Obama for America is out today with a new TV spot titled “Children” that highlights the clear choice for voters between Mitt Romney and President Obama’s vision for public education. “Children” will air in Virginia and Ohio on Thursday: http://bit.ly/QYw7Io
· This joins the new digital calculator from the Obama Campaign, which shows how President Obama’s policies have helped college graduates who responsibly pay their student loans get on their feet after graduation with more affordable monthly payments, and the devastating impact the Romney-Ryan plan would have on the wallets of students and families: http://www.barackobama.com/education-calculator
· Melody Barnes writes in the Las Vegas Sun “Romney’s idea will not only divert some funds to private-school vouchers — undermining public schools that always will serve the majority of students — but it won’t be nearly enough for a parent to pay for private school or produce the results our most vulnerable children deserve.” http://bit.ly/Nl6Jvu
RNC Platform Final:
· The NY Times is brutal about The RNC platform: “The mean-spirited and intolerant platform represents the face of Republican politics in 2012. And unless he makes changes, it is the current face of the shape-shifting Mitt Romney.” http://nyti.ms/O50uge
Romney – Ryan’s abysmal promise for women
· Paul Ryan gave an interview on Pittsburgh TV station this morning. He refused to explain his attempt to narrow the definition of rape, working with Todd Akin, and he labelled the issue of women’s health as a “distraction.” http://politi.co/STBwlK
Delano: “Should abortions to be available to women who are raped?”
Ryan: “Well, look, I’m proud of my pro-life record. And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It’s something I’m proud of. But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set the policy of the Romney administration.”
Think Progress has the video: http://bit.ly/STBryn
Carolyn Maloney writes “From a woman’s right to choose, to a woman’s right to receive equal pay for equal work, the differences between the two presidential candidates are stark indeed. Consider the following.” http://bit.ly/Sn53Xr
This nifty chart from Think Progress breaks downhow Akin’s Views On Women’s Health Are In Line With GOP: http://bit.ly/Rf7Ulj
Mother Jones points out: Paul Ryan Cosponsored All the Most Extreme Anti-Abortion Bills http://bit.ly/NI2Xhj
Andy Sullivan’s The Dish: Akin’s Position Is The GOP’s TRUTH HERE!
“That’s the truth whatever Romney now wants to say. 150 Republican congressman voted for a bill that would allow abortions only for “forcible rape”, as if there were some other kind. (Mercifully, the language was later stripped from the bill.) The distinction is designed to prevent women citing rape as a reason for abortion when there is no sign of physical trauma. It’s a disgusting form of contempt for women’s autonomy and integrity – and a truly despicable soft tolerance of all other kinds of sexual coercion. Remember the words of the mainstream pro-life figure John C Willke:
When pro-lifers speak of rape pregnancies, we should commonly use the phrase “forcible rape” or “assault rape,” for that specifies what we’re talking about. Rape can also be statutory. Depending upon your state law, statutory rape can be consensual, but we’re not addressing that her.
Here’s what Romney said about Willke in 2007: “I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement in our country.” Someone should ask Mitt: is he still proud that his party platform is basing its social policy on the views of a man who thinks “statutory rape can be consensual”?
But in many ways, these nuances are just helpful signs of how the fundamentalist psyche thinks – it is always trying to tidy up the messy realities of human experience to conform to its eternal diktats. The real point is that the GOP platform would make all abortions, including those caused by rape and incest, illegal in every state by constitutional amendment. It would not just allow the states to decide, but insist on a national ban. As on gay rights, and medical marijuana, the GOP has total contempt for federalism.
Until this incarnation of the Republican party is destroyed at the polls, we live in its thrall. We have in this election an opportunity not just to re-elect a president capable of making the Grand Bargain we all need; but to punish and humiliate the most extreme, irrational, hateful version of Republicanism that now stalks the land, led by a brazen liar and fathomless cynic.
The NY Times reports on how despite Romney and Ryan’s claims otherwise, current seniors will pay more under the Romney-Ryan Medicare voucher plan: http://nyti.ms/QqUkX7
There’s no escaping the wingnuts, Mitt Romney. You’ve jumped into the clown car, thinking you were going to DRIVE IT. Now you, Ryan and the GOP are going for a ride straight off the cliff. ADIOS, MOFOS!