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Feds to Texas: You defunded Planned Parenthood, now we’re defunding you
Hoatir ^ | 03/16/2012 | Tina Korbe

Posted on 03/16/2012 1:00:59 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

When the Texas state administration first considered a rule to ban Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from participating in the Texas’ Women’s Health Program, which is jointly funded by the state of Texas and the federal government, the Obama administration retaliated by threatening to cut funding to the program entirely. Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed the rule anyway — and the ball was back in the Obama administration’s court. I wrote at the time:

Does Obama want to actually cut funding and potentially jeopardize the Texas Women’s Health program, which might not be able to survive without federal funding? That sends the message that Obama cares less that women have access to health care than that they receive health care from certain providers — namely, providers that also offer abortions.

Either Rick Perry just called Obama’s bluff or this is about to be an interesting issue. Planned Parenthood has already retorted with its typical demagoguery: “No one’s politics should interfere with a woman’s access to health care,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Peter J. Durkin said in a statement. “It is shameful that Governor Perry and Commissioner Suehs continue to politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access for low-income women.”

Would Planned Parenthood stand by that statement as it applies to President Obama, too? Surely other providers in the Texas Women’s Health Exchange provide breast cancer screenings and birth control access. Eliminating abortion providers from the exchange doesn’t jeopardize women’s health access — but eliminating the exchange altogether would.

The answer to my original question is: Yes, the Obama administration actually does want to cut funding and jeopardize the Texas’ Women’s Health Program entirely. He cares more to protect Planned Parenthood than he does to protect women’s health, in general. Fortunately for low-income women in Texas, Rick Perry won’t stand for it. Via Guy Benson:

Perry, who slammed the federal government constantly during his short-lived bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has directed state health officials to find the funding to keep the program going from other parts of the budget, but he has promised not to raise revenues to cover the costs.

Incidentally, this is one of the things I most respect about Rick Perry: He is willing to forgo federal funds, recognizing that federal dollars always come with strings attached. He rejected Race to the Top funds, for example, and now he’s saying “no” to federal control of another state-level program. The business-friendly atmosphere he created in Texas has ensured a thriving economy there, such that Texas doesn’t have need of federal funds, either. No wonder so many Californians have migrated there.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; obama; plannedparenthood; texas

1 posted on 03/16/2012 1:01:08 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Time for the State of Texas to start escrowing all funds deducted from state employees paychecks for Federal Withholding and FICA payments.


2 posted on 03/16/2012 1:03:04 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The author seems surprised that Obama is pro-abortion.


3 posted on 03/16/2012 1:03:12 PM PDT by Kevmo (If you can define a man by the depravity of his enemies, Rick Santorum must be a noble soul indeed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So?


4 posted on 03/16/2012 1:04:41 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: DuncanWaring
"Time for the State of Texas to start escrowing all funds deducted from state employees paychecks for Federal Withholding and FICA payments."

Agreed. It's long past due for the "individual states" to with-hold tax receipts to the fedgov. Think 10th Amendment. Let the fedgov such wind.

5 posted on 03/16/2012 1:05:55 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t that cute, the FedGov is having a temper tantrum.


6 posted on 03/16/2012 1:06:05 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Do you ever sometimes get the feeling that the U.S. Government is a government hell bent on engaging in genocide of the entire human race? I feel as though the U.S. Government is worse than the Third Reich ever dreamed of being. The U.S. Government spends a lot of money each year murdering babies.


7 posted on 03/16/2012 1:06:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid. - Dem pollster, Tom Jensen)
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To: DuncanWaring

yup


8 posted on 03/16/2012 1:07:54 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: onedoug

Defunding? Dat’s o’tay wid me.


9 posted on 03/16/2012 1:13:33 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: DuncanWaring

Time to mobilize.


10 posted on 03/16/2012 1:14:38 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: DuncanWaring
Time for the State of Texas to start escrowing all funds deducted from state employees paychecks for Federal Withholding and FICA payments.

Great idea. This story is actually quite significant. It's a clear indication that we're under a Hugo Chavez-style 'pay to play' dictatorship where bribes, blackmail, extortion and government-sponsored racketeering is the order of the day. Tension between States such as Texas and our insurgent government is increasing. We all know where this leads, historically.

11 posted on 03/16/2012 1:15:10 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: SeekAndFind

I really wish that Perry would follow through with his previous threats and just secede. It might just be the 2x4 to the forehead to the rest of America to see what Obama is doing to this country!

But, then again, maybe not!!


12 posted on 03/16/2012 1:15:32 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: DuncanWaring
Time for the State of Texas to start escrowing all funds deducted from state employees paychecks for Federal Withholding and FICA payments.

Yee haw! I'd get a renewed respect for Texas if they did exactly that.

Somewhere I read that they had the right to divide into up to five states as part of their agreement for admission into the union. Is that still true? We could sure use another eight conservative senators.

13 posted on 03/16/2012 1:17:07 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: DustyMoment

RE: I really wish that Perry would follow through with his previous threats and just secede

Errr... one person just won’t be able to cut it. You will need HUGE support from the entire state for that.


14 posted on 03/16/2012 1:19:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question)
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To: SeekAndFind
Back when Perry was running for President I made the following comment:

“Perry does some questionable things at times, but when the chips are down, he always toes the conservative line. He has a tongue made out of wood and is TERRIBLE at unscripted speaking. But of all the folks running, when the hard things have to be done, he will pull the trigger. Too bad he has no chance of winning this beauty contest that the Presidency has turned into.”

This episode is indicative of what I was talking about.

15 posted on 03/16/2012 1:21:22 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name ( i)
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To: Mouton
Time to mobilize.

Against Obama's dictatorial police state.

16 posted on 03/16/2012 1:24:17 PM PDT by Rapscallion (The corruption and mismanagement persist because YOU tolerate it.)
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To: DuncanWaring

“Time for the State of Texas to start escrowing all funds deducted from state employees paychecks for Federal Withholding and FICA payments.”

That would not be practical nor legal. And it would bring up very complex issues as to the consequences of failing to fund individual SS accounts. Those are direct-remitted to the IRS anyway, and the one thing that will cause the Feds to swoop in and chain a businesses’ doors shut is a failure to pay & remit payroll taxes.

Now, the portion of highway funds payable to the Feds collected via gasoline sales...that, I suspect would be a different story.


17 posted on 03/16/2012 1:24:59 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Feds to Texas: You defunded Planned Parenthood, now we’re defunding you

Texas to Feds: SCREW YOU it was our money in the first place so we are not going to send you anymore!


18 posted on 03/16/2012 1:26:40 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: DustyMoment

[ I really wish that Perry would follow through with his previous threats and just secede. It might just be the 2x4 to the forehead to the rest of America to see what Obama is doing to this country!]

I would wait till the at least the first Wednesday in November before doing that if I were Perry.


19 posted on 03/16/2012 1:29:56 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I was referring to the government of the State of Texas escrowing the withholdings of its own employees, not to private businesses.

It’s trivial for the IRS to chain the doors and levy the bank accounts of a private business.

Not so easy to do the same to a state government.


20 posted on 03/16/2012 1:31:29 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Somewhere I read that they had the right to divide into up to five states as part of their agreement for admission into the union.

That may have been the case on their original admission in 1845, but on readmission after The Late Unpleasantness I'm pretty sure no such clause was extant.

21 posted on 03/16/2012 1:33:36 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey Texas - you know that no federal funding means no federal oversight - right?
22 posted on 03/16/2012 1:39:05 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yo, O:

Kiss
My
Texas
A&&


23 posted on 03/16/2012 1:39:05 PM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: SeekAndFind

Texas COULD set up an account and intercept all earmarked federal funds in escrow for review.. from all Texas companies and individuals..

No doubt Texas sends far more funds to D.C. than D.C. sends to them..


24 posted on 03/16/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Talisker

Don’t worry, Texas is as statist as the rest. They will cave quickly, as with the TSA banning fiasco.


25 posted on 03/16/2012 1:54:44 PM PDT by billybudd
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To: SeekAndFind

Womens health care is typically PC code for abortion so get rid of the abortion and there isn’t much else left to fund. Besides, I’m tired of all this BS “womens” programs that are being funded, where’s the men’s health programs or the transgendered health program or the land whale health program or the health program for rednecks? Most all “women” based program are simply back door funding for liberal man hating dikes and the Democratic party that they support so just kill the funding and we’ll all be a lot better off.


26 posted on 03/16/2012 1:55:22 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: DuncanWaring
Time for the State of Texas to start escrowing all funds deducted from state employees paychecks for Federal Withholding and FICA payments.

And then use the funds to pay for legal fees when the dictator in chief tries to sue them for exercising their sovereign rights under the Constitution.

At least we get another chance to point out that when the Federal gubmint "gives" you anything, they think they own you. And here I thought it was illegal to buy slaves...

27 posted on 03/16/2012 2:15:01 PM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fine — then there is much less Federal control. All states should try to get defunded.


28 posted on 03/16/2012 2:22:38 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: DuncanWaring

That is right. States need to ban Federal tax withholding so that they can appropriate tax money themselves. Let the showdown begin.


29 posted on 03/16/2012 2:42:34 PM PDT by Revel
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To: SeekAndFind
Newt/Perry, Tampa Convention !!!

Leni

30 posted on 03/16/2012 2:46:46 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: SeekAndFind

States are being held hostage by a federal government that has corrupted the concept of federalism and the importance of the 10th Amendment. Taxes of every kind pass through Washington DC ^FIRST^ and government rules are used to re-distribute them.

Consider that your property taxes (that are said to fund local education) are collected and passed to the federal government for distribution according to the USDoEd rules.

Think about that.


31 posted on 03/16/2012 3:16:20 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Start a tax deductible organization which does the work for the agency, send the state money to it, and then start some very public fundraisers for the private sector to replace the federal money . Have a telethon during the trials of Planned Parenthood for Medicare fraud and the indecency trial of the CEO. Have marathons, bicycle races. Do a “Hands Across Texas.” All publicity is good when you’re saving women from the Federal Government.


32 posted on 03/16/2012 4:36:56 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: DuncanWaring
The whole "readmission" business was bizarre--Lincoln rejected the notion that states could secede and reconquered the South to make his point, but once the South was defeated the Radical Republicans said the Confederate States had seceded and had to be "readmitted." Congress could prevent Senators and Representatives from taking their seats until they approved, but when Southern states got their seats back in the Senate the clock had kept ticking as if nothing had happened as far as which Senate seats were up in each two-year election cycle.

I haven't looked at what was said when Texas was "readmitted," but I once saw a doctoral study of various proposals to divide Texas into five states, and they went on long after 1865.

33 posted on 03/16/2012 6:01:04 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

If secession were illegal then technically no state seceded. And no state may form another state within it’s own boundaries. Using this reasoning the entire state of West Virginia is illegal and Virginia would be within the law to take it back. Does that sound correct?


34 posted on 03/17/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Time to start de-funding the feds - Texas shuld stop sending all funds to the idiots in Washington!


35 posted on 03/17/2012 10:01:26 AM PDT by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: rfreedom4u
They pretended to observe the constitutional requirements--there was a rump Virginia legislature representing the parts of the state under federal control which approved th detachment of the counties which became West Virginia.

As a Virginia native I see maps of Virginia before 1861 and think "that's what Virginia should look like," but they were probably better off without the western counties.

Besides, it would have been hard for John Denver to squeeze "almost heaven, western Virginia," into a line of that song.

36 posted on 03/18/2012 1:00:03 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SeekAndFind
States need to start letting the federal government know there will be consequences to their blackmail, and let them decide if they want to turn it into something bigger. States shouldn't bend to the federal governments will, no matter how big of an issue, when it's using blackmail.

The only way we are going to get any of our state rights back is by confronting the federal government, and letting them know they can't push the states around unless they want to do it by force. We have to take a risk to ever get back to what our Constitution. This isn't the 1860’s, and the federal government wouldn't be as willing to escalate something like this to using force. They also couldn't be sure if any order to use force would be obeyed. The unconstitutional ATF would be happy to kill American citizens though.

My point is these are different times, and we aren't going to get back the rights our constitution gives us unless we are willing to confront the federal government, and resisting if they did escalate it to civil war. I don't think they would do that, but you have to be ready to go all the way if you start to let it be known it will come at a cost. I don't think they would dare do that, but if they did and it cost lives it would immediately wake people up. States and individuals can't spend endless amounts of money in courts trying to get laws that are obviously constitutional on the books.

37 posted on 04/18/2012 3:04:03 AM PDT by ThermoNuclearWarrior
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