In about a half-hour from now, President Barack Obama will blast Republicans for not striking a deal to avert the impending spending cuts known as sequestration. The President and his allies will push the theme, once again, that Republicans only look out for the well-to-do and don’t care about the poor and middle class.
“According to a White House official, Obama hopes to aggressively pressure congressional Republicans, depicting the choice over the sequester as one between protecting healthcare and national defense or protecting tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans.” (Justin Sink, “Obama To Press GOP On Sequester Deal As Deadline Approaches,” The Hill, 2/19/13)
Democrats successfully painted Republicans as radical ideologues in the budget showdown over defunding Planned Parenthood. Painted into a corner where Republicans would be blamed for shutting the government down over women’s “health care,” the GOP really had no choice but to remove the rider from negotiations.
Consider for a moment though, Planned Parenthood has received over $2.3 billion in taxpayer money since 2001. At the same time, Planned Parenthood has provided over 2.4 million abortions and has given out more than 9.9 million morning-after pills, also an abortion. At the same time, Planned Parenthood has only given 20,219 adoption referrals.
Republicans are the radical ideologues? Make no mistake here, there’s nothing more radical than Democrats insisting, as Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) did, that the U.S. Senate would “never, never, never” defund Planned Parenthood. Democrats were the ones in the end who would have rather shutter the government than defund abortion.
It’s an inconvenient truth for some and an unwelcome reality for others, but federal tax dollars are being used for abortion. In 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, named after former Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL), which prohibited the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, with the exception of life of the mother, through Medicaid.
Incensed and outraged that the federal government would not foot the bill for abortions, pro-abortionists went to the courts, arguing there was a Constitutional right for an individual to have the federal government pay for an abortion. Rightly, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the government was not under any Constitutional obligation to pay for an abortion.
Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times reports taxpayers have spent “more than $160 million defending” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their “former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud” since the bailout:
“The bulk of those expenditures — $132 million — went to defend Fannie Mae and its officials in various securities suits and government investigations into accounting irregularities that occurred years before the subprime lending crisis erupted. The legal payments show no sign of abating.” (Gretchen Morgenson, “Mortgage Giants Leave Legal Bills To The Taxpayers,” The New York Times, 1/24/11)
Members of Congress detail how they spend public money. The expenditures are compiled into quarterly reports by the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. The books detail how much taxpayer money is used to pay for staff salaries and travel expenses for flights back to the Representative’s districts. Members also detail how they spend money on other things, like flowers, donuts, bottled water and other so-called office expenses. What’s the point? It’s an outrage. My money, your money, our money, being used for fluff. As Jake Sherman and Meredith Shiner from Politico note, “while the bulk of congressional office spending goes to salaries and routine office expenses, some of the line items offer a window into the personalities and priorities of each congressional office.”
Unless you live in a hole or just returned to Earth from an alien abduction, you already know that the Senate moved forward with the Senate Democrat plan for government-run health care. The question is why are the Democrats hell-bent on passing so-called health care reform with a takeover of the entire industry with over a trillion dollars in tax payer money in the first 10 years alone? Is it because they want to create a whole new entitlement program that reaches into infinity or about real reform? It can’t be both, otherwise their plan wouldn’t be so focused on government-run health care and using tax payer dollars to pay for it, including abortion.
Back-scratching is a time honored tradition in Washington, D.C., but there’s something more unseemly going on in the Democrat-controlled Senate over government-controlled health care.
According to Robert Travis Scott of The Times-Picayune, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will host a fundraiser next month for embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Nothing to see here, just move along, right?
No, this cash-bash for Reid’s campaign coffers comes after Reid bribed Landrieu with a $100 million Medicaid subsidy in tax payer money for Louisiana in exchange for her vote on government-run health care.
Business as usual? Maybe, but maintaining the status quo on this kind of behavior isn’t the kind of “change we can believe in” that President Barack Obama and Democrats promised, is it?
Is it bribery when an elected official inserts language into a bill giving another elected official $100 million dollars for their state in exchange for their vote on a piece of legislation? And what if the money used to do the bribing comes from the tax payers?
That’s what’s going on in the Senate right now. ABC News’ Jonathan Karl is reporting on The Note that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) inserted a $100 million Medicaid subsidy for Louisiana in order to win Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) vote on government-run health care.
If that’s not outrageous, what is?
We covered Representative Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) effort to make tax payers foot the bill for abortion, so look what we’ve got here. Senator Harry Reid’s ObamaCare bill requires tax payers pay for abortion, too.
Just Like Pelosi’s Version, Reid’s Health Care Scheme Levy’s An “Abortion Premium.” “Just like the original 2,032-page, government-run health care plan from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) massive, 2,074-page bill would levy a new ‘abortion premium’ fee on Americans in the government-run plan.” (“Sen. Reid’s Government-Run Health Plan Requires A Monthly Abortion Fee,” Rep. John Boehner’s GOP Leader Blog, 11/19/09)
A little more than a week ago, we posted a piece questioning why Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was looking to rush ObamaCare through the House so quickly. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had yet to complete their cost-analysis at the time and it seemed reasonable to us that the reason Nancy was so hell-bent on getting this trillion-plus dollar boondoggle passed was because the CMS study would blow enough holes in the bill to call it Swiss cheese.