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Dems Give DC Taxpayer Abortion, Drugs

From a joyous New York Times:

Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D -DC)

House Approves Bill That Would Ease Federal Grip on Washington


December 11, 2009

WASHINGTON — Congress took an important step toward granting the nation’s capital more control over its own affairs Thursday as the House voted to remove a measure that bars the city from using local tax money to help low-income women pay for abortions.

The legislation would also allow the city to legalize medical marijuana — a move that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in a referendum in 1998 — and to continue to finance needle-exchange programs.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat and the city’s nonvoting member of the House, said the bill’s passage represented a major breakthrough for home rule.

Removing the rider that barred financing for abortions was especially important, Ms. Norton said, because it “has created severe hardships for low-income women in the District.”

“It has singled out the District and its women for unfair and unequal treatment,” she added.

The legislation, which is expected to pass in the Senate next week, also blocks a measure that would have effectively prevented the city from paying for needle-exchange programs intended to reduce the spread of AIDS among intravenous drug users. It also ends the city’s school voucher program, which is federally financed.

Because Washington is not part of a state, Congress oversees most of its local system of government and approves its budget. For decades, federal lawmakers, most of whom live outside the city, have placed riders or “special restrictions” in the bill authorizing how city officials can use local tax dollars, and often these provisions went against the will of city voters.

In 1998, for example, federal lawmakers blocked the city from legalizing medical marijuana by adding a rider known as the Barr Amendment, sponsored by Representative Bob Barr, a Republican from Georgia who has since left Congress. That rider came after 69 percent of voters in a referendum supported medical marijuana. The new legislation removes that prohibition…

Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, said the legislation’s loosening of restrictions on abortions was especially disconcerting.

“The abortion rate in this city already exceeds 40 percent of all pregnancies,” Ms. Gibbs said, citing 2005 data from a report released by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on reproductive health issues. “It’s hard to figure out what the justification would be to increase funding and encourage even more abortions.”

City Health Department statistics, however, show that roughly 25 percent of all reported pregnancies in 2005 ended in abortion, and that figure fell to 15 percent in 2007.

Thursday’s legislation also marks the probable end to the city’s school voucher program…

This year Representative Jack Kingston, Republican of Georgia, added a rider to a bill that would have essentially reinstated the ban by prohibiting the city from providing money to any needle exchange program that operates within 1,000 feet of virtually any location where children gather…

The bill also removed a similar rider that would have prevented needle exchange programs anywhere in the country that receives federal money from operating within 1,000 feet of places where children gather

In November, Ms. Norton proposed legislation seeking to limit Congress’s role in deciding how Washington is governed. Her bill would continue to give Congress the power to overturn or impose laws in the District, but it would end the requirement that Congress sign off on each piece of legislation that is approved by the mayor and the City Council before it could become law.

The bill would also free the city from having to obtain Congressional approval of its annual budget.

How fitting that all of this is being promulgated by Eleanor Holmes Norton, who, even though she has no Constitutional standing, is allowed to introduce legislation, and allowed to vote it in committees — just not on final passage.

Never mind that Ms. Norton, like so many forgetful Democrats, neglected to pay her income taxes for many years.

That doesn’t stop her and her like minded friends from pushing through legislation to provide local taxpayer money for such necessities as abortions, marijuana, and needle exchanges.

And just in time for the holidays!

Meanwhile, these same Democrats also seek to kill public funding for school vouchers – which doesn’t cost any local tax money, since it is federally funded.

And won’t it be wonderful when the District will no longer have to get its legislation or budgets approved by the mean old Congress?

Washington will become a liberal Garden Of Eden.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dems Give DC Taxpayer Abortion, Drugs”

  1. canary says:

    And to top it off, the Washington DC area has the highest employment rate since Obama came into office. A year or so ago the did testing in the area outside homes of the air. They took tubes, sealed them, and tested them, and concentrations of illegal drugs were found in the air. Probably alot of gosh, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Can’t sleep lately. It must be something in the air. It’s not carbons.
    Meanwhile, Obama talks like statehoods should be absolved. . The extra $4 billion for minorities only the Black Caucus squeezed out of Obama by getting uppity, worked. It’s time for our rep’s to stop patronizing Obama just because he suffered an inferiority complex all his life.

  2. proreason says:

    There’s a lot of competition for liberal nirvana.

    DC, Detroit, Chicago, Gary Indiana, San Francisco, Cuba.

    From such a constellation, who could pick a winner?

  3. The Redneck says:

    They pay for abortions, encourage illegal drugs (and the resulting AIDS increase), and shut down poor peoples’ chance to get their kids into decent schools.

    Then they tell us it’s for the children.

    That’s not the infuriating thing. It’s irritating, but the infuriating and depressing part is that there are people dumb enough to believe it.

  4. solomon says:

    This is true about abortions, encourage illegal drugs (and the resulting AIDS increase), and shut down poor peoples’ chance to get their kids into decent schools. Someone has to stand for this… but question is who?


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