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Good Monday 20 August, 2012.  IDECLAIR MEDIA, THE IDECLAIR SHOW…  We ‘Deal with the Difficult.  REAL. RAW. RIGHT NOW… ‘ 

How deep is GOP, Republican, TeaParty Dumb, Ignorance & Callousness?   Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) says what…?  

What the hell is “legitimate rape?”  The mindset on these radical republicans is beyond disturbing.  This is baffling!,0,2759181.story

“McCaskill: Akin ‘legitimate rape’ comment a ‘gut check’ for voters”


“U.S. Rep. Todd Akin says ‘Rape Victims Rarely Get Pregnant'”

Published on Aug 19, 2012 by 

“A Republican senatorial candidate has triggered a firestorm of criticism, including a rebuff from Mitt Romney’s campaign, after he suggested that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.

Explaining his complete opposition to abortions, even in the instance of rape, Representative Todd Akin said pregnancy from rape was rare because of biological reactions to “legitimate rape”.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI television in an interview widely distributed by Democrats. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin then said that if a woman got pregnant after being raped, there should be consequences for the rapist, but not the unborn foetus.

“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment. But the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child,” he said.

Democrats pounced, with incumbent Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill tweeting that she was “stunned” by the remarks and her re-election campaign using Akin’s interview to ask for donations.

Romney, the Republican White House hopeful, and his running mate Paul Ryan immediately sought to distance themselves from Akin’s comments on one of the most polarising issues in American politics.

“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” a campaign statement read.

In a statement later released by her office, McCaskill shunned the “offensive” position advanced by her rival.

“It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape,” she said.

And her campaign website urged supporters to make a contribution “so we can ensure that Missouri is represented by a Senator who will fight for women’s rights – not set them back 50 years”.

Akin later said he “misspoke”, but stood by his opposition to abortion.

“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year,” he said in a statement released by his campaign.”


Today we delve into the cuts to ‘Medicaid’ via the Romney/Ryan budget, and policy plans.  If you are a Medicaid recipient, VOTE!

“Ryan Budget Raises Taxes For Poor, Cuts Taxes For Rich”

“Published on Aug 18, 2012 by 

“Published on Apr 15, 2012 by TheYoungTurks”

“Via Think Progress: “As ThinkProgress has detailed, the House Republican budget, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), pays for massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans by cutting spending from programs that primarily benefit lower-income Americans. While giving an average of $187,000 to each millionaire, the budget finds 62 percent of its cuts from programs that benefit the lower- and middle-classes, kicking millions off of food stamps, gutting Pell Grants, and slashing Medicare and Medicaid. As if that weren’t enough, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the budget also raises taxes for low-income Americans…”.”


The articles below are IDECLAIR IT!  MUST READS.

“Paul Ryan Medicaid Plan Would Slash Program By $800 Billion”




We are inundated with Republicans confusing the issue of Medicare and their strategy to voucherize it!   Center On Budget & Policy Priorities clarifies!

“Health Reform Strengthens Medicare, Doesn’t “Rob” It”

August 15, 2012
“The 2010 health reform law (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) has significantly improved Medicare’s long-term financial outlook, as we have previously pointed out.  Recent claims that health reform “robs Medicare” and does not “shore up Medicare’s finances” are flatly false, as the recent report of the program’s trustees shows.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the ACA will reduce Medicare’s projected spending by $716 billion over the 2013-2023 period.  As John McDonough of Harvard’s School of Public Health explains:  “None of these reductions were financed by cuts to Medicare enrollees’ eligibility or benefits; benefits were improved in the ACA.  Cuts were focused on hospitals, health insurers, home health, and other providers.”

Medicare’s trustees confirm that health reform has improved the program’s finances:  “The financial status of the HI [Hospital Insurance] trust fund was substantially improved by the lower expenditures and additional tax revenues instituted by the Affordable Care Act.”  (See page 4 here.)

In their annual report issued this spring, the trustees estimate that the Medicare hospital insurance program now faces a shortfall over the next 75 years equal to 1.35 percent of taxable payroll — that is, 1.35 percent of the total amount of earnings that will be subject to the Medicare payroll tax over this period.  This is much less than the size of the shortfall that the trustees estimated before the enactment of health reform:  3.88 percent of taxable payroll (see chart).”



“Paul Ryan’s biggest budget cuts are to Medicaid, not Medicare”

Posted by Suzy Khimm on August 13, 2012



Women STAND!  Remember in November!

“UniteWomen org In Their Own Words Rep Eric Cantor Virginia 7th Congressional District”

“Published on Aug 19, 2012 by 

“This is the first in a series of videos by for our “In Their Own Words” campaign. We will be highlighting those candidates and elected officials in the War on Women. You can hear in their own words and through their voting records where they stand. Is the specific candidate a Leader in the War or Women or a Leader for Women?”


Videos featured on todays show:   Both are BRILLIANT!  Thank you!



Published on Aug 13, 2012 by 

“Is the GOP employing a racist strategy to get Mitt Romney into the White House? Watch this video to find out.
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“Published on Jul 11, 2012 by 

Robert Reich lays out what’s at stake in the 2012 Presidential Election”








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