Lenny McAllister continues to call Republicans out on their “contradictory slams.” All this energy that goes into defunding Planned Parenthood and passing dead-on-arrival legislation might be better spent trying to solve some of the major problems persistent in the country.
The debate over abortion funding and Planned Parenthood reminds me of all the members of Congress I talk to who wear their religion on their sleeve when talking about abortion then suddenly forget about God when it comes to the poor. All this fervor and fire is great on abortion. Everybody’s up in someone’s business when they’re pregnant — they “care” about Black babies then — but it all stops at birth? Your party is “concerned” on the number of black babies aborted? How about an exploration on what happens to people after their birth in a nation with 16 million children in poverty? How about getting up in someone’s personal business then? How about an annual march on that issue?
You fight to cut funding for Planned Parenthood for poor women during a time of record poverty: 50 million people. That’s the Republican answer?
How about an answer on how it is the same people who argue in favor of state involvement in reproductive decisions are the same people who argue against state involvement in heath care? The U.S. is the only modern industrialized nation with elected officials quarreling over this. Some conservatives simply use African Americans as a political device when convenient. Need a janitor at a middle school? Newt has a plan.
Other than changing the subject to Barack Obama what is the specific conservative policy on poverty? What is the conservative answer to the second poorest (and incidentally the Whitest…) district in America — Kentucky’s 5th congressional district? That district has been presided over by Republican Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) for years. Why are the “liberal Black Alderman in Chicago making $125” the sum total of your focus when some of the most failed social policy in the country is presided over by Republicans? How about putting down the Fox talking points for a second and confronting that?
Until you see there is no difference between the Black Chicago Aldermen and over 50 years of White Republican policy failure in Appalachia, Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisiana and react with equal fervor this is all games. Where was Michelle’s Bachmann when 800,000 jobs were being lost a month? Did she sign a pledge regarding how black children were doing before President Obama showed up? And see, that is the problem with our politics right now. We’re so about defending our political tribes and reaching for talking points we won’t attack anyone in our tribe even when their policy ideas are clearly a failure.
The critique towards both should be equally fervent regardless of party. Newt cares about who is on food stamps now? Where was his big mouth from 2001 to 2008? Why does he only care about poverty when using it as an issue against a President who is a Black Democrat? If Newt really cared about poverty he’d visit Appalachia and Rep. Hal Rogers’ district in Kentucky. Why is his discussion on poverty confined only to urban America and yours confined only to Black Alderman in Chicago?
Try it: Ask Rep. Rogers how as Chair of Appropriations he can vote for sending $20 billion in tax money to build roads and schools in Iraq and Afghanistan for 10 years yet votes against $4 a day to someone in his district here in Kentucky on food stamps? Rogers voted for the Ryan Budget — which cut $127 billion from food stamps over 10 years.
The conservative answer is a “redirection of educational dollars to the best avenues for immediate academic yield in order to create a work force worthy of global economic competition.” Come on, Lenny, I know you can do better than that. If those policy answers worked then something would have changed under eight years of President Bush. There must be a better answer. But will we ever find it when one of our major political parties spends all its time in attack mode?
Why didn’t Newt’s welfare reform in 1996 save Chicago and Kentucky from poverty? Why didn’t eight years of Republican policy under Bush do it? Newt found Christ? Really? What would Jesus do? Would he cut food stamps?