What Do Republicans Love about Rape?

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Author, Observations of White Noise...an 'Acid Test' for the First Amendment vs. Thom Hartmann. Earlier this week - the Department of Justice published new standards to combat the large number of rapes and sexual assaults that occur in America's prisons each year. This is a serious problem. In 2008 - a report by the Justice Department revealed more than 216000 victims of rape and sexual assault in prison. That's just victims - not occurrences. That year - prison rape accounted for a majority of all the rapes in the United States. So something needed to be done to put an end to this rape epidemic in our nation's prisons. And that's exactly what the Department of Justice did - adopting nationwide standards as required by a law signed by George W. Bush in 2003. Those standards include minimum staffing levels at prisons - screenings of prisoners who are at risk of rape - or are suspected rapists - and removing any time limits for an inmate to report a rape. And while most are applauding the new guidelines - they will come with a cost - roughly $7 billion - which is causing Conservatives to be outraged. For example - The American Action Forum - a Wall Street funded right-wing group -released a statement calling the new guidelines too "costly" and "complicated" - while The Weekly Standard piled on - complaining that the costs outweigh the benefits and this new rule is, "undoubtedly an unfunded mandate - and an expensive one that offers ...