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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Richard Nixon Knew Family Planning Saves Taxpayer Dollars, But Today’s GOP Doesn’t Care (Next New Deal)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn argues that Title X funding needs to be increased, because demand for family planning services will go up as more people get health insurance. Unfortunately, the GOP has forgotten that this program is fiscally effective.

  • Roosevelt Take: Read Andrea's new white paper, "The Title X Factor: Why the Health of America's Women Depends on More Funding for Family Planning," here.

Here’s how GOP Obamacare Hypocrisy Backfires (Salon)

Michael Lind draws on a recent piece by Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal to discuss the right's plans for the social safety net. If means testing and privatization become part of Social Security and Medicare too, he thinks we're in for some ineffective changes.

  • Roosevelt Take: Mike's piece argues that the struggles of Healthcare.Gov are proof that old-school New Deal-style liberal programs eliminate many potential administrative problems.

Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net (NYT)

Trip Gabriel reports on Gov. John R. Kaisch's critique of his own party's "war on the poor." The governor worked around the GOP-led legislature to accept the Medicaid expansion, because he knows it will help his neediest citizens.

Food Stamps Will Get Cut by $5 billion This Week — and More Cuts Could Follow (WaPo)

Brad Plumer reports that an automatic cut is going to hit SNAP funding on November 1 with the end of a 2009 stimulus bill boost. Between that cut and current negotiations over SNAP, some Americans will be struggling with how to buy groceries and feed their families.

How Sequestration Gets Even Worse Next Year (ThinkProgress)

Bryce Covert reminds us that the automatic cuts of sequestration get even larger in 2014. With a lot of the accounting tricks that were used to soften the blow this year gone, sequestration part two will hit hard, and it won't be good for the economy.

Why Do Women Do Market Work? (TAP)

Matt Bruenig responds to a recent rant from Gavin McInnes of Vice against working women, bringing up the data that proves why women work. It turns out that in husband-wife families where both work, 54 percent would be in or near poverty without her income.

Yes, There’s a Budget Deal in the Works. Here’s What It Will Look Like (NY Mag)

Jonathan Chait says that a small budget deal is in the works, which will replace sequestration cuts with something more livable for everyone. He thinks there will still be some revenue increases, but they won't be tax rate increases.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 07:31 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The GOP's issues with family planning (6+ / 0-)

    really aren't about the effects, positive or negative, that it will have on the poor.

    It is nothing more than throwing a bone to their Dominionist faction and an attempt to control people.

  •  I seem to remember when (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, arlene

    we as a society decided that fewer children was good for everybody.

    Every responsible thinking person saw birth control as a good thing!

  •  If you pick up the classic (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, kosta

    sociological study, Protestant and Catholic, which was done in my home town, you'll see that not only did the GOP once support family planning, they in fact were the party of family planning, the supporters of Margaret Sanger.

    “Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” ― Paulo Freire

    by ActivistGuy on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 08:26:23 PM PDT

    •  It is a mystery (0+ / 0-)

      I can recall in the 1960s that our town had a Zero Population organization. It was led by local doctors. There was a regular debate in the local paper about whether the US could sustain a  population greater than 200 million! Further, the debate asked what amount of resources you needed to consume to have a good life. The winning argument at that time was that smaller families equalled healthier, more economically successful offspring. One of the most interesting aspects of the debate was "carrying capacity", the amount of land needed to sustain a person without significantly deteriorating the environment. The numbers discussed, if I recall correctly, were something like 160 acres for a family of four (a 19th century land stake), so 40 acres a person or 16 people per square mile – because, as they said, oil use skewed the numbers!

      Today the US population increases by about 300 people an hour. We are breezing towards the 420 million mark, and many states have population densities in excess of 200 people per square mile. The US is the third most populous country on earth.

  •  It's a sad day... (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    When Fox Lite ABC News provides a more balanced and fair portrayal of the Obamacare policy "cancellations" than supposedly "liberal" NBC news...

    NBC news really stepped in it and should apologize.


    by LordMike on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 08:26:38 PM PDT

  •  Why do women do market work? (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    For all the same reasons men do. People are people, whaddya know.

    I'm amazed by people's courage and kindness in the face of everything and life.

    by LaraJones on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 09:30:44 PM PDT

  •  Why Title X? (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    I'm confused about why increased funding for Title X is still an urgent priority. Under the ACA, as I understand it, family planning services are completely covered as "preventative care" (not sure about sterilization, but the other methods and counselling are). That is huge. In fact it's already kicked in; a friend's daughter, one of those under 26-ers, came home in the spring and said, "Mom, my birth control prescription didn't cost me anything this quarter -- how come?"

    It seems to me this should reduce the need for special funding for all sorts of services, because people will be able to get them by just swiping their insurance card. It should enable Planned Parenthood and other providers to get paid for most of their services, instead of having to raise dimes and quarters and this grant and that just to keep the doors open and serve women with no insurance.

    The same should be true of the various budget allotments for the Women's Cancer Screening and Treatment program, kidney care programs, diabetes programs, etc. etc. -- many of those were set up to deal with the needs of people without insurance (or with junk mini-policies). There should be some significant cost-savings, to offset some of the costs of subsidies. It will take a couple of years for those to become clear.

  •  I remember when there was such a thing as a (1+ / 0-)
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    liberal republican.  A whole tribe of them, in fact.

    “The road to success is always under construction” --Lily Tomlin

    by CarolinNJ on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 08:51:52 AM PDT

  •  Working women (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    The 'family wage' began to disappear with Reaganomics.  At that time, the average woman earned 59 cents for each dollar a man earned.  Men's wages have stagnated over the last 3 decades while everything costs more.  Women also pay an opportunity cost by staying out of the workforce for any length of time.  

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 10:20:42 AM PDT

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