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Budget Deal Done On Poor Women’s Backs

Budget Deal Done On Poor Women’s Backs

How vicious and widespread is the Republican attack on poor women?  It just about shut down the federal government.  And it still might.

The deal struck was at the greatest price to women, in particular to poor women.  While Democrats defeated Republican attacks at funding for women’s health care and organizations like Planned Parenthood, they capitulated to banning the District of Columbia from using federal and local taxpayer dollars on abortions.

The budget also contains a rider that guarantees that the Senate will vote on a stand alone bill to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  While the measure may not make it through the Senate, the fact that it’s happening shows that using women as political hostages is standard operating procedure for both Republicans and Democrats.

If it wasn’t clear before the budget battle it should be now.  This was never about Planned Parenthood per se.  It was about who Republicans feel is “entitled” to the help and support of the federal government.  NASCAR subsidies are fine, but not cancer screenings for poor women.

If this looks familiar, it should.  It’s the resurrection of the mean-spirited and frankly racist element of the right that embraces images of “welfare queens” and stereotypes of government dependents.  While supporters try to soften their image by invoking abolitionists or hiding behind the cloak of “fiscal conservatism” their ideology and agenda has not changed since first introduced by Barry Goldwater and mainstreamed by Ronald Reagan.

There’s so much to be angry about with this deal it’s hard to chose one or two points to focus on, but here it goes.  The capitulation on D.C. funding is pretty offensive provisions since it impacts those with literally zero representation in Congress.

And while I’m grateful for the short-term salvage on Planned Parenthood funding I would be more grateful to have both moderate Republicans and all Democrats end politicking with women’s lives.  Period.  Sure Harry Reid came out and gave some strong words of support to women’s health care but still used it as a negotiating chip and at the end decided the greatest burden should be born by those most vulnerable.

I expect it from Republicans but I’m really tired of it from the Democrats.

For more on the budget battle, click here.

 

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9:15AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

does this surprise anyone?

9:00AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

we all need to be more informed on the budget and deficit and find the information out when thinks are made public people behave

6:45PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

Yeap the government seems to hurt more then help

5:49PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

these people making decisions are our public servants now they need to act as servants and listen to what the American people have to say and one thing else THEY should be willing to sacrifice(pay cut: no social security for them) to get our country out of debt any suggestions i think we the people should deluge the congress, senate and presidential agencies with millions of suggestions: may be they will listen, I suggest to bring the boys home ad let the other world figure it out. they have been fighting for generations.

7:48AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

We should all read the Tuner Diaries. In it we the people go against the government. The book was written in the 60's but is so relevant today. Soon we will need a passport just to leave the state in which we live. Could even be from city to city. All for this to happen is our government to shut down.

1:08PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Watching the afternoon news 4/12/2011. I saw a democrat come out and get interviewed, a white male. He is interested in balancing the budget off the backs of us all and even tampering with medicare and SS. even tho none of these sources have nothing to do with balancing the budget. Seems to me the President has come out to comfort us and remind us to take care of our military ourselves. It's like a hint of being told don't expect things to change in our favor, you/us will have to solve our own problems. I could be wrong. Another cave in? It did me good to see this dem be so ingrossed in reigning in the budget instead of jobs. Ever heard of an over throw of the american government without a fist fight look at koch and koch. The news media speaks for them and plants information in our brains as seeds of truth. Like we are broke and medicare and SS needs to be cut, gutted,fixed when they are no problems. They also want national security cut while they don't want investigations going on into large scale weapons bought and sold. They are planning their own war on americans and complete take over. If they aRE attacking law enforcement and their unions, they already have made plans to replace you with someone something else. Otherwise they would embrace you and pet you cause they need you and when they act opposite something else is on their minds.

1:00PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Watching the afternoon news 4/12/2011. I saw a democrat come out and get interviewed, a white male. He is interested in balancing the budget off the backs of us all and even tampering with medicare and SS. even tho none of these sources have nothing to do with balancing the budget. Seems to me the President has come out to comfort us and remind us to take care of our military ourselves. It's like a hint of being told don't expect things to change in our favor, you/us will have to solve our own problems. I could be wrong. Another cave in? It did me good to see this dem be so ingrossed in reigning in the budget instead of jobs. Ever heard of an over throw of the american government without a fist fight look at koch and koch. The news media speaks for them and plants information in our brains as seeds of truth. Like we are broke and medicare and SS needs to be cut, gutted,fixed when they are no problems. They also want national security cut while they don't want investigations going on into large scale weapons bought and sold. They are planning their own war on americans and complete take over. If they aRE attacking law enforcement and their unions, they already have made plans to replace you with someone something else. Otherwise they would embrace you and pet you cause they need you and when they act opposite something else is on their minds.

1:00PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Watching the afternoon news 4/12/2011. I saw a democrat come out and get interviewed, a white male. He is interested in balancing the budget off the backs of us all and even tampering with medicare and SS. even tho none of these sources have nothing to do with balancing the budget. Seems to me the President has come out to comfort us and remind us to take care of our military ourselves. It's like a hint of being told don't expect things to change in our favor, you/us will have to solve our own problems. I could be wrong. Another cave in? It did me good to see this dem be so ingrossed in reigning in the budget instead of jobs. Ever heard of an over throw of the american government without a fist fight look at koch and koch. The news media speaks for them and plants information in our brains as seeds of truth. Like we are broke and medicare and SS needs to be cut, gutted,fixed when they are no problems. They also want national security cut while they don't want investigations going on into large scale weapons bought and sold. They are planning their own war on americans and complete take over. If they aRE attacking law enforcement and their unions, they already have made plans to replace you with someone something else. Otherwise they would embrace you and pet you cause they need you and when they act opposite something else is on their minds.

12:58PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Watching the afternoon news 4/12/2011. I saw a democrat come out and get interviewed, a white male. He is interested in balancing the budget off the backs of us all and even tampering with medicare and SS. even tho none of these sources have nothing to do with balancing the budget. Seems to me the President has come out to comfort us and remind us to take care of our military ourselves. It's like a hint of being told don't expect things to change in our favor, you/us will have to solve our own problems. I could be wrong. Another cave in? It did me good to see this dem be so ingrossed in reigning in the budget instead of jobs. Ever heard of an over throw of the american government without a fist fight look at koch and koch. The news media speaks for them and plants information in our brains as seeds of truth. Like we are broke and medicare and SS needs to be cut, gutted,fixed when they are no problems. They also want national security cut while they don't want investigations going on into large scale weapons bought and sold. They are planning their own war on americans and complete take over. If they aRE attacking law enforcement and their unions, they already have made plans to replace you with someone something else. Otherwise they would embrace you and pet you cause they need you and when they act opposite something else is on their minds.

12:55PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Watching the afternoon news 4/12/2011. I saw a democrat come out and get interview a white male. He is interested in balancing the budget off the backs of us all and even tampering with medicare and SS. even tho none of these sources have nothing to do with balancing the budget. Seems to me the President has come out to comfort us and remind us to take care of our military ourselves. It's like a hint of being told don't expect things to change in our favor, you/us will have to solve our own problems. I could be wrong. Another cave in? It did me good to see this dem be so ingrossed in reigning in the budget instead of jobs. Ever heard of an over throw of the american government without a fist fight look at koch and koch. The news media speaks for them and plants information in our brains as seeds of truth. Like we are broke and medicare and SS needs to be cut, gutted,fixed when they are no problems. They also want national security cut while they don't want investigations going on into large scale weapons bought and soul. They are planning their own war on americans and complete take over. If they aRE attacking law enforcement and their unions, they already have made plans to replace you with someone something else. Otherwise they would embrace you and pet you cause they need you and when they act opposite something else is on their minds.

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