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Barack Obama Wins One for Common Sense

obama_matrix.jpgHow about that. Just hours after we criticized the contraception funding the Democrats are trying to squeeze into the new stimulus, Barack Messiah Obama, laid down a little common sense and asked the Dems to pull it.

House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation.
Several officials said a final decision was expected on Tuesday, coinciding with Obama’s scheduled visit to the Capitol for separate meetings with House and Senate Republicans.
The provision has emerged as a point of contention among Republicans, who criticize it as an example of wasteful spending that would neither create jobs nor otherwise improve the economy.

Welcome to the new world order, folks. Democrat or Republican, you try to bring your shit into this house, and Obama is gonna eat your lunch. Or, have a nice stern word for you.

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Where are you getting "millions of $$ for condomz" out of this:

"State Option to Cover Family Planning Services. Under current law, the Secretary has the authority under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to grant waivers to states to allow them to cover family planning services and supplies to low-income women who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid. The bill would give states the option to provide such coverage without obtaining a waiver. States could continue to use the existing waiver authority if they preferred."

Hey Dustin, you're celebrating the "jettisoning of family planning funds" from low-income women? Making sure the impoverished have little chance from breaking out of that cycle.. sure sounds like an economic upside to me.

Congratulations on agreeing with Rush Limbaugh, though.

If you really want to see what common sense looks like, I'd suggest checking out the comments following your last post about this. It can positively stimulate the economy, at least as much as giving billions to the financial sector to piss away.

Seriously? Helping poorer families keep their heads above water by allowing them to not have unwanted pregnancies and to take better care of the kids they already have isn't good enough stimulus for you? Perhaps it doesn't directly and immediately create jobs or build wealth for corporations, but what good is an economic recovery package that doesn't help the people who need help during an economic crisis?

No offense, but I think you above commentors are being kind of ridiculous. No one is saying that it's a bad proposal or that it should never be brought up again, just that this likely-divisive proposal shouldn't be attached to a stimulus plan, especially one that they want passed ASAP.

As was stated above, it didn't add money it just made it move faster through the system without as much red tape. However, if a conservative sees anything related to not keeping women as baby machines the shit themselves. Also this was one of the few bones women actually had in the stimulus since most of the careers that being created or given job opportunities are strictly male dominated. I'm just kind of sick of the Women's reproductive rights being the thing that's discardable, especially since these those jack asses aren't going to vote to pass it anyway.

To Kate:
I'm all for helping the less fortunate in ways similar to what was being proposed, but during times like these, and within a stimulus plan such as this one, it wasn't appropriate.

So...I'm just going to say this, and I might catch some shit for it, but I really don't care.

All women, even poor ones, know how to avoid unwanted pregnancies. They don't need government funding to figure it out.

Now, I say this as an attorney that works exclusively with poor women who are victims of domestic violence. I am sensitive to the cycle of poverty that having a whole mess of kids can contribute to. BUT SERIOUSLY?!? These women are not stupid. I'm not blaming them for their poverty entirely, but I think there needs to be some accountability. If you can't afford to have more kids either (a) don't have sex, or (b) if you must bang, do so in a protected manner. Condoms aren't that expensive.

Honestly, the overwhelming majority of my clients make the decision to have unprotected sex knowing full well what that can lead to.

This isn't about the middle class feminist meme that "women aren't baby-making machines". This is about women believing that they have a future beyond just what they see around them - and, sorry, but funding for family planning isn't going to fix that.

I think the best thing to take from this is that we have a president who is willing to compromise on one of his party's "typical" stances for the greater good, particularly when, as stated above, that stance isn't an essential aspect of the policy the legislation is trying to achieve.

The Right Wing "Morality Police" are Hypocrites. They speak of Individual Freedom, and want to impose their views on everyone.
I agree with Arr Matey-If you're going to have SEX USE A CONDOM!
Take responsibility for your own actions.
Use Condoms, get into S&M, or only have Anal Sex!
You have to be willing to compromise. You cannot be against abortion, and believe that contraceptives are a bad idea. If there is a man with a penis...he will want to stick it somewhere...

If there is a man with a penis...he will want to stick it somewhere...

That statement is especially funny after having read the entry about the raccoon!

I agree that family planning needs more funding, but I don't think it should have been stuck in the stimulus bill. That is the kind of things the Republicans did, and I'd like to think Democrats are better than that (though, they probably aren't). Funding for family planning should be its own separate bill.

The problem with saying that everything is solved by using condoms is that many women won't speak up to their partners about using one, and also, there is the chance of breakage. Women should have better access to the pill, so it is something that they alone can control. I don't refute that some women get knocked up because they prefer to bury their head in the sand, and wouldn't use either form of birth control if you threw it at them (I worked in a hospital on the OB/GYN floor. I have heard every excuse about how someone is "surprised" she got pregnant). The problem is multi-faceted, and the solution needs to include better access and education along with funding.