Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Showdown - Pelosi May Lose Contraceptives in Stimulus Plan

From the Associated Press - Nancy Pelosi and company had inserted payment for contraceptives into the stimulus bill, drawing criticism from House Republican Leader, John Boehner (OH). Apparently, Pelosi felt that birth control would somehow stimulate the economy – it boggles the mind. After a meeting at the White House on Friday with Obama, Boehner asked: “How you can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives how does that stimulate the economy?" "You can go through a whole host of issues that have nothing to do with growing jobs in America and helping people keep their jobs."

With the Los Angeles Times reporting on a “Deluge of Layoffs”, Boehner has an excellent point, so much so, that Democrats (speaking on condition of Anonymity) noted that Obama had gone to Waxman (D-CA), a close friend of Pelosi, asking for the provision to be removed.

It remains to be seen how much "power" the Speaker has, considering that Boehner is not shy about speaking out on issues that are left of reasonable. With Obama looking to 2012, he understands that without a bi-partisan effort, and compromises, that allow for viable results, that second term may not be possible.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Population control, the democrats way of helping the economy.

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