The nonexistent budget crisis, more accurately the crisis of failure to rise revenue because no one wants the the richest people in America forced to drive a used Buick, has turned into the budget “rider” crisis. That crisis is composed of two parts. The conservative war on women’s health and reproductive rights and the war on people after they come into this world. The latter is about depriving everyone to the right of breathing reasonably clean air and should you become disabled or somehow live long enough to be a senior, depriving you of health care. I do not have a proof reader so I have an excuse. The NYT does have copy editors and fact checkers, so could have done better with this report. Though kudos for getting the larger story out, It’s Not Really About Spending
If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Friday — which seems likely unless negotiations take a sudden turn toward rationality — it will not be because of disagreements over spending. It will be because Republicans are refusing to budge on these ideological demands:
• No federal financing for Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions. Instead, state administration of federal family planning funds, which means that Republican governors and legislatures will not spend them.
• No local financing for abortion services in the District of Columbia.
• No foreign aid to countries that might use the money for abortion or family planning. And no aid to the United Nations Population Fund, which supports family-planning services.
• No regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency.
• No funds for health care reform or the new consumer protection bureau established in the wake of the financial collapse.
So if the tea smokers get their shut-down – which will cost as much as $500 million dollars a week – it will be partially due to their Talibanish compulsion to control the uterus of not just every women in the USA, but every woman in Mexico City and Cairo. There are some dark corners of the world and history where that kind of thinking is considered reasonable. The worlds’ greatest liberal republic is not one of them. Once the RepubliTaliban succeeds in bringing all these hungry new people into the world, they certainly do not care if they have a job, since the $33 billion dollars in cuts Democrats have agreed to compromise on will be a further drag on the economy. They certainly do not care if those American children get health care since the Republican plan includes making cuts in health care to those who need it most. The right-wing Republican brand has been built on several laughable tag lines. One is they are the “serious” people. How seriously can America take a group of zealots who are holding government workers, American business and enlisted military hostage so they can dictate intimate health decisions for every woman in America. Feministing also notes what conservatives say versus what they actually do, and the repercussion of their policies, It comes down to this, again.
So it comes down to this, again. The government shutdown comes down to whether or not politicians care about women’s health.
The Republicans, we already know, do not care. Not only do they not care, they’re actively working to make it more difficult for American women to receive life-saving healthcare.
And we should not be surprised for a moment. The GOP’s insistence that they care most about and are focused on jobs has been repeatedly contradicted by their attempts to block access to reproductive healthcare in the states. The GOP, despite its insistence that the government that governs least governs best, has spent the last few months devising as many avenues as possible for the government to involve itself in every pregnancy in the country. As the Times editorial board observes today, this is not about spending, and it’s not about making government smaller or more efficient.
OK, the anti-women’s health riders and Paul Ryan’s budget boondoggle might create some jobs. There are about 170 million women in America and policing their ovaries every minute is going to require a lot of government agents. The stealth sabotage of Medicare will take a toll on women, children and seniors – Rep. Paul Ryan’s Free-Market ‘Death Panels’
“For older people the prospect of getting and paying for private health insurance is daunting,” Guilloton wrote “For instance, in Connecticut a PPO with a $5,000 deductible would cost a 60-64 year old and spouse between $1,400 and $1,900 a month. And that cost presumes that they either are part of a company group plan or have no pre-existing conditions.
“The plan to return control of access to health insurance companies without addressing the issue of eligibility and cost control is simply to return to the very pattern of abuse in place before the attempt at health care reform.”
The elimination of Obama’s health-care reform also would remove requirements that insurance companies devote a high percentage of their premiums to medical services rather than diverting the money to higher executive salaries and greater profits.
In other words, Ryan’s plan would fatten the insurance industry’s bottom line by squeezing the elderly on health care. In effect, the plan would create a free-market “death panel” by forcing many senior citizens to skip necessary care.
Some Republicans are not only admitting the Ryan plan is health care rationing, but are incredulous that everyone has not woken up to the necessity of rationing. To be fair, health care is already rationed. ObamaCare ended some of that by doing away with insurance companies refusing to insure some high risks people or rescinding their insurance on some flimsy basis. Who do we want to have the most power, to be the most if not completely empowered? Individual patients, not the insurance companies, as they would under the Ryan/Republican plan.
Like a lot of their “values”, the conservative media has some twisted values when it comes to journalistic ethics. Wingnuttia’s own Hot Air and Ed Morrissey has embraced the mendacious lie as a regular part of his repertoire, Obama: I’ll veto funding for the troops. In short since President Obama would not endorse the House bill with all the riders unrelated to solving the imaginary budget crisis that is exactly the same thing as not funding the troops,
Really? Will Obama really argue that he can’t abide a one-week CR so much that he’s willing to shut down the government and leave the troops without income for an indeterminate amount of time? This statement concedes that this bill takes the troops out of the line of fire in the budget debate. Kirsten Powers recognized the obvious, remarking on Twitter: “Can’t believe Obama fell for the “funding the troops” trick. He’ll have to change position on veto threat.”
Ed and all the right-wing blogs and Twittereres that echoed this nonsense had a simple choice to make. The truth on one hand or a lie on behalf of an agenda that is morally vacant to the core, While Slamming Obama For Opposition To ‘Troop Funding Bill,’ House GOP Votes Down Troop Funding — Twice
Slate’s Dave Weigel noted that five minutes after the White House declared H.R. 1363 unacceptable, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) slammed President Obama for threatening to veto a bill to “ensure that our troops are paid.” Minutes later, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) ripped Democrats for “girding to oppose a ‘troop-funding bill.’” Republican lawmakers quickly picked up the rallying cry. Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN) and Harold Rodgers (R-KY) called it “astonishing” and “inexplicable” that Obama would, as GOP shutdown architect Newt Gingrich put it, use the troops as “bargaining chips for budget negotiations.”
There’s only one problem with this talking point — it’s the opposite of true. Today, the House Democrats tried three times to pass a measure that would ensure the troops received pay. The Republicans overwhelmingly opposed every single “troop-funding” opportunity:
– Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) offered a motion to recommit that would ensure all military personnel received pay for the rest of the year. Only one Republican, Rep. Walter Jones (NC), voted with every Democrat to consider this amendment.
– House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), first by unanimous consent and then by amendment, offered an alternative budget measure that would provide a 1-week extension of the current budget agreement until April 15. The “clean” continuing resolution alternative includes funding for the military but omits the irrelevant policy riders the GOP attached to H.R. 1363. Republicans unanimously voted against consideration of the alternative.
What’s more, the Obama administration announced today that it “would support a short-term, clean Continuing Resolution” like the alternative Democrats offered. Thus, by voting against these measures, House Republicans are flatly refusing to support any “troop funding bill” unless their anti-abortion and anti-environmental riders get passed.
Readers in the military or have friends or family in the military – the shut-down is completely avoidable. If you do not get paid it will be because of Republican holding women’s rights hostage and the environment. This is not a dare, but a challenge for anyone who has time – post TPro’s recounting of what actually happened at Hot Air and some other right-wing blogs that have linked to them and see how long it takes for the truth to be deleted. Why are House Republicans trying to control uteruses- domestic and foreign in these riders – because they know they’ll lose the debate if they try to pass those riders on their own. This may seem unrelated but it tells America a lot about the real Republican agenda. It is not about jobs or freedom or the economy, it is about assaults on basic human rights, Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work
Marching in step with the GOP’s nationwide war on a woman’s right to choose, the Idaho legislature gave final approval to a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks. Modeled after Nebraska’s first-in-the-nation measure, the bill — like the one passed in Kansas last week — is based on highly disputed medical research alleging that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Idaho’s bill, however, also fails to include exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother. “Only when the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life or physical health could a post-20-week abortion be performed.”
Rape and incest victims by definition have been attacked and tortured. Maybe some victims may see the children pregnancies produced by these encounters as ‘God’s blessing”. If so they are free to proceed as they see fit. Republicans are taking away that choice. Even in cases where the fetus – usually at around 20 weeks – has been determined likely to be born dead, Republicans still want big government to force her to carry to full term. So much of conservative values has the tint of Sharia law, one wonders why they have paranoid fantasies about it becoming established in the US. Radical Muslims and Republicans both seem to want to push back human rights to the 18th century.