• Wed, Oct 10 2012

The Big Bird Romney Attack Ad Is An Infuriating Waste Of Money

big bird romneyObama has my vote.  There is really nothing that could happen that would change that.  But the Big Bird Romney attack ad was infuriating waste of time and money.  I am terrified that undecided voters will lean toward Mitt Romney.  And I want my President to take this election seriously.

Romney’s focus on cutting funds to PBS is absolutely ridiculous.  We definitely aren’t going to balance the budget cutting the pennies that public broadcasting gets.  The cuts Romney has promised to make to other programs – like Medicaid – would be devastating to many more Americans.  I really don’t think people understand how much alleged “entitlement” programs do for so many in this country.  Can we stop poking fun at a would-be President, and focus on that for a minute?

When I became pregnant with my son, I was covered by an insurance plan that I had purchased when I moved to New York.  For roughly $300 a month, I got a discount plan on doctors, and partial hospital coverage.  The plan basically resulted in my paying $300 a month to be billed for about 45% of any medical procedure I needed.  It was not great – but it was the only thing I could afford, and I didn’t want to be without insurance.

The birthing center I decided to use didn’t take this insurance.  The midwives recommended I apply for the Prenatal Care Assistance Program.  This is basically Medicaid for pregnant women.  It is easier to be eligible when you are pregnant, because the income restrictions are much looser.

You can never really predict how a pregnancy is going to go.  My child ended up in distress at 41 weeks, and I had to have an emergency C section.  This required major surgery, a four-day hospital stay, a variety of drugs, and a plethora of doctors on the clock.  Had I not applied for PCAP and stuck to the flimsy coverage I had, this would have bankrupted me and put my newly growing family on very shaky financial ground.

I am terrified for the women who may not be entitled to benefit from these programs if Romney is elected.  I am terrified for the children who will have a harder time getting insurance coverage.  Not to mention the complete horror I feel when I think about what will happen to a woman’s right to control what happens in her body.  The thought of that keeps me up at night – scared that the young women of America will have to go back to that dangerous time before Roe v Wade was passed.

Mr. President, I stood in line for three hours to vote for you in 2008, and I am prepared to do it again.  I love Big Bird, I have a sense of humor, and I get where you’re coming from – Romney is ridiculous.  But please don’t make a joke about the desperate need that a lot of us have to believe that there is hope.  What is on the line for many of us just isn’t funny.

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  • ngibbons

    What exactly is ridiculous about Romney? He is simplu demonstrating the kind of fiscal responsibility that Obama is incapable of. And Romney is not the person using a Muppet in his ads. Instead of just calling someone ridiculous and quoting your party’s tired talking points, perhaps you should further educate yourself about gov’t spending.

    • Lawcat

      0.00014% of the budget! What a fiscally responsible guy! That’s like me cutting a penny from my spending every couple days.

      If an impact is to be made, larger items need to be cut. Namely, defense. Two wars are expensive. End corporate subsidies, especially to those making recordbreaking profit. Let the Bush cuts expire. Make sure the estate taxes stay in place. And maybe…tax those that keep money in offshore and foreign accounts instead of in the US.

    • libraryofbird

      Lawcat:
      When trimming your personal budget do you start with the big things first like your mortgage? Or do you cut out the smaller things you can live without like a daily coffee run? If PBS was the only thing that Romney was talking about cutting then yes it would be silly.

    • Lawcat

      Well, since I’ve paid off my mortgage, I’d say I start with that. Paying off my mortgage faster = less interest = less payments = more $ in my pocket in the long term. I’ve now able to bank my previous mortgage payment adding $15,000 to my disposable income each year.

      But cutting out a penny a day (if that)? It might add up over time, but it won’t make the impact that cutting a larger chunk would.

      I’m a former Republican; Independent currently. I don’t like government waste, but my concern with Romney is that he’s going to be very lenient on businesses allowing more corporate loop holes and subsidies for the sake of “growth.”

  • Pants

    Obviously the scare tactics have worked on you. That’s what I’m scared of for this election. When a party is more focused on a muppet than an ambassador being sodomized, killed, and dragged through the streets by terrorists, we all have much bigger things to worry about.

    • Ipsedixit

      Tea Party websites make GREAT news sources. They absolutely CANNOT be wrong. Ever.

    • Anna

      The state department has admitted they were terrorists and you can read about that on CNN. Or you can bury your head in the sand and focus on Big Bird, aka The Big Yellow Distraction.

    • ipsedixit010

      Terrorists, yes. I think that’s been established. Sodomized? That’s a tea party favorite gained from the always reliable Lybian news. Which is hilarious, because for a party that spends a lot of time advocating against anything Muslim/Middle East, they sure are quick to embrace any news that supports their agenda.

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  • Me

    Mitt Romney is just ridiculous. Pure Sh*t.