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a word from japa: having his back

by Japa

It is pretty much a given in this community that President Obama has our back covered. He is out there every day working to help preserve the middle class.  In fact, he is working to the utmost not only to preserve the middle class against an onslaught unprecedented in our history, but to also expand the middle class. There are some on the left who view him as a corporatist who hasn’t done enough, but they miss the point.

I can state without hesitation that enough hasn’t been done and that a lot more needs to be done. And I know someone else who would say the same thing, our President. Yet, saying that is not the same as saying he hasn’t done enough. I quite honestly cannot think of anything he could have done that would have gotten us further than we are now. He has, rightfully so, chosen to follow constitutional principles rather than go the dictator route. And in making that choice he has acknowledged that he cannot get everything done he would like to see done. Most of the things needed to accomplish what he and most people in the progressive community want to see done requires Congressional action.

People on the left talk about FDR a lot and even LBJ with his accomplishments in producing The Great Society. Yet those same people forget the huge, historically huge, Democratic majorities both of those Presidents had to work with. Does anyone really doubt that if then President had had 68 Democratic senators that we wouldn’t have seen a public option?  Does anyone really doubt that if he had over 70 senators the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy wouldn’t have been rolled back? Does anyone really doubt that if he had had over 300 members of the House and those senatorial numbers that the financial regulation bill wouldn’t have been even stronger than it was?

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102 Responses to “a word from japa: having his back”


  1. 1 symmetry11
    April 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Afternoon all

  2. 5 mtmarilyn
    April 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Almost 9mil

  3. 10 symmetry11
    April 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This—–> If we demand ideological purity and 100% agreement, then we are the same as the Republicans, just with a different perspective.

    • 11 COS
      April 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Yes, it is time for all progressives to have PBO’s back and forget bout this purity. I was listening to John Fugelsang(sp) a so-called progressive this morning, questioning an Obama surrogate on Soledad O’Briens’s show about letting the Bush tax cuts expire. He asked her why should we trust PBO on letting the tax cuts expire now, when he campaigned on the expiration of the tax cuts and has not done so. I just felt that he could have kept his mouth shut. Since he pretend to be a know-it-all, he should know that PBO was held hostage and he chose the unemployed and helping people who are/were out of work over making a point and hurting a lot of people.

      • 12 symmetry11
        April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        He should know that PBO is going to do what is best for the many & not just the few. I have had enough of the purity test. It’s ridiculous to hold PBO to such test. Compromise is necessary. We should all know that as we can not get through life with out it.

      • April 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        Why is this still an issue? Pres.Obama didn’t cave to special interests nor did he do it for political expediency. Millions of people were kept in their homes and were able to provide for their families because of that deal. Pres.Obama didn’t run from this decision. He made it, explained it and if you all remember that press conference he told anyone who disagreed to go jump in a lake. I believe the words “Sanctimonious” and “purists” came up. So yeah, F that so-called progressive. Pres.Obama broke his promise but he did it for an excellent reason. Wish more politicians broke their promises like that.

      • 14 theo67
        April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        If the President had decided that keeping Progressives happy was more important than keeping children fed and housed over the holidays, then John Fugelsang and his cohorts would be asking the surrogates why the President didn’t do the right thing and just extend the Bush tax cuts in order to get unemployment and welfare benefits extended. They’re never happy. They are the same ones who have been singing for ages that the President doesn’t know how to negotiate, but never give him credit for getting almost everything he wants. Not everything THEY want, but everything HE wants (the stuff he thinks is important). When people talk about Dems snatching defeat from the jaws of victory – they’re talking about these Fugelsang types.

      • April 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        John is an ardent PBO supporter. He is the person that asked the question of the Romney advisor that resulted in the Etch-A-Sketch comment. I think he wanted to get the message out that this administration is bound and determined to not renew those cuts and this was a question to provide reassurance to those that think he isn’t.

        • 16 COS
          April 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          I know John is an ardent supporter and I like him. That’s why I was surprised. He really grilled the surrogate. I listen to him every Friday on Stephanie Miller and he is super intelligent and most of the time reasonable, but somewhat critical on things that I know he understands why PBO did or did not do.

          • 17 57andfemale
            April 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

            I didn’t hear the exchange but I wonder if he was just playing devil’s advocate. I follow John on Stephanie Miller and his tweets and he’s a strong PBO supporter. We can’t turn on people if we don’t hear everything exactly as we want.

    • April 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      That goes for Blue Dog Democrats as well. Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu can be quite frustrating but when we needed their votes on big ticket items they came through.

  4. 19 Mariele K.
    April 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I completely agree.

  5. 20 nintendowii10
    April 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Japa21 and Chips, this needs to be sent to ALL the emoleft whiners/pundits out there who snivel about President Obama being a sellout to the banksters and who believe he is a closet Republican… I’ve HAD it with their fucking crying about why they haven’t gotten their dream of making the entire United States socialist like Sweden!

    • 21 theo67
      April 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I don’t even understand those people who choose to complain about Democrats during this election year, and thereby opening a crack for the Republicans to crawl through – who have no interest in meeting any of their demands. How does that make sense? In this, I agree with Mitt – some of these things should be talked about in “quiet rooms”. By all means, let the Administration know what we want, but make it aspirational, not accusatory. Challenge the Republicans to the same goals, and then decide who’s got your best interests at heart. The GOP get away with their evil because many on the left choose to be disappointed in not getting 100% of everything, instead of being grateful for getting some percentage of something, moving the ball forward a little further. Plus, they focus on the President, instead of making sure he’s got a Congress that he can work with. Crazy!

    • 22 Esmerelda
      April 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      I remember being particularly annoyed during the 2008 campaign when a television interviewer asked VPB if PBO was going to turn the US into a ‘socialist state like Sweden’. Sweden is actually a constitutional monarchy, the party currently in power is conservative (but sane). Capitalists hardly suffer- I’m sure everyone is familiar with H&M and Ikea.

      I do admire their progressive culture, though. Their reputation for excellent healthcare, public education, generous parental leave and gender equality seem to show they have their priorities right. Of course, they have a small population which is far less heterogeneous than the US. And I don’t know enough about Sweden to say whether there aren’t maybe things the US shouldn’t try to emulate. Besides, changes take far more than a few short years. VPB probably knew all this but didn’t bother correcting the interviewer as it probably wouldn’t have made any difference to people who actually took the question seriously.

      I find unreasonable people who don’t pause to consider the facts very worrying. They’ve taken over the Republican party (courtesy of John McCain and Sarah Palin). I just hope the Professional Left don’t sabotage the prospects of vaguely sane Democrats this year.

  6. 23 mtmarilyn
    April 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    japa, what a post!!!! I so agree. The people on this site are so amazing!!!!! At times I feel overwhelmed by the energy here. We are the base and we will be out there doing what needs to be done. Thank you everyone! I will be doing my part. It is scary in MT. We will do our part to keep and democratic senator and replace a Repub congressman with a Democrat. I do have hope!

  7. 24 Eveingeorgia
    April 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you, Japan. I will forward this to as many as I can, with your permission.

  8. April 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Japa, you deserve a Mrs. O hug for THIS! This election will be difficult and nasty. We all know if Willard’s mouth is open he is lying. His dishonesty will drive us crazy but we need to stay strong and put in time and money, if we can. thank you for this :-)

  9. April 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I could never figure out how a man who never worked one day in corporate America couled be a corporatist sellout

  10. 30 Judith Fardig
    April 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Exactly right! As I do 1:1 meetings for my OFA neighborhood team, it gives me an opportunity to connect with prior supporters and remind them how crucial we all are to moving this entire country in a progressive direction by working together to re-elect President Obama and a Democratic majority Congress that will pass his legislative agenda. We can’t wait for someone else to do this work for us, and we cannot afford to make Karl Rove and the Koch brothers happy by nitpicking, backstabbing, and undermining each other and President Obama. We have every reason to be proud of all he has accomplished despite massive opposition in Congress and, frankly, in most of the media. Please find and join your local OFA team ( go to barackobama.com and click the volunteer tab to find events near you).

  11. 31 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  12. 32 anniebella
    April 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I love seeing everyone excited to see President Obama, I just hope and pray people are ready to vote. Trying to get someone who is not register, register. We have to do all we can, every vote counts, specially when the GOP are trying to stop some people from voting.

    • 33 theo67
      April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      I was just looking at all those smiling faces in the first picture, and wondering the same thing. How many of them have confirmed that they’re registered to vote? How many are keeping themselves informed. It’s all exciting to be at the rally, but that excitement isn’t worth anything if it’s not accompanied by their vote and as many votes as they can muster. There were lots of exciting rallies in 2010, too.

  13. April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  14. 35 pugeretto
    April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    What we need to do is have an elected Super Congress, BLUE all the way. That way, we can undo all this #waronwomen crap & get on with it. PBO cannot do it, he needs Congress to pass his bills, onward! Blue, Blue, Blue!!!

    • April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      From what I understand, the President would have to have something similar to 08, in terms of % of win, to get back House.
      It’s doable, but because of the Economy, unlikely. What is probable, is hold Senate, gain about 10-15 House seats, and retain WH!
      Just saying!

      • April 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Actually, unless the economy goes all to hell, I think the economy is what helps win back the House. People realize it is improving, though it has slowed down. They also recognize that a lot of the Republicans have been elected promising to create jobs but have done nothing to do so. If the Dems play it smart, just about every seat lost by the Dems in 2010 can be won back with some additionals as well.

  15. April 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks a million to Japa for this post, I’m reading it for the the third time, savoring every word of it.

    Thanks too for all the donations to the fundraiser ….. although I notice some of you broke the $9 rule: will send your Newt pics later ;-)

    Will be back in a while.

    • 39 prettyfoot58
      April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Having the President’s back means of course doing everything we can to make sure he is re-elected. Donating, getting involved with OFA, getting voters registered, working against or at the least getting people to understand and be ready top deal with some of the voter suppression laws that the Republicans have passed around the country. These are all things that mean a lot.

      However, getting the President re-elected is only half the battle. It is also incumbent on us to work to make sure that he has a Congress he can work with. Regaining the House is crucial. I don’t think there is any way the Senate can reach a 60 vote Democratic majority, but maintaining the current majority, and perhaps expanding it is possible.

      If those two things do not happen we are in for at least 2 more years of stalemate and gridlock

      ********************************************************************************

      RIGHT ONNNNNNNNNNNN RIGHT ONNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!

      I’M IN!

    • 40 utaustinliberal
      April 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      hips, this is for you. Wigan 1 – Manchester United 0. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Man U succccccccccccccks!!!!!!!

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17606942

      Liberal Librarian, I hope this brilliant, fantastic, incredible, delicious news makes you smile for the rest of the day. :D :D :D

  16. 42 Tally
    April 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    YES YES YES.

    Next time someone says that PBO, “is a disappointment” or that he “hasn’t done enough” etc…. Ask them, “Why/How, in what way?”

    If it’s about GITMO – Tell them that PBO signed an Executive Order on Jan 21, 2009 to close it, (Jon Stewart even ran the video of this on The Daily Show not too long ago), and since then, Congress has voted down the funding four times. In fact, only SIX dems have ever voted for the money to close the place down. REMIND THEM of the cry-baby GOP who are too scared to have those prisoners on our soil, because they think our domestic security and our prison system is too lame to make secure them. Never mind that the NRA has been working hard to make sure every man, woman, child, and dog has it’s own firearm.

    If it’s about The Public Option – Remind them that The BlueDogs like Ben Nelson said The Public Option was a NON-STARTER. And wouldn’t even allow it on the table to be discussed.

    The MAIN THING you need to ALWAYS remind them of: THERE WERE NEVER 60 VOTES IN THE SENATE EVER. NOT FOR ONE SECOND:

    http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/07/myth-of-progressive-majority/

    He had SPINELESS WIMPS in his own party, who were either bought off by some OIL/HEALTH Company and just as big a whore as everyone in the GOP, or was just plain scared of their own shadow.

    If they still whine, ask them this: “DO YOU WANT ROMENY OR OBAMA APPOINTING THE NEXT THREE SCOTUS JUDGES?” Because that is the choice they have. “None of the above” isn’t an option.

    • 43 theo67
      April 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Don’t forget about Lieberman. He swore the public option would never come to fruition after Weiner declared it was the only thing worthy in the whole bill – and I think Lieberman took pleasure in sticking it to the Dems after they didn’t make sure he became VP for Al Gore.

  17. April 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Really great post, japa21. There is quite a lot for us to do and we must pitch in to the best of our abilities if we want to protect the progress we’ve made and see even more in the years ahead. Our attitude about winning and the realistic rate of progress is really, really important.

  18. 45 Esmerelda
    April 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    9 000 975 now. That was fast!

    • April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      It is from all those people coming to read this post. ;)

      Actually, my intent in this post is threefold.
      The first is to point out that PBO xcan’t do it all on his own and needs the support of all progressives to get not only him elected, but also as much of a majority in Congress AND the states as possible.
      The second is that all of us on the left need to work together and not dismiss someone as either an Obamabot or an emoprog. We may disagree in particulars, but we need to remember the common goal. Remeber, the RW has been very good at divide and conquer strategies in the past, and they will try again. We can’t let them happen.
      The third to to serve as a place to collect all the ideas we can to bolster the whole effort. The list above are some things I can see myself doing. This crowd is full of a lot of people smarter and more creative than I am who can produce more ideas.

      Chips has said she may keep this post on the sidebar as a resource and a place that people can go to to read ideas and to write down more ideaa. I want this to be a several month project.

    • April 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      WOOOOT!! That WAS fast!!

  19. April 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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    The agreement resolves claims brought by 41 tribes from across the country to reclaim money lost in mismanaged accounts and from royalties for oil, gas, grazing and timber rights on tribal lands.

    The settlement was announced jointly by the Justice Department and the Interior Department, which manages more than 100,000 leases on tribal trust lands and about 2,500 tribal trust accounts for more than 250 federally recognized tribes.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/04/11/us/ap-us-indian-land.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

  20. 52 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Chips, this is for you. Wigan 1 – Manchester United 0. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Man U succccccccccccccks!!!!!!!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17606942

    Liberal Librarian, I hope this brilliant, fantastic, incredible, delicious news makes you smile for the rest of the day. :D

  21. 54 utaustinliberal
    April 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Woohooooo!!!!! 9M! Congrats Chips

  22. 55 mtmarilyn
    April 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Now over 9mil. Ok shall we start planning for the 10mil?

  23. 56 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    ROMNEY CAMPAIGN NOT HAVING A GOOD DAY

    Hitting the wrong note, over and over again

    By Steve Benen

    ———————————————————–

    Team Romney’s efforts on the “war on women” went off the rails this morning when the campaign organized a press call and (1) couldn’t defend a misleading statistic; (2) couldn’t explain what would change if the former governor is elected president; and (3) couldn’t even say whether Romney supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

    Forced to scramble, the Romney campaign issued a statement from Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) — who voted against the Fair Pay Act. So, the campaign then sent around a statement from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) — who also voted against the Fair Pay Act.

    After going 0-for-2, Team Romney sent out a statement from Kerry Healey, who served as Romney’s lieutenant governor in Massachusetts — and who urged Romney in 2003 not to cut funding for preventive health care programs, including breast cancer and cervical cancer research, only to find that Romney chose to ignore her warnings.

    ——————————————————–

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/opinion/stop-coddling-the-super-rich.html?_r=1&ref=warrenebuffett

    • 57 Lorraine
      April 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      We are going to hear this for the next 8 months, “ROMNEY CAMPAIGN NOT HAVING A GOOD DAY.” :-)

      • 58 Ladyhawke
        April 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        The problems are really starting to mount as the lies are challenged and fact checked.

        1) They have really mangled their attempt to attack President Obama with the claim that 92% of job losses have been women.

        2) The RNC Chairman is doubling down on his (war on women) caterpillar anology. Brilliant.

        3) Romney is trying the spin the Buffet Rule as a boon for Warren Buffet. This is just nuts, makes no sense at all.

        • 59 Lorraine
          April 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm

          In the words of the one who wishes he were Tim Russert, Chucky Todd; “it’s baked in the cake”

    • 60 Linda
      April 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      A lot of the Republican woman have no self respect…..

      • 61 COS
        April 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        I agree. How can they vote against Planned Parenthoodand other programs that benefit women? Surely, some of those women must have daughters. It is baffling how this entire republican congress continue to vote against everything that benefit people in need.

  24. April 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  25. 67 criquet
    April 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  26. 68 Linda
    April 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Breaking:

    Zimmerman in custody

  27. April 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    msnbc reporting that Zimmerman has been taken into custody.

  28. 70 Esmerelda
    April 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Oh good. I was wondering when his next gaffe would be.

    • 71 Esmerelda
      April 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      That was in reply to someone saying Romney would be speaking. I don’t know why my post came down here.

  29. 72 lamh35
    April 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    AP tweeting that Zimmerman is in custody and will be charged with 2nd degree murder!!!

  30. 74 vitaminlover
    April 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Spot on, Japa!

  31. 75 Liberal Librarian
    April 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Great post, japa.

    Friends, the GOP is on its last legs. It knows this. It’s cornered. But cornered animals are the most dangerous. They lash out blindly and violently to preserve just one more second of life. The next few months will be some of the most trying in our history. In Willard Mitt Romney we have a pathological liar who will say whatever it is he thinks he needs to say to advance his own interests. He is aided and abetted in this by the RW media and the RW financial machine. GOP leaders will fall in line with him, even ones who have been savaging him for months.

    But the Republicans are weak. All they have is money and fear, and those aren’t things that win elections. Not this time. People are tired of the usual politics. And people have woken up from their sugar coma of 2010, and the broken promises the GOP made. The 27% will always vote for Attila the Hun. Another 10% will vote GOP out of habit. The rest of the country is ours for the taking. I volunteer with OFA. I give monthly to the DCCC, DSCC, and DNC. 2012 will be a momentous year. We have to leave everything on the court.

  32. 76 Liberal Librarian
    April 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    And for those of us who have bemoaned the rise in ebook prices since 2009, well, it seems that Apple had a hand in it: The Government’s Case Against Apple And E-Book Publishers.

    Three of the ebook publishers have settled with the DoJ, so we should see their book prices falling soon. DoJ is still going after Apple, Macmillan, and Penguin. Good.

    But, you know, no difference between the two parties.

  33. 80 lamh35
    April 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Zimmerman also has a new lawyer who is “more seasoned and more media saavy”…wonder if KKKlanity helped him out with that?

  34. 81 GGail
    April 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Zimmerman has been charged with 2nd degree murder!

  35. April 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm
    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      April 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Trayvon’s family is remarkable. I hope they can get some rest, and prepare themselves for the upcoming trial, because neither his mom or dad is doing too well right now, with all their dignity and grace, from all that we can see – they are devastated and hurting. I hope they get some peace knowing the charge has finally been made. God bless them.

      The special prosecutor is brilliant in front of the media, and represents her state and the legal justice system well. Now, we’ll wait for the trial and the verdict. Thank God that scum Zimmerman is locked up where he belongs.

      The special prosecutor briefly mentioned Rick Scott and that awful Pam Bondi, but luckily this is moving forward despite their despicable political views.

  36. April 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    blog stats
    9,003,395 hits
    Way to go Chips! You earned this! Hip, Hip, hooray for the best Blog Master there ever was.

  37. 91 lamh35
    April 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    So Howard Fineman is tweeting that once again FL becomes a hot bead issue in campaign. Personally, I don’t think the case will have any thing on the campaign. I think the people who would hold this against Obama are already people inclined not to vote for him.

    It’s more likely to me to have this case be a bigger problem for the GOP nominee to try to defend without insulting base or ignoring center.

  38. 93 Ladyhawke
    April 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    My first impression of Prosecutor Angela Corey is what a breath of fresh air. That was an amazing press conference. I like the way she handled the pres.

    • 94 Bill
      April 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      I agree, and she is an elected Republican. Remarkable.

    • 95 Brit
      April 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I don’t trust Angela and any official in Florida. She had to be pushed by the public to investigate.

      • 96 Bill
        April 11, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        She was appointed by the Governor and Attorney General. She is in another jurisdiction than where the crime was committed. It seems to be a good beginning. Reverend Al is satisfied.

  39. April 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Everyone…I wondered whether I could find a detailed list supporting the GOPs #waronwomen. I copied and pasted below “JDfromMD” comment on the Maddow Blog who wrote the following….(well done JD!)

    National level:
    5 of the Republican contenders for the nomination to run for the President of the United States signed the Personhood Pledge.
    40% of House Republicans signed on to HR374, Life at Conception Act, also trying to repeal the part of health reform to treat contraception differently from other preventative care, scaling back health reform.
    Blunt/Rubio bill – dead for now, ‘cooling off period.’
    Mitt Romney, on Huckabee’s show, said he supports ‘life begins at conception’ “absolutely.” (Later he said that he was falsely characterized.)
    Mitt Romney, in an editorial in USA Today, said that he would end the National Family Planning Program.
    Romney pledged to defund Planned Parenthood.
    Issa’s panel (containing no women) about birth control couched in religious freedom argument, while the bishops did not support Mississippi’s personhood bill.
    Limbaugh’s three day attack on Fluke, no denouncement from Republicans.
    Santorum’s stance on birth control, etc.
    Planned parenthood’s investigation by Florida’s Rep. Cliff Stearns: “Defunding Planned Parenthood should be a fiscal and moral priority for Congress and for the American people.”
    February – Komen’s defunding of Planned Parenthood $700,000 because they are under investigation.

    State Level:
    Florida -In 2011, has filed 18 pieces of legislation to deal with limiting abortion, there has been action on 9, and 5 have been signed into law.

    Texas-Gov. Perry passed the forced transvaginal probe and waiting period laws, took funding away for entire state for well-women care, inspired a week-long Doonesbury comic

    Pennsylvania-Governor Corbett signed into law a mandatory sonogram for abortions, which will have to be an internal transvaginal probe to get at the information mandated, and the screen would have to face the woman’s eyes, told women that they can just ‘close their eyes.’

    Virginia- Gov. McDonnell and republicans in the state supported a Transvaginal Ultrasound bill that would be an unfunded mandate for women seeking an abortion.

    Arizona-’Tell your boss why you’re on the pill’ bill

    Oklahoma-A doctor is legally protected if they do not fully inform the woman about her pregnancy if they think the woman might abort, legalizing a physician to lie about the health of the fetus even if the detriment of the health of the woman.

    Mississippi (2011), Colorado (2008, 2010)-Personhood amendments put to a vote over and over, 70% rejected in CO in 2010, 58% rejected in MS in 2011 (would make having a miscarriage a crime, hormonal birth control illegal, fertility treatment illegal, ectopic pregnancy could be fatal for the woman, IUD illegal, morning after pill illegal, pregnancy as a result of rape or incest illegal) Governor Bryant said that satan won when the personhood bill did not pass.

    Georgia-just passed law (house bill 954) to make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, ignored testimony by obstetricians

    Kansas-Governor Brownback passed a law that makes the doctor read a script, lying to the patient that the risk of breast cancer is linked with abortion. Also, the doctor is legally protected if they do not fully inform the woman about her pregnancy if they think the woman might abort, legalizing a physician to lie about the health of the fetus even if the detriment of the health of the woman.

    South Carolina-Huckabee supports the idea of life at conception, which he shares through his Fox news show. (would make having a miscarriage a crime, hormonal birth control illegal, fertility treatment illegal, ectopic pregnancy could be fatal for the woman, IUD illegal, morning after pill illegal, pregnancy as a result of rape or incest illegal)

    Wisconsin-held a special session under the idea of ‘back to work Wisconsin’ to deal with ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ to ACTUALLY deal with Senate bill 237, which was a sex-education overhaul. Any talk of puberty, pregnancy, parenting, proper use of contraception, and the way infections spread were banned and all of this is to be replaced with abstinence only education.

    Trap laws proposed in Arizona, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Indiana, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida.

  40. April 11, 2012 at 6:43 pm

  41. April 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Mitt Romney’s campaign undermined an effort to close the gender gap Wednesday when his advisers fumbled a question about his support for equal-pay legislation.

    Fresh off of a great day for Romney on Tuesday, when his main rival for the GOP nomination dropped out, his campaign organized a conference call with reporters to attack President Obama on taxes and accuse his policies of being destructive to women in the workplace.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/221031-romney-camp-stumbles-in-effort-to-court-women

  42. 102 carolyn
    April 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Japa, that is a very insightful piece of writing….”truth to power!” You analyze and reconstruct the situation clearly. Donating right now is my primary means of engagement, but that will change. I find it imperative to send money to the DNC, the DSCC, the DCCC, the DGA and of course the President. I also choose specific Congressional candidates around the country to support…..particularly those in states where I have lived. My own state is a red lost cause right now for national offices…..the brain trust of Inhofe and Coburn in the Senate,and our Rep is a Baptist(no offense, but OKlahoma Baptists are another breed) youth minister, with no reality or experience. The Democratic party is, however, working now at the grassroots level to elect local people, the plan the Conservatives carried out so brilliantly for 30 years. We have to be willing to do that kind of dirty work too.
    Like you, I have never understood the purity left, and the wimpy Democrats who ran away from the president! He was the best and only thing many of them had going for them, and hopefully they realized their foolishness in 2010.


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