As Rachel Maddow Always Says, “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs… Abortions!”

maddow-gopThroughout the seven years I spent getting both my bachelors degree in political science and my law degree, I had the occasion to enter into countless and sometimes endless debates – with people whose political ideologies fell all across the spectrum – on practically every and any political and/or legal issue you could ever dream up. More than anything, it has taught me that there are 50 shades of liberalism and 50 shades of conservatism. Every single person in this country (and possibly on the planet) falls on a different spot on the so called political spectrum, despite the fact we only have two major parties in America; ones that couldn’t possibly represent the numerous varying positions that each and every one of us hold on the issues individually. For example, one could be pro-marijuana legalization but also extremely pro-2nd Amendment. So, which group does that person fall in? Are they “liberal” because of their views on marijuana, but “conservative” on their views about gun rights? And if so, what party represents them? I’ll leave it to you to answer these questions for yourself.

Getting to my point, one of the debates I have gotten into over the years was with my “average,” moderate Republican friends about the importance of social issues. These friends believe in some of the old school GOP policies from the 1950’s – which it should be noted, I do not think are perfect on every issue – but are generally much more pro-labor, pro-equality, and pro-health, education and welfare than today’s Republican policies.

Throughout this debate (or many debates I should say), many of my “average” Republicans (many of whom consider themselves moderates) have claimed that social issues don’t really matter to the elected members of the GOP and that it’s all just window dressing to win primaries, etc. etc. The problem is, as much as I want to believe them, really I just think that argument is sheer crap. This year alone, 27 abortion bills have been sponsored and introduced by House Republicans. Not only that, but just today they introduced a bill to overturn the Windsor decision by a constitutional amendment which would ban same-sex marriage – that will never pass because it would need to be ratified by 2/3 of the states, which just won’t happen (especially considering 13 states already allow same-sex marriage).

As for determining the actual number of jobs bills introduced by Republicans, that is a bit more tricky. When I went to a GovTrack to try and come up with a real number, pretty much any act that had something to do with jobs, even if it wasn’t a “jobs” bill came up, for a total of 437 – and included bills sponsored by both parties. For the record, when I typed in abortion, all but 11 of the bills were sponsored by Republicans, and the ones sponsored by Democrats were for things like protecting women’s rights, protecting refugee rights, and stopping deceptive advertising for women’s services.  But don’t take my word for it, look for yourself. However, upon further inspection of the jobs bills, they include bills that seemingly have nothing to do with jobs – bills that are about ending regulations (since we all know how great that is for workers and the environment), and bills for declaring “appreciation days” for various different things and people. Also for the record, some of these “non-jobs” bills were sponsored by Democrats but many of them, and most of the de-regulation bills were sponsored by Republicans. Moreover, out of the actual jobs bills I could locate that were sponsored by the Republicans, many are not environmentally or worker friendly; rather they are more of the same pro-business, pro-profit, pro-1% garbage that Americans have had enough of. To be fair, I did locate a few Republican jobs bills that seemed decent on their face (though in all fairness I haven’t had a chance to review them thoroughly) such as the Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act and the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Act. Again, if you want to look for yourself, you can do so here.

In closing, as far as I can tell (and as far as the record shows), the Republican party doesn’t give a hoot about jobs. Instead, it appears they only care about what goes on in peoples’ bedrooms. And worse, this article hasn’t even begun to touch on (nor will it) the abundance of abortion legislation that has been coming out of the states recently. See Virginia, Ohio, Mississippi, North Dakota, Texas, et al.  The next time I hear a moderate Republican spew this crap about how Republicans really do care about jobs and the economy despite all the evidence on the record which proves the contrary, I am going to metaphorically beat them over the head with 27 abortion bills. As Rachel Maddow always says, “jobs, jobs, jobs….abortions!”

Ilyssa Fuchs

Ilyssa Fuchs is an attorney, freelance writer, and activist from New York City, who holds both a juris doctor and a political science degree. She is the founder of the popular Facebook page Politically Preposterous and a blog of the same name. Follow Ilyssa on Twitter @IlyssaFuchs, and be sure to check out her archives on Forward Progressives as well!

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  • Jane grace

    The Republican Party as my later father knew it has sadly died.

  • rozzi8

    Well put!

  • It’s exceedingly ironic that Republicans have become nationless Internationalists, something they so thoroughly despised . . . and still profess to despise. Yet, if we judge them by their deeds and not their words (which is the best way to understand anyone, especially prevaricating hypocrites), it’s clear the only thing they truly are in favor of is making (or, more correctly, stealing) money and keeping it safe; preferably offshore and away from taxation for the benefit of the government they in theory represent. They couldn’t possibly care less for the average working person and every bill they introduce that ostensibly protects human beings – can you say abortion? – seems designed to control and confuse. They are no longer Americans. Are they traitors? I’ll leave that for others to decide.

    • Socialmedic

      Republicans are not internationalists they are fascist religious imperial globalists. Internationalism implies RESPECT for foreign nations, their right to self determine, their sovereignty, their customs and their differences from other countries. Globalism, on the other hand, imposes ONE culture, ONE economy, ONE politics, ONE religion on all of the nations on the planet. It seeks to destroy national boundaries, and thus any citizen and workplace and environmental protections offered by the governments of those nations.

      • Picky, picky, picky. I cannot disagree with you. I thought to stay away from calling them Imperialists. There is somewhat of an irony in their desire for wealth to be “nationless”. That’s all I was getting at.

      • ZOMG GMOZ

        Republicans are AGAINST GLOBALISM. Where the HELL have you been? Democrats are globalists… You world is dupsideown and bassackwards.

  • rebmoma

    But, but, doesn’t America need Sharia law?

    • Alexis Betancourt

      Why the sarcasm? If you didn’t like the article don’t read it. Republicanshits

    • GoFig

      “Sharia Law”… just another Teapublican sound bite with no facts behind it. The fear of Sharia Law should be accompanied by a healthy fear of ANY religion infiltrating our government. When republicans shut down debate because “it’s against God’s law”, THEN you should be worried about “Sharia Law” finding a path way into our politics. Our forefathers knew that ANY religion in governing opens the door for other religions to govern.

  • eldestworm

    How can they be stopped? They (GOP) neither listen nor care, the supreme court has enabled them by declaring companies are people (dumb). Apparently B’s hatred for our duly elected President is greater than his responsibilities to his office and the people of the USA.