McCaskill’s Misquotes, or “What Did Todd Really Say?”

Following a review of "What Todd Did Say" in its context and entirety, US Senate candidate Todd Akin comes off as a qualifed candidate with integrity, as opposed to incumbent Claire McCaskill.

US Senator Claire McCaskill misconstrued the comments of US Congressman and Republican challenger Todd Akin for a commercial which ends with  “What will Todd say next?”  Throughout the Missouri Senate Campaign, detractors have been hammering Akin for past comments on other fractious issues, when in truth Akin’s comments have been taken widely out of context, including the “legitimate” rape statement. Drawing from McCaskill’s commercial crammed with distortions, the actual quotes will demonstrate not only that Akin is a qualified candidate with a commanding understanding of this country’s sever economic crises, but the record will show that McCaskill has distorted the truth to her own hurt, which should justifiably deny her another term in office.

Akin: Social Security “I don’t like it

In the actual C-SPAN interview, Akin outlined that Social Security is a tax, and government is spending the money which belongs in the fund. This Ponzi-scheme core displeased Akin, so he said “I don’t like it”, referring to the pilfering of the fund. Akin also outlined the unsustainable nature of Social Security, as more people retire with fewer workers paying into the fund.

Akin: Medicare is unconstitutional

The column from the Columbia Daily Dispatch wrote:

Akin’s remarks questioning the constitutionality of Medicare came as he was explaining his vote against prescription coverage under the medical plan for seniors and people with disabilities. He said it was too expensive, and “it was expanding an entitlement I wasn’t too comfortable with to begin with.”

Akin questioned the constitutionality of the entitlement, but its sustainability received more attention. In another debate , Akin outlined a historical and rational argument against  the rationing of prices, whether for food, fuel, or healthcare. Akin cogently treated an issue with the members of his audience, targeting the inevitable rationing from centralized government model for health care. Free market reforms would diminish government waste and expand access to healthcare.

Akin: Abolish the Minimum Wage

Akin’s meaningful argument on KMOX outlined the perils of government dictates in the market place:

Yeah my belief on this is just another example of a wrong thing that the government does.  I don't think the government should be setting the prices or wages on different things.  I don't think that's the function of the government.”

He then points out that a kid looking for a job who is willing to sweep floors may offer a service which an employer would pay six dollars for, but if the government requires at least seven dollars an hour, then that kid is out of lock.  The hidden cots of mandatory minimum wage laws mean fewer hires and higher costs for consumers .

Akin: Eliminate Federal Student Loans

The Columbia Daily Tribune commented:

Akin said the government should be out of the student loan market altogether. "America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in," he said.

McCaskill ridiculed the “cancer” comment in another commercial , too. What’s really going on? The inevitable inflation of doling out federal money has caused college tuition to explode , making a college education harder to attain, and when graduates receive their diploma, they bear a heavy burden of debt with fewer job opportunities. By removing the federal government from the student loan business, the inflation spiral will diminish, allowing market forces to settle the tuition of a college education. Akin’s comment, in context and in full, provide a full context on the financial crisis building on our youth through federal loans.

Akin: some rapes legitimate

McCaskill saves the worst for last, not “the worst comment” from Todd Akin, but really her worst misquote, unconscionable and inconceivable. Here’s what Todd really said, reported by The New York Times :

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

In no way was Akin even suggesting that rape is “legitimate”. He should have said “forcible” in order to distinguish it from the consensual “statutory rape” with a minor. His misunderstanding about the consequences of rape does not betray misogyny or immorality. On the contrary, Akin was speaking up for the life of the unborn, focusing on the needed punishment for rapists.

With a little time and attention, respecting these comments in full, Akin does not come off as a backward misogynist or cold-hearted fool, but a politician with integrity and economic insight, a man who is not afraid to point out the disastrous consequences of Big Government on our states and the people.

In contrast to Akin, McCaskill’s record of tax hikes and expanding government and rhetoric of denial should deny her another term.

On November 6th, Vote for Todd Akin for US Senate.

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Arthur Christopher Schaper November 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I think more people would prefer a Congressman who did less and allowed the citizens to do more. Congressmen do not command the same influence as Senators, anyway. What has McCaskill done?
Sensible? I think so November 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
"people would prefer a Congressman who did less" I can't speak for everyone, but because my representatives draw a salary that's paid for by my taxes, I want them on the job and doing something useful. And not proselytizing on the taxpayer dime, they can do that on their own time. "Congressmen do not command the same influence as Senators, anyway." All the more reason to introduce Rep. Akin to retirement. And I don't agree with your statement. There have been plenty of influential members of Congress. "What has McCaskill done?" Here are just some of the 32 bills that Sen. McCaskill has introduced in 6 years: S. 383 (111th): Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Act of 2009 S. 2905 (110th): Close the Contractor Fraud Loophole Act S. 2904 (110th): Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act of 2008 S. 3037 (111th): Enhancing Oversight and Security at United States Missions Act of 2010 S. 1723 (110th): Improving Government Accountability Act Contrast that with Rep. Akin's record over 12 years! This is how to reduce spending: http://clairemccaskill.com/issues/government-spending Finally, I'll note that Rep. Akin has been trying to impose his religious views on his constituents for years. And violating the rights of women who are attempting to obtain LEGAL medical care. Did you know that he's been arrested 8 times?
Arthur Christopher Schaper November 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
He was arrested in the 1980s. Not for "highway robbery" or "down and out thuggery", but for protesting in front of abortion clinics. McCaskill should not have voted for TARP in the first place. No one can count on goverrnment to be "accountable" with its own accounts. Her attack on earmarks was squashed with her support for the Obama Stimulus, which was filled with earmarks. Since when has Akin imposed his religious views on his consituents? A Congressman gets elected every two years, yet even if it's a safe district, the individual voters can practice their faith as freely as they please. Unfortunately, ObamaCare (another disastrous law which McCaskill supported) nearly assaulted the liberties of religious groups, including the Catholic Church (McCaskill is a Catholic, by the way). And what about McCaskill's 100% NARAL rating? Missourians oppose abortion on demand, do they not? Who is forcing their views on other people, then? I appreciate your comments on this race. An enlightened citizenry is the best defense against arbitrary tyranny. Thanks for your comments.
Sensible? I think so November 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Arrest is arrest. Once could be an honest mistake. But eight times? You hold McCaskill to perfection, why not Akin? And why didn't he present careful, logical arguments to support and defend his position instead of willfully breaking the law? TARP is debatable. Did it prevent financial catastrophe? We'll never know for sure, but maybe. And its loans are being paid back. Akin imposes his religious views every chance he gets. Why shouldn't his constituents have access to Plan B? The FDA approved it. Do you think a rape victim should be allowed to have an abortion? Plan B? Thank you for your careful consideration and presentations. I don't expect everyone to agree all of the time on all of the issues. But respect seems to be a lost virtue.
Arthur Christopher Schaper November 09, 2012 at 04:53 PM
You are Sensible -- and I believe it! Thanks for writing back. The election is over, and Akin lost. So be it. Absolutely, a victim of rape or incest deserves the choice of emergency contraception. In no way should she be raped again, the second time by the state. I do see your point about eight arrests. I am now realizing that many believers, probably like Congressman Akin, feel compelled to get involved in these political actions -- they do it out of guilt instead of love. Instead of protesting abortion clinics, we should support men and women who reach out and care for pregnant minors and victims of rape. The government cannot care for people the way that the private individuals can! In no wise should one ever impose their religious views on anyone, and that includes Todd Akin. Unfortunately, for a growing number of people, the state or government is becoming like a new religion, as people are growing dependent on that, and government is failing them. I do not hold McCaskill to perfection, but her voting record outlined someone whose values did not match up with those of Missouri voters. How many townhall meetings did she attend on ObamaCare, where voters were shouting vocal disapproval? I hope that Missouri voters will hold their next election candidates to a standard greater than one stray comment, because by the perception of the matter, it was one comment that sank Akin's candidacy more than anything else.


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