I’m here in Michigan, standing at the corner of One Party Rule and War on Civil Rights.
King Rick Snyder of Michigan of “strong medicine, financial martial law” and radical assault on Michigan’s working families fame is also waging a fierce war on women. Think Progress is reporting that state lawmakers are likely to “revive an omnibus anti-abortion bill that sparked widespread protests after it passed the House this summer, in addition to a host of other restrictive abortion legislation they hope to force through the current lame duck session.”
Because under Snyder, government hasn’t been intrusive enough.
1) Regulate abortion clinics out of existence.
2) Limit abortion access for women in rural areas
3) Impose further guidelines for the disposal of fetal remains (treat them in the exact same manner as dead bodies).
4) Prevent private insurance companies from covering any abortion services.
5) Allow doctors to refuse to perform abortion services because of their personal beliefs.
More details at the link.
Republicans love to demand small government and whine and moan about Democratic overreach. Welcome to Hypocrisyville.
Just because Willard Romney went on a big fat
disastrous, gaffe-filled overseas photo-op fundraiser trip that attracted all the wrong kinds of attention doesn’t mean we’ll stop pestering him about those pesky tax returns that he refuses to divulge.
Keep ‘em coming, Team Obama.
Mitt Romney has only released one full year of tax returns. Why hasn’t he released more?
Is Romney willing to share any new information?
And now BarackObamadotcom has jumped on it:
Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres discuss President Obama’s record on Israel.
(Reuters) - Solidarity, the trade union movement which led the Polish struggle against communist rule, distanced itself on Monday from a visit to Poland by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying he supported attacks on unions in his own country. [...]
“Solidarity was not involved in organizing Romney’s meeting with Walesa and did not invite him to visit Poland.” [...]
[I]t may prove difficult in Poland for Romney to draw a sharp contrast with his Democratic rival in the presidential election because Polish leaders enjoy fairly strong ties with the Obama White House.
You know how Willard loves to say he’s a better friend to Israel than President Obama is? And how the president is a big ol’ meanie who isn’t as supportive of the U. S. of A.’s BFF as he is? Israel’s own Ehud Barak would beg to differ:
(CNN) – Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said the Obama White House has been the most supportive administration throughout the two countries’ diplomatic relations on matters of Israeli security, in an interview to air Monday on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
Barak -also a former prime minister of Israel – said that though historically administrations from both political parties have supported the Jewish state President Obama’s support, security-wise, is unparalleled. [...]
“But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.“
Asked by Blitzer if the president has been more supportive than previous administrations’ Barak said, “In terms of the support for our security, the cooperation of our intelligence, the sharing of sorts in a very open way even when there are differences which are not simple sometimes, I’ve found their support for our defense very stable.”
Mitt Romney can try lying to our allies overseas the way he does to Americans, but it appears that they won’t buy into it like so many do here. He’s delusional if he believes he’s shown what a splendid commander in chief he’d be, or that he has foreign policy cred. So far, he’s done nothing but make a fool of himself. May he continue to do that straight through to November.
Remember the millions of dollars of damage all those stinky, uniony protesters supposedly did to the Wisconsin Capitol building?
The Walker administration quickly acknowledged the $7.5 million cleanup cost was overstated, and had little more than some figures written on a sheet of notebook paper to back the estimate.
Hey, me too! But, oops, there’s been another revision. The Sheboygan Press is reporting that… well, I’ll let them tell you:
MADISON — Cleaning and restoring the state Capitol after last year’s massive protests will cost about $200,000, according to the state Department of Administration, a total that’s millions of dollars less than a state official’s initial estimate of $7.5 million.
So, let’s see… 7.5 million minus 200K, times GOP fail, plus anti-union bias, divided by idiocy, carry the talking points… Walker was only off by about $7,300,000.
Anybody could have made a tiny error like that. Scotty’s made a bunch of ‘em.
So the actual costs from those “slobs” practicing their First Amendment rights were even less than the first correction indicated. And a whole lot less than the RWNJ falsely claimed.
On Monday, December 19th, there will be something to watch carefully, per Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. At the Wisconsin Capitol, a Solidarity Sing-Along will take place, but this will be the first time that such an event will occur since (hopefully soon-to-be-recalled) Governor Scott Walker’s new policy.
You remember that, right? It “would require demonstrations inside the Capitol of four or more people to request permits of the state 72 hours in advance, and could require protest groups to reimburse the state for the cost of policing them, at a cost of $50 per officer per hour.”
Requiring payment for First Amendment rights, how democratic of him!
This dictatorial move by Scott Walker has already been asserted to be unconstitutional [...]
The restrictions are being taken as a direct response to the ‘Solidarity Sing Along’, which has gotten under Walker’s skin to say the least. … [E]very day since the mass protests started dying down there has been an average of 50-100 Wisconsinites who go back to the site of the occupation to use song in a continuous action against Governor Walker. [...]
It will represent a similar standoff that we have been seeing across the country (and world) with the movement stemming from Occupy Wall Street, and which we likewise saw consistently at the State Capitol occupation last spring.
I love that singing in the Capitol gets under Walker’s skin. I think they should gather at his office door and sing this over and over and over again, just to see how long it would take for him to go completely bonkers (not much of a leap):
It’s like Wisconsin Republicans are begging for more recalls, are gluttons for more punishment, and are turning their backs on the very loud message from their very protesty voters. Do they not remember that two of their Senators were recalled, along with the repeal of union-busting Senate Bill 5 (SB5), and that their governor is facing his own possible recall election?
In other words, are they not getting that they don’t have their own state behind them?
Do they not remember that the Mississippi personhood initiative was defeated 58% to 42%?
But why bother with the will of the people when you have a majority rule? Via The Wisconsin State Journal:
Many Wisconsin abortion foes are cheering the introduction of legislation that would amend the state constitution to extend personhood to the moment an egg is fertilized…
Of course this would mean no abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, and no hormonal contraception, including birth control pills and IUDs.
Wisconsin’s “personhood” amendment, introduced last week by Rep. Andre Jacque, R-Bellevue, would define the terms “people” and “person” in the constitution to include “every human being at any stage of development.” [...]
Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said the legislation is a continuation of the Republican Party’s “extreme social agenda,” adding it’s also “anti-business and anti-jobs” because of its potential impact on Wisconsin’s bio-medical and embryonic stem cell research sectors.
Even Wisconsin Right to Life is against this, saying that campaigning for the amendment would be too costly and that, even if that was successful, it would lose if it went to court.
Meanwhile, look what it’s costing Wisconsin, not only in dollars, but also in wasted energy, effort, and emotional stress.
Love the blastocyst, hate the already-born.
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