"The New York Times and Obama's cave-in on contraceptives" (Kate Randall, WSWS):
Within a day of the Obama administration’s reversal last week of a ruling requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide contraceptives as part of their medical coverage, the New York Times rushed in to provide political cover for Obama’s cave-in to reactionary religious elements.
On January 20, Obama announced a decision that would have required employers, including church-affiliated universities, schools, hospitals and charities, to provide free access to contraceptives as part of their employee health insurance plans. As a concession from the start, churches themselves were to be exempt from the rule.
Only three weeks later, on February 10, Obama capitulated to a volley of right-wing agitation and reversed the decision. He now said that religiously affiliated institutions would no longer be compelled to offer contraceptives as part of their health coverage for female employees, and that this would instead be provided and funded by the insurance companies.
Obama’s cave-in represented a blow against the fundamental democratic principle of separation of church and state laid down in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. In defending his climbdown,
I highlighted her earlier on this topic, so I'll highlight her now. Last night, I had various thoughts on this article. I'm sure I'll remember them as the day goes by.
This morning? Nope.
It's an important topic. Barack's caves are never ending and always to the right.
Have we ever seen him cave to the left?
I marvel over how so many otherwise intelligent people willingly self-delude themselves about him.
They have a need to self-deceive that's far greater than their need to recognize reality.
C.I. addressed that deception in "Walt's insane, McEvers is the new Judy Miller" yesterday. Go read that (again or for the first time),she can process in the early morning hours unlike yours truly.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):