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  •  Lose Weight by Trimming Your Fingernails (0+ / 0-)

    Planned Parenthood $360 Million

    vs

    Social Security: $700 + Billion (But takes in about $90 Billion more than that.)
    Medicare:  $ 500+  Billion.
    Medicaid: $270+Billion (much of which goes to fund nursing home care for the elderly.)

    So assuming the $360 Million is for the remaining 6 months of the Federal Fiscal Year, that would make the annual budget about $720 Million for Planned Parenthood. (Assuming the $360 Million/6mo are  correct.)

    So for Planned Parenthood Federal Funding, we're talking about roughtly 1/1000 of just Medicare.  

    Or somthing like 1/5000 of the annual Federal Budget.  

    Saying we need to sacrifice Planned Parenthood to keep Medicare (or Social Security or Medicaid or avoid taxing the rich a little more) is like telling someone the way to lose weight is to clip their fingernails.

    The two are not connected and attempting to connect them in an attempt to play the "generational war" card is so transparent that even Republicans have mainly stayed away from it.

    So should we.

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    We'd rather dream the American Dream than fight to live it or to give it to our kids. What a shame. What an awful, awful shame.

    by Into The Woods on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 03:15:57 PM PDT

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    •  You totally did not understand my point. (0+ / 0-)

      First of all, you think that logic can be applied to Medicare cuts being pitted against Planned Parenthood.

      Second, what I was trying to say is that the conversation across the airwaves today has been about Planned Parenthood while we know that the GOP is trying to cut things like Medicare and likely will get their way.

      So, down the road, when people look back at this debate after having experienced the effects of the cuts on their lives, they are going to say, "All I heard about was Planned Parenthood, but there's way more to this austerity campaign than I ever knew and why didn't they tell me?  Why did they defend Planned Parenthood when they knew that my Medicare (or whatever they care about) was at risk."

      That's a scenario that is very possible and it isn't logical, nor is it productive.  Although, perhaps it is reasonable for people to think that they should have been told that Planned Parenthood is only one among a HUGE list of other cuts that were agreed to that were going to HURT people.

      •  Any Medicare Cuts in this Bill? (0+ / 0-)

        Care to point them out?  

        We'd rather dream the American Dream than fight to live it or to give it to our kids. What a shame. What an awful, awful shame.

        by Into The Woods on Fri Apr 08, 2011 at 05:29:57 PM PDT

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        •  They were going to cut funding grants (0+ / 0-)

          to states for a wide variety of health services including Medicare and Medicaid, last I heard.  In any case, Medicare was just an example of "something" in which a certain portion of the population might notice cuts and say, but I thought this was about Planned Parenthood.

          It was just a way to show how the us vs. them phenom grows and how such intense focus on one thing in such a hugely impacting bill could easily backfire for Democrats and Planned Parenthood.

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