Alex Blaze

Obama to America: The fundies are still in charge

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 27, 2009 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Barack Obama, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, stimulus package

You want to know who still runs this country? Here's a clue...

smiling pro life protesters.JPGChristian Defense Coalition calls Speaker Pelosi's decision to add contraceptives to the economic stimulus package bigoted, racist, elitist and anti-child.

It is unthinkable that the Speaker of House would try to stimulate the economy by seeking to reduce the number of children.

Our political leaders should do all within their power to protect, support and encourage America's children, not crush and destroy them.

This policy would lay the foundation for racism and eugenics because it would seek to reduce the number of children to the nation's poorest economic groups, which tend to be persons of color and other minorities.

It is now becoming clear that the Democratic leadership intends to use the economic crisis to push forward a radical anti-family social agenda.

House and Senate Republicans repeated the call to remove the family planning provisions, which were a small part of the stimulus package in the first place. They can make all the objections they want, the family planning provision would have helped balance state and local budgets (which generally can't deficit spend); increase funding to programs that already exist, which would have created jobs more quickly than entirely new programs do; and provided funding to help fund contraception for the increasing number of low-income women in the US.

It should have been an all-around winner, since it's contraception, not abortion. The anti-contraception crowd is the fringe-of-the-fringe, and we've already given the anti-abortion crowd a resounding repudiation.

But Obama's still pulling strings for the anti-contraception crowd:

House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation.[...]

Several Democrats said Monday night that Obama had spoken personally with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., about removing the provision. Waxman is chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over Medicaid and a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Democrats who described the likely reversal did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to disclose developments not yet made public.

Obama's request to House Democrats underscores the administration's desire to signal a spirit of bipartisanship, a recurring theme for the president in his first week in office.

"Spirit of bipartisanship," remember, means that not only do low-income women get screwed over by the government, but LGBT folks, working class folks, and pretty much everyone else who isn't a Republicans constituency gets screwed over as well.

And caving on this issue to get Republican support for a bill that doesn't need Republican support and that will never get Republican support because Republicans have zero political reason to support it makes no sense at all. They've already been given around $250 billion in tax cuts, many directed only to the wealthy, in the package under the spirit of bipartisanship, and Republicans are still rallying each other to oppose the stimulus package.

And lest we think Obama caved on this one because it's just the right thing to do, let's remember to whom he caved:

Today on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that if Pelosi "wants fewer births, I have the way to do this and it won't require any contraception: You simply put pictures of Nancy every cheap motel room. ... That will keep birthrates down because that picture will keep a lot of things down."

The leading moral authority of our time, I'm sure. But he does have more power to determine what medical services women have access to than most of the rest of us do.

Update: Yeah, it's gone.

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With the mounting job casualties, here's hoping SCOTUS either finds someone, somewhere, has standing to require BHO's birth certificate or fixes attention on a criminal indictment before he wins his War on Prosperity.

Hm. Somehow I don't think that that's the path to providing contraception to low-income women.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | January 27, 2009 9:32 PM

OMG. I cannot believe Obama did this.

Before the election, a friend of mine was adamantly dead-set against Obama, predicting that he would prove to be a monumental disappointment because he talked out of both sides of his mouth and couldn't be trusted to stand on principle. I thought she was nuts. When I read stories like this, I start freaking out that she was prescient.

It's bad enough that the world is being crushed under the weight of too many humans and these religious nut-jobs oppose contraception. But that Obama caved to their religious fanaticism?!

I literally feel sick to my stomach.

I know. I thought those PUMA folks were crazy too! And just had anger management issues!

He definitely won't be anywhere near as bad as McCain would have been, but he should have known that the Republicans were going to punk him on stimulus. It was kinda obvious that all these calls for bipart would just end up with the Dems caving in.

Well, look at it this way: not only gays are thrown under the bus. Women are too.

Whee. So fun. *sigh*

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | January 28, 2009 10:45 AM

True enough that the fundies still have a loud and effecive voice in opposing things social and cultural they don't like and which we in the GLBT community have a general affinity to. But.....common sense says there are some things that may be desirable but in no way can really fit into the definition of an instantly needed economic stimulus package. Some admittely are in the gray zone. But we do our cause disservice is we appear to fall into step against rational objections that some things are a lot more related to the immediate economic concern that others.

This constant sniping at every turn is more petulant than productive. Obama may very well get his stimulus package without any substantive support from the right. That it may happen isn't a signal that as a matter of policy it should happen. His gestures having been offered and rebuffed have more long term political value that the go-it-alone tactics of his predecessor.

Pelosi and Co. tried to slip this one past. They got caught and spanked. Fall back, regroup, and fight another day.

A fight for family planning dollars is better had when we can leverage issues of personal autonomy and pubic health.