Are you frustrated with this whole stimulus, bailout, “rescue plan” thing?  The more I learn about it the more frustrated I get, and this latest gem is just priceless.

Things just keep getting added to this stimulus package monstrosity.  From the U.S. House Republican Leader, Congressman John Boehner’s website (HT: Say Anything Blog):

Washington, Jan 23 – Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the massive spending plan written by congressional Democrats isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – in particular, the vast majority of the spending in the plan won’t have an impact on our economy for years, at best.  And just yesterday, the House Ways & Means Committee learned that no one seems to know how many jobs would actually be created by the trillion dollar spending plan, even though the legislation is slated to be on the House floor next week.

Now comes the latest revelation about the congressional Democrats’ “stimulus” plan: it includes taxpayer funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry.  Specifically, a provision in the legislation clears the way for expanded federal funding of contraceptives through Medicaid for those who aren’t even poor.  Here’s how:

A Clinton-era program allows states to seek a waiver to offer Medicaid “family planning” services – even for those who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid.  If they seek the waiver, the federal government matches the state funding with $9 for every $1. 

Yesterday, during consideration of the congressional Democrats’ spending bill by the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the panel eliminated the waiver requirement.  The result?  All 50 states will now offer Medicaid “family planning” services (including contraception) with the federal government offering the same $9 to $1 match (pages 231-240).

Putting the public policy argument aside, what exactly does this stimulate?  Oh the comments and puns that could be said, but I’ll refrain.  The simple fact is it doesn’t do a thing to stimulate the economy and creating jobs.  Ok, perhaps if you work for a contraceptive company you’ll get a boost.

Can we share our collective outrage at Congress and President Obama?  This is just a waste of taxpayer money and it is an attempt to get somebody’s pet project through while remaining relatively unseen.

Yes, famous last words, “We are from the Government and we are hear to help.”

Update: Robert Stacy McCain shared some other gems from this stimulus package.

In a conference call on Jan. 23, House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor and [Texas Rep. Jeb] Hensarling pointed out some of the more egregious spending provisions in the House Democrat proposal:

  • For every dollar that is spent for small business tax relief, $4 are being spent for the maintenance and new grass in Washington, D.C.
  • $360 million for sexually transmitted disease education
  • $50 million for the National Endowment of Arts
  • $726 million for an afterschool snack program
  • Office furniture for the public health service
  • More money for Amtrak

“How any of this fits under the banner of economic stimulus is beyond me,” Hensarling said. “I think it would prove to be beyond the American people as well.”

2nd Update: Also if you want to read this stimulus bill for yourself you can right here.  (HT: Iowa Defense Alliance)

3rd Update:  Looks like this is going to be removed from the bill.  (HT: Michelle Malkin – as she says, “Only $800 billion more in needless, unstimulating stimulus spending to kill.”

14 comments
  1. Only in the truly whacked out minds of the right wing Republicans would funding for contraceptives be seen as funding for abortions. The point is to prevent abortions – it would seem that someone who just spent two posts arguing for Christian action against abortions would support greater contraceptive use.

  2. I'm not sure I woujld argue that point Shane, but your highlighted segment says “it includes taxpayer funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry”

    First, the abortion part simply isn't true, whether it was Boehner who said it or you who highlighted it.

    Secondly, again, why would you oppose funding contraceptives, which will reduce abortions? If there's anything that Christians of all sizes and shapes should agree on, it's taking steps to prevent abortions.

  3. It was highlighted in the original article I found it.

    It says the “abortion industry” if money is going to Planned Parenthood, then yes it is.

    Again, this bill is to stimulate the economy, how in the world do giving out contraceptives do that? This bill was to help create jobs, how does this do that. It is nothing but pork added by somebody with an agenda.

    I oppose funding for contraceptives because I believe in personal responsibility. If you don't want to abstain, it is your choice, but buy your own condoms. I shouldn't have to fund it as a taxpayer.

  4. Yeah I would figure that Shane, but I think it's shortsighted. If we can prevent abortions, let's do it.

    And there are huge numbers of things that our government does that I don't want to pay for, either, like the immoral war in Iraq. But I didn't have a choice.

  5. Shane, I din't know if this is close at all to being on point to what you are talking about but this “Crazyness ” (sp) in the budget is an example of God leaving us to our own devices. That, and/or a strong delusion that has been sent to America.

  6. This is politics. Many, many bills have provisions that are not at all related to the intent of the original bill. It's unfortunate because many things can get buried in unrelated legislation – making our government far less transparent to the general public.

    However, I would like to point out that burying legislation is a non-partisan issue. Both Democrats and Republicans are good at it.

  7. you got that right, Shane…we should all be down on our knees praying for forgiveness, and asking God to Bless our country again!

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