The second annual Blue Jamboree will feature a national political figure as a special guest, the South Carolina Democratic Party announced on Friday.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a U.S. representative from Florida and recently appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee, will attend the upcoming October 22 gala.
At a press conference held at the Charleston Maritime Center, SCDP was joined by the Charleston County and West Ahsley Democratic organizations along with Rep. Jim Clyburn, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen and other event participants and organizers.
Wasserman Schultz’s response to the invite was immediate, said Clyburn; when asked, “she said ‘no question – I’m going to be there’” he told of the congresswoman, who “epitomizes what the future of this country is all about.”
Clyburn used Wasserman Schultz’s recent response to breast cancer as an example Democrats in the state should follow. “She never gave up,” he said, referring to her consistent attendance in congress and even recreational events in the capital despite the diagnosis. “We can’t give up, either.”
Clyburn announces Wasserman Schultz's attendance at the upcoming Blue Jamboree
In her participation at the upcoming Blue Jamboree, Wasserman Schultz can be “the catalyst to bring us back where we need to be,” Clyburn said.
The Blue Jamboree will be the latest in recent South Carolina functions graced by attendance from national Democrats. “(Wasserman Schultz) will be the third national Democrat here in the last two months,” said Jaime Harrison, 1st Vice Chair of the state party. Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser, attended a function in Columbia earlier this month, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu appeared in Orangeburg in July.
An award to a yet-to-be announced honoree will be presented at the event, as well, said Kaye Lingle Koonce.
Koonce is chair of the Marjorie Amos-Frazier “Pacesetter Award” committee, which honors a local activist in the political/social community.
In 1972, Amos-Frazier became the first woman and first African-American to be elected to Charleston’s City Council. The award is to recognize political involvement, “especially from young women,” Koonce said. The “Pacesetter Award” is displayed in Charleston’s city council building.
Honorary co-chairs of this year’s Blue Jamboree include: Dick Riley, former governor and U.S. Sec. of Education; state Sen. Vincent Sheheen; Liz J. Patterson, former U.S. congresswoman; and Brig. Gen. Walter F. Johnson (retired).
Approximately 700 tickets were sold to last year’s Blue Jamboree, according to Michael Whack, public relations director of the event.
Admission for October 22 will be $10.
Bruce Bartlett, former Treasury adviser under George W. Bush, made his opinion of another GOP presidential candidate quite clear this morning.
"Rick Perry is an idiot," Bartlett said on CNN's American Morning, "and I don't think anyone would disagree with that."
Earlier this week, Perry said Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's plans to stimulate the economy through money circulation would be "treasonous."
But spending money (an "expansionary fiscal policy," Bartlett said) is key to correcting current economic problems. And since other methods, such as expansion in government employment and new public works projects, are being delayed and blocked by Republicans in congress, there's no other strategic avenue.
"We have to look to the one institution that still has freedom of action, which is the Federal Reserve. The risks of doing too little are far greater than the risks of doing too much."
Despite serving the Treasury under Pres. Bush and having also been adviser to Pres. Reagan, Bartlett
is known to take a non-partisan approach in his criticisms. The current economic woes, for example, are the fault of the previous Republican president, Bartlett has repeatedly stated
Read about Perry's campaign announcement from right here in Charleston:'Confederates for Perry' upstage campaign announcement
A recently-passed state law requiring voters to present photo IDs could be delayed.
Passed in May, the new law directly affects 178,000 registered voters in South Carolina who are without, or with expired, state-issued photo identification cards.
The problem with the new law is the length of time it could take that high number of residents to receive new IDs. As a result, it can’t be enforced in elections this year, the U.S. Dept. of Justice said on Tuesday.
Robert Cook, deputy attorney general with DOJ, declared “such short time period is beyond the voter’s control.”
South Carolina's new law is yet to be formally approved by DOJ, which is required under the Voting Rights Act. A final ruling on its future use should be issued by the end of the month.
The state Election Commission agrees with Cook. Marci Andino, SEC exec. director, says there isn’t enough time to inform those particular voters before for the next elections in the state.
Municipal elections in the state are scheduled for as early as later this month; 10 different races in Charleston County alone take place
on Nov. 8.
Making the transition even more difficult, Andino says, is the state’s lack of equipment to produce voter identification cards with photos, a planned project still underway
in compliance with the new law.
“We’re waiting to find out if we get preclearance before we spend any money,” she told
South Carolinians seeking to comply with the new law are facing many difficulties, as well. Recent applications for state IDs by affected persons have been rejected
or delayed for reasons ranging from non-certified birth certificates to change of name by marriage.
The 178,000 registered voters without current IDs are supposed to receive new ones at no cost, according to the new Voter ID law. The costs of acquiring the documents requested by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles in order to get such ID have neared $1,000
in some cases.
A final DOJ ruling on use of the Voter ID law should be issued by the end of the month.
Gracing our state yet again, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Outer Space) made her latest stop in Spartanburg.
That's where she made the latest in her series of verbal faux pas, too.
"Before we get started," Bachmann began her address, "let's all say 'Happy Birthday' to Elvis Presley today."
But today's August 16 date isn't the anniversary of the King of Rock 'n Roll's entrance to the world. It's the day Presley died.
But we're used to those errors, which Bachmann's quite well-known to make.
Sometimes she rewrites history, like in her speech to Iowa residents earlier this year. According to Bachmann, the signers of the Declaration of Independence, including John Quincy Adams, "worked tirelessly until slavery was no more," she said
. Of course, those signers (many of whom were slave owners) were all dead by the time emancipation came around, and Adams didn't sign the Declaration (he was only nine years old at the time).
Some of her rewritten history directly insults the people to whom she's speaking. New Hampshire is "where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord,’’ she told
residents of that state. But Lexington and Concord, where the Revolutionary War began, are in the state of Massachusetts (whose residents were also insulted, of course).
And national press had a field day on her mix-up
of Hollywood hero John Wayne with infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
But while those particular gaffes could well be simple accidents by Bachmann, she's well-known to knowingly issue blatant lies, too. (Global warming is a hoax, the US is plotting to secretly change its currency format, swine flu is directly related to Democratic presidencies, healthcare reform includes abortion field-trips for teenaged girls, Dept. of Transportation workers make $170,000 a year, Obama stole $500 million from Medicare, Obama wants to turn Medicare into Obamacare, Glenn Beck should be appointed to independently solve our country's economic crisis, the president wants to ban light bulbs, and breast-feeding leads to government dependency. And those are just a handful of examples. You'll find many more at WaPo
's Fact Checker
and some older ones in a Mother Jones article
And we South Carolinians in the Lowcountry will get our own chance to hear Bachmann bumbles next week! She'll be at Tim Scott's "Town Hall" meeting next Thursday, Aug. 25. Starting at 7 p.m., the event will be held at Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.
Try to come early, though. There's likely to be limited space, so if you want to ask her any questions, you'll have to provide them in writing ahead of time. (And if you'd like suggestions on questions you can offer, let me know - I've got a long list you can choose from!)
'Til then, though, let's close this subject by advising Bachmann to end her bumbles, and with quote directly from the King himself (whose deathday she chose to celebrate today): "Don't be cruel."
Mick Zais, superintendent of South Carolina’s Dept. of Education, recently refused $149 million
in federal funding for our state’s schools. The federal government has no right to contribute to South Carolina’s public education, he said.
Instead, that money – which is directly derived from the taxes we ourselves pay – is now going to schools in the other 49 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. South Carolina is the only one left out of the picture.
And after recent final notice from the U.S. Dept. of Education, Zais finalized that rejection with bitterness, claiming that last contact to be example of “wasted taxpayers’ resources(.)”
But where does that leave us South Carolina taxpayers, who are the source of that $149 million? This rejection of our own tax money to our own schools (which are currently operating at their lowest budget in 20 years and at risk of massive layoffs) is nothing but a prime example of “wasted taxpayers’ resources” in and of itself.
And who says we have to take it lightly? While it certainly leaves us and our children (not to mention the future of our state) hanging dry, it doesn’t have to leave us silent.
That’s why you’ll find documents on this page that you can download and submit to Zais as a billing statement to recover your loss.
That’s right – a bill. It was your money he threw away, after all. And you have every right to request it be returned to you.
Here's the body of its content:“According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census in its most recent data from 2010 surveys, the total population of South Carolina is 4,625,364. (For confirmation, please see: http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/cb11cn112_sc_totalpop_2010map.pdf)
As a result, the $149 million in federal funding offered to our state’s public schools amounts to $32.21 per South Carolina resident.
Following your rejection of this funding, which is derived directly from the income taxes we South Carolinians pay to the federal government, I am left with no other choice but to seek personal compensation of those now-lost funds, which we recently learned are going to benefit all other states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia instead of our own.
This submission, then, is a bill. I now find you and your office to owe me the $32.21 of my tax dollars you decided to waste and give away.”
The billing statement (available in both the 07 and 03 versions of MS Word) can be downloaded right here. The submission address is included on the document, too, and even a clippable statement for him to include with his payment. All you have to do is add your name and address, along with the date of submittal.
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Feel free to make any changes you like, of course. But please send Zais the statement. Those were your tax dollars for education in your state, and which could have benefited South Carolina in so many residual ways (employment, earnings, job retention, new business development, etc.).
She’s not a senior citizen. She’s not a college student originally from another state. She’s not from a rural part of South Carolina, and she doesn’t even live in poverty, either.
But even though she doesn’t fit into any one of those groups of people about to lose their voting rights, “Alice” found out the hard way how a new state law could disenfranchise even more voters.
The new “Voter ID” law recently passed by state legislature quickly received protest, and because of the 178,000 currently registered voters who’ll be disenfranchised by its terms. Without a South Carolina-issued identification card, or if bearing one that’s expired, those already-registered voters will not be allowed to partake in the next election day.
As Alice directly learned last week, though, new and returning residents to the state could have a hill to climb, too, and because of difficulties everyone can have in getting a driver’s license to begin with.
After recently settling into a South Carolina home, she arrived at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles’ office in North Charleston for a new license, using the one from her last residence in North Carolina as identification.
In full preparation for any bureaucratic difficulties, she brought her passport and Social Security card carrying the same name as the NC ID. She even had a recent bank statement and a new South Carolina vehicle registration, too, both of which list her current address in Dorchester County.
And DMV already had records of Alice, who held a South Carolina driver’s license for almost 20 years before moving briefly to Charlotte.
But the DMV told her those ample records weren’t enough. Even a military ID (she’s a four-year Army vet) wouldn’t suffice.
“Alice,” who declined to use her real name (“...I’ve had enough of this already,” she says), was told those documents were insufficient, and that she had to provide her birth certificate, instead.
And that’s where the true problems began for the 38-year-old Summerville native, who just moved back to her home state from Charlotte last December.
At age 16, Alice was adopted by her step-father. Because the South Carolina birth certificate she provided lists a different surname, the DMV office in North Charleston refused to accept it as valid.
“The Social Security number on my card is the same as the one listed on my birth certificate!” Alice pointed out. But that argument didn’t work for her, either.
Not wanting to risk driving with a soon-to-expire license, Alice had to search through legal records at her parents’ home. She returned to the same DMV office, this time armed with court records and with her mother, too – but Alice was again challenged.
The documents didn’t seem valid, she was told by DMV staff. And that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“My daughter became very upset and apologized to the clerk before she cussed her out,” tells Alice’s mom, “Jane” (whose real also can’t be used in order to protect “Alice’s” request for anonymity).
Jane still can’t believe the circumstance actually happened. “Can you imagine someone going to the DMV to acquire a state-issued ID and going through this hassle?”
Alice sure couldn’t imagine it. And that’s what she began to say to the DMV clerk, who eventually gave in and let Alice have her license. “’I didn’t say it wasn’t
valid,’” Alice says the clerk harrumphed in response. “’I just don’t it think it looks
valid,’ she said.”
Even though it was finally resolved, the mother and daughter are even more upset about the problems at risk to occur for others of already-established alienation by the Voter ID law.
“If this is the hassle that is presented to a young person when trying to renew a previously-issued South Carolina license, can you imagine what an elderly person, who could have no idea where any paperwork is, will have to go through?” Jane says. “Especially if all they have is a utility bill with their name and current address on it?
“Do you know how many (voters) will walk away?” Jane wonders.
The problems Jane allude to are well on their way, too. The South Carolina Progressive Network
has been compiling complaints of registered voters who are having a difficult time getting new identification cards from the state.
South Carolina native Larry Butler
, a senior citizen and registered voter, was denied driver’s license renewal this year. After providing a wealth of requested documentation, including birth certificate and school records, Butler was still denied license renewal. Butler was born in a rural part of the state that didn’t provide birth certificates with a state seal. His records from South Carolina schools weren’t accepted because of their absence of records from a long-closed elementary school. Butler also states his legal name is being challenged; DMV said his surname should be Darby, Butler says. Delores Freelon
is a South Carolina native who recently moved back to her home state two years ago. She quickly registered to vote upon her return in 2009, too. But today the state won’t give Freelon a driver’s license. The ID from her former state of residence, Louisiana, is insufficient, she was told. So is the state Medicaid card in her name. Her South Carolina birth certificate was refused, too; her parents were immediately undecided on her first name, so only “baby girl” was listed on the official document, a common practice in state records at that time.
Even though state IDs are to be provided for free to those 178,000 registered voters currently without, the state legislature failed to recognize the costs of acquiring the needed documentation. For example, Butler’s case can cost up to $1,000 in corrections before he’ll acquire an ID, says SC Pro Net.
The governor’s office is also falling short on promises to aid those without current identification, too. In July, Gov. Haley told media
“I will go take them to the DMV myself and help them get that picture ID.”
But when senior Robert Tucker
did just that, the governor’s office didn’t know what he was talking about, he says, and declined to help.
Even a member of a county election commission was caught in the “Catch 22,” Jane says, telling her friend’s story of being denied a birth certificate copy without a state identification card, and then being denied a state identification card without a birth certificate.
“If people wait until it’s close to the 30-day deadline before election day to register to vote, it will be too late, because some will have to jump through hoops to prove who they are,” Jane says.
Also read: Haley breaks promise to aid Voter ID progress Voter ID at the DMV in Wisconsin (and what it could mean in South Carolina) Potential loophole to Voter ID, but challenge still needed, says SC ProNet Colbert Report on Voter ID laws
Rick Perry made it official this afternoon, but only after a small group of demonstrators performed a tongue-in-cheek rally for the latest Republican presidential candidate.
The Texas governor formally announced his campaign from the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston at 1:30 p.m. Beginning at noon, though, three locals in antebellum garb worked the crowd across the street.
“As governor, he’s already threatened to secede Texas from the union,” was a common address they offered to the hundreds attending the weekly Farmer’s Market in Marion Square.
“And if he’s elected president, Perry can secede the whole dang country!”
Working as Bonnie, Clyde and Rutledge Beauregard, the trio engaged with the crowd for about an hour, presenting themselves as confederates reborn after learning of Perry’s bid for the White House.
“We’ve waited 150 years for Rick Perry. We haven’t had a candidate this good since Jefferson Davis!
“And what better place to announce his campaign than right here in South Carolina? We were the first state to secede back in 1861, after all.”
(video above from SC Forward Progress)
Following a Tea Party event in 2009, Perry told media
that Texas could secede from the United States due to Pres. Obama’s stimulus package.
The Recovery Act brought $787 billion into the national economy with goal of rebuilding from recession.
“We’ve got a great union,” Perry said while criticizing the program. “But Texas is a very unique place,” he said in reiteration of the secession idea, “and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”
The confederate three stuck that line to Perry today, bearing “secede now!” signs.
The demonstration (billed “Confederates for Perry”) was organized by SC Forward Progress
, an activist group formed earlier this year. The organization’s declared goal is to draw public intention to the right-wing influence on politics in the both the state and the nation.
“For some reason, the three who were born in the 1800’s haven’t aged since the end of the Civil War,” said Lachlan McIntosh, director of SC Forward Progress, about the demonstrators. “They are excited about Perry’s talk of seceding from the union and his repeated call for states’ rights.”
McIntosh handled press that approached the group, which included both local and national media. ABC News quickly ran the story
on its website.
In today’s formal announcement, Perry was quick in attempt to overcome his 2009 secession statements.
“I know I’ve talked a lot about Texas,” he said
. “I’m a Texan, and I’m proud of it. But first and foremost, I am an incredibly proud American.”
After the demonstration, Bonnie, Clyde and Rutledge quickly returned to their confederate roots in the city where the Civil War began.
Their message is still alive, though, and was even featured in media from Perry's home state.
Federal funding originally intended for South Carolina public schools is now going to other states instead. But not because the U.S. Dept. of Education planned it that way.
In a letter issued yesterday, state Supt. of Education Mick Zais formally refused $149 million in funds allotted specifically for South Carolina, which will now be added to the funds distributed to the remaining 49 states, as well as Dist. of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
And why is that? Because the federal government has no role in our state’s schools, Zais says in this latest of funding refusals.
The U.S. Dept. of Education sent multiple reminders of application for the “Edu Jobs” program, which was approved by congress last September, but never received response from Zais’ office.
According to the Post & Courier
, Ann Whalen recently made a last contact with Zais reminding him of an upcoming deadline. “We hope that teachers and students in South Carolina will be able to benefit from these funds,” the USDE Deputy Director wrote on August 5.
The reminder was bitterly received, however. In a written reply submitted yesterday, Zais told Whalen “I regret that your agency wasted taxpayers’ resources to inform the state again about something it and USDE already knew.
“Instead, your letter appears as another attempt to inject Washington politics into South Carolina’s affairs.”
Edu Jobs was created to
help states prevent teacher layoffs, hire new staff and award overdue pay raises.
The absence of this particular funding, which could have paid the salaries of over 3,000 public school employees in South Carolina, could result in layoffs. Public school teachers in the state have not had any pay increase in over three years, as well.
The effect on school employment in the state is a top complaint of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
“This is about jobs,” says Molly Spearman, executive director of SCASA, who says the employment creation and preservation the funding would have provided would also have benefited the state in other ways, too. “(Edu Jobs) would go to people who would be working in South Carolina – buying groceries, paying taxes.
“It was a way to jumpstart our economy,” she offers.
SCASA anticipated these funding problems after Zais’ election last year, though. School districts are now using “already dwindling” reserve funds to preserve jobs, Spearman says.
The resultant employment-stifling leaves South Carolina in jeopardy of losing qualified educators, too. Citing one recent example of 65 applicants for a single 1st grade teacher’s job as an example, Spearman believes many South Carolinians who just graduated with degrees in education will be forced to move out of state in search of employment. Current teachers facing unemployment risks due to lack of funding will have to do the same, too.
“This whole ideology is disturbing,” Spearman says.
The funding rejection is also supported by Gov. Haley, whose spokesman Rob Godfrey told the Post & Courier
“the solution to our education challenges is not a federal bailout.”
Refusal of participation in Edu Jobs is just the latest funding rejection by Zais. Earlier this year, he withdrew the state from federal “Race to the Top” grant applications, as well, and for the same reasons.
The grant “expands the federal role in education by offering pieces of silver in exchange for strings attached to Washington,” Zais stated
in a May 25 press release. “Schools need less, not more, federal intrusion to increase student achievement.”
SCDE participated in “Race to the Top” in the 2009 and 2010. Grants ranging from $10 million to $50 million were to be awarded to nine qualifying states in 2011.
South Carolina was of guaranteed status to receive “Race to the Top” funding this year, Spearman says.
SCDE annual budgets have been reduced
by $75 million since the 2006-07 fiscal year following passage of Act 388
, which removed property taxes as a source for school funding in exchange for sales taxes. Budgets for particular programs such as students’ meals and health services have been cut in half.
Last year, Zais took the GOP nomination
for the office in June’s primary with 54.2 percent of the vote, and won the November general election with 51.3 percent
North Charleston City Hall is the last place William Hamilton expected to find a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.
That’s where the local attorney spotted it, though, and on the same pole hosting the state flag, too – even right above the Palmetto Moon.
(Photo by William Hamilton)
Named after South Carolinian Christopher Gadsden, who designed it during the Revolutionary War, the Gadsden flag today is the adopted symbol of the Tea Party
As a result, Hamilton says, no public building – certainly not a City Hall and courthouse – should display the political image.
But while the city’s using the flag to send a message, says Ryan Johnson with the mayor’s office, that message isn’t of any politically partisan intentions.
North Charleston has flown the Gadsden at 2500 City Hall Ln since June 9. In a press release from that date, Mayor Keith Summey said “Don’t Tread on Me” was used to protest the planned location of a new intermodal rail in the city’s old Navy base facilities.
South Carolina Public Railways plans a new rail line
at the northern end of the base, now part of the Port of Charleston, for use by Norfolk Southern. It’s needed to provide the railroad company with equal access, SC Public Railways says, since its sole port competitor (CSX) has near-dock accessibility to the southern end of the base.
That new line could block planned development of a new residential and business district in North Charleston, however, Summey says.
(Photo provided by North Charleston mayor's office)
Because of continued insistence by the state for a new rail in that area did Summey decide to hoist the Gadsden. “We are defending ourselves from a larger state, not standing idly by and allowing the quality of life of the citizens of North Charleston to be treaded upon.”
Summey’s message isn’t what’s the matter, though, says Hamilton
, who agrees with the mayor’s protest. “The city probably has a legitimate gripe with State Government over the proposed location of the railroad line.”
The problem, he argues, is the political context and association the flag now carries, which Hamilton says some mayor’s staff told him they were unaware of.
“I’m certainly not comfortable taking clients in court cases into the building,” he says, referring to the political polarity some can take the flag to indicate while it projects from a facility in which only nonpartisan fairness is expected.
“They should pick a different flag (to indicate their protest),” Hamilton says, offering the basic red “stop” flag railways traditionally use as an example.
North Charleston City Hall is just the latest use of the Gadsden flag upon local government property that’s come to light recently. Two weeks ago, public complaints were issued
about “Don’t Tread on Me” vanity plates found on particular Summerville Police Dept. vehicles, and from both sides of the political spectrum.
(Photo by Rob Groce)
Dana Eiser, president of the conservative Lowcountry 9-12 organization, called the Gadsden “very political” in that instance.
"All symbols take on a completely different meaning and that's exactly what's happened to the Gadsden," Eiser told the local Summerville Patch
. "At one time it was very American but because it is now a symbol of the Tea Party, it's no longer very American. It is very right … You can't protect the good of the community if you are showing you are one way or another."
Responding two weeks ago to questions about potential ethics violations in such use of the symbol by Summerville police, state Ethics Commission counsel Cathy Hazelwood said “if the municipality allows this logo, then any other political movement should have its logo on the vehicle,” offering the example of “a Tea Party logo on one side and a Move.On on the other.”
Sections 8-13-765 and 8-13-1346 of the South Carolina Code of Laws
stipulate that state no government property or public equipment can be used in any political manner, including display of political logos and campaign messages.
Asked today to comment about its use upon North Charleston City Hall, Hazelwood offered a more reserved response. “Although I realize a certain group has co-opted the ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, that group is not a political party,” she said.
The Gadsen Flag became the adopted symbol
of the national organization in 2009, and the Tea Party is now an actual registered political party in the state of Florida
While not registered in South Carolina, the Tea Party informally merged
with the state’s GOP in 2010. Karen Floyd, then chair of SCGOP, said the goal was to create liaisons and merge goals between their similar organizations.
Last year, the Gadsden flag was blocked from display on public buildings in Rhode Island
due to the image’s association with the Tea Party.
Other related news: Political plates on cop cars must move, says SEC SCGOP forced to boot county execs after ‘shoot a cop’ comments Latest SC Tea Party crime – pirated software
Alright - all the deficit and default garbage is done and dealt with (...for now, at least).
Now it's time for congress to address other important topics, like unemployment, Afghanistan and ... breast feeding?
Oh, yeah! That's one point Rep. Steve King uses in his argument against recent actions of the Dept. of Health and Human Services (with FAUX News batting clean-up).
Beginning next year, medical services
such as prescription birth control, breast-feeding aids, gestational diabetes and domestic violence screenings are to be fully covered by insurance companies with no deductible. The goal, says
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is to "ensure women get...preventive health benefits(.)" The program can reduce long-term costs of both women's and children's healthcare, analysts say.
But it'll do much more harm than good, King says. According to the Iowa Republican, if we apply preventive medicine, "what you end up with is, you prevented a generation."
And Stephen Colbert was completely supportive of King's premises, too, as well as FOX's arguments against this women's health benefit. In recent edition of his Colbert Report
, he offered "a woman's health decisions are private matter between her priest and her husband!"
Add the dinosaur extinction to your argument, and you've got it down pat.