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Why Wasn't This Question Asked?
I watched in amazement as the "You Can't Cut Planned Parenthood" crowd furiously denounced those who saw a need to yield the ax to a tax payer funded agency. This is the same crowd that trumpeted "Obamacare" as being the panacea of all panaceas for solving the problems of our health care system, which it isn't. The federal government isn't known to be the leader in solving problems. Creating them is a yes, solving them is a no. The two subjects are intertwined if one takes a more critical look.
People sometimes ask me what my position is on the issue of abortion. It's really one of those issues that both sides come down hard on,have temper tantrums about while stomping their little feet furiously, so I try to shy away from such debates when possible. But for the purposes of this Hub, let me say this about the subject. I take issue with ANY of our tax dollars being doled out to an agency that performs such services. If a woman wants to have an abortion then she (they in some cases) can damned well pay for it without us having to chip in. After all, it wasn't us who were in bed with those two people involved in making whoopee. Maybe they should have considered that pregnancy can result from doing the whoopee.
While the $75 million that Planned Parenthood was on the books for seems like a minuscule amount in the grand scheme of things in high federal finance, it is still $75 million. A little here and a little there and all of the sudden you have a billion, a billion here and a billion there and then you have a trillion. Get my drift? So The Great Thinkers in Foggy Bottom took up this funding cause as their cause to denounce. The great thinks on the Democratic Party side started grasping at straws, any straw they could find, in fact, to try to put a wet blanket over cutting the budget. Planned Parenthood suddenly became their ticket. They wanted to find a reason to stall the negotiations but come on, this was a poor excuse for procrastination. Don't you just despise difficult people?
During all that back and forth political jabbering, it perplexed me that no one brought out one specific point to The Great Thinkers on The Hill. I'm about to get to that so be patient. A little ground work is necessary here. A hint is in order though - Obamacare. The Senate Majority Idiot went on camera, more than a couple of times, spieling away about how the "other side of the aisle" wanted to kill women by not providing them with needed medical services. That maybe made sense to your average left winger but had no merit other than being the mud slinging that some of us have become accustomed to - political theater to play on the fears of women in this case.
Planned Parenthood may indeed, and in fact does, perform some essential services for women such as breast exams and cervical cancer screenings. I won't deny them that. They're not the only ones though who perform these procedures, nor are they the only ones who provide abortions to the public. But Planned Parenthood just happens to be the largest provider of abortions in this country however. And yes, they do receive our hard earned bucks in the process of being that entity.
Then the argument went that it is against federal law for anyone receiving "our" money to perform abortions. It's right there in an Executive Order. That is also a fact about the closing of Guantanamo. That was Obama's first flourish of the pen. That same EO concerning the non-use of federal funds to perform abortions was signed to insure the fix was in on Obamacare. Remember that? Did you know that an EO can be done away with by the stroke of that same pen? No one would violate federal law in order to execute their agenda now, would they? A check into a federal penal institution, or two or three, might indicate otherwise.
Many times the people sitting there in our federal country clubs got caught up in the moment and somehow the intermingling of federal funds with other funds became a bit tempting. That's a problem. As I watch the GAO do their magic lately, I have to think how much lack of over- sight there is running rampant in other government programs so I am skeptical that Planned Parenthood is exactly always on the up and up. Why even tempt fate becomes a question. How much oversight has Congress done in insuring that Planned Parenthood hasn't put their hand in our cookie jar and used intermingled funds to fund even one abortion? How many times have federal auditors gone into the books of PP and taken a look see? I would venture to say, "Not once." They can't keep their own house in order for goodness sake. But then again, it's but a mere $75 million of other people's money.
But being the inquisitive frog that I am, I wondered when the wise sages up there would bring up a particular issue. To my recollection it never came up, that we heard about anyway. I think it is a rather valid question so I'll ask it to you and this circles back to Obamacare. If Obamacare is intended to insure all Americans and provide them essential,affordable medical care, be they male, female or anything in between, why is there a need for Planned Parenthood services now, other than to provide abortion services? If Obamacare is, in fact, the panacea of all panaceas in providing essential, life saving health care then we don't need all the strap hangers on the dole sucking up our money.
In the process of taking 18 months to meet behind closed doors to craft this monstrosity was that issue addressed? I, again, will venture to say that not a word was said about it. We should have a national holiday to celebrate the fact that more of our tax dollars aren't siphoned off to Planned Parenthood or any other organization that Obamacare is intended to address which is health care and still not abortion services. But you know what? Cancel your holiday plans because it ain't gonna happen. Every special interest has its own interest at heart.
To close, for those not really paying attention or not understanding how politics works, a compromise was reached to drop the rider so "The Great Thinkers" would be happy and the government could continue to put out its "Open For Business" shutter for six additional days.. It was agreed that the full Senate would have a floor vote on Planned Parenthood funding. That actually happened as agreed even though Harry Reid swore it would never happen on his watch. A bargaining chip though is a chip and this one may have been played well. They wanted all those wise sages I call "The Great Thinkers" on record about the issue for obvious reasons. So this past Thursday they had the vote and guess what happened in the Democratically held Senate? The vote was 42-58 to continue funding Planned Parenthood.
So evidently we need redundancy in providing the needed health care services that Obamacare is the answer to all answers to. After all, it's but a mere $75 million in the FY 2011 budget. How much are we going to dole out for redundancy in the FY 2012 budget for PP or any other service that Obamacare is supposed to address? I don't know about you, but $75 million dollars is a lot of clams to me.
I'm just askin'...
The Frog Prince