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Friday, November 20, 2009

It's the Government's Money, not Yours

For years, conservatives have complained that Democrats don't understand that the government's money is really taxpayer's money. They make little political jibe about it. It's not the government's money, it's your money.

Funny how, when it comes to federal restrictions on abortion, we see 180-degree turn. The Hyde amendment prohibits federal funding for abortions. The current Senate health care reform bill would allow a person to purchase private health coverage with government subsidies that would pay for an abortion if that part of the coverage that pays for the abortion comes out of their own premiums.

Pretty good, right?

Suddenly, it's a new tune (from the AP):

"Abortion opponents say Reid's bill circumvents Hyde. For example, they say that any funds a government insurance plan would use to pay for abortion would be federal funds by definition — even if the money comes from premiums paid by beneficiaries.

"All the money the government has starts out being private money," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life. "Once the government has them, they're federal funds."

This is not just a simple case of hypocrisy. It shows that the "pro-life" movement really understands that by restricting the use of the people's money, they are imposing their own religious dogma on the rest of society.


Raised By Republicans said...

It's cliche and a little childish but I really think we should demand that "our money" the money from Liberal, urban areas which contribute the lion's share of tax revenue anyway, not be used for things we don't like. By which of course I mean anything the benefits, rural, Southern and/or religious interests. I mean if the the most radical anti-choice minority fringe can impose their restrictions on gov't funding because it violates their beliefs, why can't we the urban majority impose our own restrictions on them?

The Law Talking Guy said...

Why can't we, the urban majority...?

Because we don't have the votes.

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Raised By Republicans said...

Good point, LTG. The rural over-representation prevents us.