Archive for February 9, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are deeply divided over President Barack Obama’s new rule that religious schools and hospitals must provide insurance for free birth control to their employees amid fresh signs that the administration was scrambling for a way out.
“This is not only unacceptable, it is un-American,” says Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a Catholic who faces re-election in November in a state where Wednesday nights are reserved for church services.
Another Catholic senator, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, has pleaded with the administration “to correct this decision which will erode the conscience rights” that have been protected for decades. His opposition echoes the criticism of his bishop in Scranton, Rev. Joseph C. Bambera.
Several Democrats, including Senate candidate Tim Kaine in Virginia and Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, have been outspoken in assailing the recently announced administration mandate that has angered religious groups and unified Republicans in protest. In a reflection of the party split, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday blocked a GOP effort to debate an amendment on religious freedom.
A day earlier, liberal female senators thanked Obama for the new policy during a closed-door retreat.
“We’re here to stand up for the women of America who deserve to have access to free preventive care through their health insurance,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said later at a news conference.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday promised a fierce debate on women’s rights if Republicans tried to repeal the policy.
Even though church-affiliated hospitals, colleges and social service agencies will have one additional year to comply with the requirement, issued last month in regulations under Obama’s health care overhaul, the outcry has been loud and fierce. Facing intense pressure, the White House indicated this week that it is trying to come up with a compromise.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, said in a radio interview Thursday that “there is going to be a significant attempt to work this out and there is time to do that.” He said the one-year grace period is “to make sure that we do not force the Catholic Church to do something that they fundamentally think is inconsistent with their religious beliefs.”
There was a sharp rebuke Wednesday from Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan that put even more pressure on the president to calm a widening election year uproar. The issue at hand was the president’s insistence that Catholic institutions provide free birth control to their employees.
Dolan came to the South Bronx to bless a library, but he had no blessings — just harsh words — for President Barack Obama, who wants Catholic institutions to pay for birth control, the morning after pill and other services for people who work for them.
I got this from a previous post featuring the First Wookie’s photo op in Des Moines.
It came from a commenter alluding to the equivalent nature of what Obama wants to do to our kids given his comments about a civilian protection force.
Note several things from this video:
1. Hitler has them enthralled
2. the kids are all well disciplined
3. Hitler speaks with no teleprompter and no notes
Say what you want about his heinous actions but this guy knew how to manipulate a crowd. I would not be surprised if Obama’s secret library were filled with books about him and the likes of Marx, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, etc.
SOURCE KICKIN’ AND SCREAMIN’
Old and busted: Food stamp president Barack Obama. New and hot: Cell phone president.Barack Obama
Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone.
Mega-Church Pastor Who Delivered Invocation At Obama’s Inauguration Says He’d “Go To Jail Rather Than Cave In To Government Mandate”…February 9, 2012
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, who gave the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration and moderated a forum between the Obama and Sen. John McCain during the 2008 presidential election, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the administration’s contraception decision. Rick Warren is a “class act” and I feel he ranks right up there with the Reverend Billy Graham. Warren is also the author of the smash bestseller, “The Purpose Driven Life.”