A government shutdown was averted on Friday, as President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to a budget for 2012.
In the end, Boehner agreed to a package of $38.5 billion in cuts. He also won limited victories on a handful of policy riders attached to the bill. But Boehner was forced to abandon some major demands, including Planned Parenthood, restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency and efforts to restrict Obama’s health reform bill.
In looking at the actual budget, the amount of money that would have been saved by implementing the cuts the GOP wanted would have been minimal. At the same time, low wage and middle class families would have been drastically affected by the GOP’s inhumane demands.
The accusation being perpetuated by the right-wing media about Planned Parenthood use of federal funding on abortions for low-income women is just straight up, a flat out lie. The organization only gets $363 million in funding from the government, which accounts for less than 1 percent of the budget, not even enough to make a dent. Not only that, the organization is prevented by law from using the funds for abortions.
Let’s face it, the Republicans are against working families. If they were really serious about cutting spending, they would concentrate on the real antidote, cutting the military budget and bringing the troops home.
But, of course. That won’t happen anytime soon!