Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel. But given the huge attention she is getting, you can’t just ignore what she has to say. And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw. It was when she turned to Biden and declared: “You said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that’s not patriotic.”
What an awful statement. Palin defended the government’s $700 billion rescue plan. She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic.
I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.
Report on adolescent sexuality from Planned Parenthood -- a good checklist of things for me to think about when talking frankly and easily about sex and modeling behaviors for my daughter and future child, while at the same time keeping them so busy they don't have time for low self-esteem, loneliness, sex, unplanned pregnancies and STDs (um yeah, right)
I don't usually follow the trends of the internets, but I vote pro-choice and I have decided, a day late for NARAL, to state why I vote pro-choice.
I decide what to do with my body, and I trust other women to decide to do with their bodies, without interference from anyone else.
More importantly, I want my daughter and my nieces to have safe options for their bodies, for their whole lives. I trust my daughter's future self to make the decisions that are right for her, though I will be here to take care of her for as long as I can.
Women and let's face it and be realistic, girls, must continue to have access to birth control and disease prevention. Pro-choice is not just about the right to get an abortion. It's about the right for women to choose, and choose safely. If you trust the women in your life, please vote pro-choice at every level of government.
For a way more expanded and articulate description of how I feel written by Bitch Ph.D., click here. (I've posted this link before.)