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To Rep. John Boehner,

This morning, Politico reported on discontent among GOP members of Congress who feel that they were left out of the decision-making process in the upcoming bailout bill. Though I feel that all viewpoints are valuable to come to a reasonable solution, I feel that concerns should, at the very least, pass some sort of scientific muster to retain their value.

The article is here:

Following this morning's meeting with President Obama, you remarked that you had some concerns about the size of the bill. Particularly you took issue with the expenditure on contraceptives. You remarked "How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives?", following up with: "How does that stimulate the economy?"

Now, there are two points in these remarks where you are completely wrong.

First of all, spending money on contraceptives would likely stimulate the contraceptive industry (a significant player in the national economy) in the same manner that lending money to banks increases their money supply, building highways and bridges increases the money supply and jobs for local contracting businesses, and lending money to the automotive industry increases their money supply.

Second of all, increased spending on contraceptives will likely reduced the rate of unwanted pregnancies by making available contraceptive options to lower-income Americans, where a considerably high birth-rate currently exists. This will serve to reduce the future burden on our tax dollars by slowing the increase in population that burdens those very tax dollars, freeing them up for other expenditures (or even reducing taxes!).

Since you and your vehemently pro-life colleagues hove no intention of backing up your pro-life agenda for the past fourteen years with real action, America has no recourse but to return to programs and solutions that advocate contraception and abortion as alternatives to pregnancy.

So, I am convinced that you are opposed to contraceptive spending on purely ideologically moral grounds and not at all on grounded evidence based in reality. This is a very good reason to reject your argument outright and disregard your proposal. You have simply wrapped your objection into simple conservative talking points that have no basis in reality.

In the future, Rep. Boehner, if you would like to be taken seriously I suggest you stick to fact-based arguments and scrutiny that is well based in reality. Your ideas were right to be disregarded, because you are simply arguing what you want to be true, not what really is true. If you are the future of the Republican party, then I see the Democrats have a bright future ahead indeed.

Originally posted to cokane on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 05:59 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  see my diary about yours.... (6+ / 0-)

    I'm a victim of John Boehner, having lived in OH-08 for the past 4 years.  For some reason, this particular incidence of his ignorance and blatant political grandstanding really bothers me (even more than all of his other egregious acts of economic irresponsibility, political sycophancy, and obstructionism), maybe because this time we're standing on the edge of an economic black hole with little or no room for additional error.

  •  Thanks for taking it to the Boehner. I don't (1+ / 0-)
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    think he realizes how isolated he and his fellow Republicans are from the rest of America!

    "Another angel gets his wings every time someone pronounces John Boehner's last name as BONER!!!"

    by shanay on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 06:35:50 PM PST

  •  Boehner probably does not know (0+ / 0-)

    how to use facts because he honestly believes that reality is whatever his fellow idiots say it is. Which leaves a person totally unequipped to differentiate between fact and fiction.

    I see Obama winning most Congressional votes because there are a few GOP Congresscritters in districts going from purple to blue who know their choices are to be seen as obstructionists of popular programs along with the rest of the GOP, or vote as their constituents want and maybe get to keep their jobs in 2011.

    If bills are blocked and the economy gets worse, Obama can spend 2010 on the campaign trail against a "do-nothing Republican Party" and point to them as the cause of all America's ills, even the problems which would still exist if the GOP voted for all of Obama's programs.

    IOW, 2010 will be another step on the GOP's lemming march to the sea. And a Sarah Palin will lead them in 2012. At the bottom of the sea, they'll find their fellow sufferers from extinction, starting with Whigs and the dinosaurs.

    Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 06:37:00 PM PST

  •  Being a Republican means never needing the truth (0+ / 0-)

    Boehner can lie through his teeth every time he opens his mouth, and the spineless media will never call him on it, because they think that allowing Republicans to lie without calling them on it is "fair and balanced".  

    (As in, the truth on the one hand, and, to present the opposing point of view, here's someone telling lies, only we won't call them lies.)

  •  Stay the course GOP (0+ / 0-)

    It seems we can count on the Republicans to stay the course of idealogy over reality. Boehners comment is code language for the contraception is abortion crowd.

    In another area today the Republicans want more tax cuts and want them to be permenant even though  it is clear that they are not nearly as effective as a stimulus to the economy. More idealogy over reality.

    If their posturing in today's press is any indication the Republicans will never wake up to reality.

    Sure they will continue to lose seats in Congress in 2010 and be less relevant but how many people have to be hurt before they smell what their shovelin'?

  •  And David Gregory Remind Your Guests And (0+ / 0-)

    audience of facts and note when a guest is not telling the truth.  

    Even when it is a Republican.

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