Mitt Romney: “Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 13, 2012
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When did compassion and taxpayer-saving healthcare coverage become partisan?

Mitt Romney has plans for health. In particular, women’s health. He also has plans for food stamps, medicaid…and killing universal health care.

“Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that.”

Not to mention, Amtrak.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


13 Responses to “Mitt Romney: “Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that.””

  1. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Come on, give the guy a break. There's a problem or two here, but it's not that he plans to get rid of Planned Parenthood. He doesn't. He’s only talking about govt. funding.

    Btw, here's a political reality of govt. funding of “worthwhile” programs. What’s worthwhile to one person is harmful to another. You tax people, ie take their money by force, to fund worthwhile programs, and you got a culture war on your hands.

    Just checked. Govt funding for P.P is 20 mil. a year or something? THAT’s what makes Romney’s suggestion rather ridiculous. If he can’t come up with something better than that off the cuff, he doesn’t know very much about the problem of govt over-spending.

    And he's going to cut funding for Amtrak? Fine. No problem. Just as long as he cuts all funding for govt built roads and freeways at the same time. Take cars off welfare!

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Another thought…

    One more thing bothers me about the headline here.

    Philosophically, I oppose govt spending for most things. For me, almost all govt spending is a partisan issue. That does not make me against whatever the govt funding is intended for.

    Though I know next to nothing about Planned Parenthood, I suspect I am basically in favor of it. But that does NOT mean I think govt should be taxing us to support it.

    Does that make me uncompassionate?

  3. Louise Brooks says:

    Mark: you say "Philosophically, I oppose govt spending for most things". I assume you do not want or use roads, street lights, plan on using Social Security or believe in a minimum wage (to mention just a few gov't spending programs)?

    And you are correct, you really know nothing about PP. Where do you think the money should magically come from for it?? Where is your sense of a common good? Hint: compassion can be found living within it.

  4. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Thanks Louise for responding. I tend to feel rather lonely here at Ele as no one usually pays attention to my little tirades.

    Funding for PP? There’s no magic about it. The money should come from, and only from, people who support it. Why should people who don’t support it be forced to pay? Just something to think about.

    Here’s another way to compassion. Not over-spending by trillions a year and charging it to future generations. I speak for our children and grandchildren who will have to finance our profligacy.

    As for govt-built car roads… So glad you asked! As a train, trolley, and bike man, that’s something I can get worked up about.

    Early in the 20th c, compassionate people, in order to free us from the "evil clutches of railroad capitalism", proposed that govt build “free” infrastructure for cars. Look where that has gotten us.

    I’ll copy n paste something I have up on several threads of Ele’s “Bike” column; my take on how govt roads have transformed America. No room here, it’s the next response.

  5. Kali says:

    As a young female who can't afford healthcare, Planned Parenthood is an asset. So, no, I won't give him a break.

  6. Mark Ledbetter says:

    America once had the best mass transit system in history. Not the best at that time, the best that has ever existed. Better than anything that Europe or Japan has even now.

    If you are under 70 years old, you probably have never heard the word “interurban.” Ask your grandparents. They know the word and assume you do too. The pathetic imitation we have now is called light rail.

    Just about every city in the country with a population over two or three thousand was plugged into the system. No need for soccer moms, car-pooling, or rush hour driving wars. You didn’t have to have a government license to live a normal life (ie to drive a car). Main Street and Downtown were vibrant and viable. Farmlands and wildlands were a short ride away.

    The Subsidy (free infrastructure and wars to protect petroleum) turned our trains into a third world system and destroyed the city systems. Carworld is NOT a result of a free market in transportation. Tell that to your conservative friends!

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