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Mark Steyn: The Great “Contraception Misdirection”

posted at 11:14 am on February 19, 2012 by

Mark Steyn writes in the National Review about this Potomac Two-Step by the Obama administration to take the voters eyes off the reality of an American Economy heading perilously off the cliff.  The cold, hard facts are in Obama’s 2013 projected budget—and his “full steam ahead” spending policies—designed to send this nation into perpetual and irreversible debt:

Contraception Misdirection
A universal birth-control mandate is a curious priority for a dying republic.

By Mark Steyn

Have you seen the official White House version of what the New York Times headline writers call “A Responsible Budget”? My favorite bit is Chart 5-1 on page 58 of their 500-page appendix on “Analytical Perspectives.” This is entitled “Publicly Held Debt Under 2013 Budget Policy Projections.” It’s a straight line going straight up before disappearing off the top right-hand corner of the graph in the year 2084 and continuing northeast straight through your eye socket, out the back of your skull, and zooming up to rendezvous with Newt’s space colony on the moon circa 2100. Just to emphasize, this isn’t the doom-laden dystopian fancy of a right-wing apocalyptic loon like me; it’s the official Oval Office version of where America’s headed. In the New York Times–approved “responsible budget” there is no attempt even to pretend to bend the debt curve into something approaching reentry with reality.  link

Please take the few moments to read Steyn’s complete two-page article at NR Online, while I leave you with the last two paragraphs of his article:

Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, distills the current hysteria thus: “It’s as if we passed a law requiring mosques to sell bacon and then, when people objected, responded by saying ‘What’s wrong with bacon? You’re trying to ban bacon!!!!’”

Americans foolish enough to fall for the Democrats’ crude bit of misdirection can hardly complain about their rendezvous with the sharp end of that page-58 budget graph. People are free to buy bacon, and free to buy condoms. But the state has no compelling interest to force either down your throat. The notion that an all-powerful government would distract from its looming bankruptcy by introducing a universal contraceptive mandate would strike most novelists as almost too pat in its symbolism. It’s like something out of Brave New World. Except that it’s cowardly, and, like so much else about the sexual revolution, very old and wrinkled.

If we can not see through these outright deceptions and distractions on the part of Obama and the Democrats, (and their fawning liberal media), how many more Contraception Cons will they be running in the coming months ahead?  Keep your eyes on the ball folks, because,  IT’S STILL THE ECONOMY—STUPID! 

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Steyn is the greatest American political writer.
Uh, Canadian, that is. He is, not his topics. Uh…

Steyn is the greatest political writer on American politics anywhere.

itsnotaboutme on February 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Sadly, many ill-informed Americans are falling for the Dims’ cynical ploy.

The liberal take-over of our school system keeps paying dividends for the Dims.

AZCoyote on February 20, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Bread and circuses American Idol and condoms…

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Bread and circuses American Idol Idle and condoms…

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Even better: reference the Welfare State…

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Bread and circuses American Idol Idle and condoms…

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Even better: reference the Welfare State…

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:45 AM

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Confusing, I know, but since Preview isn’t working!!!, I had to wing it…

affenhauer on February 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM

We talked about this the other day. Obama is clearly and successfully misdirecting attention about his healthcare system and the economy into the ever pointless social issues.

This is not what the tea party was about. It was not about abortion. IT was not about gay marriage. it was not about jesus. It was about debt. It was about waste. It was about the economy. It was about jobs. It was about corruption. It was about the scope of government.

If we let the democrats make this about family values instead of the economy then we deserve to lose because we’re idiots.

We can win on the economy. We can win on gas prices. We can win on jobs. We can win on regulation. But we can at best stalemate on social values. And in the process we’ll lose what little credibility we have with the moderate voters EITHER party MUST win to carry the election.

The economic issues will energize voters. The social issues will only energize social cons. It will in all likelihood repel nearly as many.

Furthermore, it’s strategically stupid. Even if your ONLY issue is birth control or gay marriage it is still stupid to campaign on those issues. The best way to win those issues is to push government back. In the process of government being pushed back it will have to retreat on these issues because it will lack the mandate and resources to manage them.

Please republicans. This is an intelligence test. The democrats think we’re stupid and anyone that is falling for their ploy has been duped.

Lets not act like a house cat can chase the democrat’s laser pointer around the room while they giggle at us for being stupid.

Time to put our game faces on and focus on the message so we win. Short of that, we might as well just give up. All we can do if people won’t stay focused is manage our own decline.

This is an intelligence test.

Karmashock on February 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

running from the social issues is not the answer, maybe even the problem as outlined in the above link,but

being pigeonholed or boxed in the social narrative only is weak advertising. Outlining the failed obama policies and the bleak economic outlook beyond the next few elections is a must. Santorum is not doing enough of the latter and mittens can’t even begin to do the former. Santorum can get better and we need to as a party get him to do so.

smitty41 on February 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM


Yank Ed’s leash, bashing Ron Paul for pointing out that this distraction is a losing campaign proposition.

maverick muse on February 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM