December 08, 2011

Obama: It's 'morning-before' election season

Latest sign? President Obama backs HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius in overruling the FDA on making the morning-after pill available to minors without a prescription.

He reportedly cited his role as a father. And used that to draw this word picture:
“And as I understand it, the reason Kathleen made this decision was she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going into a drugstore should be able — alongside bubble gum or batteries — be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect.  And I think most parents would probably feel the same way.” 
Dear Dear Leader: If, even with problems in low-income minority areas, you believe 10-year old pregnancies are common, you've got a lot more rebuilding to do in America. If, despite your campaign pledges in 2008 to follow science, you believe there's enough 10-year-old knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and of modern science to cause a rush of sexually active 10-year-olds to Walmart's pharmacy counter, you've got to hit the science textbooks. And, if you think we really believe this has nothing to do with politics, you've got to do a better job of lying.

I mean, as a word picture, your paragraph above is simply laughable.

Here's the reality:
“Where is an 11-year-old going to get the $50 to buy this product?” asked James Trussell, director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. “Why would they want to? It’s all nonsense.”
Internally, of course, Obama cited his role as a neocentrist Democrat chasing semi-conservative independent voters.

Here's even more reality, per the Nation's Katha Pollitt and her blistering attack on both Sibelius and Obama: The actual instructions that an 11-year-old supposedly can't understand.
“Plan B One-Step dosage consists of a single tablet taken once. A second tablet or dose is not required. The Plan B One-Step tablet should be taken as soon as possible and not more than 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure."
Doesn't seem like that could be that hard to understand at age 11, no.

And, beyond conservative-pandering sexual politics, it's hard to disagree with Pollitt that this is anti-female conservative-pandering sexual politics.
Needless to say, no one suggests that underage boys get a prescription if they want to use condoms, or that grown men have to ask the pharmacist for them and maybe get a lecture about the evils of birth control and promiscuity.
That said, I don't know about Pollitt's personal voting, but hell will freeze over before the Nation ever endorses a Green, Socialist, or other truly progressive presidential candidate instead of the default Democrat.

Good fucking doorknob, this is going to be a long election season, at least the part of it with the stupidity, pandering and other intelligence insulting of both Obama and whomever the GOP nominates.

I trust the Greens won't insult my intelligence. Or, were the party in Texas, the Socialists. Hell, maybe even the Libertarians won't insult my intelligence quite so blatantly.

But, they probably will.

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