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Planned Parenthood Takes Another Hit From The Right: Loses Support of Susan G. Komen Foundation

It looks like the rabid right to lifers won a small victory this week. Succumbing to pressure from the right, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has announced that it is cutting ties with Planned Parenthood. A long time contributor to Planned Parenthood, the foundation will stop funding of all Komen sponsored breast cancer screening and education at all Planned Parenthood centers. The foundation did not even have the courage to respond with Planned Parenthood’s requests to meet with the Komen board of directors.
Fortunately, Planned Parenthood has established an emergency fund, thanks to the generous gift of $250,000 from the Amy and Lee Fikes Foundation. This Breast Health Emergency Fund is expected to help offset the 19 programs that will be lost from the Komen Foundation.

When will these right wing, religious zealot, misogynistic, elitist, patriarchal nut jobs understand that Planned Parenthood is more than just abortion clinics?

In the 800 centers across the country,90% of Planned Parenthood’s health care is preventative cancer screenings, birth control, STD prevention and treatment, breast health services, PAP tests, and sexual health education and treatment. They perform a much needed service to millions of women, men, and teenagers, who otherwise could not afford these services.

The right doesn’t care about this; what they care about is how much control they can exert over a woman and her uterus. Bullying the Komen Foundation into cutting ties with Planned Parenthood is yet another example as to how low the right is willing to sink.

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North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls For Bringing Back Public Hangings, Starting With Abortion Providers | ThinkProgress

Does anybody else find it ironic that rabid “pro-lifers” want to kill every abortion provider in the country? Yeesh.

North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Calls For Bringing Back Public Hangings, Starting With Abortion Providers | ThinkProgress.

BTW Rep Larry Pittman, because you are a nut job Tea Bagging right wing extremist who favors public hangings of abortion providers, you win this installment of the Obama Ear Scratch of The Week.

The Bipartisan Dog and Pony Show

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As more details from the 2011 budget agreement are becoming available, it looks as if President Obama and the Democratic Party may have gotten their way. Most of the $38 billion dollar reductions are a product of creative book keeping based on money left over from previous years. Furthermore, much of the cuts are to programs that Obama had targeted in the first place, such as earmarks, unspent census money, and leftover federal construction money. Meanwhile, programs such as Pell Grants and health research, in addition to Planned Parenthood and the EPA will remain safe for now.

In the 2012 budget fight, it is widely believed that Obama will go after tax cuts; he is expected to revive his recommendations that the Bush tax cuts for households making $250,000 or more a year come to an end. Overall, he will be seeking a tax increase on the wealthy from Bush’s 25% tax rate to 35%, which would restore the tax code to the level that existed during the Clinton administration. In my opinion, Obama’s tax hike proposal will be nothing more than a paper tiger. After all, the Democrats have their hands out to big business every bit as much as the Republicans.

If we are going to get this $14.3 trillion dollar debt under control, raising taxes for the rich is going to have to come hand in hand with cutting spending. While Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal would supposedly trim more that $5 trillion from our deficit over the next decade, it does nothing to generate more revenue (read taxes) from the highest income brackets. Ryan’s proposal follows the Tea Bagger’s playbook on spending; force the poor, middle class, and elderly to tighten their belts even further by cutting spending on needed programs for their health and well being, while reducing even further the taxes paid out by the top 1% of our country.

The Republican’s 2011 budget is looking more and more like it’s nothing but smoke and mirrors; the 2012 budget plan looks even worse. While Obama seems to have won a temporary victory by protecting many of the programs that actually benefit the public, he needs to step up his game and demand an end to the generous tax cuts to the rich.

A successful business plan is a simple one: Spend wisely while generating revenue. Our government does not do this. I’m surprised we’re still in business. If the government were a legitimate business, it would have been forced to shut its doors permanently during the Bush administration. If both parties can’t get their greed under control and formulate a balanced fiscal plan that actually works, the business that is the government will soon operate under a new credo; “open under new management.” Look for that sign to be written in Chinese.

Government Shutdown Averted… For Now

Republicans and Democrats got their act together last night and finally hammered out a budget deal. $38 billion was cut from the budget, but Planned Parenthood, health care reform, and the EPA were spared for now.  The Republicans, Democrats, and Tea Baggers are all claiming victory. My gut feeling says that the Democrats caved on many issues and we’ll find out just how much they caved in the next few days as more details become available. Meanwhile, the government stays open, and the rich continue to get richer, as it is believed that most of the tax cuts were left in the budget for corporations and the wealthy.

Next up: The 2012 budget proposal. This will probably be an even bigger fight.

Stay tuned!

Budget Fight Almost Over?

It looks like the Republicans and Democrats are close to reaching an agreement on the budget,averting a government shutdown. The last sticking point is the massive cuts directed toward Planned Parenhood funding. Hopefully the Democrats will not budge on this, and Planned Parenthood won’t be effected.

Frankly, after watching President Obama hem and haw last night about the ramifications of a government shut down, I thouroghly expected that the Democrats would cave on most of the major sticking points, because, for the most part, that’s what Democrats do. I’m betting they already caved on cuts to PBS, NPR, and EPA.

If this bill goes through with the planned cuts to Planned Parenthood, whatever trust I have left in the Democratic party may go right out the window.

Top 10 Worst Things about the Republicans’ Immoral Budget

I love lists: this one is from MoveOn.Org:

Top 10 Worst Things about the Republicans’ Immoral Budget

 1. Destroy 700,000 jobs, according to an independent economic analysis from Sachs-Goldman.

2. Zero out federal funding for National Public Radio and public television.

3. Cut $1.3 billion from community health centers—which will deprive more than 3 million low-income people of health care over the next few months.

4. Cut nearly a billion dollars in food and health care assistance to pregnant women, new moms, and children.

5. Kick more than 200,000 children out of pre-school by cutting funds for Head Start.

6. Force states to fire 65,000 teachers and aides, dramatically increasing class sizes, thanks to education cuts.

7. Cut some or all financial aid for 9.4 million low- and middle-income college students.

8. Slash $1.6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, a cut that experts say would “send shockwaves” through cancer research, likely result in cuts to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research, and cause job losses.

9. End the only federal family planning program, including cutting all federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood to support cancer screenings and other women’s health care.

10. Send 10,000 low-income veterans into homelessness by cutting in half the number of veterans who get housing vouchers this year.

Their budget isn’t about stimulating jobs or reducing the deficit; it’s about stimulating their bank accounts and reducing our liberties. If this bill goes through as is, we will lose close to a million jobs by 2012. We will lose federal funding for Planned Parenthood and Head Start. We will lose much needed research aimed at eliminating Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. We will put veterans on the street, and make it even harder for low income families to send their children to school, or you know, eat. Meanwhile the bloated carcass that is our government will sap our hard earned money from us while feeding huge corporations with massive tax breaks.

Trickle down economics has never worked and it never will. I stand corrected; it works for the outlandishly wealthy and the politicians who serve them.

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