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The Democrats’ #1 political strategy

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

Me: Maria, why so sad? Maria: The GOP just killed millions of women.

If Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell actually believe the things they tweet, they may be the stupidest people around, lacking sufficient intellectual depth to understand any topic at more than a surface level.

And that’s if I’m being nice.

The other possibility is that they’re shameless partisan hacks*, mindlessly spouting off leftist talking points regardless of the truth. In other words, they’re liars.

For example, last Thursday, the Senate voted on whether or not to allow states, at the discretion of their own legislatures, to withhold Title X funds from family planning clinics that provide abortions. Basically, the vote allows states to choose not to use that federal money to fund Planned Parenthood. That’s it. That’s all the vote authorized. Not a single thing else.

Federalism is good, right?

Not according to Murray and Cantwell, who apparently don’t trust states to make the “right” decision. You know, the decision that agrees with them. So they were going on about the Title X vote as though every woman in America has suddenly been cut off from access to any health care whatsoever. Or as Patty Murray says…ZOMG, Women will die and Mike Pence is the devil!

Let me state this as clearly as I can. If Planned Parenthood values providing other kinds of services more than they value providing abortions, they can simply stop doing abortions and reduce the risk of losing Title X funds to zero. But they won’t, which makes it seem as though Planned Parenthood is unnaturally attached to providing a service which makes up, as they claim, only 3% of their business.

If last week’s vote accomplishes nothing other than to allow the states to disburse Title X funds, why, then, are Democrats so determined to mislead the public about it?

I recently wrote, “Democrats…repeat lies until they’re ground into the public consciousness and internalized as truth.” Democrats know that defunding Planned Parenthood is a winning issue for the GOP; therefore they must lie to try to steal the win. That they lie in ways specifically calculated to instill fear in women is particularly contemptible, because it illustrates their misogynistic belief that women are politically naive and easily manipulated. This is the basis for the entire “Republican war on women” story line.

Fear is a powerful motivator. Powerful enough to cause otherwise rational and intelligent women to march for rights they already have. Fearmongering. It’s the Democrats’ #1 strategy and it’s disgusting.


* Patty Murray reveals herself to be a shameless partisan hackMaria Cantwell reveals herself to be a shameless partisan hack

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I don’t stand with Planned Parenthood

This will probably come as no surprise to you, but leftists disgust me. I’m not talking about well-meaning but misguided people like my liberal neighbors. I’m talking about hard left politicians and activists.

Today in particular, which has been designated as a “Pink Out Day,” whatever that is supposed to mean – and thanks for spoiling a perfectly good color, BTW – I’m thinking of women who have made protecting Planned Parenthood their mission in life. Women like Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Suzan DelBene (can you tell I live in Washington?) and Elizabeth Warren.

Planned Parenthood was birthed out of the negative eugenics movement of the 1930s and it would appear they’ve been wildly successful, as 40% of all African-American pregnancies end in induced abortion.

Today’s leftists are selling Planned Parenthood as essential health care. In case they’re not aware, abortion isn’t health care unless pregnancy is a disease, which, to be perfectly fair, some of them probably believe. But generally speaking, the goal of “health” care isn’t usually a dead, dismembered baby. By definition. Seriously, look up the definition of health care.

Planned Parenthood could do one simple thing to secure federal funding from now until our inevitable financial collapse: stop providing abortions. In the meantime, the funds they’re currently receiving could be channeled into the more than 1,300 federally funded community health centers which provide actual health care without the ethical baggage of abortion. In their own words:

HRSA Health Centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance – you pay what you can afford based on your income. Health centers provide services that include:

  • Checkups when you are well
  • Treatment when you are sick
  • Complete care when you are pregnant
  • Immunizations and checkups for your children

Some health centers also provide mental health, substance abuse, oral health, and/or vision services. Contact the health center organization directly to confirm the availability of specific services and to make an appointment.

As you can see, HRSA health centers probably provide more services than are available at your local planned parenthood clinic.

This is a not hard and if leftists weren’t exclusively focused on allowing the maximum number of women to kill their own babies as quickly and easily as possible, they’d see it, too.

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AHCA winners and losers

Paul Ryan, Donald Trump and House Republican Leadership: Losers

Though Ryan and Trump each tried in his own way to place responsibility for the bill on the other, it was a group project and they failed badly, not only from a policy standpoint, but also politically. The roll out of the bill rivaled the roll out of Trump’s first executive order on immigration in its ineptitude. Phases 2 and 3 seemed to have been hastily drawn up to try to stem the flow of criticism, regardless of whether or not that was the case.

ryan and trump

House Republican leaders went along for the ride; Cathy McMorris Rodgers pimped it like a boss. They get extra demerits because instead of spending the last seven years educating the public about the benefits of free market reforms, they engaged in Repeal Theater, building expectations that we’ve now been told were impossibly unrealistic. I’m honestly left with the feeling that they never thought they would be in a position to actually repeal ACA, and were left in a panic when Trump won. If they had any shame, they would all resign, except Paul Ryan, but only because I’ve heard that no one else will take the Speaker’s job.

Planned Parenthood: Winners

The one incontrovertibly good thing the bill did was to defund Planned Parenthood and, unfortunately, that means that the one incontrovertibly bad thing about the bill’s demise is that Planned Parenthood’s funding remains in place.

Congressional Democrats: Winners

2017-03-27 (1)Yes, they were winners, but it’s disgusting the way some of them have taken credit where none is due. Congressional Democrats were powerless to stop the bill from advancing had all Republicans been on board. Which brings me to the big winners….

House Freedom Caucus: Winners

These guys aren’t just winners; they’re heroes. They stood in support of the thousands of campaign promises made to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They fought the battle and emerged as the true victors, despite any gloating from helpless Congressional Democrats.

American People: Draw

The American people are winners in the sense that ACA-Lite is dead and we and can look forward to full repeal and replacement with free market solutions, but losers in that Obamacare is, as Paul Ryan told us, “…The law of the land…for the foreseeable future.”

If we want to win the war, and not just this battle, now is the time for the people to remind Congressional Republicans who and what gave them control of the House, the Senate and the Presidency.

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Women’s Health And Safety Be Damned

An abortion training project for non-physicians has prompted Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo has issued a ruling that truly defies logic.

In his May 17 decision, Judge Evelio Grillo denied the Life Legal Defense Foundation’s petition for a writ of mandate to require release of the names of physicians, clinicians and stakeholders who participated in the pilot project conducted by the University of California San Francisco/Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.

“[T]he court finds that the public interest in withholding the names of the Clinicians outweighs the public interest in disclosing those names,” the decision states. “First, there is a public interest in protecting persons who provide abortion services from harassment. … Second, the public has an interest in academic research, and that interest may be compromised if research participants cannot participate with the assurance that their privacy will be protected.”

The project itself is revealing. For years, abortion proponents have claimed that only by keeping abortion legal can women’s health and safety be protected, presumably because doctors could perform them without fear of prosecution. Now comes this push to allow nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and certified nurse midwives to perform abortions with as little as two day’s training. How’s that working out? 8,000 patients later, “…the project’s own documents show that the injury rate is 80 percent more than when physicians perform abortions….”

Now Judge Grillo has ruled that the privacy concerns of the project participants outweigh the safety concerns of patients. That seems backwards to me.

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When Interest Groups Collide

I’ve got beer, who’s bringing the popcorn?

H/T Tabitha Hale

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There’s A New High Priestess In Town…

…And she’s ready to fulfill her sacred duty.

Melaney LintonA Planned Parenthood affiliate’s newest president and CEO said in an official statement that she regards her work for the biggest abortion business in America to be a holy profession.

Melaney Linton, who will now oversee Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, is determined to further the Life-ending work of Planned Parenthood:

“I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with such a sacred duty…I pledge to do everything in my power to fight back against the ideological attacks on Planned Parenthood and women, so that no teen will ever say she didn’t know how she got pregnant, no one will ever be denied basic reproductive health care, and no woman will ever be forced to bear children she cannot adequately support.” (full article)

There’s so much wrong with Ms. Linton’s statement, it’s hard to know where to start, so I’ll just focus on her “sacred duty.” I wonder which of these definitions she’s referencing.

sa·cred

adjective

1. devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.
2. entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.
3. pertaining to or connected with religion ( opposed to secular or profane): sacred music; sacred books.
4. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacred to study.
5. regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.

One would hope that the people involved in providing abortions regard it as a necessary evil, but it appears that Ms. Linton regards it as a sacrament, in which case she is truly a High Priestess in the Church of Abortion.

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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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