News From The Front Lines Of The War On Women


Steve Benen:

House GOP blocks Violence Against Women Act

Congress had a lengthy to-do list as the end of the year approached, with a series of measures that needed action before 2013 began. Some of the items passed (a fiscal agreement, a temporary farm bill), while others didn’t (relief funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy).

And then there’s the Violence Against Women Act, which was supposed to be one of the year’s easy ones. It wasn’t.

Back in April, the Senate approved VAWA reauthorization fairly easily, with a 68 to 31 vote. The bill was co-written by a liberal Democrat (Vermont’s Pat Leahy) and a conservative Republican (Idaho’s Mike Crapo), and seemed on track to be reauthorized without much of a fuss, just as it was in 2000 and 2005.

But House Republicans insisted the bill is too supportive of immigrants, the LGBT community, and Native Americans — and they’d rather let the law expire than approve a slightly expanded proposal. Vice President Biden, who helped write the original law, tried to persuade House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to keep the law alive, but the efforts didn’t go anywhere.

And so, for the first time since 1994, the Violence Against Women Act is no more.

If you were to listen to the usual suspects you would think the Republicans just legalized domestic violence. But believe it or not domestic violence is still illegal in all 57 states. As a matter of fact, domestic violence is normally not a federal offense anyway, just like rape, robbery and murder are not.

The Violence Against Women Act is the kind of legislation the Democrats love. It gives them a chance to hand out some federal largesse and with a name like that it’s political suicide to oppose it. Heads we win, tails they lose.

I’m not saying it’s a bad law. There are definitely some worthy parts to it. But instead of breaking it into pieces and voting on them individually VAWA is a bundle of a bunch of different stuff and the GOP has to take it or leave it as-is. This most recent “reauthorization” also includes some new stuff that wasn’t in the original act.

The act dishes out about $500 million dollars a year – about equal to what we lost on Solyndra. As the Vile Progs assured us then, half a billion dollars ain’t that much money. It’s about 45 minutes worth of our annual federal spending.

I am firmly opposed to domestic violence but I also have a general objection to the creeping federalization of government. Every one of the thousands of federal grants and programs out there has a worthy purpose. They also have strings attached. And as the saying goes, “One man’s pork is another man’s dinner”.

Just because an act has a worthy purpose doesn’t mean it’s a worthy law. Nor does it mean that its necessary. Keep in mind who we’re talking about here: congresscritters. They can’t be trusted. Be especially wary when they make emotional appeals. They are trying to manipulate you.

Don’t let them.


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69 Responses to News From The Front Lines Of The War On Women

  1. fbombsucks says:

    VAWA is dead for now. But it will rise again with even more corruption and hate.

      • fbombsucks says: read this website . Seriously.

        • elliesmom says:

          If your wife is abusing you, leave. Odds are you have the bigger paycheck and credit cards in your own name. If you’re worried she’s also abusing your kids, take them with you.

          • fbombsucks says:

            If your husband is abusing you leave. Odds are the justice system will milk him for everything he has and you’ll be better of finically than before. If you think he might abuse the children then accuse him of it. The courts will believe you at your say so. It also means more money for you!. But go ahead and support corruption it shows the world who you really are.

        • elliesmom says:

          Personally, if my husband was abusing me, I’d poison him.

        • votermom says:

          Smart! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Mary says:

          He’d only lay a hand on me once, elliesmom. Cuz then I’d shoot him.

          True story. Sue me.

        • HELENK says:

          my husband and I had an agreement . He could hit me once but never go to sleep again,because he would never know when I would get him. one of my favorite movies was The Burning Bed and my heroine is Lorena Bobbitt.

  2. I am very cranky. The cats are making me crazy- this waking me up at oh dark thirty has got to stop.
    The VAWA makes me even crankier. Like they give a shit about women. Either side. Nope. Election time is over- so Roe V Wade can go back in storage for a few years and they will use this to distract.
    Makes me wonder what they are doing behind the curtain. Whenever Pravda starts pushing one thing- it is time to go hunting for what they are doing that is really screwing us.

    • elliesmom says:

      While Elliesdad has adjusted to not having to get up before daylight quite easily, Ellie is taking longer. I’m getting smothered with “I have to pee” puppy kisses before “the dawn’s early light” every day now. While I am her primary caregiver, he was the one who let her out before, but she doesn’t seem to make that connection. As this point he’s still sleeping, but she and I have been up for two hours.

    • Unlikely. Next year is the fiftieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, so I expect parades with dancing, mutilated fetuses, along with an homage art installation about back alley abortions.

  3. although I completely agree with your reasoning and would add that the REAL War on Women is the one where neither party uses their opportunities to help advance the number of women in power, this will be hard for the R’s to explain away in a sound bite and feeds into their image of a party that is against women. It is so frustrating!!

    listening to Representative and Party Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers speak so eloquently throughout the past election cycle about how the Republican approach is great for women is a perfect way for the R’s to pivot to improve their profile with women. Why do they and the Democrats BOTH keep squandering their opportunities? There is a War on women alright, and it is being waged on both sides. Sadly, perception IS reality more than ever.

    • myiq2xu (D) says:

      It’s like Chris Rock said about AIDS – they don’t really want to cure it, they want to treat it.

      There’s no money in the cure, the money is in the medicine.

      Once women have full equality, what can the Democrats sell them?

      • votermom says:

        If Dems cared about violence against women, then instead of forcing employers to pay for women’s contraceptives & abortions, they would force employers to pay for women’s guns.

    • swanspirit says:

      That would be nice ,what Swanee wrote about Republicans electing more women ,and in general I agree with that ; if the Dems and Vile Progs had not deliberately targeted every woman Republican running , the now epic history of Palin Derangement Syndrome ,and the fact that she refers to the women present in the party as evidence of tokenism .

      • elliesmom says:

        Anytime the Republicans manage to get a woman or a minority person elected, the vile progs declare it “tokenism”. Even the NAACP is going after Tim Scott. Women and minorities are only allowed to be the property of the Democratic Party. Look how they targeted Mia Love. How dare she be a black Republican and a Mormon to boot?

        • swanspirit says:

          Exactly , it is such a set up . Look the repubs have no minorities , or women , because we went after everyone they have like vicious hyenas .

      • Erica says:

        Yeah, and also how they dissected Hillary and gave her delegates to Obama. Dems screaming about the war on women really have little truck with me.

  4. elliesmom says:

    Family violence doesn’t require a federal bill. We just need local law to do its job. But then there wouldn’t be any way for our senators and congresscritters to score points with their constituents. While Sandy was just another storm where I am, I have friends who had their homes and livelihoods seriously damaged. They’re all livid because the House did not vote on the Hurricane Sandy relief package. I’d like to see the House propose and vote on a bill that only targets relief for real Sandy victims. One that doesn’t include things like aid for Alaska’s fisheries. Last I checked Alaska wasn’t in the path of the storm, but geography is a hard subject to learn apparently. Totally pork free legislation, even “vegan” if you will. Vote on it, pass it, and send it along to the senate. Not passing the VAWA because too many things had been added to it could be the start of a trend if they follow through.

    • Mary says:

      I completely agree with making the family violence issue more of a local law concern. Cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all just doesn’t cut it, given the differences in localities, populations, economics, etc, in the families concerned.

      Block grants could be made to states, to be handled at that level, instead of all the national grandstanding for political purposes.

      • swanspirit says:

        The greatest difference in family violence , imo, has been in education of the police responding to calls, and educating women in abusive relationships , and helping them recover , but that part is difficult . I have seen women with their front teeth knocked out return to relationships . I think the biggest factor overlooked in domestic violence is male violence . I know women can be abusive, but the stats are facts . The overwhelming number of incidents are male offenders . We have to intervene more effectively with men , as well, and not just write them off as lost causes .

        • votermom says:

          Another factor is judges who don’t think beating up your wife/gf/daughter is forgivable. I have read that lawyers for women in domestic abuse cases pray that they get conservative judges because they tend to give the stricter judgements. It’s the liberal ones who fall for the “he was just feeling victimized by an oppressive boss/govt/system and needs counseling” shtick.
          Court then sends the abuser to group counseling where he learns new tricks for how to control & abuse his family from experienced abusers. ๐Ÿ™„

      • swanspirit says:

        Even in other cultures …

        Due to new police policy, no women murdered in Lod or Ramle in 2012
        Important change in how police handle threats to Arab women by family members is ceasing to rely on local sheikhs.

  5. yttik says:

    Somebody deliberately added language to the VAWA that would make it unappealing to Republicans, specifically the parts about illegal immigrants and transgendered people.

    It’s like, do you want to do something about violence against women or do you want to play politics? Dems decided that playing politics was more important.

  6. Mary says:

    Also agree it should be pork-free. Address the issue in the bill, and all other unrelated add-ons are forbidden. Period.

    • Mary says:

      Speaking of pork…….all that corporate welfare attached to the fiscal cliff legislation ? Word is, the White House insisted on it all, facilitated through Reid’s Senate, and noone really knew until 10 minutes before they all voted. Had it all written and waiting, since last summer.

      Everything changes, and nothing changes.

  7. Mary says:

    OT: Been smiling all morning….apparently Keith Olbermann, of Current TV, now works for Al Jazeera.

    Ok, not literally…..Al Jazeera bought out Gore’s Current TV—probably will not retain Olbermann or any other Obama defenders—but the irony of it all still made me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. fif says:

    Unfortunately, you can understand this and break it down, but the emotional manipulation works on the majority of people who are paying attention at all. Evidence: President Obama, twice.

    I’m disgusted by the whole bunch of ’em.

  9. driguana says:

    Another example of the new American economic strategy….pulled pork! This has to change…same as with the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

  10. Mary says:

    NAACP chief Ben Jealous now saying the new Senator Scott “does not believe in civil rights.”

    Good GAWD.

  11. myiq2xu (D) says:

    • Mary says:

      LOL! I’m reading Gutfeld’s The Joy of Hate—-every page is full of laugh-out-loud humor ridiculing the “tolerati” (as he calls them) and the whiny, manipulative, far left. It’s really hilarious, myiq—-your kind of humor!

  12. conner43 says:

    If someone as privileged as Rhianna can go back to little wienie boy Brown, to whom can her sisters look for an example of strength or at least better judgement ?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Very good example. One of the tabloids posted photos of them in bed just looking all happy and cuddly, nothing sexytime. Speaking of, Kim and Kanye think they conceived their baby next to the Vatican last fall.


  13. votermom says:

    OT Wacky EPA approves gas that wrecks car engines.

  14. votermom says:

    More EPA wackiness. Stay indoors to avoid the sun and get skin cancer from CFL bulbs instead.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    So much wrong with the Current Tv situation, I hope we don’t go to war over it…..

    First of all, 40 million viewers? To be clear, that’s the potential number of households it reaches via subscribers, that doesn’t mean ratings, which has been hovering around the 100k mark last I checked. Hope the AJ’s weren’t guaranteed 40 million views (which is somewhere between the Oscars and Super Bowl numbers on a good year !).

  16. HELENK says:

    US House holds speaker election with members primarily voting for John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi – @TPMlivewire

    nothing changes

  17. HELENK says:

    US Treasury Secretary Geithner to plan departure before debt ceiling deal, sources say – @BloombergNews

    • But…but….but…..but dear leader just last week promised, “…..not one dime more out of your paychecks”! Those dirty Republicans!!!!!!!! It’s all their fault,

  18. myiq2xu (D) says:

    David “M-M-My” Sirota:

  19. Erica says:

    Hillary released from New York Presbytarian Hosp this morning!
    Happy New Year to all.

  20. swanspirit says:

    I know a lot of people think Norman Rockwell over idealized American life,and others feel he is absolutely iconic , either way ; these photos are just amazing !

    The Photographs That Inspired Norman Rockwellโ€™s Paintings

  21. angienc (D) says:

    Have I ever mentioned how awesome Texas is (Austin excluded):

  22. myiq2xu (D) says:


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