taken a large step forward to actually fixing things. Tax increases have historically preceeded recoveries.

  • SteveK

    Question – What have 112th Congress done for the Budget?

    Republicans almost shutdown the federal government over $75 million that Planned Parenthood receives to provide family planning assistance to low-income women.

    A failure to pass a 2011 federal budget nearly led to a shutdown of non-essential government services on April 9, 2011, with the furlough of 800,000 government employees appearing imminent.

    President Obama met Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner in the days preceding the deadline but was unable to come to an agreement to pass a budget. A one-week budget was proposed to avoid a government shutdown and allow more time for negotiations; however, proposals from both parties could not be accommodated.Obama said he would veto a proposed Republican budget over Republican social spending cuts.

    This was also backed by Senate Democrats who objected to such cuts as that of Planned Parenthood. However, an agreement was reached between the two parties for a one-week budget to allow for more time to negotiate after Republicans dropped their stance on the Planned Parenthood issue. The two parties ultimately agreed on a 2011 federal budget the following week.

    There were many reactions to the possible shutdown with some saying the economy could be hurt during a fragile recovery and others saying the lack of an unnecessary bureaucracy would not be noticed. There was also criticism that while senators and representatives would continue to get paid others such as the police and military personnel would either not be paid for their work or have their payments deferred.

    Republicans created a Debt limit crisis causing the first time ever lowering of the US Government Credit Rating

    On August 2, 2011, the United States public debt was projected to reach its statutory maximum. Without an increase in that limit the U.S. Treasury would be unable to borrow money to pay its bills.

    Although previous statutory increases have been routine, conservative members of the House refused to allow an increase without drastically reducing government spending. Over several weeks and months, negotiators from both parties, both houses, and the White House worked to forge a compromise. The compromise bill, the Budget Control Act of 2011, was enacted on August 2.

  • zephyr

    More news focusing on the struggling middle class, including numbers (Pew Research Center) indicating the public is more distrustful of republicans than democrats when it comes to the economy (as well they should be).

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/the_middle_class_falls_further.html

    By all means, let the republican leadership focus on medieval social policy while ignoring critical economic and environmental problems. That will do more wonders for their credibility.

  • slamfu

    As far as the abortion thing goes and fetuses being given equal rites, I’ve quoted something before and I’ll quote it again. Assuming your objection to abortion is based on christian beliefs. Exodus Chapter 21:

    “22 And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
    23 But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
    24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    25 burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

    I think old school eye for an eye God clearly doesn’t value a fetus as much as a person, as losing the fetus seems to fall under the category of “and yet no harm follow” and results in a fine. Whereas injury or death is repaid in kind. This is the only reference in the bible I have found that touches on abortion this directly.

  • slamfu

    Er, that first sentence should read “equal rights”. Putting fetuses and the word “rites” in the same sentence is just ghoulish.

  • rudi

    Test

  • ShannonLeee

    slam, stop quoting the bible, you know religious people don’t read that thing for context.

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