Mike Huckabee's comments on birth control gift for Democrats

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  • Shazandra Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 28, 2014 6:48 p.m.

    HV Heretic: How many Dem women know their place in their lock-step party and would ever dare deviate?
    Free-thinking not allowed.

    Honest intellectuals know there is no 'market for the discussion of free ideas' within liberal circles, if proposed from a conservative. Only their ideology or platforms are valid.

    Huckabee just proved that axiom.

  • Semper Fi Bakersfield, CA
    Jan. 28, 2014 4:06 p.m.

    Heard him say it live. Loved it then, love it now.

    Keep on whining Progressives, Liberals, Takers. Uncle Sugar is reining in the dole. Go get your own credit card and spend away. Create your own New World and leave mine alone. You want to drown in debt and have your posterity pay for your obsessions? Go right ahead.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Jan. 26, 2014 8:39 p.m.

    I think a good argument can be made for the benefits of promoting and subsidizing birth control for women. As I mention above, fewer pregnancies, fewer abortions. Also, fewer teen pregnancies and all the economic and social ills that arise from them; fewer women and their children on welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, etc. Using your idea of denying benefits to those who don't contribute, we would then have a fair claim for denial: "We made birth control available and free; you got pregnant anyway. Here's a list of adoption agencies. Everything else is on you." Clearly my idea isn't thoroughly thought out either, but I do believe enabling women to control their reproductive systems would have great benefits for us all.

    But I don't buy that the Religious Right's obsession with abortion all these years is because they want to save us money. I also don't buy the whole 47% lament unless and until you start including the entitlements we shower on those at the top of the heap. Absent that, it just comes across as niggardly. This too will continue to cost conservatives women voters.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 26, 2014 10:27 a.m.


    Republicans are trying to get government out of the business of paying for abortions & birth control. They need to get out of paying for Viagra too. Government draws upon our tax dollars to subsidize & pay for these things. I do not believe abortions, birth control, condoms, & Viagra are a function of the government.

    Maybe an argument should be made that for those Americans that actually pay income tax into the system should receive those benefits. For the nearly 50% who pay no income tax, &/or receive cash from the government, they should not be candidates for such "benefits"?

    This is not a serious proposal. I only intend to introduce the inequity to the system & those that pay income tax vs those that do not.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Jan. 26, 2014 5:46 a.m.

    @ David

    Republicans are trying to get the government out of the business of abortion? You can't be serious. And if we truly want to decrease the number of abortions, then I would think it would be in our interest to promote birth control.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:14 p.m.


    You may want to reconsider your stand regarding Republicans and Democrats. The way I see it, the Democratic Party has a fascination with women's reproductive system. They have fought to legislate tax payer funding of birth control, abortion, condoms, etc. Republicans are trying to get the government out of the business of abortion, birth control, etc. Republicans believe sexual behavior is private. But when I am paying for your birth control, it is no longer a private endeavor but a public one.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Jan. 25, 2014 8:49 p.m.

    The Religious Right and the Tea Party have devastated the Republican Party. Republican candidates used to get my vote at least 30% of the time, but I won't take a chance on anyone with an "R" behind his/her name right now. Even if they are reasonable people, they will have no clout. And the fascination that some Republicans have with my reproductive system? It's just downright creepy.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    Most of you who have commented on this is so wrong. I for one am not a big fan of Mike Huckabee but I was watching Megan Kelly on Foxnews and she played the part of his speech in depth where this comment came out of. It was just a small portion of his speech and it makes me sick that the mainstream media is so bias that it makes my stomach sick. He did not just say this what everyone is talking about the those who watch the mainstream media. He said nothing but wonderful things about women and how they should be treated and respected. So my suggestion to those who are bashing this man to look up his speech and listen to all of it. But yet nobody is talking about Wendy Davis and just what a liar she is. Someone who leaves her husband the day after he pays off her student loans and abandons her children because they are in her way. Not good to me. To me she is the loser as being a mother is truly the greatest blessing anyone could have on this earth.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    Mike Huckabee is the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic Party.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 25, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    Democrats just can't make it in the real world without forcing the rest of us to pay their way through life, including their birth control!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    David in Centerville
    "On cue, the Democrats and the media jumped all over this". Ah, yea, and why not? Just as the GOP and the media jumped all over BO when he said "you did not build this". That's what happens with sound bites in American politics.
    The problem with the GOP's fortunes is they just provide so many sound bites that are out of touch with Amercia. They may play well here on the DN and in Utah but that's only 1% of America. It won't matter who the Democrats nominate if the GOP continues to be the voice of 30% of America. They're clinging to the past and nominating ghosts who only continue to haunt their parties chance of sucess to regain the WH.

  • glendenbg Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    In 2005, while governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee signed a law requiring all insurance plans to cover contraception, with no exemptions for religious organizations.

    So is he going to now campaign against the law he signed? Or is he just going to hope it goes away?

    It occurs to me, as well, that he's insulting 99% of American women who use birth control. His comment ssets up two categories - those with "self control" and those who use birth control.

    I find it problematic that contraception has become a major political issue. This is a product that has been almost entirely accepted by our society, used by almost every woman. What possible reason could there be for it to have become controversial?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 8:43 a.m.

    Thanks, huckleberry. We knew things really haven't changed, but you've removed any doubt.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 25, 2014 6:34 a.m.

    Who is it that wants taxpayers to pay for EVERYTHING? If you want birth control, pay for it yourself, problem solved!

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    On cue, Democrats and the media have jumped all over this. Anyone that has seen a Democratic political campaign playbook knows that they are supposed to jump on any comment a Republican makes that is even remotely about women, and claim that all Republicans want women tied to the stove, barefoot, etc.

    Then accuse any Republican, including the 6th grade GOP elementary school club, of fostering the same views.

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Jan. 24, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    What in Tucket?
    Provo, UT
    "We have a low birth rate in this county. Women can't pay $10 a month the pill. Does the government have to do everything? I am ok with birth control it is far better than abortion. This country is deteriorating under Democratic rule"

    ---SORRY, but you demonstrate the abysmal understanding of poor working people which is so common among DN posters, in my view.

    In the first place, the issue is employment discrimination: If Rosa is cleaning floors in a catholic hospital, she gets no free birth control. Meanwhile, her sister works at another hospital and gets coverage.

    In the second place, folks who take entry level jobs do not necessarily think like prosperous mormons or republicans. They may may feel guilty when the kids need shoes, and fail to buy contraception.

    Family planning is necessary for economic growth -- and we all pay the cost of education, law enforcement, etc, for unwanted children.

    --- Now Huckabee says we should trust women to control their libido, while many churches and cultures tell women they cannot refuse their husbands.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Jan. 24, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    Keep waiting for that "new day" the Republicans were heading towards.
    Sounds like the same old, same old.
    Keep hearing about another political party being formed sometime soon.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    So, what's the problem? And, besides, "What difference, at this point, does it make"? How about a "willful suspension of disbelief", here? Anyone?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    We have a low birth rate in this county. Women can't pay $10 a month the pill. Does the government have to do everything? I am ok with birth control it is far better than abortion. This country is deteriorating under Democratic rule.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    Don't women know there place in GOP America?

    In the good old days, women knew their place in a "traditional marriage" they were a possession.

    Good luck, with that message.