Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tomthemick@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Duplicitous Democrats


The Maine Democratic Party is bombarding my wife with large colored posters filled with lies about Bruce Poliquin, the Republican candidate for Congress in Maine’s 2nd district where we live. Every time I go to our PO Box it’s jammed full of these things and I have a hard time removing them, they’re so big. I don’t know how much they cost, but I’m sure they’re not cheap. The first one she got is an outline of Maine filled with dozens of women’s faces. Next to it are large pink and black font letters proclaiming: “This Year Alone Nearly 1,200 Maine Women Will Be Diagnosed With Breast Cancer.”
“Wow,” I thought. “That’s a lot for a small state like Maine.” So I turned it over to see the other side. It pictured a young woman seated in what looks like a doctor’s office or medical clinic. Above her, big red headlines blare: “BRUCE POLIQUIN Would Limit Access to Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings for Maine Women.” Then I’m thinking: “What?” Further down it states: ”Bruce Poliquin said he would block federal funding to Planned Parenthood, a key provider of cancer screenings for women.”
My wife tore it up. I taped it back together

Then it dawned on me: Most people believe Planned Parenthood does mammograms. They don’t. Planned Parenthood is far more interested in performing abortions. They’d rather invest in the equipment to dismember babies than in Xray machines to do mammograms. Planned Parenthood does more abortions by far than anyone else in America - 327,166 abortions in 2012 alone. When President Obama debated Mitt Romney that year, he used the same old lie: “When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood,” Obama said, “there are millions of women all across the country who rely on Planned Parenthood for not just contraceptive care. They rely on it for mammograms…”
I’ll say it again: Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms. They do Pap tests, yes, but mostly what they’re set up for is abortions.
Poliquin wants to stop sending millions in federal funds to Planned Parenthood because they’re the biggest abortionists in the country, not because they do Pap tests. Poliquin is pro-life. So is Romney. So am I. So is my wife. Democrats are the party of abortion. It’s their biggest issue, but they don’t like to even say the word. Instead, they use euphemisms like “Women’s Health,” as if pregnancy were a disease and abortion a cure, or “Reproductive Rights,” as if sucking babies out of their mothers’ wombs is “reproduction.” Whenever a nomination is made to the US Supreme Court - the third branch of our federal government - what do Democrats want to know about the appointee? They want to know if he/she supports abortion, that’s what. Every other issue pales by comparison.
So big a lie, I couldn't get it all on my scanner

It’s the biggest issue for the Maine Democratic Party too, but they’ll never come out and say it. Instead they send duplicitous mailings to camouflage what they really believe. They smear Poliquin by portraying him as someone who doesn’t care about cancer in women. That’s low-down. To them, protecting innocent life in the womb is a “War on Women.” Another eight-and-a-half by fourteen cardboard mailing proclaimed: “BRUCE POLIQUIN Wants Politicians and Bosses Making Women’s Health Care Decisions” next to the headline is a women lying in a hospital bed with a worried look in her eyes. Further down it says, “He even supports letting bosses decide whether or not women have access to birth control.”
What unadulterated crap! I’ve never heard of a Republican candidate who is against women accessing birth control. It’s made up out of the whole cloth. Republicans are against being forced to pay for abortion-inducing drugs in employer-paid medical insurance premiums. If a woman wants those pills for herself, she can pay for them herself and birth control pills are $6 a month at Walmart. No Republican anywhere is preventing women’s access to birth control, nor is anyone recommending it.
The Truth is just the opposite

Other fliers sent to my wife are aimed at seniors. They’re big, colored cardboard with pictures of worried-looking older people, and they claim Poliquin would: “Put Your Retirement At Risk” with “changes to Social Security and Medicare.” The truth is just the opposite. The whole federal system is going to collapse if we don’t make the changes Poliquin suggests, like raising the retirement age. When Poliquin took over as Maine State Treasurer, he strengthened the
Maine Public Employees Retirement System for many Mainers. It had been grossly underfunded by Democrats who were in power for decades and would not have survived without Poliquin's and LePage’s fix. Such underfunding has bankrupted cities around the country and threatens several states.

That’s the pension I draw as a retired teacher, and my wife will get after I’m gone. If Poliquin and enough other conservatives are elected to Congress, they’ll fix Social Security and Medicare too.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Texas Transplant said...

Thank you again for using our language correctly. It seems to me that by changing words in order to make facts politically correct - i.e. acceptable - we are living in a morass of semantic lies and misinformation. Many voters are, literally, "uninformed" - and their votes may affect all of us in years to come.

10/8/14, 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice cherry picking of facts, you willfully ignorant shill. From the same source and the same sentence you referenced it says, "Cancer screening and prevention services — which would include breast exams — made up 14.5 percent of all medical services. Abortion made up 3 percent...".



10/8/14, 11:21 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

It calls itself "Planned Parenthood" and it specializes in abortions. The rest is cover. Yes, they do breast examinations, but not mammograms. Abortions and related equipment are much more important to PP than mammography equipment. They refer women out for mammograms, but do abortions in house.

Those are the facts, Jasper. It's the Maine Democratic Party muddying the water here, not me. Poliquin wants to cut federal funds for Planned Parenthood because he is against abortion, not because he's against cancer screenings, but that's what your Democrat buddies are saying. It's a bald-faced lie.

Who's the real shill here, Jasper?

10/8/14, 11:46 AM  
OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 said...

"euphemisms like “Women’s Health,” as if pregnancy were a disease and abortion a cure, or “Reproductive Rights,”

Lest we forget the codespeak/dog whistle/reinterpretation/malaprop of "access to..." in summarizing subsidy/other peoples money.

CaptDMO

10/8/14, 7:18 PM  
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