Quotes of the day

posted at 10:44 pm on February 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

“It was no secret inside the West Wing that Bill Daley, a Catholic with deep connections to the church hierarchy, vehemently opposed the administration’s proposal to require church-run hospitals and universities to give their employees free contraception.

“But it was the way he pushed his case that aggravated some women on President Barack Obama’s senior staff, according to current and former administration officials. In early November, without consulting them, Daley set up a four-man Oval Office meeting for himself, Obama, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Vice President Joe Biden, who both shared the view that the policy would sink the president with Catholic voters.

“Obama, a person close to him tells POLITICO, hadn’t made any final decision, hadn’t fully analyzed the dueling arguments, hadn’t expressed a strong policy preference, and felt ‘mildly uncomfortable’ being put on the spot.”

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“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement:…

“These changes require careful moral analysis, and moreover, appear subject to some measure of change. But we note at the outset that the lack of clear protection for key stakeholders—for self-insured religious employers; for religious and secular for-profit employers; for secular non-profit employers; for religious insurers; and for individuals—is unacceptable and must be corrected. And in the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer’s plan, financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. This, too, raises serious moral concerns.

“We just received information about this proposal for the first time this morning; we were not consulted in advance. Some information we have is in writing and some is oral. We will, of course, continue to press for the greatest conscience protection we can secure from the Executive Branch. But stepping away from the particulars, we note that today’s proposal continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions. In a nation dedicated to religious liberty as its first and founding principle, we should not be limited to negotiating within these parameters. The only complete solution to this religious liberty problem is for HHS to rescind the mandate of these objectionable services.

“We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government.”

***

“Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) says Obama’s revised version of an ObamaCare mandate still violates the Constitution:

“‘This ObamaCare rule still tramples on Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of religion. It’s a fig leaf, not a compromise. Whether they are affiliated with a church or not, employers will still be forced to pay an insurance company for coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs.’…

“Amy Ridenour, chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research, agrees:

“‘Isn’t the compromise just a big spin and an insult to churches, because it implies that they just want an ‘out’ to permit them to pretend that they aren’t providing coverage they believe is immoral?’”

***

“‘Quite frankly, he’s adding insult to injury,’ Donahue said. ‘He must think the Catholics are stupid.’

“Donohue said the new Obama stance contains a ‘devious element,’ in that it seeks to divide what he calls “a rather loosely formed and tenuous coalition of liberal Catholics joining with conservative Catholics on this issue in opposing Obamacare. This is designed to peel off the liberal opposition in the Catholic community, bring them back into the fold,’ he said…

“Said Donohue: ‘We’re not going to forget this in November.’”

***

“This is, of course, a dodge — a quite clever and positive one. Everyone gets to say that the religious institutions aren’t ‘paying for’ contraception. But if covering contraception ends up costing them money, you can be sure those costs will be passed along, as costs always are, to customers.

“The beauty of this dodge is that it is entirely possible, even likely, that adding the coverage will not raise rates. Easier, cheaper access to contraception means fewer pregnancies. Pregnancies — and the resulting babies — cost insurers far more than birth control pills. For example, according to the Guttmacher Institute, the federal government reported no increase in costs after Congress required coverage of contraceptives for federal employees in 1998. Think of it as immaculate contraceptive coverage.”

***

“The direct costs of providing contraception as part of a health insurance plan are very low and do not add more than approximately 0.5% to the premium costs per adult enrollee. Studies from three actuarial firms, Buck Consultants, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and the Actuarial Research Corporation (ARC) have estimated the direct costs of providing contraception coverage..

“However, as indicated by the empirical evidence described above, these direct estimated costs overstate the total premium cost of providing contraceptive coverage. When medical costs associated with unintended pregnancies are taken into account, including costs of prenatal care, pregnancy complications, and deliveries, the net effect on premiums is close to zero. One study author concluded, ‘The message is simple: regardless of payment mechanism or contraceptive method, contraception saves money.’

“When indirect costs such as time away from work and productivity loss are considered, they further reduce the total cost to an employer.”

***

“‘The boundaries of religious freedom and identity are being trespassed,’ said Hunter, who still writes weekly devotions for Obama and visited the Oval Office last week; he said he keeps his spiritual guidance separate from any policy recommendations he funnels to the president. ‘I do think this will have political repercussions in the religious community,’ Hunter added. ‘This has the potential to be a breaking point.’

“The relationship of religion and politics could influence the outcome of the 2012 election in battleground states with large Catholic communities, including Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, Green added. ‘The real problem for the Obama administration would be if the [birth-control] issue moved some of those less religious Catholics,’ Green said. “The issue might also move the regular Mass-attending Catholics to vote even more Republican.’…

“[I]f the GOP succeeds in wrapping the issue in the mantle of religious liberty, Obama will struggle to rebuild the diverse coalition that put him in the White House.”

***

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“‘And it’s not just about the women,’ Pelosi said. ‘It’s about their children and the health of their families as they make serious decisions and use contraception to determine, as I said, the size and timing of their families. That will be a debate that we welcome.’

“‘It’s a sad one,’ she concluded. ‘We shouldn’t have to be to a place where people are saying—when the overwhelming practice is going in favor of women’s health—‘we want to pull that back.’ And use the excuse of religious freedom, which, of course, this is not.’”

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Bmore on February 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

“‘Quite frankly, he’s adding insult to injury,’ Donahue said. ‘He must think the Catholics are stupid.’…

So how many of them voted for Obama Hussein in 2008 ?
and now they are indignant ???

burrata on February 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Dictator….

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

The seriousness of this assault on the Constitution cannot be overstated.

Jackalope on February 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

He just moved the cross hairs…
And the country cheered..

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

That Rommey does not argue for The First Amendment is dismal and pathetic.

In general the right should quiet the topics of contraception/abortion and focus on the First Amendment and the loss of freedom. This is a very big deal, if only they could think more clearly.

If not, Obama could soon say “no more consumption of pork because it offends the Muzzies and some Jews”.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

This seems like a very odd thing to do given the 2012 election looming.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

“The beauty of this dodge is that it is entirely possible, even likely, that adding the coverage will not raise rates. Easier, cheaper access to contraception means fewer pregnancies. Pregnancies — and the resulting babies — cost insurers far more than birth control pills.

Well, gee we never thought of that! I’ll just let my bishop know and I’m sure he’ll want to drop the whole thing.

cynccook on February 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

“‘It’s a sad one,’ she concluded. ‘We shouldn’t have to be to a place where people are saying—when the overwhelming practice is going in favor of women’s health—‘we want to pull that back.’ And use the excuse of religious freedom, which, of course, this is not.’”

says the hag who uses her Catholic faith to justify killing babies with taxpayer subsidies

burrata on February 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

But it’s going to be free.

If he adds some free stuff that I like maybe I’ll vote for him. It’s the new American Way.

Drained Brain on February 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

This seems like a very odd thing to do given the 2012 election looming.

Because when the media carries your water, you don’t have to worry about such things. Especially when the GOP has been historically feckless

Jackalope on February 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Daley set up a four-man Oval Office meeting for himself, Obama, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Vice President Joe Biden, who both (agreed to play the bad cops in this passion play, and the four of them struck a deal there and then. Much to the consternation of the President’s female advisers)

He shoots, he scores. Again.

Donahue LOL. Him and the 80 people he represents never were going to vote Obama.

freshface on February 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

You don’t go to BHO without Valerie Jarrett’s specific approval…

d1carter on February 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I can hear the war drums starting. Sounds to me like it’s coming from the direction of the Vatican.

Love the smell of napalm in the morning.

platypus on February 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM

So how many of them voted for Obama Hussein in 2008 ?
and now they are indignant ???

burrata on February 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

54%, actually. And that was with the full knowledge that he consistently opposed ‘Born Alive’ abortion survivor care legislation on the grounds that it might hinder abortion rights.

cynccook on February 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Why hasn’t anyone in power on our side stood up and simply said…

“Mr. President…

… under the Constitution of the United States, you don’t have the power to do this, regardless of how bad you want it!”

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

This may go down in history as the issue that solidified the oposition to Obama 2012. Former Obama supporters have been looking (desperately) for some issue, anything(!) to ride that doesn’t tie them as racist, anti-liberal, etc.

bettycooper on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

This seems like a very odd thing to do given the 2012 election looming.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

You’re kidding, right? This is exactly what Obama wants for this election. It paints the Republicans as religious loons and keeps the debate off of Obama’s dismal record.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I wonder what else these thugs are going to do before we get to the election…

d1carter on February 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I think there is a communist in the White House.

tom daschle concerned on February 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

“We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government.”

The bishops are not buying this smoke and mirrors show.

neuquenguy on February 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Thank you Mr. President. Seeing our field this year, I’ve been feeling down, felt like our chances were slipping away. You really helped us. Thank you.

El_Terrible on February 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Paint?

freshface on February 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

You’re kidding, right? This is exactly what Obama wants for this election. It paints the Republicans as religious loons and keeps the debate off of Obama’s dismal record.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

With is approval ratings? He’s gonna need the liberal Catholic vote.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Kathleen Sebelius has been awfully quiet during this. Did she go underground or something?

Oh and Nancy,

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man (or woman) soweth, that shall they also reap.” Galatians 6:7

There’s a special place in hell for you lady.

Flora Duh on February 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

The bishops are not buying this smoke and mirrors show.

neuquenguy on February 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

And if anyone knows how to use smoke and mirrors it’s the Bishops!

freshface on February 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

He just moved the cross hairs…
And the country cheered..

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Incivility! Hate speech! Incitement to go crazy and kill!

*Debbie Whosa-Slut rant*

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I wonder what else these thugs are going to do before we get to the election…

d1carter on February 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Start a hot war in the ME, with huge loss of blood/treasure, so long as he gets re-elected. Michelle has to be tamed.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

“We will therefore continue—with no less vigor, no less sense of urgency—our efforts to correct this problem through the other two branches of government.”

Get with the program. The bottom line is that as long as we accept the stance that the President CAN do this, we are throwing away our rights. Merely putting political pressure on him so choosing not to do it, is still a defeat.

PackerBronco on February 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Where is the quote of Obama’s plea to reporters when ask to comment today:

“Give me a break, guys.”

slp on February 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

In a potential Election 2012 matchup, the president attracts 50% of the vote and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney 40% (see tracking history). This is the largest lead the president has enjoyed against Romney in regular polling going back more than a year. It’s also the first time that the president has reached the 50% level of support against Romney.

Rick Santorum now trails the president by four percentage points, 46% to 42%

Overall, 51% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) at least somewhat disapprove.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Those poll numbers ?!?

freshface on February 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM

With is approval ratings? He’s gonna need the liberal Catholic vote.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Well normally I’d say they’d vote for him anyway but after talking to some really liberal women today who love all things Obama, they are really disturbed by this power grab and disregard for our Constitution.

I was shocked and I don’t shock easily.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

“America is Beautiful” — Rommey 2012

The sheeple will choose.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Poor Barry laments:

Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

The former professor of constitutional law pees on the constitution, purposely.

The right let him.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

“‘It’s a sad one,’ she concluded. ‘We shouldn’t have to be to a place where people are saying—when the overwhelming practice is going in favor of women’s health—‘we want to pull that back.’ And use the excuse of religious freedom, which, of course, this is not.’”

Well, there you have it, when you have such a solid Catholic like Nanzi Pelosi saying this, you know the president has identified the right solution. /s

Geez, you lousy witch, we know that you don’t give a rip about morals or religious conscience, but there are a great number of people in this country who do have religious convictions that this ruling puts in direct conflict with conscience. Seems that something like this happened in the past and those people with conviction made a statement on the order of having to “obey God rather than men”.

Click the image to listen

Umm, no, not a chance. Even a transcript is grating enough, her voice? That’s just plain cruel and unusual punishment

AZfederalist on February 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM

When it comes to healthcare or this current imbroglio over whether or not contraception or abortion, or after-the-f*cking-kill-the-baby drugs should be provided “free”, or at all, to their users, misses the the entire mark.

The government should never be involved in this question to begin with nor, for that matter, anything involved in health or so-called health matters, whether the employer is faith-based or not.

If you spread your legs or if a guy inserts his business in between them, the two of you, and certainly not the rest of us, should be responsible for the costs, nor should we have to pay for the prevention of the results nor the results themselves. It takes two to Tango, and this third dancer has no desire to pay for your progeny, and certainly not for the costs of his or her death.

TXUS on February 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Why hasn’t anyone in power on our side stood up and simply said…

“Mr. President…

… under the Constitution of the United States, you don’t have the power to do this, regardless of how bad you want it!”
Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN SCREAMING.

MontanaMmmm on February 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Start a hot war in the ME, with huge loss of blood/treasure, so long as he gets re-elected.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Speaking of which, have you seen this?

‘Urgent’ Upgrade for Bunker Busters

The military’s so-called Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000-pound bunker buster bomb, requires an “urgent” upgrade, according to Pentagon officials who are trying to ensure that 20 of the bombs are battle-ready — possibly for use against Iran, though officials have been tight-lipped on potential targets.

Flora Duh on February 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Idiot Catholics with their social justice.

Let them choke on it. Wankers.

Aquateen Hungerforce on February 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Teflon

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

So how many of them voted for Obama Hussein in 2008 ?
and now they are indignant ???

burrata on February 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

54%, actually. And that was with the full knowledge that he consistently opposed ‘Born Alive’ abortion survivor care legislation on the grounds that it might hinder abortion rights.

cynccook on February 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Once more, this are meaningless statistics used by the liberals to try to claim they have the support of Catholics, unfortunate so many people buy it. It has been stated many times that this doesn’t differentiated between practicing Catholics and those who have nothing to do with the religion, just identify themselves as Catholics for cultural or social reason and are in practice no different the the rest of the non-catholic population. In reality the bishops warned people as strongly as they legally could through the pulpit and through their election publication “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” of the issues involved and the responsibility to vote for in accordance with christian principles. They were also opposed to the final form of Obamacare because of the mandates.

neuquenguy on February 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

When nancy pelosi expires she’s going to heaven, right?

Wolfmoon on February 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

His aim is to chunk us up into bite sized pieces and make us devour each other.

He is playing the game very cleverly, and if WE as a whole do not stand up against him, we will lose…

This is a taste of what is to come, he is just starting, he has laid the groundwork…poor against rich, black against white, union against non union…etc etc…

United WE stand…

Divided WE fall…

Will we as a nation continue to allow this goon to play this out and fall flat on our faces?

This man will become impossible to beat…

God help this nation…

Scrumpy on February 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Well normally I’d say they’d vote for him anyway but after talking to some really liberal women today who love all things Obama, they are really disturbed by this power grab and disregard for our Constitution.

I was shocked and I don’t shock easily.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Really? don’t tease…

MontanaMmmm on February 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Flora Duh on February 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Problem with this is that it is late and should not be made public.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Well normally I’d say they’d vote for him anyway but after talking to some really liberal women today who love all things Obama, they are really disturbed by this power grab and disregard for our Constitution.

I was shocked and I don’t shock easily.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Well maybe he will push things too far and give the GOP a chance? I wonder who he will choose as his running mate? I don’t think it will be Hillary.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM

This man will become impossible to beat…

God help this nation…

Scrumpy on February 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Only impossible to beat amongst complete, drooling idiots. You’re right, we may be in big trouble…..

Wolfmoon on February 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM

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Bmore on February 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM

What did you misspell this time?
Ohhhhhhhh! You forgot the B I S H _ P!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

You’re kidding, right? This is exactly what Obama wants for this election. It paints the Republicans as religious loons and keeps the debate off of Obama’s dismal record.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Nope, not this time. He jumped the shark on this one. This isn’t about Republicans supporting the government legislating morality, this is about the government, most especially the POTUS and his administration violating the religious liberty of American citizens. The Republicans can win this argument, easily. [Not that McConnell, Boehner, and the rest of the Republican establishment can't screw this up and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.]

AZfederalist on February 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

When nancy pelosi expires she’s going to heaven, right?

Wolfmoon on February 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Via broom, er, her hammer, in the blue suit. May she go wherever, but fairly soon, screaming in pain.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I can’t stay awake so I’m leaving something to smile at.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Try again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWPgEDxV-Xs&feature=youtu.be

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

When nancy pelosi expires she’s going to heaven, right?

Wolfmoon on February 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

I think she’s going to burn.

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Aquateen Hungerforce on February 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

There you go.

All this fake adoration, and phony respect of Bishops and Cardinals was bound to end the moment they appeared to make a deal.

freshface on February 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

One of the basic tenets of liberalism is that to run for national office as a liberal Democrat, you must almost constantly lie about your actual views on policy and even about the policy positions you are advocating. Whereas conservatives can, and do, state their core beliefs along with their policy preferences.

I like it this way. It’s fun to watch this chump stand there and try to worm his way around both his previous lies and his new ones. To be a liberal President is to try and lie well enough that no one understands your true meaning…O’Bonehead can’t.

Jaibones on February 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I watched the vid of your puppehs a couple of days after you posted them. Very cute.:)

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN SCREAMING.

MontanaMmmm on February 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM

I can here you over here but your voice has been muffled by screams here.

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

They’re adorable.

Goodnight.

Flora Duh on February 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Maybe he will push things too far? Hasn’t he already done so?

What’s it gonna take to wake people up?

I am stumped as to what even the GOP could do, and even if they could would they be willing to put everything on the line and DO somthing?

I have my doubts…

I am beginning to see the glass as half empty…

I have no confidence in the GOP any longer, to much has passed under the bridge and still they do nothing and say nothing…

We are champing at the bit, we write we txt we twitter we call, is anyone actually listening any more?

Scrumpy on February 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

“Oh come on guys!”
The insurance companies are paying for it!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Oh, you are going to be so busy…but what fun.

d1carter on February 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

I can’t stay awake so I’m leaving something to smile at.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Take care.
I am watching the link.

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

You’re kidding, right? This is exactly what Obama wants for this election. It paints the Republicans as religious loons and keeps the debate off of Obama’s dismal record.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Why can’t more than one issue be argued. Why would this take unemployment, jobs etc… off the table?

Vince on February 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Can future HHS secretaries and presidents just change these rules by executive fiat, just as they were created? Or is this only a one time thing? That would be a small glimmer of hope at least…

Also, STOP with the Nancy Pelosi! I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!” So much stupid in so few words.

drewwerd on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Archbishop Niederauer, Ms. Pelosi has excommunicated herself through her actions. Please Sir, it is time to confirm this publicly. She is causing scandal.

Mason on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Come on guys.

John the Libertarian on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Once more, this are meaningless statistics used by the liberals to try to claim they have the support of Catholics, unfortunate so many people buy it. It has been stated many times that this doesn’t differentiated between practicing Catholics and those who have nothing to do with the religion, just identify themselves as Catholics for cultural or social reason and are in practice no different the the rest of the non-catholic population. In reality the bishops warned people as strongly as they legally could through the pulpit and through their election publication “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” of the issues involved and the responsibility to vote for in accordance with christian principles. They were also opposed to the final form of Obamacare because of the mandates.

neuquenguy on February 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Hmmmm…..

Washington D.C., Nov 7, 2008 / 03:14 am (CNA).- Exit polls are reporting that more weekly churchgoing Catholics voted for John McCain than for President-elect Barack Obama, slightly favoring McCain by 50 percent to 49 percent.

Those who attend Mass on a weekly basis comprised 46 percent of the overall Catholic vote, while 54 percent of Catholics surveyed said they attend less than weekly. Among infrequent Mass goers, Obama was favored 58 to 40 percent.

cynccook on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Why hasn’t anyone in power on our side stood up and simply said…

“Mr. President…

… under the Constitution of the United States, you don’t have the power to do this, regardless of how bad you want it!”
Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM

THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN SCREAMING.

MontanaMmmm on February 10, 2012 at 11:10 PM

However, that argument is only going to fly if Obamacare is overturned by SCOTUS on the current grounds or other grounds in future cases.

In this instance, he is very likely fully within his authority because the Obamacare legislation is littered with the verbiage, “… and shall implement regulations as the HHS secretary shall determine …” i.e, the Obamacare legislation is a very open-ended nearly unlimited power grab with “HHS secretary discretion, as the HHS secretary shall determine” providing the ability to do darn near anything they feel like doing.

AZfederalist on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Try again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWPgEDxV-Xs&feature=youtu.be

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Ah. A new one. Equally cute.

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

“Oh come on guys!”
The insurance companies are paying for it!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

And when they go into the red…
“Spreading the sex around…it’s good for everyone.”

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Can future HHS secretaries and presidents just change these rules by executive fiat, just as they were created? Or is this only a one time thing? That would be a small glimmer of hope at least…
drewwerd on February 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Unfortunately, the way Obamacare is written, whom ever heads up HHS can do as they wish from my understanding…

Scrumpy on February 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM

“‘Quite frankly, he’s adding insult to injury,’ Donahue said. ‘He must think the Catholics are stupid.’…

Well, two of his points of reference are Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, so…

drewwerd on February 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Try again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWPgEDxV-Xs&feature=youtu.be

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Absolutely adorable. That little girl has the prettiest face!

cynccook on February 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I think this is another step towards single payer government issue insurance. Cause a lot of controversy. Then the “best” way to make everything equitable is to have one size fits all. I did enjoy watching The Won say that all women should have access to free birth control regardless of income. It’s hard to square that with his normal class warfare shtick. Won’t the rich women be getting more than their fair share or will they actually be stealing from the less fortunate?

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

keeps the debate off of Obama’s dismal record.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I’d say this just adds more fuel to the dismal record argument.

And Pelosi needs to thank God that I’m not Him.

Cindy, very cute!!

Eren on February 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

That first story was the one that sent Valerie Jarrett through the roof. She doesn’t want anything happening in the WH that she doesn’t oversee.

I can’t decide if she’s Bammie’s brain or a mother figure substituting for the mother he didn’t have.

slickwillie2001 on February 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Easier, cheaper access to contraception means fewer pregnancies. Pregnancies — and the resulting babies — cost insurers far more than birth control pills.

How cynical is this country?

Just a technical note…this was not said by any of the interviewees…this was the National Journal

“[I]f the GOP succeeds in wrapping the issue in the mantle of religious liberty, Obama will struggle to rebuild the diverse coalition that put him in the White House.”

But I ask again, how cynical are we?

r keller on February 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I’m shameless. I’ll stop.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Why can’t more than one issue be argued. Why would this take unemployment, jobs etc… off the table?

Vince on February 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Have you looked at the 4 clowns who are running? They’re intent on beating each other to a pulp rather than talking about the issues.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Won’t the rich women be getting more than their fair share or will they actually be stealing from the less fortunate?

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

A pill a day keeps responsibility away….
One size fits all….
so I have been told…..

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I’m shameless. I’ll stop.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Please don’t. They are adorable. I loves me some puppehs.

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM

As I watched CPAC someone said, equating what Obama is wanting to do is like using Car Ins for oil changes and tire rotation…

Buying ones own pills and getting an abortion is not expensive and won’t break the bank, this is a fight for first amendment rights!

Scrumpy on February 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I think that this issue will make it easier for the SC to rule against Obamacare.

Vince on February 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

One size fits all….
so I have been told…..

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

“One pill to rule them all.”–Barry Sauron.

predator on February 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Glenn Thrush and Carrie Budoff Brown
“I didn’t go to the meeting, and I didn’t set it up — that’s bulls—t,” Present! My ? remains the same if you area pro choice Catholic, why do you stay in the church. The Catholic church is not a democracy, it it a benevolent dictatorship.
USCCB
Seems like a reasoned position. Surprisingly diplomatic.
Craig Bannister
“Too bad ‘pluralism’ to him means my way or the highway.” Pretty much says it all right there. “Constitution takes a back seat to its ideological goals.” Really? I’m shocked./ 0 is a radical, he is being seen for what he truly is, way over due in my opinion.
David A. Patten
Buyers remorse! 54% of Catholics supported 0 in 08. What will the % be in 12? My guess 40%. No body to blame but your liberal a$$ Catholic selves. Do some research before you vote next time. Please! 0 does think you stupid by the way.
Ruth Marcus
Let me go out on a limb here, part of the 54%, next to be 40%, or just another run of the mill liberal giving 0 cover?
ASPE
Good God in heaven, So let me try to figure out this twisted lacking logic. $60 a month is $0 with new math applied. Preventing births is paramount to keeping cost’s down. This is a good thing? What am I not getting? Geez!
Beth Reinhard
The Gift! So Catholics is this going to be the gift we all hoped would unseat 0?
Video 1 0 backpedaling. Has the damage taken hold. Lets hope for change.
Video 2 98% of Catholics support contraception in defiance of the church. Womens health is that important to Nan, Get out of the church! Start your own baby not making, baby killing branch Nan!

I can only hope that this gift from 0 is not squandered.

Bmore on February 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

That is/was a cool video..:)

Dire Straits on February 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

First, they came for the Catholics

Then, they came for the Jews

Then, they came for the Protestants

Then, they came for Obama

And, I said nothing…………………………..because he had it coming.

Resist We Much on February 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Have you looked at the 4 clowns who are running? They’re intent on beating each other to a pulp rather than talking about the issues.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I think you will see that stuff end shortly. In any event, we will have only one candidate in the general.

Vince on February 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

After listening to the speeches today..I think a couple of them have backed away from the “attack each other” plan..:)

PS..But to clarify..That does not go for the SuperPacs..:)

Dire Straits on February 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I saw you see that. Or is it I see you saw that? What a week (work wise) I am totally drained. As you have noticed.

Bmore on February 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Cindy, since nothing is ‘free’ the rich will be paying more for their pill in higher taxes.

Class war raging strong.

freshface on February 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

[I]f the GOP succeeds in wrapping the issue in the mantle of religious liberty, Obama will struggle to rebuild the diverse coalition that put him in the White House.”

The “mantle of religious liberty”???

Do the Dems and Obama have to play politics with our Constitutional rights all of the time?

The federal government should not be mandating anything that has to do with reproduction, period. These areas are personal choices consistent with personal responsibilities and personal liberties. People should pay out of pocket for their own choices and answer to their own consciences for those choices.

onlineanalyst on February 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Then, they came for Obama

And, I said nothing…………………………..because he had it coming.

Resist We Much on February 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I am not an active, political junky….well…except here.

But if Obama is removed from his throne next year…
I will take a trip to inauguration day and boo his ass.

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

They’re intent on beating each other to a pulp rather than talking about the issues.

JPeterman on February 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Great read on topic.

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Electrongod on February 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I think it’s just step one, causing disarray, the fix and then the demand for the nasty rich to pay up. Everything they do is so calculated. Supposedly this requirement wasn’t suppose to take effect until 2014, why the roll out now? This is some kind of election year stunt.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Young Lenin is trying to withdraw the nation from its religious opiate and this attack is merely the first step toward universal secularism.

kenny on February 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Cindy
Those two make me laugh. Perfect pair.

Bmore on February 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Unfortunately, the way Obamacare is written, whom ever heads up HHS can do as they wish from my understanding…

Scrumpy on February 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Dooes congress even pass laws anymore? It seems that all they do is give power to the bureacracy to write regulations that have the same effect as laws — as with ObamaCare when every other line is “The HHS Secretary shall determine …”

PackerBronco on February 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

freshface on February 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I agree.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM

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