Lebanon Reporter

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July 11, 2013

It's time to put Republicans on the defensive

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What happens when a woman wants a baby and carries it to birth? Enter big business. According to a New York Times article, U.S. women face the highest medical bills for pregnancy in the world. The woman profiled is paying for her baby out of pocket because her health insurance at work won’t cover maternity. What year is this again?

The Republican majority in Florida’s statehouse passed a bill that prohibits local ordinances from requiring that an employer offer sick days. Too sick to work? Go in anyway, spread your germs and help your boss get his new boat. To stay at home is to risk being fired. This law came from those fine right-wingers known as the American Legislative Exchange Council.

North Carolina’s new Republican majority (the first since Reconstruction) has been all over the suppression map: cutting unemployment benefits, setting up voter ID and passing its own draconian abortion law.

The sickening list goes on ad nauseum. Obviously Republicans have learned nothing from 2012. So this is a golden opportunity for Democrats.

Texas is ripe to turn blue with its growing immigrant population and women who are tired of being pawed legislatively. As Davis told her senate colleagues: “You need to get out of the vagina business unless you go to medical school.”

That the denizens of limited government can’t see the hypocrisy in their attempts to legislate the undermining of women, minorities and the working class is almost too easy to ridicule. So Democrats, what are you waiting for? Time to put the GOP on the defensive so the American people can find out that what the right believes in can’t be defended.

Stephen Dick is an editor at The Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Contact him at steve.dick@heraldbulletin.com.

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