Monday, January 26, 2009

Economic Package Perspective

Some research from the Heritage
...Average spending for all family groups in the United States is similar to that of families with children. On average, families are spending:
$2,330 on apparel and services,
$3,595 on health care,
$4,322 on food at home, and
$11,657 annually on shelter.
If all families were asked to equally shoulder the burden of the $825 billion stimulus package, it would be like asking them to take on an amount of debt equivalent to what they spend on food, clothing, and health care or most of what they spend on shelter for an entire year....

Pelosi: Downturn in economy means we need more contraceptives!

The Drudge Report highlights Pelosi: "Contraception reduces cost to the state"
....and Insight Scoop finds the perfect response with a quote from Chesterton..
You can find it below or follow the link..
Abortion is also apparently good for the economy :Obama Stimulus Plan to Pour Millions of Taxpayer Funds into Contraception, Abortion

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi boldly defended a move to add birth control funding to the new economic "stimulus" package, claiming "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government." Pelosi, the mother of 5 children and 6 grandchildren, who once said, "Nothing in my life will ever, ever compare to being a mom," seemed to imply babies are somehow a burden on the treasury. The revelation came during an exchange Sunday morning on ABC's THIS WEEK.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?
PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?
PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.

Cue Chesterton:
Perhaps the nearest to a description of it is to say this: that my contempt boils over into bad behaviour when I hear the common suggestion that a birth is avoided because people want to be "free" to go to the cinema or buy a gramophone or a loud-speaker. What makes me want to walk over such people like doormats is that they use the word "free." By every act of that sort they chain themselves to the most servile and mechanical system yet tolerated by men. The cinema is a machine for unrolling certain regular patterns called pictures; expressing the most vulgar millionaires' notion of the taste of the most vulgar millions. The gramophone is a machine for recording such tunes as certain shops and other organisations choose to sell. The wireless is better; but even that is marked by the modern mark of all three; the impotence of the receptive party. The amateur cannot challenge the actor; the householder will find it vain to go and shout into the gramophone; the mob cannot pelt the modern speaker, especially when he is a loud-speaker. It is all a central mechanism giving out to men exactly what their masters think they should have.

The New SCHIP Bill: Higher Cost of Private Insurance

From the Heritage:
The United States Senate will soon consider legislation to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Its decisions on that legislation will have a major impact on the private health insurance coverage of millions of American children.
The House of Representatives recently passed a major SCHIP expansion and removed any provision to protect private coverage. Among many other provisions, the House bill would extend the program to target children in families with annual incomes of $66,150, and in some cases even higher.
[1] In other words, the House version of the bill would expand the program beyond low-income working families far into the middle class.
When the Senate considers the House legislation or a companion proposal to expand SCHIP to children in families with higher incomes, it should recognize that public program expansions would result in "crowd-out," or displacement, of both private health insurance coverage and funding. Expansions would impose higher and unnecessary costs as the program enrolls children who would have otherwise had private coverage. In particular, expanding eligibility beyond the current target population becomes a one-for-the-price-of-two proposition akin to taxpayers spending $1.00 to get 50 cents worth of new coverage. (more)

President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya

Wow. Doesn't that just give Israel a warm fuzzy...

As special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell heads off to the region to begin work on negotiating a cease fire between Israel and the Palestinians, President Obama has sat for his first formal TV interview with the Arabic cable TV network Al-Arabiya, ABC News has learned. (from ABC/Political Puch blog)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Just Stuff

Just a few items I thought were interesting...

From Lifehacker, just in time for the (imminent?) TV changeover Build Your Own DTV Antenna

and two from Dumb Little Man:

5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (painlessly)

8 Awesome Tools To Create & Manage All Your Passwords

Arrogance and Abortion

From, "Vatican Cites Obama's 'Arrogance' as He Moves to Fund Abortions Around the World."

I am glad that President Obama wants to end torture at Gitmo. True torture has no place in a civilized society.

I am curious, however. If known terrorists deserve decent treatment, what heinous crimes have unborn children committed that warrant the death penalty?