Monday, February 13, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Game On!

President Obama has unveiled the final annual budget for his first term. It’s the kind of budget that should go a long way toward ensuring a second term. The President has proposed a higher tax on unearned dividend income. If you’re not familiar with the term, that’s “Mitt Romney money.” This is good for everybody—if President Obama’s plan is adopted, then never again will Mitt Romney have to be politically embarrassed because he pays so much less in taxes than the average taxpayer. Mitt Romney attacked the President for not pursuing savings in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Mitt! There’s no reason to cut people’s Social Security if people like you pay their fair share of taxes, and this budget accomplishes that. This budget is a work of fiscal and political genius. It not only tackles our problems in an election year... it makes Mitt Romney one of the problems!

The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops have rejected President Obama’s compromise on contraceptive coverage. It’s the 21st century, and we’re talking about birth control! They might as well have issued their statement in Latin. 59 percent of Catholic women support President Obama’s compromise. Some of these women should try to become Catholic bishops or priests. Oh, that’s right—no women allowed. You’re listening to advice on birth control from an institution that won’t allow women in their leadership. In fact, the only position they approve of for women is the missionary position.

Now Republicans want to allow any employer or insurance company the right to exclude birth control coverage! I knew American workers were more productive than ever. Now it seems that Republicans want them to be more reproductive as well. A Republican proposal from Senator Roy Blunt would allow employers or insurers to exclude any coverage that is contrary to their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” Hello! They’re insurance companies! Their only “moral conviction” is to make money. Something tells me a lot if insurance companies are suddenly going to find preexisting conditions “morally objectionable.” When Jesus healed the blind, did he ask them first if their blindness was due to immoral behavior? “This blindness isn’t the result of masturbation, is it? Because if it is, you’re on your own.”

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Rest in peace, Ms. Houston...

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