a bird and a bottle

Bush’s Bad Budget
February 7, 2007, 11:14 am
Filed under: news, politics, reproductive justice

Just as we all suspected would be the case, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Keroack is not doing anything to support women’s health or access to reproductive health care for poor women.

The other day, the President announced his budget for FY 2008. The budget allocates $620 billion for defense and over $93 million billion for the “war” in Iraq. It also calls on the Democrats controlling Congress to make permanent Bush’s disastrous tax cuts to the rich.

But wait. There’s more. The proposed budget not only freezes funding for Title X, the federal government’s only money stream for reproductive healthcare for poor women, it also increases funding for those odious abstinence only “education” programs. The budget allocates $28 million more to abstinence only programs for a total of $191 million. Yep, you read that right, almost $200 million next year for programs that have been shown not to prevent teenage sexual activity, to lie about the effectiveness of condoms and other birth control, and that are often misogynist and homophobic.

All of this, despite the clear showing in November that voters are sick of Bush’s politics and policies, makes it clear where Bush’s head is this days: firmly in the sand.


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This is so crazy scary!
From http://www.brownfemipower.com

Bush Seeks $80 Billion worth of cuts in Medicare & Medicaid Program
President Bush’s budget also calls for about eighty billion dollars in cuts from Medicare and Medicaid programs over the next five years. Other programs facing budget cuts include Head Start, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and funding for housing for low-income seniors.

Comment by MilbyDaniel

One of these days, you need to get some spokesperson who will Just Tell the Truth; it’s not, with due respect to Ms. Keenan that abstinence “education” is “unproven”—it’s that it doesn’t work.

Casting it as a “censorship” issue is b*llsh*tt*ng AND distracting; it’s an information issue, and I don’t want either of my daughters not getting information out of their sex “education.”

They can get b*llsh*t from their classmates; the idea is to EDUCATE and INFORM.

Comment by Ken Houghton

I really thought you were going to end this post with the words: “up his ass.”

(On behalf of the ostrich community: I protest.)

Comment by professorplum

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