The Republican Congress Is At It Again

So this is my political rant and fair warning — my blog, so if you post something mean or insulting, I will not approve your comment.

The Republican Congress is trying yet again to defund Planned Parenthood. I find it amusing at what Congress in general, and the Republicans specifically, think will make our budget woes go away. It’s like they are swatting at the gnats when a whale is sitting next to them.

Public television and radio being one thing they are always looking to defund. It takes up such a miniscule amount of our federal budget that it’s laughable.

Planned Parenthood is often in the crosshairs and this week it’s no different. They want to defund PP because it provides abortions. OK, so watch this and learn what PP really does (which is what I’ve been saying for years) — providing low cost medical CARE for people that would otherwise not have access to medical CARE.

So what’s the takeaway? 97% of PP’s entire budget is to provide medical CARE and cancer screenings and birth control. 3% is for abortions. Not all of PP’s money is from the federal government but 3% of that money can be presumed to be for abortion. Maybe not, maybe they only use federal money for medical care. But let’s assume it’s 3%.

So, IMO for all those people that are anti-choice, if PP didn’t use federal funds for abortions, would that be enough for you? Just take away that 3% and say “don’t use federal money for abortions”?

Somehow I doubt it.

What would make a serious dent in our budget deficit? Cutting our enormous military spending would make a huge dent but it’ll never happen despite the fact that it’s between 65% and 70% of our entire federal budget. Yeah folks. Seriously.

So when Congress picks at the zit on the butt of the budget by offering up public television and Planned Parenthood, you have to ask yourself, what parts of the budget are they refusing to budge on. You may be surprised.


The Facebook Dilemma

FB, where you sometimes learn more about people than you want to know. You learn about their politics, racism, genderism, and overall bigotry.

Mostly you learn that many people are incredibly negative and full of anger – at everything and everybody.

Now that it’s the beginning of the presidential campaign season, it’s  only going to get worse.

I find that all of this negativity adversely affects me. I don’t like rising (or more to the point falling) to their level. I want to live in the sunshine. I fall short of my desire sometimes and do fall. I occasionally have to remind myself of that old saw “would you rather be right or would you rather be happy”. The desire to be right is sometimes quite great.

Consequently I vascillate between staying and leaving FB on a regular basis. I truly don’t know what to do.  There’s the FB “addiction” to deal with – the withdrawal.  Then there’s the very real fact that sometimes I learn more about what’s going on among friends and family through FB than I learn any other way.

I’ve started unfollowing  certain people.  That’s different than unfriending. I can still see their FB pages and they can see mine.  I have started posting more and more positive messages from Louise Hay, Abraham-Hicks and other positive and spiritual-minded FB posters. I’m more interested in Titus and His Girl Hailey and other “puppy posters”. Basically I’m reading and posting those things that make me smile and feel good.

In the meantime I’m planning on cutting down my trips to FB. Baby steps.