Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was in Florida this past week campaigning. You might be shocked to hear this, but he–wait for it–had several criticisms of President Obama’s policies.
In Orlando, he spoke about President Obama’s mandate requiring all insurance plans to include access to contraception, which was part of Obama's healthcare overhaul. He called it an “assault on religious liberty." He said that Mitt Romney would repeal that mandate on “Day 1” if he was elected President.
Personally, I find religion, when it is used in this way, to be an assault on civil liberties. I think religion should be kept out of politics/government, but good luck with that, right?! That’s just my opinion and I understand that probably at least half of the people reading this might feel differently. I apologize in advance if my opinion offended you.
It makes sense to me that insurance companies should cover contraception. Then anyone who has problems with contraception due to religious beliefs is welcome to not take advantage of that option. As far as requiring Catholic hospitals and universities to provide contraception, I would not be sure how to proceed on that issue. But insurance companies–no question.
Paul Ryan also spoke out against President Obama’s decision to cancel the Constellation program, which was to be a successor to the shuttle program. This is a hot button in central Florida because, “thousands of jobs have been lost since the end of the space shuttle program last year.”
Ryan said that we would be, “conceding our position as the unequivocal leader in space”.
The Obama campaign answered this immediately by pointing out that Paul Ryan has voted repeatedly against NASA funding. Ryan voted against NASA funding twice in the 2008 and 2010 NASA Authorization Acts. 1
The Romney space policy paper can be read here. It says that President Obama has “failed to deliver a coherent policy for human space exploration and space security.” Romney claims that he will, “reverse this course and set a clear roadmap for space exploration”, and he details how he plans to do so.
I understand that the contraception issue is a sensitive and private subject but, if anyone cares to comment, do you agree with the Romney campaign on reversing the contraception mandate? Do you have an opinion about the Obama or Romney space program initiatives?