The Subject Is the Deficit
Posted by Warren Peterson on April 22, 2011
In her April 14, 2011 newsletter, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said:
“Last week as efforts to reach a budget agreement came down to the wire, I worked to successfully defeat an ideologically driven proposal that would have seriously restricted health care support for women across Washington state. On the floor of the U.S. Senate, in a speech to a rally on the national mall, and in discussions with colleagues, I fought back against a provision that would have eliminated funding for cervical and breast cancer screenings, prenatal care and family planning services for women. I also joined a letter with 41 of my colleagues that urged the Senate leadership to oppose these extreme proposals.”
By “family planning services” she means that 97% of pregnant woman going to Planned Parenthood abort their babies. She uses the word “extreme” because Senator Schumer told Democrats to call any budget proposals from the GOP “extreme”. He’s the same Schumer who derides GOP court nominees as “out of the mainstream” meaning they are not liberals. Instead of addressing the question of why should private groups like Planned Parenthood receive Federal deficit dollars, the Democrat playbook calls for demagoguery in order to discredit the opposition before the 2012 elections. Republicans have been known to make similar plays as they look forward to an upcoming election.
The Murray/Schumer types provide fodder for conservative bloggers while Republicans like Sarah Palin and Senator Kyl (his misstatement on Planned Parenthood) serve the liberal pundits. It’s all great sport but clouds the debate on the critical issue of unsustainable annual deficits and the alarming growth in the national debt. It is lost in the political skirmishes over hot button social issues barely under the surface of budget provisions. The debt is so serious it is time for elected officials to risk losing reelection, to summon political courage not seen since…since…, well, never before.
If political courage is unlikely, how about some political cover? Try an up or down voice vote, no amendments, no debate on a omibus spending reduction bill containing cuts submitted from the conservative and liberal members of the House and Senate. Or would a Balanced Budget Constitutional amendment work? Something significant has to be done and soon. The do little or nothing alternatives are just too scary.