Two Government Crises Going on and Republicans Are Worried About Restricting Birth Control

paul-ryan-birth-controlThe more things change, the more they stay the same.  It’s 2013, President Obama was re-elected last year, our economy continues to improve, year to year deficits continue to decrease—and Republicans are still living in some sort of fantasy land.

This whole government shutdown has been by far one of the most ridiculous things I’ve witnessed in my time on this planet.  It ranks so high on my scale of stupidity for the simple fact that it never should have happened.  It could have all been averted had Speaker of the House John Boehner allowed the House of Representatives to vote on the Senate’s clean continuing resolution.  Had he done that, our government would have never been shut down.

But now that it is closed, Republicans have taken this opportunity to try to gain some sort of political leverage, like our government being closed is some kind of game.

And while most Americans are well aware of the idiocy that was the pointless right-wing attempt to defund, delay or repeal “Obamacare” as being the main culprit behind this shutdown, there are other issues going on that most haven’t heard of which continue to show exactly why our government has been closed for over two weeks.

Apparently, Republicans like Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan view this government shutdown as a perfect time to tackle the giant problem of—women having easy access to birth control.

Yes, according to two Republican sources, Mr. Ryan has said that he wants to use these negotiations as “leverage” to delay the health care law’s individual mandate (never going to happen) and also add a clause in the law which allows employers to opt-out of the requirement that they provide contraceptives as part of their coverage, if they find them morally or religiously objectionable.

Basically, he doesn’t want to agree to any kind of deal to reopen the government unless it includes a clause which allows employers to deny women access to birth control as part of their health care plans.

I swear, Republicans are obsessed with women.  Even in situations such as this government shutdown, these sycophants seem determined to find a way to attack the rights of women.

When the hell did this happen?  When did everything that has to do with Congress become some kind of negotiation tactic?  Oh, I know — when a bunch of brainless tea party idiots came into power.  While Republicans can harp on all day that it’s President Obama or Democrats who are the cause of the gridlock in Congress, we’ve never seen this level of blatant obstruction like we have since the tea party came onto the scene and took control of the Republican party.

We can’t even accomplish the simplest of government procedures without all hell breaking loose.

And don’t tell me this is the fault of Democrats or President Obama.  Our government has been shut down just twice in the last 17 years, and both times Republicans were in charge of the House.  Republicans had absolutely no problem raising the debt ceiling seven times under George W. Bush, yet won’t do it for President Obama unless their demands are met.  And this doesn’t even factor in the record number of filibusters Republicans have used in the Senate.

Their actions are completely absurd.  The only reason they’re even tolerated is that their voters are such sheep that they simply refuse to think for themselves.  They live in a world where what they want to be real is more important than what is real.

So while our government sits there closed and a debt ceiling crisis looms, Republicans like Paul Ryan seem more worried about other important things like—restricting the rights of women.

Like I said, the more things change, the more Republican ignorance stays the same.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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