Sunday, 9/23/12, Public Square


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18 responses to “Sunday, 9/23/12, Public Square

  1. We know republicans have a woman problem. Does most of this ‘women’s place’ attitude come from their interpretation of the Bible? Are republican men so insecure they must ‘control’ their women? What does that say about republican women? I don’t understand either a man or a woman who would support that kind of relationship, let alone find any satisfaction in being part of it.


    Republican party on wrong side of history over female equality

    (from the link): History’s verdict, I suspect, will show that this movement was catalyzed into being less by the assault on reproductive rights and more by women’s visceral rejection of the message sent by the Todd Akins, Rush Limbaughs, and Paul Ryans of the GOP: woman, get thee back in your proper place.

    Half a century on from a time when birth control was illegal and sex discrimination was the norm, many Americans might not have realized how far we’ve come. Thanks to 2012’s preview of the Republican time machine, now we know.

  2. Freedomwriter

    I had a recent conversation with someone about who a family member intended to vote for in November. The response was, “they don’t know; they intend to vote for whomever their husband does.” It is 2012, but it felt like a 1050’s time warp!

    • When John Kerry was running against George W. Bush – my co-worker who is a Republican wife – actually told everyone in the office that she liked John Kerry but could not vote for him.

      When I asked her for the reason – she said because my husband told me it was against federal law that a wife has to vote the same way her husband does.

      And this woman was in her 30’s , a professional career and not all that religious.

      When I told her there was no such law – she actually responded that she wondered about that….

      I’ve often wondered if she voted for John Kerry once she was in the voting booth?

  3. Freedomwriter

    That should be 1950’s!

  4. According to a new study by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, there’s no evidence that tax cuts spur growth.

    This graph, put together by David Leonhardt at the New York Times, shows the average future 5-year economic growth rate from certain points in time, with the major tax cuts from the past 20+ years plotted.

  5. …and we blame Muslims for keeping their women subservient, is GOP view of women any different from that of Taliban. I wonder how Republican women will vote for their own imprisonment…any commonsense?

    • prairie pond

      People in Kansas routinely vote against their own interests, especially their own economic interests. It isn’t much of a stretch to believe women, especially in Kansas, will vote against their own best interests on all fronts.

      Repeating myself that there is nothing so stupid the American voters won’t buy it. Hell, they’ll embrace it.

    • Republicans take this country to war on a lie, kill countless people who had nothing to do with the politics of it, and then vote to not help the soldiers who do come back find a job! They’d do away with controls over wall street and the environment, but increase control over women’s bodies. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WILL VOTE FOR THESE POLICIES?????!

      Romney and Ryan want their own personal wars and are beating those war drums loudly.

      Nine years ago, our country invaded a soveriegn nation that was of no emminent threat to us. We killed thousands of their people in the name of “freedom” and “democracy” and occupied their country for 9 years, all of which has served to enflame the Muslim world and broadly paint this country as self righteous bullies. Nevermind that this war also spread thin our military and exposed our obvious limitations (That whole “shock and awe” thing didn’t go quite as expected, did it??)

      We need to recover “moral health.” Thank God we have a President who is committed to doing so. Because the Republican way of beating our chests and bombing everyone that doesn’t agree with us has clearly not worked.

  6. Pastors pledge to defy IRS, preach politics from pulpit ahead of election

    (from the link): More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.

    The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.

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  7. Matthew 25:34-40

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

    “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    • I am reminded of the story about the old woman who was anxiously waiting for Jesus to visit her at her home. She was busy all day getting things ready – when three people came to her door needing various things. She sent them all away with the excuse that she was busy preparing for her visit from Jesus.

      When Jesus never came to the house – she was confused and probably more than miffed – but Jesus had come to her house – three times.

      What is the moral of that story? Exactly what is written above – when followers of Jesus profess to be such loyal and devoted followers – they need to treat others as if Jesus himself was that person.

  8. (from the link): Republicans Worried A Reelected Obama Would Have Upper Hand on Taxes

    It is never helpful when your side is openly talking about what is going to happen if the other side wins. Normally, that possibility is dismissed as improbable. But Republicans in Congress are now admitting that if Obama wins, he will have a mandate to increase taxes on the wealthy and they won’t be able to stop him. The problem is that the Bush tax cuts expire on Dec. 31, 2012, so if Congress does nothing, taxes go up. Then in early January, Obama could propose keeping the middle-class tax cuts but cap them at an income level of $250,000 for everyone. Republicans would be hard pressed to filibuster a proposed tax cut that benefitted 95% of the population.

  9. A teacher talks about her meeting with Mitt Romney —

  10. Is this what is sometimes referred to as ‘eating your own’?


    (from the link): Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol says that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is going to have a tough time winning if the election is a referendum on President Barack Obama’s first term.

    “They need to focus on the next four years,” the conservative columnist told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. “If this election is just about the last four years, that’s a muddy verdict.”

    “Bush was president during the financial meltdown, the Obama team has turned that around pretty well,” he explained. “He’s got to make it a referendum on the choice about the next four years, and explain what Obama would do over the next four years that would be bad for the country and what he would do would be good for the country.”

    Raw Story (

  11. How Romney paid for Romneycare, with federal help

    (from the link): So Massachusetts used not just federal Medicaid money but federal dollars above and beyond that Medicaid money to finance their health reforms. It is difficult to see how Romney’s proposal to cut Medicaid spending and hand that reduced share over to the states would allow other states to follow Massachusetts’ example. It might not even permit Massachusetts to continue following Massachusetts’ example.