The Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday night with spending increases and tax cuts at the heart of the young administration’s plan to revive a badly ailing economy.
Is $335 million for STD prevention a good way to spend economic-recovery money? Too late. . .that’s what is included in the bill that passed the House by a 244-188 vote Wednesday evening.
Republicans and some Democrats have complained that the recovery bill is loaded with items that would provide little short-term help in boosting the economy. Republicans say the bill instead has become a vehicle for congressional Democrats to get approval for projects they’ve been unable to secure in recent years with congressional Republicans and President Bush able to foil their efforts.
I guess there could be worse things than money for STD prevention, however the debate abounds how including this in the stimulus package will actually help create jobs. I’m guessing it won’t. But we should count our blessings that STD money was all that was included in this crazy stimulus thing. Because it could have been worse, much worse:
House Democrats were forced to remove a separate $200 million that had been designated to boost contraceptive coverage under Medicaid, the government-run health care plan for the poor.
That provision was removed after President Obama made a personal appeal to take it out of the bill.
A good idea if you ask me, considering that it was just an under-the-table, round-about way for our typically sleazy politicians to actually provide Planned Parenthood with $200 million for abortions.
In their proposal, Congressional Democrats had loaded down the economic stimulus bill to send taxpayer funds to domestic abortion groups. The stimulus plan originally included a measure to send more public funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business to fund contraception and birth control. Specifically, a provision in the proposed legislation cleared the way for expanded federal funding of contraceptives through Medicaid for those who aren’t even poor. As proposed, states would have sought a waiver to offer Medicaid “family planning services” to people who didn’t qualify and who didn’t need them. That’s a socialist government for you, provide services and keep the people from taking care of themselves. Under a Clinton-era program, a waiver meant that the Federal Government would have shelled out $9 for every $1 the state pays for said services.
On Friday, when the House Energy & Commerce Committee considered the congressional Democrats’ spending bill, the committee eliminated the waiver requirement.
As a result, all 50 states will now offer Medicaid “family planning” services (including contraception) with the federal government offering the same $9 to $1 match. Although the money doesn’t fund abortions directly, it goes to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, which would otherwise have to spend its own money on contraception.
Pro-life advocates say the governmental funds free up Planned Parenthood dollars to promote and perform abortions that it would otherwise have to spend on family planning.
“Regardless of where anyone stands on taxpayer-funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry, there is no doubt that this once little-known provision in the congressional Democrats’ spending plan has nothing to do with stimulating the economy and creating more American jobs,” he said.
Sneaky, Scandalous Democrats! Did they really think that no one would catch on to their plan–Fund abortions with money technically allocated for birth control and condoms via Medicaid. When Planned Parenthood didn’t have to give them out, because the government would have, they would then be able to use that freed up money to perform more abortions. Sickening huh???? We have to keep an eye on these people every second. I am constantly amazed by the pure lack of integrity, intelligence and plain common sense in our elected officials. Actually, I’m not constantly amazed, I’m not surprised at all, it’s the status-quo in D.C. and Sacramento. Nothing new. . .
I read somewhere that although Obama requested the removal of this “contraception” part of the bill, and it is not included in the stimulus package that actually passed, he still has a plan to provide money for these disguised abortion purposes, just not within the confines of this particular package. It seems like he’s on the scandalous fast-track; first week in office, and already he has plans to undermine the votes of the legislature. So, yeah, he asked that it be removed, but he still has something up his sleeve.
To be continued. . .