With a vote of 240-185, Planned ParenthoodÂ’s funding was blocked by House Republicans. Thinking this is a great moral victory, Â“[Mike Pence (R-IN)] says taxpayer money should not go to groups that provide or promote abortion.Â”
Yet, this rings hollow and hypocritical on so many accounts. Do Mike Pence and Republicans think taxpayer money should go to groups that kill civilians? Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq carried out with equipment built by American corporations. Do Republicans think taxpayer money should go to groups that kill inmates? The death penalty must be a symbol of the Â“culture of life.Â”
Do Republicans think that the greatest moral victory is to make sure everyone lives and once they are actually born, to get rid of every social program to help? Moreover, do Republicans think defunding education, health care, and putting over 1,000,000 people out of work is moral?
Â“Planned Parenthood provides services in hundreds of clinics around the country. Pence aides say the group reported receiving $363 million in federal money in its latest report.Â”
Of course, this is not ideological; this is primarily about cutting the federal budget, Republicans would have you believe.
What the Republicans are doing, though, is either good for democracy or good for Democrats. Consider, if Republicans insist on acting like true freshman--silly, vain, unschooled in how government works, trying to bring to the table argumentative points that take away fundamental rights of people to be in control over their own body, to freely assemble (even if they are government employees), to be secure in their drinking water, and other such poor legislation and the people support this--then democracy is served.
On the other hand, if their inanities wake up the voting populace to start pressuring their representatives immediately and eventually vote them out in the 2012 elections, then Democrats are served.
Republicans say they donÂ’t want gridlock. But unless they understand that they donÂ’t control both Houses nor do they control the White House, the self-righteous posturing and tyrannical ultimatums only serve to increase what they self-purportedly donÂ’t want: gridlock.
But the biggest losers arenÂ’t Democrats. Planned Parenthood doesnÂ’t just perform abortions. It is unfortunate that Republicans are taking away another program to help the people.