Did Mitt Romney force Catholic hospitals to provide Plan B? Mass. Catholic leader says ‘yes’

21 02 2012

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, February 13, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – As politicians in both political parties debate Mitt Romney’s role in implementing a 2005 statute requiring Catholic hospitals in Massachusetts to dispense Plan B – an “emergency contraceptive” that studies and the pill’s manufacturer have suggested can cause early abortions – a leader in the state’s pro-life movement puts the blame squarely on the former governor.

“The injury to the conscience rights of Catholic hospitals was not done so much so much by the church’s ideological enemies on the Left but by the Romney administration,” C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League, told LifeSiteNews.com. The real harm, he says, came from Romney’s private counsel’s interpretation of a 1975 law that would have respected their religious views.

“It wasn’t the liberals. It wasn’t some liberal court. It was not liberal legislators that caused this interpretation of law,” Doyle said. “It was the Romney administration” that “injured the conscience rights and religious freedom rights of Catholic hospitals here.”

In 2005, the then-governor ordered Catholic hospitals to offer the “morning-after” pill in the final act of a showdown between church and state that began 30 years earlier.

In 1975, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law exempting private hospitals from providing abortions or “contraceptive devices or information” if those practices run contrary to their “religious or moral principles.”

In 2005, a new state law required all hospitals to provide Plan B to rape victims.

At first Romney, who said throughout the legislative process that he had no opinion on the bill, vetoed it and wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe explaining that he had pledged that he “would not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it.”

“I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother,” he wrote.

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Happy Presidents’ Day

21 02 2012

 

Celebrating George Washington’s birthday is an American tradition to honor our first president. Though Presidents’ Day is now the more commonly-used term, and has expanded to include all presidents, the legal term for this federal holiday remains Washington’s Birthday.

We honor President Washington, not because he was flawless; he was not. He was, however, the epitome of self-sacrifice—both as a soldier and a statesman. It was that sacrifice that helped make America what it was destined to become. We honor him because of what he accomplished and the manner in which he approached service to this nation: with a servant’s heart.

I am on record as acknowledging President Washington as my favorite Founder precisely because of that heart. He did not seek power. He accepted it reluctantly. He answered the call, offered himself up in the name of service, and helped to usher in a new day. At a time when he could have remained in office perpetually, as some expected, he chose to return to life as a citizen rather than seek a third term. He fulfilled his destiny, and his legacy is secure.

It is refreshing to reflect on one who was so far removed in spirit from the inside baseball that too often defines politics now. America celebrates President Washington for his decision to serve for the right reasons. Today, we could certainly use a little more Washington in DC and a little less BS in Washington.

Happy Presidents’ Day.

– Sarah Palin





“Contract With America” Newt Gingrich

20 02 2012

Newt Gingrich took his “21st Century Contract with America” and split it up into 10 major proposals:

  1. Repeal Obamacare
  2. Return to Robust Job Creation
  3. Unleash America’s Energy Production Potential
  4. Save Medicare and Social Security
  5. Balance the Federal Budget
  6. Control the Border by January 1, 2014
  7. Revitalize Our National Security System
  8. Maximize Speed of Medical Breakthroughs 
  9. Restore Proper Role of Judicial Branch
  10. Enforce the 10th Amendment
I have attached each link to the corresponding proposal above.  They vary in length between 1 and 2 minutes long each so it’s pretty straightforward and on target!!




Newt’s Take on Taxes

20 02 2012

Flat tax at 15%; reduce government to make that work

Q: What is the highest federal income tax any American should have to pay? We are looking for a number.

PERRY: Seven percent flat tax. Simple. Keep it simple.

SANTORUM: Well, my plan has two rates, 10 and 28 percent, which is the highest rate under Ronald Reagan when he cut taxes.

ROMNEY: I would like 25 percent, but right now it’s at 35, so people better pay what is legally required. But ultimately let’s get it down to as low as we possibly can, if it’s 20, if it’s 25 but paying more than 25 percent, I think, is taking too much out of our pockets.

GINGRICH: I would like to see it be a flat tax at 15 percent and I would like to see us reduce government to meet the revenue, not raise revenue to meet the government.

PAUL: Well, we should have the lowest tax that we’ve ever had, and up until 1913 it was 0%. What’s so bad about that?

Source: Fox News debate on MLK Day in Myrtle Beach, SC , Jan 16, 2012

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Rick’s Take on Taxes

20 02 2012

 For the issue of taxes, I’ve decided to break that down into 3 parts; what they’ve said, how they’ve voted and what’s their plan!  

Simplify tax code: just 5 deductions; everything else goes

HUNTSMAN: I would have done what Simpson-Bowles recommended. I would have cleaned out all of the loopholes and the deductions that weigh down this country to the tune of $1.1 trillion.

Q: [to Santorum]: How would you raise the kind of revenues called for in the Simpson-Bowles Commission?

SANTORUM: Our plan puts together a package that focuses on simplifying the tax code and I agree with Gov. Huntsman on that. Five deductions: Health care, housing, pensions, children and charities. Everything else goes. We focus on the pillars that have broad consensus of this country in the important sectors of our economy, including our children. The other side is the corporate side. Cut it in half, to 17.5%. But I do something different than anybody else. I’m very worried about a sector of our economy that has been under fire. I come from southwestern Pennsylvania, the heart of the steel country, the heart of manufacturing. And it’s been devastated because we are uncompetitive.

Source: WMUR 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate , Jan 7, 2012

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Ron Paul: Budget & Economy

19 02 2012

Destroying our currency transfers wealth to the rich

The middle class is suffering, but not only because we bail out the rich and dump on the poor and they lose their jobs and their houses. There’s a characteristic about monetary policy. When a country destroys its currency, it transfers wealth from the middle class to the wealthy, and this is what you’re seeing today: the elimination of the middle class. And it’s going to get a lot worse unless we address overspending, over-borrowing, printing too much money, and understanding the business cycle.

Source: Yahoo’s “Your Voice Your Vote” debate in Iowa , Dec 10, 2011

Let Italy fail; or we face 10-year recession

Q: Should we allow Italy to fail? Should we have a stake in what’s going on in the eurozone right now?

PAUL: No, you have to let it liquidate. We’ve took 40 years to build up this worldwide debt. We’re in a debt crisis never seen before in our history. The sovereign debt of this world is equal to the GDP, as ours is in this country. If you prop it up, you’ll do exactly what we did in the depression, prolong the agony. If you do prop it up, you do what Japan has done for 20 years. So, yes, you want to liquidate the debt. The debt is unsustainable. And this bubble was predictable, because 40 years ago we had no restraints whatsoever on the monetary authorities, we had no restraints on the spending. And if you keep bailing people out and prop it up, you just prolong the agony, as we’re doing in the housing bubble. We don’t allow the market to determine what these mortgages are worth. If you don’t liquidate this and clear the market, you’re going to perpetuate this for a decade or two more.

Source: 2011 CNBC GOP Primary debate in Rochester MI , Nov 9, 2011

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Mitt Romney: Budget & Economy

19 02 2012

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were source of housing bubble

Q: Would you phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Does the private mortgage industry need additional regulation?

ROMNEY: Well, I think you know that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were a big part of why we have the housing crisis in the nation that we have. Speaker Gingrich was hired by Freddie Mac to promote them, to influence other people throughout Washington, encouraging them not to dismantle these two entities. I think that was an enormous mistake. I think, instead, we should have had a whistle-blower and not horn-tooter. He should have stood up and said, look, these things are a disaster; this is a crisis. He should have been anxiously telling the American people that these entities were causing a housing bubble that would cause a collapse that we’ve seen around the country. And are they a problem today? Absolutely. They’re offering mortgages, again to people who can’t possibly repay them. We’re creating another housing bubble, which will hurt the American people.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary , Jan 26, 2012

We need president who understands how economy works

Q: You originally called the “Occupy Wall Street” protests “dangerous.” You said it was class warfare. You recently sounded more sympathetic. Where do you stand now?

ROMNEY: Look, we can spend our time talking about what happened three years ago and what the cause was of our collapse. But let’s talk about what’s happened over the last three years. We’ve had a president responsible for this economy for the last three years, and he’s failed us. He’s failed us in part because he has no idea how the private sector works or how to create jobs. On every single issue, he’s made it harder for our economy to reboot. And as a result, we have 25 million Americans out of work. I can tell you that this is time to have someone who understands how the economy works, who can get America working again. Instead of dividing and blaming, as this president is, let’s grow America again and have jobs that are the envy of the world. And I know how to do it.

Source: GOP 2011 primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 18, 2011

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