House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation. . . .Obviously, Obama could see that Pelosi's anti-baby agenda was political poison. It was a shrewd move for him to ask them to ax it. Expect the Left to howl that Obama's given in to the "Republican attack machine," but they don't understand that not everybody hates babies as much as urban yuppies do.
Several Democrats said Monday night that Obama had spoken personally with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., about removing the provision. Waxman is chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over Medicaid and a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
(Outraged comment from Young4Eyes in 3, 2, 1 . . .)
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin calls our attention to Conn Carroll's indictment of contraceptive Keynesianism:
The entire intellectual underpinning of President Barack Obama’s spending plan rests on the belief that certain types of government spending creates a "multiplier effect" which raises national income beyond the size of government’s initial spending increase. . . . So if Obama’s stimulus plan bails out California’s spendthrift government, and Sacramento then spends that money buying condoms for Nancy Pelosi's constituents, [neo-Keynesian economist] Mark Zandi wants us to believe that this entire transaction will increase GDP by $1.36 for every $1 in condoms Sacramento buys. Does anybody really believe this?Hmmm. Given Pelosi's San Francisco-area district, I'm not sure if buying condoms for her constituents actually qualifies as "birth control." But you see how easy it is to make this measure look ridiculous on economic grounds alone.
Perhaps some clever GOP researcher can find out how much money the latex industry gave the Democrats, so we can accuse Pelosi of being in the pockets of Big Rubber.
UPDATE II: Well, that didn't take long:
"Is the Obama administration caving to the right wing on family planning provision in stimulus bill?"See? If Republicans don't go along with Obama's agenda, we're divisive haters. But if Obama shrewdly placates conservatives, he's "caving." Hey, tough luck, lefties: If you wanted somebody who was 110% for your anti-baby agenda, you should have nominated Hillary.
Michelle Malkin rounds up the news on the "condoms under the bus" deal.