But wait, it gets better – if you’re poor, the GOP hates your baby, too.

Step one: Don’t allow health insurance to cover contraceptives (thus guaranteeing that poor women will either have to stay celibate or fall pregnant) – so say Indiana Treasurer/candidate for US Senate Richard Mourdock and Senator Rick Santorum (to name just two leading Republicans who support such legislation). 

Step twoDon’t allow any kind of abortion, ever (thus guaranteeing that poor women will either have to give up their babies for adoption or have babies they may not be able to afford) – so say Vice Presidential candidate/US Representative Paul Ryan and Indiana Treasurer/candidate for US Senate Richard Mourdock (to name just two leading Republicans who support such legislation).

Step three: If babies are born to a mother who cannot prove that said babies are the result of rape, cut back that mother’s food stamp benefits (thus guaranteeing that poor women and their babies will stay poor and quite possibly hungry) – so say Pennsylvania State Reps. RoseMarie Swanger, Mark Gillen, Keith Gillespie, Adam Harris, and Mike Tobash [+ a Democratic douchebag Blue Dog state representative named Tom Caltagirone], who, you’ll be stunned to learn, are also anti-choice (just click on the links).

I wrote earlier that the right to reproductive choice is a question of fundamental human rights and the separation of church and state, but it’s important to remember that it is wrapped up in many other things as well, not least: The right to decide who controls a woman’s sexuality.

And it ain’t the woman. And damn any babies who get in the way.

And PS: Not only do food stamps keep people from being malnourished, they’re a good governmental investment: For every dollar spent on the program, the economy sees an influx of $1.73. Clearly we wouldn’t want any of that, in this economy.

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Newt Gingrich gives advice to black people: Maybe you should seek employment!

Newt Gingrich on the campaign trail in New Hampshire:

Bet you never thought of that, black people! Finding a job and getting paid for it – huh! Whoulda thunk?! Aren’t you glad Newt’s here to help? Of course, he’ll have to explain why this is a good idea at your annual black people get-together. But in the meantime, there’s some food for thought.

Oh wait, what’s that? “Food for thought” isn’t covered under the federal food assistance programs? Oopsie, my bad!

(Joy-Ann Reid at The Grio reports that according to the USDA, “when it comes to total welfare receipts, Whites receive 34% of federal food assistance benefits, African-Americans 22%, and Hispanics 17%.” For that, and a few more examples of Newt Gingrich, a leading voice in American politics, equating “poor people” with “black people,” click here).