The GOP is feigning outrage over Trump’s locker room comments 11 years ago, but the real outrage what the GOP’s policies against women have wrought.
The GOP’s anti-women policies have wrought horrors against women and children that are far more outrageous than anything Donald Trump has said. Those policies have had real life and death consequences for women and children. Now the GOP is demanding Trump drop out of the race and allow the GOP to choose a replacement. Well head for the fainting couch, it’s not going to happen.
America’s Shocking Maternal Deaths
While the rate of women’s death during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth has dropped in nations across the world, it has reached shockingly high levels in the US. According to the New York Times, the US has “the second-highest maternal mortality ratio among 31 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Only Mexico had a higher figure.” A study by the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, in Texas the ratio of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, doubled to 35.8 in 2014 from 17.7 in 2000.
GOP rejected expansion of Medicaid for poor
Compare Texas with Germany where they have universal healthcare, there were only 4.1 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014. GOP controlled Texas rejected expansion of Medicaid that would have covered 1.2 million more poor under the Affordable Care Act. The GOP with their ideological opposition to contraception and abortion, have repeatedly shortchanged reproductive health programs that benefit women, particularly the poor.
Paul Ryan and the GOP’s Budgets are Killers
Paul Ryan’s tax reform proposals have been particularly bad for women and children. Previous GOP budgets have included (From Arkansas Times):
- At least $2.7 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people buy private insurance.
- Cuts to SNAP (formerly food stamps) by $137 billion over the next decade.
- Cuts to Pell Grants for low- and moderate-income students by up to $125 billion through such means as freezing the maximum grant… and repealing all mandatory funding for Pell Grants.
- Cuts an additional $385 billion — beyond its SNAP cuts —from the budget category containing many mandatory programs for low- and moderate-income Americans, such as Supplemental Security Income for the elderly and disabled, the school lunch and child nutrition programs, and the Earned Income and Child Tax Credits for lower-income working families.
GOP demands Trump drop out of race
Oh the outrage, Donald Trump does not have the “Christian Values” of the GOP. Now the GOP is demanding Trump drop out of the race. Get the vapors as the GOP heads for the fainting couch, Trump has vowed he will never drop out. And why should he, according to the viewers’ calls that came in to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Saturday, they don’t care. Trump as well as his supporters believe in a strong Social Security system, upholding the obligation of our nation to our veterans, feeding our people and making sure our citizens have a right to a dignified life and death.
Nice try GOP but you are not changing a single mind about Trump, you are simply turning the klieg lights on your own hypocrisy. Donald J. Trump will be the next President of the US and there’s nothing you can do about it. Your October surprise is just another GOP dog and pony show of faux Christian values that have nothing to do with Christianity.
By Patricia Baeten