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There was a time, a long time ago, when people looked out for each other and neighbors and families helped when someone was down.  Churches reached out too.  There was a time when we were our brother’s keeper, not because we had to be, but because we chose to be.  It was just the right thing to do.  Then came the progressives (of both parties) in the early 1900’s.  Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR.  They drastically increased the size of the federal government and scope of the government’s power.  They started programs to “help” people.  And what happened?  People have, ever since, become more and more and more reliant on the government.  People have stopped turning to friends and neighbors and churches for help and just have just gone to the welfare line.  People have become less self sufficient and more dependent.  The family unit is no longer valued.  What do we need dad for?  We get more with Uncle Sam.  It’s really very, very sad.  We now have a generations of people who rely on the government for most of their needs.  Food, housing, childcare, education, and now healthcare.  What has happened to us?  What happened to the people who didn’t want a king ruling over them?  Where did that go?  What a sad and mournful people we have become!  The “American Dream” used to be to work hard and do your best and work hard and then work hard some more, and then create a better life for your kids than you had.  That’s certainly not the case now.  Why work hard and do your best when the government will give you everything you need?  Plus, now if you work really hard and become successful and wealthy, you are villianized.  When did success become so bad?  When did hard work go out the window and envy become the rule in America?  When did we become a people who would turn over their God-given rights for government given handouts?  When did we become so wrapped up in ourselves we stopped caring about our brother?  Oh America, my heart breaks for you!  How sad and pitiful you have become!  You are now as a beggar in the street, when once you had the castle in the clouds.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen!!

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I feel the need to address the issue of birth control.  While this wasn’t an issue before it was manufactured at the GOP debate with George Stephanopoulos, it has since become quite the hot button issue.  This is in large part due to the main stream media (MSM).

During the January 7, 2012 debate in New Hampshire, Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney about whether he believed states had the right to ban birth control.  Rather dumbfounded, Romney called him out on the question and rightly stated that no states want to do that so it was a non-issue.  Other candidates agreed.  At the time, it seemed a rather silly question and most of us didn’t think much about it after the debate.  Well…

Except the White House.  Seems to most of us now, that this question was put into the debate to spark interest in the issue.  See, the White House was soon to announce the new birth control mandate in the health care bill.  This new mandate, among other things, required religious institutions, such as Catholic Hospitals and Catholic employers, to provide birth control to patients or employees.  Well, naturally, this didn’t sit well with the Catholic Church (or any of us who believe in religious freedom), as the Catholic Church does not believe in birth control.  How could the government institute a mandate that would require a person or group to have to go against their religious beliefs.

So, the Catholic Church rightly called foul on this new mandate.  We can’t have a law that goes against religious beliefs, whatever those may be.  Then, President Obama changed the mandate to accommodate the religious objections.  He said health insurance will have to cover contraception (including drugs that cause abortions)- FREE.  Yeah, that’s right, I said FREE.  So, now President Obama is right that it isn’t a religious issue.  It is however, an economic one.  Now we have the White House telling PRIVATE COMPANIES what services they must provide and how much they must charge for them.   Yeah, that’s not allowed, either.  But, then again when has the President cared about silly things like the Constitution?!

So that’s where we are at right now.  Now, I’d like to share my thoughts on the birth control issue.

First of all, I fully acknowledge that some women use birth control pills to treat medical conditions.  I have endometriosis.  I get it.  I understand how valuable the hormone therapy is.  I still don’t think, however, that the government should be forcing a company to provide medication for such conditions.

What I really want to address are those people who want birth control to use as birth control.  First, let me say, I’m glad people want to be “responsible” when they have sex.  However, aren’t you asking someone else to take responsibility when you are asking them to pay for it??  Since this is an issue the left as rallied behind, I decided to check out their own Planned Parenthood’s website.  According to the website, birth control pills only cost between $15-$50 a month.  It just doesn’t seem like that much to me.  I mean, if you want to make the choice to have sex, maybe you should make sure you can actually afford to do so, instead of passing on the responsibility to someone else.

Which brings me to one Sandra Fluke.  Georgetown law student.  Feminist extraordinaire.  Ms. Fluke testified before Congress about how important it is for the government to get involved and make sure everyone gets free birth control.  And she talked about how it was costing her $3000 a year for birth control.  Wait…WHAT?!?!

Let me get this straight.  The left says we have to fund Planned Parenthood because of all they do for women’s health.  They tout Planned Parenthood as a wonderful organization that is only there to help women.  And, according to Planned Parenthood, birth control only costs between $15-$50 a month.  If I do my math right, that is $50 times 12 months.  That puts us at $600 a year for birth control pills.  But it is costing Ms. Fluke $3000?!  What kind of birth control is she using??  Good grief!

Not only was her testimony insincere and phony, her numbers don’t even make sense.  This who issue has become one big dog and pony show designed to make the GOP look terrible and awful in the eyes of women.  Except, it’s not working.  The liberals, who wouldn’t vote for a Republican anyway, still think the government should cover birth control.  Heck, they’d probably create a department to be in charge of handing out birth control pills on street corners.  But, those of us on the right, who don’t want the government involved in any aspect of our health care, think the Ms. Fluke and this manufactured issue are ridiculous.  While the left paints the GOP as not wanting women to have birth control, that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  We have no problem with birth control pills, we just want you to pay for them yourselves.  Somewhere along the way, personal responsibility became a bad thing??

Speaking of personal responsibility, I have an earth-shattering idea.  Hold on now, I don’t know if you’ll be able to handle this.  Are you ready???

If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t have sex.

WHOA!  Did I just blow your mind right there?!

Seems like a crazy idea, but it might just work!  If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t do the one thing that gets you pregnant.  Simple enough to me.

Having sex is a choice.  You do not have to do it.  You can actually choose not to.

By asking the government or a private company to pay for your birth control pills, you are saying, “I want to make the grown-up decision to have sex, but I’m not willing to handle any of the responsibilities of it.  That is someone else’s job.”

Let me throw this scenario out there.  Suppose your neighbor came knocking at your door and said, “My boyfriend and I want to have sex.  Can you please come to the store with me and buy my birth control for me?”  What would you say?

I know I would tell her no and council her to grow up before making the grown-up decisions.  Why should it be my responsibility to provide her with her birth control??  It shouldn’t.  Pure and simple.

There is simply NO reason, what so ever, for the government to get involved in this.

It sickens me how much personal responsibility has gone out the window; how lacking and hypocritical this society is.  Don’t tell me what I can do with my body, but give me free birth control.  What a load of crap.  Grow up people.   One day you are going to have the government so involved in every aspect of your lives that you may not be able to even choose what cereal you have for breakfast.  You want the government involved in your lives.  Be careful what you wish for….it’s a very slippery slope.

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With all the plans Obama has for new government programs, entitlement programs have been under a microscope lately.  I believe this is a good thing.  The folks at the Heritage Foundation have written a great article about the costs of these programs.  It is completely out of control.  Now, Obama and his liberal friends want to add more.  To many Americans, the promises that they are making sound great.  But one of the problems with all of these programs (and there are many programs and many problems) is that people don’t look at what it will really cost them.   Here’s a great graphic that illustrates this beautifully.  (Click to enlarge.)

We must start cutting entitlement programs.  (And no, we shouldn’t just abandon the people that are on Social Security.)  We simply cannot allow more government entitlement spending.

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