Thursday, January 29, 2009

A too-obvious connection

So, there's been this set of complaints about the original version of the stimulus plan. It included money to allow states to cover family planning under Medicaid.

And what kind of complaints have been voiced? "It sounds like China" with their one-child policy, and it's an attempt to reduce the number of children. Nancy Pelosi can't have any more children, so now she doesn't want anyone else to have them. And, of course, it's an attempt to keep "those people" from reproducing.

Folks... they can't be that stupid.

No, no, you don't understand. I mean, they can't be that stupid.

They can't. And they're not.

They're lying. Saying whatever hateful thing they can to create a controversy to try to slam the Obama administration and the new Democratic controlled Congress.

And I can kinda deal with that. It's the nature of the beast. People will lie if that's what they need to do to make their opponents look bad. But there's no need to do that with the Republicans today.

In order to score political points, they were willing to axe funds that would let lower income folks have sex without fear of pregnancy. The one accessible pleasure that is available to all lovers, and they're willing to throw a wrench into the works, making it harder for them to avoid pregnancy (assuming they want to, of course).

And they're doing it at a time when lower income folks are already hurting because the Republicans weren't up to the task of governing.

I suppose that's a bit of a cheap shot, but the connection is pretty obvious. They're willing to throw away help that could be given to people who could really use it, just so they can make up hateful lies and score political points. You think that maybe there's a connection between that, and their appalling inability to govern well?

Maybe if they were the kind of party that would not allow their spokespeople to tell such hateful lies about such obviously beneficial programs, maybe they'd be up to the task of good governance.

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