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  •  According to the info you linked to, (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Susan, Lashe, possum

    the funding for Title X has dropped 60%.  Can Keroack drop it further?  I don't see any difference between what we fear he might do during his tenure and what has already been done - approval (and funding?) of abstinence-only programs, etc.  I know he advises the president, but I don't see how his "advice" is going to be any worse than what the president's already been receiving - and I wouldn't expect this president to appoint someone who wouldn't already agree with him on abortion/birth control/sex ed.  This is a political appointment to play to the rabid right moralists in the Republican party; I doubt seriously that Bush cares one way or the other on any or all of these subjects.

    I'm just thinking of priorities here.  The Democratic Congress is going to have its hands full investigating Bush's really flagrant violations of the constitution and the history of the lies that took us into at least one, if not two, wars in the past five years.  Can this Keroack creature really do enough harm in his position that the Congress should devote a lot of time and energy on what will amount to basically raising a stink about him?  I don't believe they can force Bush to dump him.

    By the way, Planned Parenthood took care of me as a young woman - from the time I left home to go to college until my mid-thirties.  I'm a member of the organization today and have been for over forty years now.  You're a blessing for the women of this country.  Thank you for all you do.

    (-5.25, -7.95) "Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price." - Joan Didion

    by SueDe on Wed Dec 20, 2006 at 07:30:24 PM PST

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    •  Keroack could certainly influence further cuts in (5+ / 0-)

      title x, and this is money that goes directly to health services for women, especially low income women.  so we'll just have to see when the president's budget is delivered in february or march how much of an voice keroack is given in the process.  i agree with you -- we can't expect him to nominate someone who doesn't agree with him, but not believing in birth control is a whole new league of craziness.

      I'm hoping that if we can keep talking about Keroack over the next couple of months, and stay organized around this issue, we'll be ready to fight back when we see the real implications of his appointment the budget.  

      Thanks for your kind words.

    •  Poor Women have the smallest voice (4+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, splashy, fiddlingnero, possum

      of all.  So we just let them get kicked around some more?  No.  Not anymore.  

      If women don't mean as much as our Democracy, then what does that say about our supposed Democracy?  

      I am sick and tired of women's needs being LAST ON SOME LIST.  Fuck that.

      Keroack needs to go...that's what a true Democracy does.  It puts individuals who know about and care about overpopulation issues into office.  

      Dave is right....they're all a bunch of motherfucking shitboys.  

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