Laura Ingraham’s guest, Democratic strategist Tara Dowdell was continually interrupted — at one point, Ingraham stated, ”I’d like for the Republicans to be in charge of everything but they’re not.” The Fox News host continued (and continued) refusing to acknowledge that Republicans have any responsibility with the economic turmoil this country is in — in her ‘Fair and Balanced’ fashion.
A new CNN poll concludes that George W. Bush is the only living ex-President under 50% in approval ratings — and that’s who Laura considers to be a great leader.
The real eye-opener comes when we compare Obama’s numbers to George W. Bush’s. In Bush’s first term, the economy shed 913,000 private sector jobs! 913,000! The only thing that saved Bush’s first term from being a complete economic disaster, in terms of employment, was robust public sector growth: The economy added 900,000 government jobs. One wonders: Without the massive growth in the public sector during Bush’s first term, would he have been reelected?
This is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it punches a big hole in the theory that Bush’s tax cuts were responsible for boosting employment during his first term.
Just a few various points:
Ingraham is obsessed with American military dominance in the world, which is a major part of our spending. America spends just under what the rest of the world spends combined on military expenditure.
After years of back-and-forth partisan bickering, President Obama and Republican foes finally came together on new plans to help veterans find jobs, but it’s not over.
Ezra Klein, in Government by loophole, explains that there were “more filibusters between 2009 and 2011 than there were in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s combined.” …
Now you’re seeing it with appointments: Republicans block a record number of appointments and enter continuous pro forma sessions in order to deny Obama recess appointments. The numbers tell the tale: Ronald Reagan made 243 recess appointments. George W. Bush made 171. So far, Obama has made 29. In response, the Obama administration breaks from precedent and declares pro forma sessions to be no obstacle to recess appointments. Minority loophole? Meet majority loophole.
As far as the War on Women, Ingraham is so out-of-touch while being comfortable with her $15 Million per year salary, that her insight is blurred. The Fox News host might have been educated on this topic if she allowed her guest to speak using a ‘Fair and Balanced’ demeanor.
Republicans attempted to redefine rape. After a public outcry, Republicans said they’d stop, but they lied.
Taling Points Memo reports:
The controversy over “forcible rape” may be over, but now there’s a new Republican-sponsored abortion bill in the House that pro-choice folks say may be worse: this time around, the new language would allow hospitals to let a pregnant woman die rather than perform the abortion that would save her life.
In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care.
Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. Because, after you have the baby, you’re now insignificant. .
Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? There’s no need because women should really be home with the kids, not out working.
Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.
Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.
Governor Rick Scott, smack in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month cut $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. The Legislature allotted the funds to the organization in order to support 30 rape crisis centers as they face impending reductions in collections, which currently is the bulk of their budgets. Scott did this to balance his budget.
And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up.
Horses are given priority over women, but the War on Women is fabricated?
People for the American Way reports:
February 2012 the state of Texas decided to cut off reproductive and preventative health services to 130,000 low-income women. The staggering move caps what has been an escalating war on women’s health in state legislatures and in the U.S. Capitol since Tea Party-backed Republican majorities took control of the U.S. House and the majority of statehouses and took a determined minority in the U.S. Senate. While anti-woman rhetoric has been a mainstay of right-wing politics for decades, in the past two years that rhetoric has been turned into a record number of laws – and hurt a record number of women.
Texas’s move is extreme, but it’s not unusual. In fact, when it comes to women’s health, Republicans in the U.S. Congress and in the race for the presidency are trying to remake America in Texas’s image. In refusing funding for its women’s health programs, Texas has jeopardized women’s health – putting the burden especially on low-income women – and increased the risk of unwanted pregnancies, the main reason for abortions. Eliminating the entire federal family- planning program – a step supported by every Republican in the U.S. House and both major GOP presidential contenders – would do the
same on a national scale, all while costing taxpayers billions of dollars in increased health–care expenses resulting from the lack of preventative care.
One year ago, People For the American Way issued a report on the unprecedented barrage of antichoice bills being unleashed by newly empowered state legislatures. In the year since, perhaps sensing that their window of opportunity might be drawing to a close, far-right national and state lawmakers, in coordination with Religious Right activists, have expanded their attacks. They are targeting not just abortion rights, but also access to birth control and preventative care, as well as contemporary views of women’s roles in the workplace, the family and the halls of power.
I could cite literally thousands of instances of Republicans pushing through legislation which is unnecessary and invasive but the hosts at Fox News would just stick their fingers in their ears and say, “la la la la la, I can’t hear you!”
Big thanks to Media Matters.