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View Diary: UPDATE 2 Bayh co-sponsors 'Healthy Marriages' Act with... Santorum! (91 comments)

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  •  I will cut and paste what I just wrote: (none)
    To force states to spend money on "media campaigns to promote responsible fatherhood" (for example) at a time when low income moms and kids can't pay rent or buy groceries or get healthcare is obscene.

    Read what the bill pays for.  It is nonsense shit.  This is money that was goign to states to give to low income families to pay rent and buy groceries.

    Did you bother to read the post?

    •  Well... (none)
      at a time when low income moms and kids can't pay rent or buy groceries or get healthcare

      I don't mean to be callous, but will there ever a time in which that is not the case?  Not much better a justification for policy that the neocons' "but we are at war (with terror)."
      Read what the bill pays for.  It is nonsense shit.

      TV commercials to encourage fathers to take responsibility for their families and stay involved?  Who knows?  TV commercials sure increased support for the Iraq War and President Bush among all the braindead idiots out there, so anything is possible.  I think my biggest problem here is just the sheer cost and where the money is coming from.  And also I guess I don't understand just what a "demonstration program" is.
      •  It's the 'instead of' part that is so wrong. (4.00)
        This is not "new" money.  It's coming out of money that is already going to states to pay for low-income support.

        Except now the moeny is sidelined to pay for "fatherhood" programs, as Santorum notes in his press release, "many of whcih are "faith-based."

        In other words, Bayh aided and abetted the Bush/Rove campaign strategy of rewarding faith-based groups before the election.

        •  Gotcha (none)
          Ok, I see your point.  And by joining forces with Santorum, Bayh is showing a pretty ugly side of himself.

          (And I think "faith-based" programs ought to get their revenue via donations rather than taxes.)

          •  I guess the question is... (none)
            ... did Bayh aid the Bush effort knowingly?  

            After all, he (along with the rest of the hardore DLC acolytes) did little to help Kerry.  (In fact, Lieberman consistently undercut Kerry's positions in television appearances as did Bayh.)

            And Bayh harbors ambitions for an `08 run.

            He may not have been too keen on waiting until 2012 for his chance in the spotlight.

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