I’ve been thinking a lot about “conservatism” lately. You know they always say that the older you get the more conservative you get. But looking around me at various “conservatives” I don’t see that happening for me. I’m too rational. lol
Apparently conservatives just don’t seem to get the whole “Big Picture Thingy”.
Perfect example, let’s look at the current efforts to eliminate Title X funding for Planned Parenthood.
The right-wing christian fundies love to point at Planned Parenthood and scream “abortion.” (ooh the boogeyman)
For one thing it isn’t what Planned Parenthood is all about. I’ve been donating to Planned Parenthood for over thirty years because they offer women who couldn’t afford women’s healthcare a place to go. They provide all kinds of care including family planning.
Let’s say that altogether, “FAMILY PLANNING”
One more time, “FAMILY PLANNING“.
You see the conservatives keep saying things like conservatives and christians are “the only ones out there protecting the family” on one side of their mouths, then saying “Americans need to be more fiscally responsible and lower debt and take responsibility.”
(You know the old “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” rhetoric)
Don’t their thoughts ever meet in the middle. How better to support a family than by planning it carefully for when you can afford one? They scream about how people got mortgages for homes they couldn’t afford. (Having children is the biggest mortgage of all.)
It’s for life. Or at least eighteen years unless you kick them out sooner.(And these days they are taking longer to leave the nest because there are no jobs out there for them to earn on their own.)
You get tax breaks from the government for each little dependent you have. If your income is below a certain level you get additional tax incentives. You get public schools to educate those little “drains on society” with breakfast and lunch programs. You get other forms of assistance like food stamps and Medicaid and various other programs. There are handouts from charitable organizations.
So conservatives should think about this. Without Planned Parenthood providing birth control and family planning, what do you think will happen to the numbers of those who will need all of those “handouts”? Think really hard.
Hint: The numbers will increase. (That means go up.)
Oh yeah “Abstinence Pledges”.
Excuse me while I clean my screen from my sprayed coffee. That one always cracks me up.
Support Planned Parenthood, even if it’s only to prevent another liberal. ;p
(emoticon included for those who are sarcastically challenged.)
Join Planned Parenthood by contacting your representatives and telling them that you want to protect families.