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A Line In The Sand

John Boehner has drawn a line in the sand. Given his past history, I would have preferred him to have chiseled it in stone.

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$363 Million

Are the Democrats in Washington, D.C. really willing to deny pay to our servicemen and women over $363 million in funding for Planned Parenthood? Sadly, it appears so.

Thankfully, there’s a better way. Depending on the poll, roughly half of all Americans believe that abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” Admittedly my math skills are weak but I believe that 50% of the 308,745,538 is Americans counted in the 2010 census is 154,372,769. If each of those people who apparently feel so strongly about a woman’s right to an abortion were to contribute just $2.35 to Planned Parenthood, the funding gap would vanish!

People who think Planned Parenthood provides valuable services can direct their dollars to its continued operation. People who have moral objections to abortion aren’t forced to fund them. This is the beauty and the logic of re-privatizing charity; people are free to direct their charitable contributions according to their own consciences. Win-win situation…what’s not to love?

Update 1: Ezra Klein of the Washington Post thinks Planned Parenthood is a swell organization because abortion accounts for only 3% of their services. Let’s look at what that means in human terms.

Because of Planned Parenthood, 899 babies won't be born today.

According to Ezra, Planned Parenthood claims to perform 220,000 abortions a year. That doesn’t quite jive with their 2008-2009 annual report (the most recent available). According to the report, they provided 10,943,609 services, with abortion accounting for 3% of the total or 328,308 abortions…meaning that Planned Parenthood performs 899 abortions every day; 37 every hour; one every 95 or so seconds.

But that’s a-okay with Ezra Klein because 3% is such a small number. (H/T The Other McCain)


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An Appropriate Use Of Power

Dan Riehl has a post up, In Contrast to Boehner, Pelosi “Drove Health Care Down GOP’s Throat.” I’d like to suggest an alternate title, “In Contrast to Boehner, Pelosi Had the Cojones to Use Her Power and Position to Get What She Wanted.” Over long, I know, but accurate nonetheless.

This brings up the question, would I want Speaker Boehner to use raw power to “drive something down the Democrats’ throat? When it comes to repealing or defunding Obamacare, absolutely, the difference being that Boehner would be acting in accordance to the will of the people, rather than in direct opposition to it…as Nancy Pelosi did. So a word of advice to Speaker Boehner: you’re not winning any friends by including funds to implement Obamacare in your continuing budget resolutions. I’m just sayin’, you know, because the the tea party has a bit of power of its own to wield.

Other than that, Dan said it very nicely, so be sure to click through and read it all.

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Obstructionists, 1; Democrats, 0

“I don’t see the votes for it at this time.

Mitch McConnell & John Boehner

Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi

Expect the death of health care reform, as announced today by Nancy Pelosi, to be spun as a victory of the cruel, cold-hearted Republicans over the compassionate, big-hearted Democrats.

What a load of bull.

Pelosi went on to say:

“The members have been very clear in our caucus about the fact that they didn’t like it before it had the Nebraska provision and some of the other provisions that are unpalatable to them.

“In every meeting that we have had, there would be nothing to give me any thought that that bill could pass right now the way that it is,” she said. “There isn’t a market right now for proceeding with the full bill unless some big changes are made.”

With overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, and a Democrat sitting in the White House, Health Care reform could have been a reality on – oh, I don’t know – March 1st, maybe?

Not that I expect this to happen, but it’s time for the Democrats to stop blaming their inability to reach a consensus within their own caucus on obstructionist tactics by the GOP. Although if by “obstructionist” they mean taking measures to prevent lowering the quality of our health care system, bankrupting our nation and eroding personal freedoms, Republicans should treat the intended slur as a badge of honor.

(If the Democrats really want to do some serious soul-searching, they ought to stop claiming that the GOP hasn’t offered any alternatives, but I don’t expect that to happen either.)

H/T Hot Air

Update 1: Paul Ryan isn’t buying what Pelosi is selling, saying that Democrats are meeting to pursue the reconciliation option.

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