Thursday, February 16, 2012

Politics today

If you've been following the contraception brouhaha, even tangentially, then you know now that the narrative is changing. Glenn Reynolds has a roundup, and it looks as if the story line is changing to fit perceptions, which is always the case. Lots of links in the article, but the moneyline is here:
But note how the narrative in the press has shifted. The Obama Administration says that churches who oppose contraception still have to pay for it. And then, when people object, suddenly the talk shifts from who pays for contraception to whether someone wants to ban it.

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!!!!
No, we're not trying to ban bacon, but we don't believe that mosques should have to subsidize it, either. Ham, maybe, but certainly not bacon.

The bigger story for this election cycle is the economy, the percentage of unemployed and the percentage of Americans in the work force, which if you've been paying attention, is two entirely different numbers. The Republican Study Committee gives us this handy graphic which shows how badly this administration has done.

Jobs and the economy will be the deciding factors in this year's election cycle. We've got to keep hammering on the economy. Contraception is an outrage, but killing the economy is the real crime of this administration. More people are out of work now than in any recent history, and as folks drop out of the employment rolls, the unemployment numbers stay about the same. It's about jobs and getting the economy back to work. Then we can worry about all the peripheral stuff.

The sooner we get this pretender out of office, the better off we'll all be.

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