Friday, April 8, 2011

GOP Women Representatives Refuse To Address Policy Rider Issues - UPDATED

GOP women in the House of Representatives held a press conference on the budget/abortion stalemate. It was a fairly ugly business; one could almost feel embarrassed for them... except that they so deserve to be embarrassed. This comment struck me as particularly relevant:

Pressed on the issue, members said they could not answer questions about whether they would support a proposal that did away with policy riders on women's health until they saw a final deal.

"We're going to wait and see what comes back," [Rep. Marsha] Blackburn [R-TN] said.
Ah. I understand now: the anti-choice policy riders are not moral issues; they're tokens to be traded for a better deal on the budget cuts. I can't help being reminded of an old joke which ends, "We've already established what you are. All we're doing now is haggling over the price."

UPDATE: Tea Party Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) makes it even clearer that the anti-choice policy riders are not a moral issue but a simple quid pro quo:

As Republicans, we promised in the pledge to America to cut $100 billion off of Obama's plan. If we're going to come back with less than that, we've got to come back with some policy riders to say look, I took less than $100 billion, but I've defunded Planned Parenthood or abortions in the District of Columbia. Or I've ended Obamacare...

So tell me, Blake: just how many billion is women's health care (remember, it's all for health care: abortion has already been excluded in all federal spending since the mid-1970s) worth to you in trade for budget cuts? And how can you possibly claim the moral high ground to the social conservatives in your district, if you're willing to trade the issue away for a few billion?

What a bunch of damned hypocrites the GOPers are!


  1. Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :

  2. ... all of which makes NO DIFFERENCE regarding what I said... that GOPer Congresswomen today refused to address the issue of trying to ax Planned Parenthood, pretending that somehow it's not something they're obligated to talk about. They voted for it. They're responsible for it.

    "We're going to wait and see what comes back" is one helluva lousy attitude toward the slashing of the only health care available to literally millions of women... and no, despite the LIES flying around the 'net tonight, there's been ZERO federal funding for abortion since the mid-1970s. She said it. She's responsible for it.

    Too bad for you, Mickey, but your beloved Congresswoman hangs out with liars and thieves. She does it. She's responsible for it.



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