In their continuing demonstration of how extreme can extreme get, right-wing activists are targeting state and local government to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood. It’s a solution in search of a problem. As the Wall St Journal’s graphs show, only 3% of services delivered by PP in 2006 were abortions. Meanwhile, 38% of services went to contraception, 29% went to sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and 19% went to cancer screening and prevention services. So if Planned Parenthood has their budgets slashed, the public will have less access to preventing pregnancies, STD testing and cancer prevention. These extremists are pursuing their ideology to the point where they’d rather the public was less healthy and less capable of dealing with disease, all in an effort to do away with 3% of PP’s services. I’ll also point out that Planned Parenthood serves populations that don’t have the kind of health care access others get. In many cases, Planned Parenthood is all those populations have. Gutting their budget will put more Americans at risk to disease and unwanted pregnancies – which one would think would be exactly the opposite of the extremists’ stated goal…
The Cons’ dream of shutting down public education is being pursued in Colorado. In one of the more short-sighted attempts at a solution possible, state Rep. Don Marostica of the Joint Budget Committee posed a question this week in a lengthy questionnaire to the state’s public colleges and universities: how would they survive if they received no dollars from the state legislature? The answer is easy: they wouldn’t.
“I wake up at 2 a.m., and I think about it. This higher education is not working; it’s costing us too much money,” said Marostica, a Republican who represents Larimer County. “I simply felt like they could be run as enterprises, true enterprises. I want them all to be private schools.”
Some of the state’s money now devoted to the institutions could instead go to private scholarships, he said.
Got that? After the largest failure of enterprise in world history this year, Cons continue to push their failed ideology everywhere they can. No recommendations to stop giving away tax dollars to the fossil fuel industry. No recommendations to stop giving away tax dollars to social programs that have been shown to not work. No, the Cons recommend that tax dollars be withheld from colleges and universities. At the end of the day, it’s all about tax dollars isn’t it? The Cons will never advocate to increase investments in communities. Despite evidence to the contrary, they continue to believe they’re islands and self-made people. They’re going to wreck Colorado and the U.S. even more than they already have since they’ll never stop praying to their false free-market gods.
Colorado Cons will push another part of their extremist agenda when the legislature convens next month: State Sen. Scott Renfroe will carry a bill that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls to vote. Renfroe said the bill would safeguard elections. This is another solution in search of a problem. How many people voted illegally this year? I can’t find a single case of it occurring. Meanwhile, millions of Coloradans are non- or under-insured (receiving sub-standard health care), thousands of Colorado children live in poverty, too many Coloradans drop out of school and too many Coloradans are in prison for petty offenses like marijuana posession (these are predominantly minority Coloradans, despite equal rates of possession as whites). Those are real problems that desperately need real solutions. Enacting laws like Renfroe’s would ensure fewer people vote, making Con ballot box victories more likely.
Here is why the Cons are in the minority party in Colorado: they only represent extremist views. They want more diseased Coloradans, less educated Coloradans and fewer people voting. Instead of changing their policy positions even slightly, they want to prevent people from voting and keeping their elected officials accountable.