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Feminists do not horse-trade women’s rights to care for their bodies for Republican votes

(cross-posted at Heidi Li’s Potpourri)

A week or so into our new Presidential administration, and the strange sensation of living in a universe that only partially intersects that of many people I would formerly have have considered obvious political allies continues. Starting yesterday and on through today I began receiving messages from blogger friends and then from NOW-NY and then Planned Parenthood, that something very strange seemed to be happening with the economic stimulus bill. Apparently President Obama (who neither NOW nor Planned Parenthood can bring themselves to name as part of the problem, although Planned Parenthood does suggest calling the White House (see additional Conflucian posts here and here)) and Congressional Democrats are willing to curry votes from Republicans on the Hill by cutting the Medicaid Family Planning State Option from the stimulus package the Congress is hoping to have ready for presidential signing by mid-Februrary. The Medicaid Family Planning State option is a provision that would provide health care coverage for 2.3 million low-income women, according to Planned Parenthood, by “allow[ing] states to expand their Medicaid family planning services, including cancer screenings and other preventive care, to more women in need, without having to go through the burdensome Medicaid waiver process.” Or as the National Women’s Law Center puts it, “In a disappointing move, the economic recovery package will not include a provision to make it easier for states to make family planning services more accessible and affordable to the millions of women and families who depend on them. The Medicaid Family Planning State Option would have allowed states to expand Medicaid eligibility for family planning services without having to obtain a federal waiver.”  Meanwhile, when I went to look at the January 28 New York Times print edition to for details, I found no mention of this ditching of the Family Planning option until deep into one of the three stories on the stimulus package, mentioned in passing in a vague paragraph on page A16 of the Washington print edition of the Times:

As the House version of the legislation came to the floor on Tuesday, Democrats stripped from it a provision that Republicans had ridiculedas having nothing to do with economic stimulus, one expanding federal Medicaid coverage of family planning services. (The Congressional Budget Office had estimated that the provision would actually save the government $200 million over five years by reducing pregnancy and postnatal-care expenses.)

Then, as I sat down to compose my thoughts about this latest bit of chicanery over women’s bodies, things turned a bit more surreal. Apparently, despite its reported spike in subscriptions, Ms. Magazine has enough leftover editions of its inaugural issue – you know, the one with this patently ridiculous cover, to just today be offering me more “one more chance” to own the cover in poster size.

Msposter2009wintercover

Please note: no way in hell does a feminist look like a person who is willing to horse-trade funds for family planning benefits under Medicaid to placate Republicans, who will do anything to beat back money for family planning which they are trying as quickly as possible to turn into an epithet. Family planning is a good idea. So is birth control in most people’s lives. So, in some cases, is access to safe and legal abortion. Family planning, birth control, access to safe and legal abortions: these are not dirty words. They are real world, practical options – options needed, at least as options, by all women if they are to be truly autonomous actors in our society; and therefore options that must be as available to those whose health insurance is provided by the government as to those whose insurance is provided by private insurers.

Here’s a little trick used by many who teach property law across the country. Most first year law students arrive in their Property Law courses with two visions of what property is: either the stuff they just put away in their dorm rooms or a field in the country somewhere. So we law professors often start by telling them that no,that isn’t property at all. What property really is, is the set of entitlements and rights any particular person or the state has to control or use the stuff they just put their dorm rooms or the field in the country. In other words, property is a bundle of say-so’s over what happens to the bits and pieces in the world. Who gets to say what about what happens to what bits and pieces makes up the law of property. Today’s casebooks tend to leave out the statutes and cases that blatantly assumed that women and black men were bits and pieces that were just as much the objects of debates about particular say-so’s – cases about the details of chattel marriage (e.g. since a husband controlled all of his wife’s legal rights, could she ever charge him with rape?) and chattel slavery (e.g., since a slave owner controlled absolutely the working conditions of slaves, could a slave owner be charged with murder for  willfully and knowingly depriving slaves of adequate rest or water thereby leading to their deaths?). Property casebooks tend to leave out these cases because it is rightly considered unacceptable to conceive of women and black men as the equivalent of the stuff in the dorm room or the field in the countryside. So, especially when it comes to chattel slavery, current law school curricula focus on the law that removed blacks from the status of chattel and recognized them as persons, not property.

Because there has never been a legal seismic shift in the status of women in this country – nothing comparable to a Civil War leading to an Emancipation Proclamation or the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution or the myriad of statutes and regulations passed to make the guarantees of these Amendments a reality – there is no natural place in law school curricula to address the halting transition our society is making toward giving women full say-so over their own bodies and the opportunity and means to give that say-so tangible effect.  Some family law courses consider the question; some specialized courses in feminist legal studies do. But even the most aspirational of law school curricula still must work from the law as it is, not as we would have it be. And the fact remains that women have not been liberated from the shackles legally imposed on them.

If President Obama and the Democratic Congress were to horse-trade away men’s rights to control their health care, I am confident that there would be hue and cry. But this is because the baseline assumption in our society is that men are entitled to control their own bodies.  No man of any color is the property of the state, nor may the state dole out its aid starting from the presumption that the state has more say so over men’s bodies then men themselves do.

But since President Obama has decreed “there’s not a minute to spare” before he gets the stimulus package he is willing to settle for, apparently he has not a minute to spare to fight for the women’s rights to control and care for their bodies.

101 Responses

  1. This is why I love you Heidi – thank you for articulating this so beautifully.

    I’m mad as hell right now!

  2. We shouldn’t be mad at teh one. He told us as much in every damn speech. We should be pissed at every person who said he was just placating the masses and at every feminist obot, who bought into his BS.

  3. Horse trading is the right word for it.

  4. SOD:

    I LOVE THAT IDEA!!!!!!

  5. Wha…wait a minute, you mean I actually own my own body? I get to decide what to do with it? It’s not my g-d-given responsibility to keep it looking pretty and young and a size 0 (except when I’m breeding good ‘murkan babies) because it pleases some random dude who passes by me on the street, and pleasing said random dude is SO much more important than my full agency? And I shouldn’t be grateful to The One for even allowing me to vote for him?

    Oh, wait a sec. I didn’t. ‘Cause, oh, let’s see…I knew he’d throw us Vaginal-Americans under the bus in record time. “Feminist,” my full, bouncy, full-agencied ass.

  6. Seems to me we should look at other “not related to stimulus’ pork provisions in the package and ask why they are not being cut. If there are no other ‘portk’ spending that benefits women than this one, and other ‘non related’ spending elements that are less valuable than this one, we should be discussing that. Otherwise, this is a unrelated pork provision so why shouldn’t the Rep cry foul.

    I’m guessing there are plenty of other projects that could have been nixed, so why this one.

  7. Please note: no way in hell does a feminist look like a person who is willing to horse-trade funds for family planning benefits under Medicaid to placate Republicans, who will do anything to beat back money for family planning which they are trying as quickly as possible to turn into an epithet.

    EXACTLY – this is why I’m so enraged by Planned Parenthood & NARAL’s blame -shift.

  8. Heidi,
    Once again, you speak for me. You are a brilliant and compassionate writer. Thank you for this post.
    I’m sick, absolutely sick over this latest blow to women’s rights. I remember clearly telling a (formerly) close friend — a year ago — that Obama was no friend to women and she would have none of it. Slowly, we have grown apart.
    What wil it take for people to see this man for who he really is?

  9. SOD — That is a great idea!!

  10. Heidi — Just in case you missed it….The “compromise,” which got rid of the family planning elements wasn’t even a compromise. Earlier reports suggested that the measure was already being reinserted into other legislation — but that it was dropped from the stimulus to get it passed. I could work with that, but it seems like that’s not the case. Why? Republicans are not even voting for the stimulus, despite the wooing and the removal of the provision: No Unity Yet: Republicans Set to Oppose Stimulus Package Despite Obama’s Effort to Secure Their Votes

    So — more tax cuts, no family planning…and no GOP support. What?

  11. NH: I agree that it is pork and does not belong in a stimulus package. As I’ve said on previous threads, I don’t understand it. fif said that its on there b/c no one has the balls to propose the leg on its own merits.

    The sod on the WH lawn doesn’t belong in the package either. I can’t for the life of me figure out why they are bundling leg. onto what may be one of the most important Congressional actions in modern time.

  12. I just wrote to my representative, using a modified form of the email suggested by the pumapac prowl today. I also added that I strongly object to the ACORN funding in the bill. He’s a dem in a completely safe district where he’s been rep forever so maybe he’ll spend some political capital on this, who knows. Certainly worth speaking up about.

    I’m watching you Moran. Watching you like a puma.

  13. We are so often judged on the decisions and choices we make- at the very least if someone is going to have to take ownership of a decision- it should be because she HAD choices available.

    Once this happens there should be no more railing at the irresponsiblity of the poor for having children they cannot afford to take care of. It will be because they did not have means to make another choice. I do not want to hear the lamenting and the gnashing of the teeth about the expansion of social programs. At the very least if people are going to tell people that they aren’t going to offer them affordable choices, then those same people can pay the consequences- the children who result. If this Congress does this they should know that these children are going to need health care, schooling, food, shelter and day to day care- all of these things cost money. Low income people have a hard enough time meeting their own needs, It’ll be the taxpayer who will have to pick up the slack on meeting the needs of these children. Children are very much an “economic” issue- ask anyone who has one.

  14. Sorry Micki & NH, I don’t consider this “pork” spending.

    $600 million dollars in new cars? PORK.

    Women’s healthcare? NOT PORK.

    Washington needs to get through its think skull that women’s healthcare encompasses a myriad of issues, not just “the pill” issues.

  15. SM: Family planning is not part of a stimulus package. It is not. Family planning is in and of itself something that should be funded. It should be its own legislation, not tacked on to something else where it can be eviscerated as we are seeing.

    You are not reading me correctly.

  16. ACORN funding is definitely pork, no it’s pork fat and needs to be trimmed. Get some balls congress. Eeesh!

  17. Dissenting justice said: “Earlier reports suggested that the measure was already being reinserted into other legislation”

    That is where it should go. Why are they even debating the issue. It should go into other leg or on its own and the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS should pass it. Why is it even a debate? Why are they still fighting this dead horse battle.

    They don’t want people on the welfare rolls, they don’t want social safety nets, yet they don’t provide people with the family planning tools they need. They really just don’t give a shit about anything except keeping money in people’s pockets–people who already have money, that is.

    I guess their argument is this–we cut taxes, cut taxes, cut taxes, and that will lead to more employment. Then, these poor women making poverty wages can afford their own condoms and abortions. Why should they have to pay for it? It doesn’t CONCERN THEM.

  18. Oh sorry – distracted onto a different soapbox there for a moment.

  19. Micki – there’s a problem – there IS no other opportunity unless it’s through the stimulus bill.

    I get where you’re coming from, that it should be standing on its own, and I also agree. But there’s no other chance. This is it unless we make a BIG deal about.

  20. How is there no other chance? Congress manipulates what goes onto each bit of leg. That makes no sense to me at all.

  21. Additionally, I agree with the commenter on the other thread ( I can’t remember who it was). I got an email request to pressure Congress to up the U.S. contribution to international family planning money to a billion dollars. If we are giving the world a billion dollars, we sure as shit better be funding our own family planning efforts.

  22. Micki – it’s going back to the NOW or LATER principle.

    We want it NOW but will fight for it LATER.

    If we cede being upset about this, then there goes any kind of healthcare provisions in the future.

    And if ACORN is getting 4.2 billion, why can’t Lower Income families get some family planning healthcare funds?

  23. Micki, on January 28th, 2009 at 4:35 pm Said:

    Additionally, I agree with the commenter on the other thread ( I can’t remember who it was). I got an email request to pressure Congress to up the U.S. contribution to international family planning money to a billion dollars. If we are giving the world a billion dollars, we sure as shit better be funding our own family planning efforts.

    That was the point of my post below. Outside the USA people are getting help, but inside the USA, they won’t thanks to Obama. And the groups that are supposed to defend this, aren’t blaming him because they are too caught up in their Obama-is-a-feminist, it’s-the-Republicans’-fault.

    No it’s not the Republicans’ fault, it’s OBAMA’s. He waltzed into the House, told Democrats to drop it, and they yielded.

    Be back, gotta pick up PUMA cub.

  24. My disgust is beyond words at ACORN getting all those funds.

    Why are Repubs not objecting to that?

    Or did they and Obama told them that he won?

  25. Why the F#CK is a company that is being investigated for election fraud getting 4.2 billion dollars?

    Jeebus H. effing Chr!st, and we can’t get birth control.

  26. Yes, I understand what you are saying, SM.

    However, I am also very aware of how Congresspeople mess with legislation and pad it with shit that shouldn’t be there, causing it to be filibustered and, as we see here, negotiated away.

    If they proposed the family planning leg as it SHOULD be proposed instead of tacking it onto a bill where it does not belong, we might avoid what is going on right now.

    The Repubs will be merciless with this because they don’t want the stimulus package. Their whole M.O. is to prevent people from becoming dependent on government. The Dems should have seen this coming from a mile away. BO obviously found that portion expendable. And if what was mentioned above is true (Repubs won’t sign off on the package), they will continue to chip away at everything else.

    I want the stimulus package to pass if that is what it takes to help our country’s economy. If their position is that family planning is integrally connected with the economy, I agree. But very few Republicans will.

  27. SM: The Repubs will get ACORN off next.

  28. ACORN should be off.

  29. TRK: its just a matter of time. The Repubs are going to whittle it down to bare bones.

  30. Just how does ACORN getting 4.2 billion dollars keep homeowners in their homes and assist in getting people off the unemployment line? This is a stimulus package for the economy, not a re-election campaign.

  31. It doesn’t look as if “Rick Warren” was an aberration. No wonder he kicks women and gays to the curb.

    “Heading up religious outreach for Obama’s transition team is Joshua DuBois, a Pentecostal and onetime associate pastor who directed religious outreach for the Obama campaign. Mark Linton, the Obama campaign’s Catholic outreach director, is leading the effort to design an Obama administration version of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and Mara Vanderslice, an evangelical Democratic operative who has helped spearhead the party’s post-2004 religious outreach offensive, is now Obama’s outreach liaison to religious communities.”

    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/01/28/gimme-that-old-time-religion/

  32. In other news, I just read in another (questionable) source that the word on the D.C. street is that MO is preggers.

  33. Heidi Li,

    You rock! I’m glad you’re feeling better.

    Signed,

    I am not a piece of property

  34. And what are the odds that the decision to drop funding for family planning isn’t linked to the religious groups that Obama meets with and listens to?

  35. I think my head exploded reading this. I need my migrane meds and a big bottle of wine. If Obama keeps this up, I will be an alcoholic by the time he finishes his first term. Obama and the Dems, what a bunch of @ssh*le$.

  36. kb: Oh, well, that settles it then. Wiki: Perez Hilton. Wiki: Perez Hilton.

    Its a crap shoot. 😀

  37. Okay after all the rants we have had on feminism for the past few days, has anyone seen the photon on JustSayNoDeal. It is a little alarming.

  38. Katiebird,

    How do they know?

  39. TRK: I think JSND has morphed into a Candace Bushnell front.

  40. BB: *exactly*

    Maybe its the Big Lie. If we hear it often enough, it will become the truth.

  41. I’m sorry. Did they put the kitchen sink in the stimulus package? Just got this. Perhaps I should actually read this legislation.

    “As Congress addresses water infrastructure funding through the Stimulus package this week, we want to give you another opportunity to engage your community on these important issues.”

  42. Jmac — I read somewhere that Obama did meet with right-wing wackos and thought he needed to make nice and agreed with them to yank the funding for women’s health-care (contraceptive) needs.

    He’s already elected, he doesn’t need to make nice with females anymore, apparently.

  43. (giggle) Oh, you noticed that lack of sources! Darn it!

  44. Jmac, on January 28th, 2009 at 5:15 pm Said:

    And what are the odds that the decision to drop funding for family planning isn’t linked to the religious groups that Obama meets with and listens to?
    **********
    Well considering that two evangelicals and a Roman Catholic are running the Obama Faith based program, I would think that those are pretty good odds.

  45. Katiebird,

    I trust the evidence of my own eyes.

  46. The Republicans ought to get their head out of their ass and stop crying
    that the money might pay for – oh,horrors!- an abortion.
    If they can’t see children as an economic issue, and family planning as
    necessary, then they are living in some fantasy world.

    The money supposedly going to Acorn :
    “According to Matthew Vadum of the Capitol Research Center, the stimulus package now under consideration includes:

    $1 billion stashed away in Community Development Block Grant money that ACORN often vies for successfully.
    $10 million to develop or refurbish low-income housing, a specialty of ACORN’s.
    $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Vadum states the current version of the bill would allow nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money. Some $750 million, however, would be exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN, which is actually an umbrella organization for over 100 progressive organizations.”
    All worthy-sounding, if only Acorn couldn’t get their hands on it.

  47. It’s our fault. We the people. We are the one who elected these idiots who have neither the resume nor the skill sets to tackle the nations issues.

    It’s our fault.

    If we want a better government, we have to make the effort. Good luck with that

  48. Couldn’t find the Obama-Repub agreement to yank the women’s healthcare funding. But did find this which explains why he didn’t lift the gag rule the first day.:
    “…Obama is already countering with quiet moves to broaden his own political coalition. When opponents of abortion rallied in Washington’s streets last week, Obama did not offer a simple restatement of his support for abortion rights.
    “Instead, his first response to the subject as president coupled his support for legal abortion with a call for “common ground.” He urged action “to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make.”
    “The consensual tone on a divisive issue reflected intense behind-the-scenes lobbying by Obama’s religious supporters who asked him to delay for at least a day his executive order ending the ban on federal funds for groups involved in abortions overseas. The symbolism of the delay suggested that he intends to continue to poach on once reliably Republican constituencies.”
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2008673370_opina27dionne.html

    Scumbag. What about those Democratic values? Anything’s up for trading away with Obama.

  49. We are the one who elected these idiots

    it wasn’t me

  50. Nope, can’t blame it on me — I didn’t elect that traitor either.

  51. Great post, Heidi. It’s important for women to understand the legal reasoning behind issues that affect us.

    I read the other day that Dick Durbin, a Roman Catholic mind you, specifically met with Obama to ask that the Medicaid funding for women stay in the bill. Obama apparently said he couldn’t afford to have the stimulus package be turned down, but that Durbin should include the provision in another bill later on.

    Here’s the thing: On Electric Blues, garychapelhill quoted a study that showed pre-pregnancy family planning assistance for low-income women could save the government $200 million over 5 years. Post pregnancy family planning information simply cost the government money with no payback.

    My position: If providing any woman with contraception can help her get a job, then isn’t that helping to put people back to work? How is a pregnant woman supposed to get a job in the construction trades (the only occupation that seems to be benefitting from the “stimulus” package)?

  52. The Republicans have said they — or most of them — aren’t going to vote for the bill anyway. So why not put the provision back in?

  53. Gidget Commando, on January 28th, 2009 at 4:17 pm Said:

    I knew he’d throw us Vaginal-Americans under the bus in record time.
    ************************************************

    Yeah, I finally have a heritage! Love this, stealing it!

  54. Excellent EXCELLENT article Heidi, but of course I don’t expect anything less than excellent from you!

  55. myiq2xu, on January 28th, 2009 at 5:40 pm Said:
    We are the one who elected these idiots

    it wasn’t me
    ****************************************

    Nope, me neither, and my 13 year old daughter will be willing to testify to that, she was in the voting booth with me!

  56. Sorry, Question on last thread….

    Has ANYBODY been talking about Zeros First Televised interview as President, and it is to an *Arab news org*, and he talks about his *Muslim heritage* and about friendship with the muslim world?????

  57. Owen:

    No

  58. Just heard Al Gore spoke in Congress urging the passage of the “stimulus” bill because it will help decrease global warming.

    (Al, not if the population goes up without family-planning care)

  59. PumaInSeattle, on January 28th, 2009 at 6:02 pm Said:
    Just heard Al Gore spoke in Congress urging the passage of the “stimulus” bill because it will help decrease global warming.
    ***********************************************

    Yeah but will it cure cancer?

  60. Stimulus without family planning often results in unplanned pregnancy.

  61. Can’t blame primary voters either; they didn’t elect him.

  62. myiq2xu, on January 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm Said:

    Stimulus without family planning often results in unplanned pregnancy.
    *************************************************

    That’s only if you are stimulating with someone else, a solo stimulus is pretty safe…

  63. Owen:

    With all due respect, we got bigger fish to fry.

    I could give a rat’s ass what or who or if Obama gave an interview to an Arabic TV network.

    What he IS doing is PREYING on Women’s rights in this country.

    And that’s a problem. A BIG problem.

  64. Myiq – groan, with a laugh

  65. grayslady: there is no question that family planning is connected with economics. If families are too large, the family turns to the government. The more families turn to the government, the more money the government is required to spend in social programs. There is no rational reason why the Republicans should oppose this. I have heard Republicans say that birth control should be included with welfare checks.

    I don’t think this is as much a “religious” thing as it is a “Republican small government” thing. Republicans simply do not want Americans to rely on government. They just don’t. They don’t want this package. The only reason they are entertaining it is because their guy escalated this hot mess into disaster and they’ll be voted out if they don’t fix it. When they talk Stimulus package, they are really talking reelection. They’re going to get every concession they can think of to mollify their base. They’re trying to pat their head and rub their stomach at the same time.

    The Democrats need to grow a spine and govern. Congress needs to stop pissing around. They managed to get their act together enough to have an emergency session to decide if one woman in Florida was in a vegetative state.

    At the end of the day, Republicans are either going to be on board or they are going to sandbag the stimulus to get Obama out in 2012. I just can’t believe that Congressional Dems are this learning impaired.

  66. If I’m not mistaken, the House is voting on the bill right now, and so far not a single Republican vote for.

  67. ainnj, on January 28th, 2009 at 6:07 pm Said:

    myiq2xu, on January 28th, 2009 at 6:05 pm Said:

    Stimulus without family planning often results in unplanned pregnancy.
    *************************************************

    That’s only if you are stimulating with someone else, a solo stimulus is pretty safe…

    Or a same sex stimulus!

  68. How much of a kickback from acorn is backtrack getting?
    look at prior actions.
    money for hospital = $300.000 job for meechele
    money for low income apts = money for backtracks election no heat in Chicago winter.
    Every action he takes or decision he makes it to benefit him and him only.

    Women of both parties better start standing up and being counted before what rights we have are lost and women go back to the 1850’s
    The right to family planning is a right all women should fight for and WIN.
    Only you or you and your husband know what you can afford in time, and money for the rearing of children.
    The religions believe children should be born but the country has no obligation for these children to have a decent life.
    Hillary Clinton was right it does take a village to raise a child.
    Smart women know this and better start speaking out about it.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE, MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  69. sm77, on January 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm Said:

    Or a same sex stimulus!

    ****************************************

    Oh I am SURE the republicans wouldn’t vote in favor of that!

  70. They managed to get their act together enough to have an emergency session to decide if one woman in Florida was in a vegetative state.

    That was at the behest of Rove, and it was one of the things that led to the collapse of the Bush presidency.

  71. That being said, the better course of action is to propose a well crafted, streamlined stimulus package. Get it passed and then propose the ancillary legislation in the current stimulus. It does no one any good to say “this is our shot to get funding” and derail the whole thing.

  72. plural: I’m not saying that Congress should have done that. I think Congress acted like a bunch of assholes when they did that.

    What I’m saying is that they can be motivated when they want to be. How can they possibly not be motivated now? They should be in there 24-7 slamming this thing out. How many jobs were lost today alone? Congresspersons should appreciate the fact that they are employed, b/c they may not be soon depending on how they handle this. At least, not by the American people.

  73. Micki, it isn’t the Congressional Dems who are impaired–it’s Obama. All the Repubs who met with him recently said he was a great salesman. Personally, I doubt that, because in the next sentence they all said he hadn’t convinced them of anything.

    But let’s just suppose Obama really *is* a great salesman. Why can’t he sell a provision that will save the US $200 million over 5 years. I think those numbers sound pretty good no matter which side of the aisle you sit on.

  74. Everyone I’ve heard from, and articles I’ve read, say that this stimulus package isn’t going to do crap for the economy anyway.

    Dems get 825billion they can hand out to their friends. I am going to do the smart thing and open a business and promise my Senator some election $$ in return for some bailout money. Course i’ll couch it real good, but this is how the money is gonna get spread around. If you can’t beat em, join em.

  75. Micki, I wasn’t contradicting you. I meant that that was a different — Republican — Congress, and can’t be compared to this one.

    The House did just pass the stimulus bill, however.

  76. grayslady: As far as I’m concerned, the Congressional Dems are Obots. The are enablers. I hold them all accountable, some more than others.

  77. plural: Ahhh. Yes. Good point.

  78. Micki, I will definitely agree with you there.

  79. This Dem bowing to GOP when fighting was an option started on 06…and nothing has changed. As it’s been said : if the money for Medicaid Family Planning State Option was taken out to please the GOP….but the GOP doesn’t vote for it anyway….why not replace it?
    Cause Barry Reagan himself wants it out that’s why

    Great post HIF!

  80. Check Chris Matthews at 7 PM for the Dick Army segment and the sexist remarks-I think Dick Army was giving Chris a dose of his own-very interesting.

  81. WASHINGTON — In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus bill Wednesday night, filled with new spending and tax cuts at the core of the young adminstration’s revival plan for the desperately ailing economy.

    The vote was 244-188.

  82. “There are many things in life that are not fair, that wealthy people can afford and poor people can’t.”

    –President Jimmy Carter, in response to an interviewer’s question, “How fair do you believe it is, then, that women who can afford to get an abortion can go ahead and have one, and women who cannot afford to are precluded?” (News conference, July 12, 1977, usually misquoted as “Life is unfair.” Yale Book of Quotations, p. 137)

    For that answer, Ms. Magazine put President Carter on the cover–pregnant.

  83. With all due respect, we got bigger fish to fry.

    I could give a rat’s ass what or who or if Obama gave an interview to an Arabic TV network.
    *********
    Concern tr0ll trying to stir up sh*t??? (umm.not you sm77)

  84. Here’s where I came in. I had earned a degree from my state’s flagship university, later that summer got married, and began working to help put my vet husband through school. He had a small stipend from the GI bill and was not working. I soon discovered that I could not have credit in my name and that he had to sign anything that my father had formerly had to sign for me.

    In the 70s, women did gain freedom to have credit in their own names and also achieved certain other rights in the workforce that had previously harmed us and our families. (Not enough, but they were an improvement.)

    To say the least, the setbacks we’ve seen during this election era and the additional Obama handwriting on the wall since he’s taken office are deeply distressing.

    Why aren’t more women around the country waking up to what is happening?

    Heidi, you promised to try to live and work into your 90s (like your grandmother) if it takes that to achieve equality and full representation. (I hope it does not take that long, however!) But I hope I can hold up a few more decades if it is necessary. I don’t want to go out without having seen us overcome the controlled property status.

  85. Oh I am SURE the republicans wouldn’t vote in favor of that!

    They might, if the vote were held in a men’s room.

  86. SHV –

    i know, Owen was hoping to find more xenophobes like him here.

  87. MYIQ:

    Log Cabinettes would retort that.

  88. Obama will celebrate tonight with a party in the White House:

    According to The NY Post, President Obama is greasing the voting process a bit with some libations at the White House for lawmakers who are considering his stimulus bill.

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has invited Republican and Democratic lawmakers for drinks at the White House as they consider his economic recovery bill that still faces opposition.

    White House aides say about two dozen key members of Congress were invited to the Executive Mansion Wednesday evening. The guest list includes six House Democrats, six House Republicans and five senators from each party.

  89. Jmac – you have GOT TO BE KIDDING…

    …but I know you’re not.

    Will Michelle wear Nancy Reagan Red for the shindig?

  90. Yes! Black men were declared free, while women of all colors are still waiting for our freedom. The ERA would have done it, so had to be stopped at all costs. Can you imagine what a crimp that would have put into the who-controls-whose-body debate?

    Thanks for the legal/historical perspective. Women need our own “Ain’t I A Person?” cry.
    http://www.feminist.com/resources/artspeech/genwom/sojour.htm

    *****A

  91. For all of you who are English-language buffs, like me, didn’t you just ADORE the use of the passive voice by NARAL and NOW today?

    The provision “was dropped” or “was cut” rather than the active, accurate, declarative, and definitive:

    “President Obama capitulated to Republicans and cut the provision.”

    NOW and NARAL: aka “passive women in action.”

    Thank you, ladies, for modeling women lying down on their backs, so beautifully, for our daughters to see.

    Republicans are not the fucker here, NOW. President Barack Obama is.

  92. First, I personally support full funding of Family Planning — always have, always will. With that said, there’s is no reason in the world that this should be part of a Stimulus Package. If this is representative of what the next 4 years are going to be, we are in deep, perhaps irredeemable, trouble.

    This isn’t a Stimulus Package, it is super, steroid-pumped, porcine feast. It’s a three year ticket for BZero and his storm troopers to visit every congressional district in the nation and crow about what “Obadaddy” has funded. It is laden with programatic expenditures and maybe 3%-10% in infrastructure. There is even a question about whether or not infrastructure projects create enough jobs for the money. Orszag, BZero’s budget director, has spent the last 10 years questioning these projects, but miraculously he now says they will do what he has said for 10 years they won’t do.

    If this was the first test of leadership, BZero failed miserably on many levels — with the Stimulus Package, with allowing an important program like Family Planning to be made a political football and building false hope for the economy based upon nothing more than pork. We are in deep trouble and I’m usually an incurable optimist.

  93. myiq2xu, on January 28th, 2009 at 6:35 pm Said:
    Oh I am SURE the republicans wouldn’t vote in favor of that!

    They might, if the vote were held in a men’s room.
    *************************************************

    hee hee….but if anyone asks, I don’t get it! 🙂

  94. Magdalena, on January 28th, 2009 at 7:14 pm Said:

    NOW and NARAL: aka “passive women in action.”
    ***************************************************

    so many oxymorons, so little time.

  95. Let me get this straight

    Obama said this

    When opponents of abortion rallied in Washington’s streets last week, Obama did not offer a simple restatement of his support for abortion rights.
    “Instead, his first response to the subject as president coupled his support for legal abortion with a call for “common ground.” He urged action “to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make.”

    and then

    decided that it was important to strike a provision that would “prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce the need for an abortion.”

    I’m starting to wonder if the guy has some sort of split personality disorder.

  96. No, not a corcern tr0ll, (never have been, never will be)but someone who is very concerned over the FAKE that this country has elected. Not ONE thing that he ran as (democrat, Liberal, Progressive, non-muslim, non-woman hater, etc) has turned out, and yet noone in the media is calling zero out on it, and it pi$$es me off.

    Even the blogs that I read that were and are critical of zero are not saying anything about it.

    Yeah I know bigger fish and all that, but if the small fish add up to be pretty big, doesn’t that make them important too?

  97. Family planning funds for low-income individuals and families that Obama cut would have saved the federal government $200 million over five years by helping women voluntarily avoid pregnancies that otherwise would result in Medicaid-funded births. (The Congressional Budget Office, 2007)

    ACTION PLAN: 



    1. Email, fax, or call your Senators and Representatives and ask them to RESTORE family planning funds for low-income individuals and families—i.e., the Medicaid Family Planning State Option. You can find your elected officials’ contact information here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml



    2. Please call the White House today and ask President Obama to RESTORE the Medicaid Family Planning State Option. Call the White House today at 202-456-1414 or 202-456-1111.

    2. Let President Obama know your opinion at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

  98. And, after you’ve contacted your Senators, Representatives, called the White House, and left your opinion here http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ (see the post above) there’s one more thing you can do:

    Nominate the Ms. Magazine for NOW’s MEDIA HALL OF SHAME for their cover of Obama as a super feminist. As Heidi says, “no way in hell does a feminist look like a person who is willing to horse-trade funds for family planning benefits under Medicaid to placate Republicans.”

    Keep those Ms. Magazine votes coming here:

    http://www.now.org/issues/media/hall_of_shame/suggestion.html

  99. When I received my note from Planned Parenthood saying they were shocked by the removal of funding, this was my response:

    “Stunned? After ignoring women voters, and holding us hostage with scare tactics over Roe, it has been obvious to many of us for a long time that Obama is not the staunch women’s advocate that we would have had in Hillary. I was dismayed to see you guys throw your support to him so early in the election, and based on what? A bunch of talk, with nothing to back it up. Sadly, your fine organization is partly to blame for this situation. I have lost a lot of respect for PP for naively sacrificing real progress for women based on zero track record.

    I designated you as a beneficiary from my wedding registry, and I feel like I was duped. Now my donations are going to an organization that supports the 30% solution. For having representation that truly reflects our numbers in the population is the only way women’s best interests will truly be addressed. Sadly, we simply cannot count on men to do the right thing.”

  100. Excellent response to Planned Parenthood.

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