A few months ago, conservatives sought to gain politically by going after the contraceptive mandate implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services. This immediately became an issue of religious liberty for conservatives because it would have required religious institutions to cover contraceptives even if it was against their teachings.
Thanks to some rather nutty comments by Rick Santorum, who openly questioned the use of contraceptives, Democrats were able to spin the issue into a so-called “war on women.” The situation was exacerbated thanks to comments by Rush Limbaugh aimed at Sandra Fluke, who had argued that taxpayers should fund contraceptives. Even though Fluke’s reasoning was flawed, taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize her contraceptives, Limbaugh’s comments were completely unnecessary and wrong.
The strategy was successful in the short-term, as wedge issues usually are. However, it eventually backfired on them when Hilary Rosen, a Democratic operative, said that Ann Romney, wife of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, had never worked a day in her life.
Romney took to Twitter to defend herself, setting off a firestorm that caused Rosen to later apologize. The argument from conservatives is that Democrats are waging a “war on stay-at-moms,” largely silencing Democrats on the issue and swinging momentum back to Republicans — at least temporarily.
There has been plethora of news lately about ObamaCare, and none of it is good. Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned that President Obama’s healthcare law could double insurance premiums, add $6.2 trillion to the national debt, and is already leading to layoffs. Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve seen more bad news about the law just in the last few days.
Five Guys to raise burger prices because of ObamaCare: This burger chain announced last week that they would be forced to pass on the added costs of ObamaCare to customers. Five Guys is just the latest business in the restaurant industry to make such a move. ThinkProgress, a leftist blog, is, of course, lashing out because they don’t seem to understand that when an employers costs go up because of regulations, the result is higher prices, slashed hours or even lost jobs.
ObamaCare will hit pet owners at the vet: Are you a dog or cat owner? Thanks to ObamaCare, your vet bills will be more expensive. Why? Vets are raising prices to cover the cost of a tax on medical devices. This once again proves the point that businesses don’t pay taxes — only consumers do.
A very disturbing trend is occurring in the prosecution of the federal’s government’s “War on Drugs:” an additional war on the country’s canine companions. It started in Maryland in 2008 with the case of a small town mayor:
BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - Mayor Cheye Calvo got home from work, saw a package addressed to his wife on the front porch and brought it inside, putting it on a table.
Suddenly, police with guns drawn kicked in the door and stormed in, shooting to death the couple’s two dogs and seizing the unopened package.
The package had 32 pounds of marijuana, quite a bit of the illegal substance, but certainly not of more worth than the life of a pet.
The trend continued recently with the released video of a raid in Missouri in May, in which dogs can be heard howling as they are shot by a SWAT team:
(Click on the video to watch)
The next story comes with a raid on an elderly woman in D.C., resulting in the killing of her dog: