Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Taking a U-Turn on Women's Rights is Voodoo Economics

There is nothing more appalling to me than the selfish and depraved mindset of the people who have taken over this country. Conservatism was created as a collective group of opinions on how money should be spent in the government, but now it has turned into an ongoing and bloody war against the rights of anyone besides rich white heterosexual men and the overall dictators of history. I can understand when people have different political viewpoints and I encourage it. In fact, it actually bothers me that lately I have seen so many liberals upset with Arianna Huffington for allowing Andrew Breitbart to write on Huffington Post. I am definitely not a fan of Andrew Breitbart, but what Arianna was doing was only fair. We should not void other opinions because we do not agree with them. Now, however, there is a difference between opinion and outright malice against others. If Conservatives want to have their own opinions on how they believe the government should run, then that is fine. But the rights of the people CANNOT be taken away for their own fundamentalist, selfish needs.

And, after all the events happening at the moment, the government faces the possibility of being shut down over contraceptive issues. As this New York Times editorial reads, It's Not Really About Spending.

If the federal government shuts down at midnight on Friday — which seems likely unless negotiations take a sudden turn toward rationality — it will not be because of disagreements over spending. It will be because Republicans are refusing to budge on these ideological demands:

• No federal financing for Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions. Instead, state administration of federal family planning funds, which means that Republican governors and legislatures will not spend them.

• No local financing for abortion services in the District of Columbia.

• No foreign aid to countries that might use the money for abortion or family planning. And no aid to the United Nations Population Fund, which supports family-planning services.

• No regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency.

• No funds for health care reform or the new consumer protection bureau established in the wake of the financial collapse.

Abortion. Environmental protection. Health care. Nothing to do with jobs or the economy; instead, all the hoary greatest hits of the Republican Party, only this time it has the power to wreak national havoc: furloughing 800,000 federal workers, suspending paychecks for soldiers and punishing millions of Americans who will have to wait for tax refunds, Social Security applications, small-business loans, and even most city services in Washington. The damage to a brittle economy will be substantial.

Democrats have already gone much too far in giving in to the House demands for spending cuts. The $33 billion that they have agreed to cut will pull an enormous amount of money from the economy at exactly the wrong time, and will damage dozens of vital programs.

(Read full article here.)

The only words I have to give after all of this ridiculous idiocy are those from Paul Krugman's article titled Ludicrous and Cruel. "The G.O.P. budget plan isn’t a good-faith effort to put America’s fiscal house in order; it’s voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness." 

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