Manic Monday


It’s the start of his first full week in office.  Kind of interesting.  Pulls out the TPP, and wants to renegotiate NAFTA, too.  I support that move.  Then does the usual Republican thing with abortions, which I wish would just stop.  Enough political back and forth between the Right & Left on that.  His plan to defund Planned Parenthood is a bad one.  Not because of the actual funding issue, but the reasoning behind it.  It’s not consistent or honest.  Myself, I would prefer it if PP were completely privately funded but able to bill the .Gov just like other hospitals.  It removes the political sword from their necks and gives them the autonomy they need, and should have, to operate with their best interests in mind.  I say this as somebody who is pro choice but very much against abortion.

I’m none too happy on his picks for education or the FCC.  His education pick has no damn clue about public education, though I am for charter schools.  His pick to head the FCC has been in bed with cable and telecom so much that I’m pretty sure it’s their logos on his underwear.  Tom Wheeler was a very welcome surprise but I don’t think we’ll find the same advocate in Ajit Pai.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.


  1. Planned Parenthood is so political that they are not really a charity. And I understand my Roman Catholic friends view that having their money taken by force to fund a group that kills what they believe to be a fully human being is a real violation.

    A wise man once said that a government is foolish if it tries to outlaw something even a third of its people hold dear. How wise it it to fund by taxes that which half the people find evil?

    1. Agreed, as an organization they are incredibly political. However, the services they provide to women are significant and are well beyond just abortions. I cannot discount that. To me, the best thing for everyone is for them to be fully privately funded with the same billing rights as any other facility providing the same medical options.

      Personally, I truly despise abortion as I see it as a life cut short, but I am not blind to the realities that may force women to make that choice.

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