Family planning pork removed from stimulus bill
The payoff to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry who supported Barack Obama in the election is going to have wait a while.
Realizing even some of his most rabid supporters were raising an eyebrow about spending millions on contraceptives as part of the stimulus bill, the White House has ordered that particular political payoff out of the bill:
The Obama White House on Monday backed away from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s support for increased federal funding of contraception in the $825-billion stimulus bill now under consideration by Congress.
That was not President Obama’s idea, a White House spokesman told CNSNews.com.
“The principles of what he thought should be in the package--that wasn’t part of that,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told CNSNews.com. “They’re working on what the final bill should look like.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) was among the first to criticize the Democratic plan, specifically the provisions funding contraception.
The provision in the draft legislation would expand federal funding for contraception through Medicaid, allowing those not poor enough to be currently eligible for Medicaid to nonetheless qualify for the contraception aid.
Read that last bit carefully. "Not poor enough" for government assistance but getting it anyway is the path to permanent electoral power for the Democrats. To make the self-sufficient, responsible, independent middle class in America dependent on government is their path to success at the polls for - well, forever.
Yes, we will have to live with higher unemployment as they do in Europe - 9-10% instead of 4-5% here. And life may get a little more complex when you have to ask permission of government to do everything except maybe go to the bathroom.
But the public will eat it up. They won't notice how high their taxes are because the Democrats will be able to point to all the programs that are benefiting the middle class and say," Look at the goodies we've brought you. Of course your taxes are high because you need these programs."
And the Democrats are going to get a nice little head start on buying their way to permanent majority status by dangling $850 billion in front of our noses while blaming anything that might go wrong on Bush and the Republicans.
Some hope. Some change. And a lot of baloney.