A companion to this post...
Liberals were beside themselves that Speaker Boehner played chicken with a government shutdown over something as "petty" as funding Planned Parenthood. I can't believe liberals want to preserve the deficit by protecting such funding.
One of the problems the pro-life movement has in arguing with liberals over abortion is the ease with which they are able to muddle the moral bankruptcy of the procedure with circumstances that supposedly make pro-lifers look foolish on the matter of funding organizations like Planned Parenthood.
For instance, it's illegal for Planned Parenthood to use federal funds to pay for abortions. So right off the bat the GOP argument to defund is finished like my appetite at a PETA barbeque.
To ensure the law is followed there is a little fetus stamp that goes on every federal dollar they get. Every time they have to pay a bill related to abortion services they inspect every dollar bill for the stamp, if they spot it they have to set it aside and find a different dollar.
I'm sure that's exactly how Planned Parenthood handles their money, and that it's really nothing like if you melted chocolate bars and exlax in pan and the government expected you not to make chocolate bars using exlax...good luck.
Another argument liberals like Ezra Klein have been using is Planned Parenthood claims that 3% of all their activity are abortions So it's fallacious to marry them to abortion, even if they are the largest provider of them in the country.
According to their website abortion costs between $350-$950 in the first trimester. I don't know how they determine which end of the spectrum to charge. Maybe they do an ultrasound before hand to determine how precious the life they're about to mine out is.
Last year Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions. So if we generously set aside the assumption that abortions in the second trimester are more than $950 we can conservatively estimate their average revenue from abortion procedures to be $650 a pop for a grand total of $215,980,700...about 20% of all revenue.
Not a bad haul for it being only 3% of their overall workload. No wonder the government wants to help fund it.
By comparison, Media Matters gets a lower number (here) but they lower the average to $500 and arrive at 15%...still a fantastic payday for the amount of work done, even if it is underestimated.
In light of all of this here's my proposed ultimatum to Planned Parenthood that I wish our "leaders" would give:
Perform abortions and forgo the more than $300 million per year they get from the American people, regardless of the fact the money isn't "used" for abortion. The boys scouts don't murder gay scout masters, they just exercise choice and "abort" their jobs in the organization, and that never stops liberals from calling for their defunding.
So Planned Parenthood can do that, or they can take our money and end all abortion procedures.
It's pretty simple math, sacrifice $200 million, or $300 million. This shouldn't be too big of a deal, the people who perform abortions there sacrifice their decency on a daily basis, and how do you put a price on that?
Since we are running trillion dollar deficits I think that's a more generous offer than the one given to the lives they
abort snuff out.
The fight over our debt and deficits leaves me bereft of words to describe my disgust of the left's contribution to "fixing" the problem. It's indisputable that something has to be done, and doofs like Senator Schumer can scream "extremism" all they want, but our fiscal armageddon wasn't on the agenda until the "extremists" were voted in.
For all their hatred of Palin, "progressives" sure do turn into momma grizzlies when Republicans attack our trillion dollar deficit.
It's like we're rafting down an ever accelerating river with a group of friends, you see not too far up ahead that the group has a date with a steep waterfall.
You kick in to action mode and direct everyone to start paddling the other direction in an effort to at least slow the pace so you can figure out what to do next to head in the other direction.
"That's insanity" Says your friend who elected not to wear a life jacked, so he could show off his soaked and faded Obama '08 t-shirt.
"Instead, why don't we vote to become further away from the edge than we are now every time we get close to it? That makes WAY more sense!"
Is it unrealistic to think the debt ceiling shouldn't be raised? Yeah probably, but the games "progressives" play trying to protect the very types of pet projects that are sending us down the road to fiscal ruin in the first place is shameful.
John Boehner got castigated by "progressives" for risking a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood.....why isn't the outrage the other way around?
How does Barack Obama risked a shutdown of the State Department, and the Military (or their pay at least), and federal law enforcement....to sustain a budget deficit that protects an abortion barn like Planned Parenthood sound?
That's where "progressive" prioritization of our money lies, but they don't want to talk about that. They'd rather live in the world where, if only the GOP would get out of the way, they can see if the rich would (forget could, THAT doesn't matter) pay for THEIR irresponsibility so they can go back to working their way up to nationalizing the air we breathe.
That's the only "argument" you get from them. Republicans in Congress, with their $175K salaries, are hell bent on protecting people who make $75K more and up...JUST BECAUSE.
Has anyone tried digesting the logic behind this OLD tactic? Why do we continue to give credence to a bunch of lazy, ambitionless socialists who have self-deputized themselves as officers in the Fairness Police? Do these Barney Fife wannabes think the George Soros's and Nancy Pelosi's who fund them share their goal of an egalitarian utopia?
We should preserve and nurture the conditions necessary to become financially successful, that's impossible to do if we obsess over tearing rich people down.
That's bad enough on its own, but to tie their taxation to the reckless spending of the government like they owe us is, like I said at the beginning, beyond words.
It's hard to imagine a way out of our mess when one side of our leadership is more concerned about punishing wealth creation and preserving
women's health abortion over the fiscal solvency of the nation.
Other than knowing it was pretty much started on a dare to L. Ron Hubbard, my understanding of the Church of Scientology is that I don't have any. None. It doesn't make any sense. Its illogical, and just because a bunch of celebrities flock to it for attention doesn't mean it deserves a seat at the religious roundtable.
In light of all of that, it's clear to me that Donald Trump is Republican Scientology, and I think it was born in a similar way....
Trump was sitting with some friends in a Manhattan penthouse one night a few weeks ago playing a drinking game where they have to take a shot every time someone mentions something good Obama has done.
After two hours of playing, the stone sober idiots decide to play catch up by shotgunning cans of whiskey (they exist). They succeed fabulously, and the members of the party not hooking up with his gold plated toilets proceed with other drinking games.
In a moment of drunken zeal Trump interrupts his turn during "charades," where he and his combover were doing a fantastically accurate impression of a bald Cousin It, to start an impromptu brainstorming session with the party on how to get taken more seriously.
Apparently the fragrance of C-list celebrity he has been wafting on himself since the first season of Celebrity Apprentice isn't filling his "serious" void. Thus he decides, drunkenly, that he needs a real challenge.
He takes a lot of suggestions that sound pretty good, but because everyone is too drunk the slurring is actually quite indecipherable to the sober ear. Frustrated, he walks to his hall of mirrors (having one is an unwritten requirement of being a legitimate billionaire narcissist), looks up at the mirror and sees his reflection through the strands of hair. Suddenly someone says...
I dare you to run for president with your checkered marital past and that silly hair....
to party attendee Newt Gingrich...but that was happening in the other room, and the Donald, naturally, assumed the person was referring to him.
So the damage is done, the race is on, and now the Republicans catapulting this doof into second place in the polls better be ready to explain to the country how this is different from the cult of personality that got Obama elected.Add a comment
Talk about going from worst president ever to first president ever to cry about the "downsides."
President Barack Obama wants you to know that he is not a golf addict.
He spends so much time unwinding on the links because security restrictions mean he can't go out for long walks or go to the carwash or the grocery store.....
"I just miss - I miss being anonymous," he said at the meeting in the White House. "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk."
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This guy is one of the most well traveled presidents we've had, and he feels restricted in his freedom to move?!?
They would've literally eaten W alive if he pulled a stunt like taking a trip to Brazil the day after we invaded Iraq, but Obama gets fluff pieces like this in order to humanize him in a way that they never afford Republicans.
What a disingenuous piece of work. Who runs for president with concern about losing their "anonymity?" Especially this guy.
By the way, I don't have a problem with journalism trying to humanize him, he is human after all...
....Maybe someone should hook Marvin up with Donald Trump.
Anyway, I know this all sounds REALLY insensitive, but remember the scorekeeping the media kept on how many times Bush decided he wanted to work at his ranch in Crawford, and they ruthlessly made him look like President Vacation?
More tee times, higher deficits, faster debt stacking, higher rates of administration turnover, more blaming, worse response to gulf coast crises, he's more like a citizen of the world, and now vacationing...does Obama have to outdo Bush in everything?
I don't want to be too discouraging about all of this, so I came up with one of those "remotivational" posters to help lift the president's spirits and put things in perspective...
I have to admit....That Marvin the Martian "toon" is definitely one of my weirdest yet. :-/Add a comment
If you've been waiting for the "progressive" answer to Paul Ryan the Congressional Progressive Caucus has a report, The People's Budget, that should wet your sickle (click the image to see the report it comes from). It's not going anywhere, but gazing upon it is still a recommended educational experience.
I like this plan, it reminds me of the saying if you dig a hole too deep you might end up in China. To me the kids that really go for it because they think it actually works are role models in perseverance. It's important to nurture that kind of drive, because they have to lose it at forty if they don't want to fall victim to the ghost of that cranial bandit Winston Churchill.
“If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”
A more cynical person would call a serious effort made to dig to China ignorance, or if the person digging is an adult...insanity. To say either would be pretty
rude true. Or maybe this is just a case of seeing the impossible and asking why not? After all, Alice kind of did it when she went to Wonderland, a place that in my mind strikes an uncanny resemblance to China in that both are ruled by a Red Queen.
That said, what do normal people do when they find themselves spending more than they take in? I would love to tell you it's nothing a scanner and Photoshop can't fix, but doing hard time is not money, so I'll just have to level with you and say THEY SPEND LESS.
I know this point highlights the root of the irreconcilable differences in the philosophy behind Paul Ryan's budget and how progressives think tax dollars should be prioritized. Which, in a nut shell, is the battle between who gets to use your money, you or government. Regardless of the "winner" of that battle, the fact remains nothing other than cutting down spending can remedy the structural problem that causes debt.
Since that is the condition of the people, their budget should probably live in that reality. Therein lies the rub...
When it comes to economics the progressive mind functions like a solar powered calculator in an Alaskan December. Their budget makes a huge assumption that taxes can be raised in a vacuum, meaning people won't modify their behavior in ways that stymie economic activity to the point where the revenues projected from the tax increase never even materialize. Then we have to put up with New York Times articles detailing "unexpected" budget shortfalls that deepen the deficit rather than "fix it."
Raising taxes with a mentality that addressing spending is never on the table (The ONLY exception in this budget is, of course, gutting defense. Maybe progressives should actually
visit move to China and rethink that brilliant idea) does nothing to guarantee that we wont have this problem again. To do it in the difficult economic times we are in now is tantamount to a shovel ready job like digging 'til you reach...um...China.
By the way, China, I know President Hu Jintao is not really a queen in any sense of the word, because Obama bowed to him instead of giving him a iPod full of his speeches, can I show up on your search engines now?Add a comment
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So liberals are pretty peeved about the votes that were found in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race that kept the apparently conservative Justice David Prosser in his seat.
Obviously the election was stolen because the liberal candidate JoAnne Kloppenberg, had already declared victory, even though her 200 vote lead would have guaranteed a recount, to say nothing of the lagging absentee count...but she said!
This highlights two things that stuck out in my mind. One proof that an election is stolen from liberals lies basically in whether or not they lost.
They damn well know how elections get stolen...over the course of numerous recounts where a trickle of votes are "found" over the course of weeks and months. David Copperfield's got nothing on the magical powers of a liberal election clerk. Those witches and wizards are the only ones capable of turning Al Franken into
the honorable Senator Al Franken.
The time frame and coordination required to make this happen as quickly as it did just isn't possible, especially if you want to believe the record of incompetence that follows the Waukesha County Clerk to this discovery.
They tried this with Bush too, when he wasn't too dumb to fling his own poo he was masterminding the 9/11 attacks. They always want it both ways, and I suggest they take up bisexuality.
The second thing that jumps out is how naked their thirst for judicial activist power has been. Their protests and bongos and smelly fingered peace signs didn't stop Scott Walker.....weird. So they were counting on Kloppenburg to win one for the dippers.
They were COUNTING on her! Democrats don't count anything...have you seen the budgets they make? If this doesn't say something about their abject hatred of our system I don't know what does.
I don't live in Wisconsin, so I don't know how this is truly going to end, but these last few months of liberal thuggery and childishness have shown more than ever that they are "patriots" of something, it's just nothing that resembles anything American.
Which leads me to my modest proposal. I call it the Indian Casino solution.
Basically, we give liberals San Francisco, and they can do anything they want with it...ANYTHING.
Any conservatives that bumbled their way into the city in the first place have one week to leave, and then they are officially on foreign soil, and only true liberals are allowed in.
Any liberals who are so unhappy with America that they'd rather leave than fight for their point of view in an honest way are welcome to leave for citizenship to Mecca West.
Just know that if you want to come back into the United States you will now be required to present a passport to our armed border guards...and you'd better have a damn good reason for coming in to the country because the following won't be accepted:
That's a partial list. FYI, one reason for admission that will grant entry, no questions asked, is "seeks job as exhibit in zoo."Add a comment