It just goes to show you how tired I get of politics when I'm more interested in the Masters golf tournament than the "government shutdown."
I'm usually political junkie first, golf junkie second ...
Anyway, I thought President Obama was right by staying above the fray .. thought he did the best he could. The executive branch is only one part of the equation, you know .. there's also the House and the Senate. Obama didn't give up anything that wasn't already in a proposed budget that the Republicans wouldn't pass last year.
The Tea Party created a big fuss about the deficit - we've carried one ever since the 1700's - to draw attention away from the fact that they're trying to restructure our government to fit their religious agenda .. hence the fury over Planned Parenthood, a teeny tiny slice of the budget pie.
More than 90 percent of Planned Parenthood healthcare is preventive .. every year they carry out nearly two million screenings for cervical cancer and breast exams, etc. Many of these women live in rural or medically underserved areas.
Planned Parenthood also provides affordable birth control to nearly 2.5 million poor women every year .. preventing hundreds of thousands of unwanted pregnancies.
Won't cutting contraception funding lead to more abortions? I thought wingnuts wanted to prevent abortion.
I'd like to ask these Tea Partyers - "Ok, what's your alternative to 'Planned Parenthood?'
They just don't like to deal with women and their 'icky' parts.
Yes, the radical righties have no problem defunding low-income women's healthcare, yet refuse to raise taxes on the uber-wealthy.
I heard on the news that if households with $1 million income, and mega-corporations, paid at the same levels they did in 1961, the Treasury would collect an additional $716 billion a year.
And just imagine if they were taxed under the same rules as today's cops, nurses, firefighters and teachers ...
I worry that these "historic" cuts will cost jobs and slow the recovery .. taking $38.5 billion out of the economy right now strikes me as a reckless idea ..
And here's probably what really went down - Boehner rode the wave of women's healthcare hysteria until the last minute .. then he caved on Planned Parenthood so the Koch brothers could still get the gutting of the Clean Air Act .. which is the "biggie" they were really fighting for all along.
Ah well, one budget skirmish - or "squirmish" as Palin says - is down, two to go. If you want to see bloodshed, stay tuned for the vote to raise the debt limit.
Anyway, I'm sick to death of it all ...
The Masters? Well, Tiger was looking pretty good until Saturday .. then he lost his groove. Maybe battling those two twenty-somethings unnerved him. After all, the game of golf is really played on that five inch course between the ears.
Technically, Tiger is still in the tournament at 5 under par .. but rising star Rory McIlroy extended his lead to 12-under par.