The budget-slashing war is at full pitch in Congress, with both sides taking aim at the programs that affect people who vote for the other guys. I understand that this is how Congresspeople get votes, but that doesn’t make it any less disgusting. What I’m looking at right now is the republican plan to defund Planned Parenthood. I think that one will have the greatest effect on the most people. For the republicans, it comes down to one word:
Republicans want to end Planned Parenthood because they fund abortions. I get that there are a lot of people that don’t like abortions. I’m one of them. However, even though I don’t like them I understand why they are performed, and more importantly, that they are legal. Whether I (or anybody else) agrees with a law is irrelevant to its legality.
So, what we have is the republicans pushing their agenda against something they don’t like but is still legal. They’re wiping out all of the good that PP does just because they do something legal that they don’t like. That’s a vendetta. Not only that, it’s a vendetta against an organization that provides much aid for people who…wait for it…generally don’t vote republican, although I’m sure plenty of republicans do make use of PP. Some also make the argument that this is also an attack against women, as they are the primary beneficiaries of PP; I’m not entirely sure of that.
PP offers a variety of services that are of great assistance to people who generally can’t afford them from a hospital. Many of these people, if they didn’t get these services from PP, would eventually end up in the hospital ER where we eventually pay for it, or giving birth to children they might not be able to care for, which we eventually end up paying for in some way. Isn’t free birth control worth the taxpayer cost, to prevent either of those scenarios?
No, evidently, because they also provide abortions.
They also provide STD testing, which could help prevent the spread of disease, which is always a plus for any society. Perhaps they could even help a prostitute get rid of something she might otherwise pass on to a Congressman. That should be something they’d be in favor of; imagine the awkward conversation it would prevent!
But it isn’t, because they also provide abortions.
They also screen men for colon cancer and erectile dysfunction and fertility services, two things near and dear to a man’s heart and nether regions. You’d think a bunch of old men would be in favor of that, but then again, the old men voting to defund PP can afford to go somewhere else to get their blue pills. We don’t want poor people to get help having sex.
And yeah, the main thing is that they provide abortions.
It always comes back to that. Abortions. Republicans pandering to their base, regardless of the actual cost. If they were serious about budget cuts, perhaps they would look at something like 15% across-the-board cuts in EVERY program, instead of eliminating a select few that will have minimal budgetary impact. But then they’d have to cut medicare and the defense budget, which would mean loss of jobs for the people who vote for them, and budget cuts can’t do that. They can only take away jobs from the other people.
It’s things like this that make me think perhaps a revolution IS necessary, because the system as it is, is fucked. The middle class keeps getting smaller, the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. I don’t buy into a grand conspiracy theory; it’s much simpler than that. It takes a lot of money to get elected and to stay in office. That money comes from lobbyists and corporations, which then pull the strings on the people they buy. Which means we only get token measures like this, that have a big effect on most of America but not the people who make the decisions.
Perhaps a revolution is necessary, because the system is indeed fucked.