Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi on birth-control funding as part of the $825 billion stimulus package: "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."
1. I think everybody with half a brain understands by this point that the 'economic stimulus package' is just a big crap sandwich full of pork so Obama and his friends can reward the people they want to reward... including Planned Parenthood, which IIRC had to lay off a good chunk of their workforce. If those folks aren't working, they're not donating. (And I know some people on my f-list are pro-PP, and I'm sorry, but they nauseate me.)
2. I'm rather disturbed by Pelosi's assertion, and I've heard it echoed on the morning news shows, that somehow the solution to the economic crisis is for people to have fewer kids so we don't have to educate them, etc. If you heard Bob Beckel on Fox News Live this morning, he thinks population control is a great idea. Never mind that this initiative is linked to Medicaid, which only focuses on a certain segment of the population.
3. Um, Nance, you do realize that any benefits of this 'family planning' won't be felt for a long, long time? I think I'll just quote Ed over at HotAir:
Well, I hate to be the one to explain this to Grandma Pelosi, but contraception doesn’t actually work as a short-term cost control method. Maybe she forgot this from her high-school health classes, but a lack of contraception in March won’t actually produce extra mouths to feed until December. Education costs, which Pelosi explicitly mentions in support of this initiative, wouldn’t appear until 2013 at the earliest. And actually, this would provide an economic stimulus to the education industry, one of the few legitimate areas of government spending at some level to create jobs (although not the federal level).
I know it's partly the PMS talking, but I really want to punch somebody right now.