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Vote For Todd Akin For Senate

First, I’d like to preface this with one thing. Before anyone gets the bright idea to start complaining about what I have to say here, bear in mind that I am not making these statements without some degree of experience in the matter at hand. I was date-raped in college. To be exact, the situation would undoubtedly meet the requirements of what Todd Akin considers “forcible rape”, since it was a violent situation, and the only reason why I call it “date-rape” is because I had actually dated my attacker. It wasn’t one of those “Oh no, I had sex with HIM?”, followed by after-the-fact claims that it had been against my will situations. I fought, and had the bruises to prove it.

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Now that you all know where I am coming from, let’s focus for a moment or two on Akin’s asinine statement. In case you missed it, I’m from Pennsylvania, so I’m not entirely unfamiliar with screwed up comments on the role of women, abortion, and all the other hot button issues to do with sexuality that get the religious right all in a tizzy. Before there was Akin, there was Rick Santorum, after all. I read Santorum’s manifesto, It Takes a Family, and bluntly, his “crazy” isn’t very far from Akin’s current nonsense. But it wasn’t Santorum’s undoing here in the Keystone State. What did him in had more to do with dollars, than religious nonsense. Why? Because we were all wise enough to know that dear old Santorum wasn’t in a majority on his wacko ideas about any of those religious issues. Even with the shift right, he still isn’t. And this time around, his religious views got him early victories, but his fiscal issues that screwed him here in Pennsylvania, came back to haunt him.

Enter Akin, and the race for the Senate seat in Missouri. No matter how wackadoodle the man is when it comes to issues like rape and abortion, he is still a better fiscal choice than his opposition. Call me silly, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the folks in Missouri aren’t any less intelligent than the folks here. I think they are smart enough to realize that in this election, they need to vote in favor of their pocketbooks, not their Bibles. Scream at Akin, and demand an apology or retraction of his silly statement about legitimate rape victims (whatever that means) not being able to get pregnant against their will. But, stop demanding that he step aside.

Seriously, this is not worth it. He’ll eat crow for this one way or the other, and even if he doesn’t, the bottom line is that there is no way he could ever cause a law against abortion without exceptions for rape victims to be passed. Bluntly, there are far too many big fish to fry before anyone even thinks about this on the Hill. If nothing else, take it from a woman who could have easily ended up in need of an abortion after a rape. Akin’s statement is meaningless in the grand scheme of things. It was ignorant, and he should apologize for it. But, handing that seat back to Claire McCaskill over this is overkill.

I don’t know what Akin will do to make up for this, if anything. But, the priceless response would be an apology, and perhaps something about not bowing to Islam, and the practice of rape and forced conversion. I can dream, can’t I?

UPDATE: Akin did respond. Yes, he did say that he misspoke, and expressed his feelings of empathy for victims of rape. And, more importantly, he placed the focus back where it really belongs:

“But I also believe that this election is about a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We’ve had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead.”

“It’s the economy, stupid!”

Reminder: Tax Day is Tomorrow, A Trip Down “Memory Lane”

     April 15th is our national tax day deadline. This is the day many hard working Americans will run around frantically trying to get the income tax statements mailed into the IRS by the stroke of midnight, lest the nasty collection agents and thuggish IRS bullies start threatening anyone who has missed this all important deadline. If you will notice in the aforementioned group of taxpaying Americans, they were referred to as hard working, which certainly leaves the four and a half day weekend- loving politicians out.  Most of the time they leave on Thursday afternoon and waltz into work sometime on Tuesday.  When it comes to the tax man imposing strict penalties and interest charges on Americans who miss the April 15th deadline, this also appears to only apply to the hard working taxpayer and not the members of Congress.

   Is that Senator Claire MCCaskell imitating the “scout’s honor” sign, and promising America that she will actually remember to pay all of her taxes this year in the picture at the left ?

    I say the hell with them,why don’t we all just ” forget ” to meet the IRS deadline of April 15th, and not send in those payment checks ?  We can just follow the lead of the politicians and their forgetfulness. Sen. Claire McCaskell (D-Mo)    just ” forgot ” to pay her taxes on an airplane for over 4 years and paid no penalty or did any jail time either. We were told that she wrote the check for her back taxes right away, and will sell the airplane involved in her forgetfulness to pay her fair share of taxes. I would like to see the actual check and IRS thank you note for Claire’s stated payment for  the almost half a million dollars in taxes that she just forget to pay for over four years. I recently asked Claire on twitter just how much jail time she did for the felony of evading pay-ing income tax for four years and never received a reply. Claire did have enough time to announce her next TV appearance on twitter, yet was too busy to answer the question of what jail time the big bad IRS gave her for her felony forgetfullness. She also refused to answer just how much in ” penalties ” she had to pay for it. Maybe the hard working taxpayers should just send in a note with their income tax return statement to the IRS that says I have a case of Claire McCaskell forgetfulness, and therefor I must have forgotten to include my payment check this year. Check with me in four years, maybe I will remember to pay it then,  just like Claire did, Please do not threaten me with those silly penalties and jail time either , as we now know you do not enforce them any longer.

    Another forgetful Democrat’s name you can write on your IRS statesment of non-payment this year is Congressman Charlie Rangel. Either the IRS publishes the proof that he paid all his back taxes and interest penalties for his forgetfulness, or we send in the Charlie forgot to pay his taxes for several years and so did I this note in leiu of a payment check.  Ya see, in 1987 Charlie purchased a luxury rental unit in Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic. This is in a yacht club people, not the urban ghetto slums of America, and it rents for a whopping $1100.00 dollars a night in peak season. First Charlie emphatically said there is no unreported income, period. Then he tried to blame it on his wife’s incompetence. next he was found to have under-reported the income from this luxury rental property in 2004, and 2005 reporting less than 5 grand in income  for the whole year. We pay income taxes on a yearly basis Mr. Rangel, and your property goes for 5 grand a week during peak season not 4 grand a year! In the end he remembered that he failed to pay income taxes on 75 grand over 7 years. Did he go to jail for felony income tax evasion ?  Not only did he not go to jail, he still sits in our Congress demanding that other people pay more in taxes, and also paid no penalties or interest for the 7 years on income tax evasion. That is a hell of a lot of forgetfulness there, Charlie.

     Tax day is tomorrow. While we must remember that tax laws and deadlines, penalties, interest and jail time will only be applied to the working man in America and not the career politicians that are supposed to work for the people, please remember Claire and Charlie as you write out the IRS payment check. Or, you could simply write out the ” I forgot just like Charlie and Claire did ” note, in leiu of a payment check.