And another oxymoron is born: Republican Logic. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why Mike Huckabee thinks it’s insulting to women to have their birth control pills covered by their insurance plan. Not to mention the fact that he thinks the pill controls a woman’s libido. Perhaps that’s the story his wife told him. “Honey, I’m just not in the mood. You know, those birth control pills really put the kibosh on my sex drive.”
Here’s what Huckabee said: “(I)f the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. Let us take that discussion all across America because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be. And women across America need to stand up and say, “Enough of that nonsense.”
First the obvious. Remember “family planning?” That’s what birth control pills are all about. The ability to plan if and when you’re ready to have children. In Huckabee’s world, I guess women only have sex when they want to procreate. He doesn’t say anything about men’s libido. To resurrect an old joke, the sheep must be nervous.
But even more bizarre is the notion that wanting the government to ensure and protect your rights makes you a helpless victim.
If that’s what Huckabee really believes, the logical extension of his argument is that we should encourage everybody to go out and buy a Bushmaster and then get rid of the Department of Defense.
Think of the savings. The 2014 DOD budget is $830.9 billion. That’s $2,628 for every man, woman and child in America or $10,512 for a family of four. The maximum annual food stamp allotment for a family of four is $7,584. The food stamp (SNAP) program’s total budget, at $80 billion is less than one tenth of the military budget.
If we divided up the savings from closing down the military and sent every family a check, we could eliminate the whole SNAP program and so much more. We might actually win America’s longest running war. The 50-year war on poverty.
Mike Huckabee might be on to something. Or on something…