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The Real Side | Commentary by Joe Messina
| Monday, Dec 17, 2012

mug_joemessinaU.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee declares war on the working person – FOR the Republicans. She says before anything can move forward in this country, at the legislative level, Republicans need to stop attacking the good, working people of this country.

Wow. I want some of her Kool-Aid. I would feel so much better about the impending doom.

She just couldn’t help herself.

Let’s see if I have this straight. Republicans have waged war on women, the working class, women’s health issues (aka abortions), the 99 Percenters, minorities and unions. What a bunch of bunk. Well, almost.

Let’s start with the war on women and break it down.

Accusations are made on a regular basis that Republicans don’t believe women should be paid as much as men. Lie. Actually it’s Democrats who say women should be paid equally – but top Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi pay their female employees almost 21 percent LESS than men in their same positions. Republicans, however, have a nearly zero-percent disparity. In fact, the Democrat-controlled White House also pays its female staffers less than their male counterparts.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tex.

I wish the left would speak simple English. Republicans want not just women, but all people, to be healthy, eat healthy, live healthy and so on. We want women to have access to prenatal care. (Being the cheap Republican I am, if I provide prenatal care for you, then I don’t have to take care of your child for the rest of its life should a birth defect arise from the lack of prenatal care.)

The left doesn’t mean “women’s health,” it means a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion. Just call it what it is.

See, in the mind of a Republican, making sure a woman has health choices simply means you make sure there are facilities and resources available for her to have preventative care, checkups, mammograms, pap smears, the ability to ensure the reproductive system is working, and if and when she becomes pregnant, making sure she has the care that she and the baby need to be healthy and whole. Who wouldn’t want that? That’s women’s healthcare.

Is it women’s healthcare to terminate a healthy fetus in a healthy pregnancy? No, it is a choice one makes to end a life. Ending life is not “healthcare” in any dictionary in any language in any country.

Republicans hated blacks so much that we fought to keep them enslaved, right? Oh, wait. It was a Republican president and Republican legislators who fought to end slavery.

Republicans hate women so much that we fought to keep them from voting because we could never have a woman with the right to vote. Oh, wait. I’m sorry, it was Republicans who fought to give women voting rights.

And then there’s the war on the working class.

Republicans hate workers so much that we want to make sure small businesses and mom-‘n’-pop companies can’t continue to do business, pay their bills, and hire more people, right? Wrong. Republicans actually want to make sure the people who create more than 70 percent of our jobs are un-handcuffed, un-regulated, and not taxed out of business.

The left is pushing for more taxes and more regulation. By doing so, businesses close down, jobs become more scarce, and people become more dependent on unemployment. They are creating a handout mentality for those who lose their jobs because their previous employer was, taxed and over-regulated into oblivion.

I can’t see how any of this amounts to a Republican war on anything, except maybe on over-regulation. Is it just me?

 

Joe Messina is host of The Real Side (TheRealSide.com), a nationally syndicated talk show that runs on AM-1220 KHTS radio and SCVTV [here]. He is also an elected member of the Hart School Board. His commentary publishes Mondays.

 

 

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