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Ridiculous items in stimulus plan

February 2, 2009

So much for the new bipartisanship.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed President Obama’s $819 billion economic stimulus bill pretty much along party lines, with the exception of 11 Democrats who voted against the plan.

The House Bill:
Stimulus: Some Loony Spending Requests in Obama Plan

By Ruben Navarrette
For CNN

After the vote, Obama said he hoped to “continue to strengthen” the bill as it made its way through the Senate.

I’d settle for removing more of the ridiculous items that House Democrats slipped into the legislation to advance their sociopolitical agenda. Like $350 million for child care on military bases. Or $335 million to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

In normal economic times, there might not be anything wrong with this. But these aren’t normal times. And these politically motivated giveaways do nothing to fight the recession.

Another such item, which was removed from the bill, was a plan to spend more than $200 million on birth control funding as a way of stimulating the economy.

Who could possibly defend such a thing? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concocted an argument that was ridiculous and offensive. In fact, the argument was so bad that it might have single-handedly led to the demise of the funding, which some conservatives considered a giveaway to Planned Parenthood.

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
2/02/navarrette.stimulus/index.html

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Stimulus Funds Sexual Disease Prevention? Weren’t We Creating Jobs?

January 28, 2009

Democrats may have eliminated provisions on birth control and sod for the National Mall in the “job stimulus” — but buried on page 147 of the bill is stimulation for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

From The Drudge Report

The House Democrats’ bill includes $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

In the past, the CDC has used STD education funding for programs that many Members of Congress find objectionable and arguably unrelated to a mission of economic stimulus [such as funding events called ‘Booty Call’ and ‘Great Sex’ put on by an organization that received $698,000 in government funds.]

“Whether this funding has merit is not the question; the point is it has no business in an economic plan supposedly focused on job creation,” says a stimulated Hill source.

Drudge:
http://www.drudgereport.com/


All rolled up.  President Obama and the Democrats will probably get their economic stimulus package; but anything done this quickly and with so little debate in Congress is often filled with “pork,” waste and other bad deals.  Like fast sex, this legislation might feel good in the short term but….

Birth Control is Part of Economic ‘Stimulus,’ Where Is My Viagra?

January 26, 2009

If you think the government is too much a part of your life how do you feel about the Fed in your love life and bedroom.

The economic stimulus includes monies for “family planning” and birth control.

On ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos   House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was challenged by the host on the issue and she said she had “no apologies.”

Pelosi, who has said in the past she is a Roman Catholic, has also been attacked in the past on her pontificating on the subject of abortion.

Vice President Joe Biden has also been named by the Vatican for his distortions of Catholic teaching.  But Biden’s public talks often confuse even those not easily baffled….

How about fee Viagra in the “stumulus package”?

Related:
http://www.drudgereport.com/flashpbc.htm

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By Margaret Talev
McClatchy Newspapers

President Barack Obama signed a memorandum on Friday that ends a prohibition on supplying federal family planning funds and contraceptives to international aid groups that provide abortions, abortion referrals or abortion counseling.

Obama’s move came a day after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights Supreme Court ruling of 1973, and an annual march in Washington to protest the decision. Abortion opponents were critical of Obama’s order, while abortion rights groups said it could help prevent millions of unintended pregnancies worldwide and save thousands of women’s lives each year.

“For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us,” Obama said in a statement issued along with the memorandum he signed. “I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.”

He said he’d ask his administration to initiate a “fresh conversation” on family planning, and to seek common ground with abortion opponents.

“I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies,” Obama said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Obama’s move “welcome news to the poorest women and families in the world.”

Conservatives weren’t as receptive. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Republican whip, issued a statement calling Obama’s quick move on the family planning issue “divisive.”

Read the rest:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/p
olitics/AP/story/869861.html

Related:
Critics of Obama “Arrogance” on Life and Death Issues