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Rape is Rape and Stupid is the Republican Agenda

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"Stupid is as stupid does," so said the Philosopher Forrest Gump.  But stupid is actually what is perceived to be stupid.  Walk into a room of quantum physicists and ask what is string theory and they may laugh, whereas your peers would share in your bewilderment.  Stupidity is what is perceived to be stupid.  The majority of clear headed Americans when they heard Senator Todd Akin claim that in a "legitimate rape" a woman's body shuts down so that she cannot conceive a child, considered that to be stupid.  There is no logic behind it, and there is more than enough medical evidence that proves that statement false.  The only people who did not call it stupid were some extreme members of the extreme right.  In fact other Republican politicians even defended Akin.  Congressman Steve King who defended the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"--isn't that a distinguished title--said he never heard of someone getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.  This is the true threat of the current Republican agenda--defend anything Republican no matter what.  Maybe they have become conditioned to this after eight years of having to defend George Bush number 43, but whatever the case it is now against Republican policy to denounce anything another Republican says.  This ideal is so puerile, but now they don't even condemn stupidity.  As bad as it gets for them defending their own, it is even worse when it comes to them criticizing the Democrats.  We don't have to look at the position they take on issues like Obamacare, foreign policy, or budget spending that could be open to debate.   We just have to look at their positions on issues where there is no room for conjecture, and see that their position is just simply, stupid.

"Obama has done nothing for the economy."  The truth is the Republican congress has done nothing for the economy--except downgrading our credit rating by delaying a vote on raising the debt ceiling.  Obama and Democrats have attempted to pass legislation, and here is a summary of how they ended up: 

June 24th, 2010: GOP Blocks Unemployment Insurance Bill Once Again, Dems Giving Up ( Open Congress )
July 29th, 2010: Republicans block small business plan in Senate ( Reuters )
September 28th, 2010: GOP Blocks Bill to Punish Companies that Move Jobs Abroad ( CBS News )
November 18th, 2010:  House GOP blocks bill to extend jobless benefits ( USA TODAY )
November 18th, 2010: Republicans vote unanimously against equal pay for women bill ( Raw Story )
December 9th, 2010: Senate Republicans block 9/11 health bill ( Reuters )
October 11th, 2011: Senate Republicans block Obama's jobs package ( CBS News )
October 20th, 2011: Senate blocks money for teachers, firefighters ( WaPost )
November 3rd, 2011: Republicans block $60bn infrastructure bill ( Financial Times )
December 11th, 2011: Senate blocks payroll tax-cut extension ( MSNBC )
March 29th, 2012: Republicans Block Repeal of Oil-Company Tax Breaks Obama Sought ( Business Week )
April 17th, 2012: Senate GOP blocks Obama's "Buffett rule' for minimum tax rate on millionaires ( Fox News )
May 8th, 2012: GOP blocks Senate debate on Dem student loan bill ( Associated Press ) [1]

Is this just playing politics? Hasn't Obama vetoed bills the Republicans have proposed for the sake of jobs?  No, because the Republicans have not proposed anything for the sake of jobs since he has been in office.  They just vote down his proposals that could help the economy.  It is as if they would rather keep the economy stagnant for four years just so that they can take the white house in 2012.  Letting millions of Americans suffer so they can win a political game is evil, but knowing this fact and saying Obama has done nothing is stupid.

"Obama has raised taxes."  He hasn't raised the income tax burden on people making under $200,000 annually.  Yet some republicans believe--mostly the tea party--that 95% of the population has been paying more in taxes under his watch.  Aside from cigarette and a tanning tax, what taxes has he implemented that is affecting middle class America?  Yet Americans who know first-hand what percentage in taxes they pay annually, still say he is raising them.  Not being able to tell the truth between your own tax burden and what pundits are telling you--stupid.

But no criticism on Barack Obama hits eleven on the stupid meter more than the birther argument.  The argument itself is an insult to the American Government.  To consciously believe that someone not born in the United States can be elected president and all of the vettings of the government infrastructure managed to miss this, but yet some blue grass protestors or a billionaire with a bad hair piece saw through this rouge, is not just stupid, but down right crazy.  And for the current Republican presidential candidate to recently joke about the possibility of where our president for three and half years was born, only stresses the stupidity of the entire party.

Obama hasn't gotten a chance for any of his proposals on creating jobs to be passed, he has not raised taxes on the middle and lower classes, and he is an American citizen born in America.  These are not issues were one can have a different point of view.  These are issues where you either accept the truth, or you are stupid.  Their agenda and talking points are against the known truth, so in essence their agenda is stupid.  Since the party is so detached from the truth on these issues, you can understand why they can also accept the fantasy that a woman's body can prevent her from getting pregnant during a rape. 

Amendment: They are not stupid, they are crazy.  



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