Readers, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but earlier today, the House of Representatives passed an interim budget proposal designed to keep the government going until the fiscal year ends.
That sounds good, right? I mean after all, we need the feds to have the cash they need to keep our country moving.
Well, it’s not. This “proposal” is less a budget and more an excuse to shut down (or at least severely curtail) just about every program its Republican creators dislike.
Among the most outrageous are the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood and NPR. Planned Parenthood at least makes sense, from a Republican perspective. I mean, after all, they offer (gasp) abortions. Never mind that 90 percent of their work involves offering breast cancer screenings, PAP smears, birth control education and other preventive care services to those who might not otherwise be able to afford them.
The scarlet A all their providers wear as a result of offering abortions to those who see no other option dooms them to extinction.
But NPR? That’s just stupid—no matter what your political philosophy. They’re one of the last media outlets anywhere to offer truly unbiased information. Forget the Internet. When I want to know what’s really going on, I listen to NPR.
And I don’t know about you, but I don’t see how programming like A Prairie Home Companion, This American Life and Fresh Air are damaging to the American psyche.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Also at risk are:
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to impose regulations of gas emissions that cause global warming
- The FCC’s ability ability to enforce Net Neutrality
- The Pell Grant program, which helps lower-income college students afford to go to school
- The WIC program, which provides women with children under five with food aid
- And, of course, the Obama Healthcare Reform Laws
There’s lots more, all of it equally ridiculous.
Fortunately, this proposal goes to the Senate next—which is still controlled by Democrats. So chances are, it won’t see the light of day (at least in it’s current form). But that’s not the point.
The point is, these “lawmakers” are so caught up in their dogma that they can’t see past their noses. They don’t honestly appear to give a crap what matters to you and me. Their agenda seems pointed at revenge, not smart governing.
And that? Is plain old bullshit, no matter how you look at it.