Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh had some harsh words for free contraception advocate Sandra Fluke Saturday.
Appearing at a campaign stop in Addison, Illinois, the Tea Partier said, "A 31-32 year old law student who’s been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, 'I want America to pay for my contraceptives.' You’re kidding me. Go get a job" (video follows with transcript and commentary, photo courtesy Getty):
REPRESENTATIVE JOE WALSH (R-ILLINOIS): How about this? This one kills me, then I’ll be done with my rant.
So at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night their first prime time speaker was Sandra Fluke — Fluke, Fluke, whatever her name is.
Think about this: a 31-32 year old law student who’s been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, “I want America to pay for my contraceptives.” You’re kidding me. Go get a job. Go get a job Sandra Fluke.
This is what, I was offended. We’ve got Americans who are struggling. We’ve got parents in this country who are struggling to buy sneakers that their kids can wear to school that just started. We’ve got parents up and down my district who are barely keeping their house. And, and, and, we have to be confronted by a woman, the Democratic Party this is what they stand for. They're going to put a woman in front of us who is complaining that the country — you, me and you — won’t pay the 9 dollars a month to pay for her contraceptives.
How crazy is this? In a way it’s not her fault, because we teach people this stuff. You go back to fairness, we teach young people this. "Don’t worry, government will take care of you. You’re having trouble with your student loans? Don’t worry, government will be there for you."
We are raising the Sandra Flukes of the world. We’re raising Americans who don’t know how to take care of themselves, who feel entitled. This a woman who feels entitled that we all should pay for her contraceptives. This is what we are teaching Americans? That was embarrassing. That was embarrassing.
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had a similar take about this woman on PBS's Inside Washington Friday.
He said this woman when she graduates law school will likely have a starting salary of over $150,000 a year. Yet she's asking Americans that make an average of about $50,000 per year to pay for her birth control.
And that's what Democrats spent three days talking about at their convention in Charlotte.
Boggles the mind.