Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, defends contraceptives being added to the economic stimulus bill.  She was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos who asked her about this addition in the bill.

Partial Transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?

PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.

HT: Drudge Report

So basically birth control will stimulate the economy because it will reduce child birth, and that will help because kids are expensive.  Even if I could follow that logic, which I don’t, how will that help somebody now?

She also said in that interview that “experts” have said “we’ll get more bang for our buck by investing in food stamps and unemployment insurance than we will tax cuts.”  So we are going to make people more dependent on the government for help.  Again, while I understand that these programs are necessary in the short term (and I mean very short term).  How does this address the long term solution.

I’ve made it pretty clear that I am against this stimulus package, but at the very least could we please rid this bill of anything that does not save a job or help create a job?  But I don’t expect that to happen because that would just be common sense.  Something that seems to be in short supply in Washington.

4 comments
  1. Here's some information about the program. Not quite as nefarious as the right wing blogs would have you believe.

    bhttp://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/01/republicans-irate-over-expansion-of-republican-approved-program.

    It's simply an expansion of a Medicaid program that's been in place since 1972 that helps states help poor women with contraceptives. I know Shane that you don't believe in this type of program, but it likely reduces the abortion rate. In fact, I would speculate that it reduces the abortion rate much more than the 40 or so items that you listed a few days ago.

  2. ooops. that is of course “http” not “bhttp”

    phantom key strokes…. or just old fingers, not sure which 🙂

  3. You are right I don't agree with this type of program, and stats have shown “safe sex” push hasn't worked. That was the big push in the 80s and pregnancy rates went up, STDs went up. It simply didn't work if you want to look at it in a purely pragmatic point of view.

    Regarding this bill – it is pork – it doesn't belong in an economic stimulus package.

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