Republicans backed birth control mandates before they didn't


Let's see now, The Bush administration advanced the Solyndra loan guarantee for two years, GW Bush said that the bailout plan was necessary, and ta-da! Bush never challenged a mandate similar to the Obama administration's requiring Catholic hospitals and universities to offer their employees contraceptive health benefits.

But that doesn't stop Republicans from accusing President Obama of policies Bush initiated waging a "war on religion." The hypocrisy is blatant and a way of life for the GOP. Oh, and then there's that whole "blame Obama" thing.

Today's L.A. Times:

Twenty-two states have laws or regulations that resemble, at least in part, the Obama administration's original rule. More than a third had some Republican support, a review of state records shows.

In six states, including Arkansas, those contraceptive mandates were signed by GOP governors.

In Massachusetts in 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed a healthcare overhaul that kept in place a contraceptive mandate signed by his Republican predecessor. Now the GOP presidential candidate is calling the Obama rule an "assault on religion."

At the federal level, President George W. Bush never challenged a similar federal mandate imposed in 2000.

The state laws were the product of a campaign by women's groups and others that began after insurers started covering Viagra for men.

Apparently it's mandatory for men to be able to function properly in order for them to achieve their, well, goal. However, another very worthy goal would be to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

Recap: It's a GOP priority for men to do boink their brains out, but providing their partners with easy access to contraception is so religiously incorrect that anyone who supports it deserves the wrath of someone else's god. Got it.