Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Question for the GOP: How does mounting an Inquisition against Planned Parenthood help Americans find jobs?

The American economy is still in the tank - millions of Americans are un- or under-employed, most of those who still own their own homes owe far more on those homes than they are worth, even assuming they could find a buyer, and the economy as a whole is teetering on the precipice of a second dip into a recession (personally, I don't think we ever left the first one), but Congressional Republicans are spending their time working on keeping their base distracted with dog whistles.

The latest tune:

A renewed attack on Planned Parenthood.

From AP, via Yahoo! News -
A Republican-led House panel has asked the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to hand over more than a decade's worth of documents in a probe of whether the organization improperly spends public money on abortions.

Democrats and Planned Parenthood supporters say the 90-year-old group is audited regularly and publicly and that the probe is the latest Republican run at shutting it down.
The committee that is going after Planned Parenthood now is the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

That doesn't seem like a committee that has a lot to do with health issues or health care, but one that should have a LOT to do with trying to improve the economy.

Of course, if the GOPers in charge of that committee were to actually start doing their jobs, their base (and the rest of America) might notice that they haven't been doing their actual jobs.

BTW - I had a thought (yes, that happens occasionally.  Don't laugh.  Or get used to it. :) ).  Planned Parenthood is so far declining to hand over their records,  Maybe they should make a deal with the GOPers.

How about this:  PP will give over their records (excluding patient medical records and anything that could identify patients) if the GOP, in the forms of the RNC, RSCC, RNCC, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, and a couple of the others, hands over the real books (not the BS reports that they give to the FEC and IRS)

Think the GOPers would go for it?  Anybody?

1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

Apples and oranges CPM. As far as I am aware RNC, RSCC, RNCC, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth do not accept government funds. Planned Parenthood does. That makes all the difference.