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GOP wants to replace Obamacare with invisible unicorn

The Republican party lost a big fight last week.  Obamacare was ruled constitutional and the GOP has been caught fumbling and stumbling over their words for the past few days, struggling to find a singular line of attack against Obamacare.

First, they are calling Obamacare the greatest tax increase in history because of the “penalty” imposed on people who can afford to buy insurance but choose not to.  Yet the claim that this penalty is the largest tax increase in history is false. (Not to mention 2 of the last 3 GOP presidents signed larger tax increases than Obamacare.) But more notably, they’re also calling for a #fullrepeal, or as they like to say “repeal and replace,” ...

The Republican party lost a big fight last week.  Obamacare was ruled constitutional and the GOP has been caught fumbling and stumbling over their words for the past few days, struggling to find a singular ...

If Presidents are supposed to be like our boyfriend, Mitt Romney would make a terrible one

Mitt Romney has joined the race for our affections, but he’s struggling to close the deal. His responses to major political issues are vague at best and his lack of commitment is apparent in his inability to take any firm positions. No one wants to date Mitt Romney.

I hate to say it but Romney’s painful evasiveness on specifics reminds me of my problematic relationships in the past.  You ask him straight up when he walks in after being out all night, “Where have you been?” And Romney would say, “I’ll get back to you on that,” like his campaign responded to direct questions about where the candidate stood on the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Would a President Romney ...

Mitt Romney has joined the race for our affections, but he’s struggling to close the deal. His responses to major political issues are vague at best and his lack of commitment is apparent in his inability to ...

‘Brave’ has a gender problem

*If you haven’t yet seen Brave and want to avoid any spoilers at all, avoid this post.  If you don’t mind minor spoilers for plot points (but not outcome) continue reading*

I avoided any reviews or spoilers before seeing the new Pixar movie Brave yesterday.  I wanted to go into the movie about a young heroine archer Merida unbiased by group think.

While I enjoyed the film, I was underwhelmed. Perhaps, I was in need of a plot, centered around this medieval Scottish princess with firey red curls, that packed more of an emotional punch.  After I got home I went to read my favorite culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg over at ThinkProgress who highlighted one of the more problematic themes in ...

*If you haven’t yet seen Brave and want to avoid any spoilers at all, avoid this post.  If you don’t mind minor spoilers for plot points (but not outcome) continue reading*

I avoided any reviews or spoilers before ...

#1is2many: Why Vice President Joe Biden made me cry today

I was totally crying earlier and it’s all Joe Biden’s fault. Vice President Joe Biden, a long time advocate for women and girls and strong ally in the fight to end violence against women, announced a new White House PSA today called “1 is 2 many.”  The much needed PSA, featuring all men and everyone from President Obama to David Beckham calls for all of us to do our part in stopping dating violence.

As the White House site says,

1 in 5 women will be the victim of sexual assault while they are in college, 1 in 9 teen girls will be forced to have sex, 1 in 10 teens will be hurt on purpose by someone they are ...

I was totally crying earlier and it’s all Joe Biden’s fault. Vice President Joe Biden, a long time advocate for women and girls and strong ally in the fight to end violence against women, announced a new ...

Powerful new Mexican PSAs show cycle of abuse

**Trigger warning**

Here at Feministing we speak very openly about abuse and violence against women.  The cycle of abuse whether inflicted on children, women or men is something that isn’t talked about much outside this space but new “Save the Children” ads in Mexico do an great job of making the connection between being on the receiving end of abuse in your childhood and inflicting it on others as an adult.

It’s my hope that we can have ads like this in the United States and we can shift the narrative about abuse instead of remaining in the realm of victim blaming.  This ad is powerful because it focuses on the abuser and their reasons for abusing which is all ...

**Trigger warning**

Here at Feministing we speak very openly about abuse and violence against women.  The cycle of abuse whether inflicted on children, women or men is something that isn’t talked about much outside this space but ...

Mitt Romney wants the economy to fail

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a real debbie downer.  Romney’s entire economic message is centered around his career at Bain Capital (which has serious issues) and not so much his actual record as Governor of Massachusetts (because he has serious issues in his record).  Now it turns out that he wants the American economy to do worse, or at least seem to be doing worse, so that he can continue to attack President Obama for failing to fix it fast enough.

Bloomberg News is reporting that Florida Governor Rick Scott had a talking to by the Romney campaign criticizing his recent ads and positive talk about Florida’s improving jobs numbers.  The Romney camp doesn’t want Governor Scott to highlight ...

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a real debbie downer.  Romney’s entire economic message is centered around his career at Bain Capital (which has serious issues) and not so much his actual record as Governor ...

Obama camp hits Romney’s economic hypocrisy

Mitt Romney touts his private sector experience as the central argument for why he should be president over Barack Obama.  His record as CEO of Bain Capital has come under intense scrutiny (justifiably so) but there is a fine line to walk for pro-corporate Democrats who can’t seem to stop undercutting this line of attack against Romney.

Romney’s focus on his business experience is likely to distract from his other and more relevant record: His tenure as the Governor of Massachusetts.

With Mitt Romney at the helm Massachusetts was 47th out of the 50 states in job creation, the state’s long term debt increased more than $2.6 billion, and taxes increased more than $750 million per year.  This is likely the reason Romney ...

Mitt Romney touts his private sector experience as the central argument for why he should be president over Barack Obama.  His record as CEO of Bain Capital has come under intense scrutiny (justifiably so) but there is ...

Why is everybody mad at Gwyneth Paltrow?

(Check out how many black friends I have!)

I’m not really a big fan of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.  I’m mostly ambivalent and neither like her nor hate her,  like a lot of other people.  She’s mainly insignificant to me unless her website Goop is recommending a cleanse that improves my health or she’s singing with Cee Lo on the top of a piano.  Gwyneth just doesn’t get me riled up.

Over the weekend though Gwyneth got herself in trouble when she attended Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne tour in Paris.  Unless you live under a rock you are aware that the hip hop superstars have a song on their album titled, “Ni**as in Paris” which is one ...

(Check out how many black friends I have!)

I’m not really a big fan of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.  I’m mostly ambivalent and neither like her nor hate her,  like a lot of other people.  She’s mainly insignificant ...

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