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Obama campaign e-card: ‘Can I borrow $18,000 for birth control’

posted at 3:10 pm on September 28, 2012 by

The Obama campaign long ago recognized that it couldn’t make a case for the president’s re-election without distorting its accomplishments and details of its opponent’s platform. One area in which the duplicity has been especially thick is women’s rights.

As recently as Thursday, the president repeated the tortured myth that women in the workplace were earning 77% of what males earned until he rode in on his white stallion and passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The only problem with the claim is that it implies women who earned less did the same amount of work as their male counterparts. When you compare apples and apples, working women actually make 117% of what men make for the same work week in the same job.

In spite of this inconvenient truth, Obama continues to remind female audiences that Mitt Romney opposed the Ledbetter Act, which is true if misleading for the reason outlined above.

Another lie the president is comfortable telling is that Romney opposes a federal requirement that employers pay for their employees’ contraception. In point of fact, Romney opposes the requirement only insofar as it affects religious institutions that are doctrinally opposed to the use of birth control.

Nevertheless, the Obama campaign has come out with an e-card, which can be viewed here. The message is beset by logical problems. One is that the writer, presumably a young woman, states that “Romney says he would repeal the Affordable Care Act” (of which the contraception mandate is a provision). She then asks her mother to advance her $18,000 to buy birth control. So the election hasn’t even taken place, judging from the conditional would, but the young female already has her hand out, which suggests she (and Team Obama) fear that Romney will win.

The bigger logistical problem is the amount of cash she requests. $18,000 would buy an awful lot of birth control even extended over an entire lifetime. If we go back to the cost of contraception available at the Target store 3 miles from Georgetown Law School where Sandra Fluke attended, a month’s supply of pills runs $9 to uninsured customers. That works out to $108 a year. The young female sending the e-card would need to live 166 years to use up that supply.

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What a mindset. To expect that someone else pay for your lifetime birth control, I just can’t fathom. And the Democrats see this as a winning strategy? That’s how they view people?

rbj on September 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Exactly what kind of quantum level stupid is this? They just need a month’s supply of toilet paper. They’re just full of crap. Which I guess at this level of stupid goes for what? Six? Eight grand?

onomo on September 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I do not vote with my Vajayjay…

Not gonna work on me, as if it had a chance in hell… 🙂

Scrumpy on September 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Heh. It involves math, of course they got it wrong.

joated on September 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

“No one becomes a slut on their own.”
– Elizabeth Warren.

the solution is clear- time for a Slut Tax on contraceptives so the wealthier hos who work for a living can ‘pay their fair share’ toward free birth control for the less fortunate floozies.

mittens on September 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

The correct number is probably no more than $ 2,592.

That number is assuming the woman is never pregnant, is sexually active starting at age 16, and has menopause at age 40.

slp on September 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

and has menopause at age 40.


the average age for onset of menopause is 51.

mittens on September 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

The “Dear Mom” card needs to be answered with:

“Dear Daughter,

Sorry but, after Obama’s raising the cost of living on just about everything, I don’t have $18,000 for your birth control.

Enclosed is a quarter. Keep it between your knees, and learn to live responsibly. It’s advice that will serve you well throughout your life, better than anything Obama tries to teach you.

– Mom”

Czar of Defenestration on September 29, 2012 at 5:52 AM

Actually the $18K is reasonable as it probably also includes genital wart removal, antibiotics to treat Chlamydia, and a few abortions/morning after pill courses thrown in there to deal with the general stupidity of someone who sees government as a solution to personal problems instead of the source of those problems.

MunDane68 on September 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

What a load of s**t. I mostly paid for my own birth control throughout my life (usually didn’t have insurance), and I don’t remember the total costs being anywhere NEAR that. If you screw up, you can get the morning after pill at Wally World for $40 bucks the next day. You can get the BC Pill for about 10 bucks a month. At $18,000 and 40 bucks a pop, you may as well get your tubes tied, because you’re too stupid to make your cycle predictions on your own.

And have a GD frontal lobotomy while you’re about it.

sage0925 on September 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM

How did American women manage birth control from 1776 to 2011 before the Obamacare mandate existed? From where were they getting their $18,000 then?

Jingo95 on September 30, 2012 at 2:52 AM