The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand monetary sovereignty, do not understand economics. Cutting the federal deficit is the most ignorant and damaging step the federal government could take. It ranks ahead of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.
We know about the right wing’s effort to arrest, search and deport every undocumented immigrant. Never mind the human suffering this would cause.
And we know about the right wing’s effort to overturn the law granting citizenship to all children born in the U.S., specifically children of undocumented aliens. Never mind the human suffering this would cause.
And we know about the right wing’s efforts to overturn the health care insurance law, which provides coverage to millions of poor people who could not otherwise afford it, and which also provides coverage for people with pre-existing health problems, who die prematurely without health care. Never mind the human suffering this would cause.
And we know about the right wing’s efforts to make gays second class citizens both in the military and in civilian life. Never mind the human suffering this has caused.
We almost have grown accustomed to the right wing beating down on the less fortunate. Almost, but not quite.
From The Raw Story
House Republicans aim to redefine rape to limit abortion coverage
By Nathan Diebenow, Saturday, January 29th, 2011 — 3:25 pm
A majority of House Republicans are taking aim at decreasing federal funding for reproductive health by changing the definition of rape in a newly-filed bill. Currently, the federal government denies taxpayer monies to be used to pay for abortions, except in cases when pregnancies result from rape or incest or when the pregnancy endangers the woman’s life.
However, if the 173 mainly Republican co-sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” have their way, that would all change. Instead of keeping the 30-year-old definition of rape in federal law, the bill would modify it to “forcible rape,” thereby severely limiting the health care choices of millions of American women and their families.
Notice the title of this bill includes the loaded words “Taxpayer Funding,” a misstatement of the facts. Taxpayers do not fund federal spending. If all taxes ended tomorrow, this would not change by even one dollar, the federal government’s ability to fund whatever it wishes. That is the basis of Monetary Sovereignty.
“This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible,” Nick Baumann of Mother Jones wrote recently. He continued, “For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion.”
If the bill becomes law, parents of minors would also be banned from paying for pregnancy termination for their daughters with tax-exempt health savings accounts. Also, the cost of the private health insurance that covered the treatment would not be able to be deducted as a medical expense for tax purposes.
The bill introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) was the second major piece of legislation filed by the Republicans after its attempt to repeal “The Affordable Care Act.” Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) hailed Smith’s bill as “one of our highest legislative priorities.”
Think about it. With all the problems facing America — joblessness, education, poverty, homelessness, war, infrastructure, energy, the ecology — repealing the health care law is one of the right wing’s highest legislative priorities!
The bill would also deny other exemptions for rape victims who were drugged or given alcohol, who were mentally limited, and who were date raped. The incest exception of the bill granted federally-funded abortions only if the woman is under 18.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) plans to introduce a bill that would strip Planned Parenthood of all Title X family planning funding, which has made it possible for millions of low-income women to choose and pay for contraception and other basic preventive health care since 1970.
So the right wing has a vendetta against gays, undocumented men, women and children, even children born here in America, poor people, sick people, raped women, raped children and low-income women who don’t want to conceive unaffordable babies. That’s quite a sad record of stomping on the underdog.
The right wing loves to quote President Reagan, but this group is light years away from him. President Reagan was a gentleman, a compassionate man. He wasn’t a mean bastard.
But wait, perhaps the right wing isn’t so mean after all. Remember, they did fight to preserve tax decreases for the wealthy.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.