Feckless Coward

April 30th, 2011

Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels now says he will sign a bill that will defund Planned Parenthood because they perform abortions. Not just of state funds, but of federal funds, including Medicare. Despite the fact that $0 of public money goes to abortions, despite the fact that 97% of their services are vital health needs for women, despite the fact that most (about 60%) of the people who depend on Planned Parenthood are below the poverty line, despite the fact that this move will threaten the health of women across his state, and despite the fact that this move will do nothing to stop abortions.

So, why is he doing it?

Daniels’ decision was closely watched since he is considering a presidential run. His earlier call for a “truce” on social issues had garnered the ire of social conservatives, and the bill was seen as a test of where he stood on such issues.

Oh, nice. Daniels is uselessly endangering women’s health and putting their lives at grave risk as a political move to slap liberals and pander to the right-wing core for the sake of his political career.

What a hero.

  1. Troy
    May 1st, 2011 at 05:40 | #1

    well it’s an actual bill and thus what Indiana wants, so there’s that.

  2. Luis
    May 1st, 2011 at 11:49 | #2

    Something tells me that if there were a referendum on it, it would fail, probably by a good margin, just like what happened in Wisconsin. We may be seeing a bit of a shift in control of state houses next election cycle…

  3. ken sensei
    May 1st, 2011 at 13:42 | #3

    Luis, this may be somewhat irrelevant, but I thought this WP article might interest you:


    Dems today filed the signatures to trigger a recall election against a sixth Wisconsin GOP state senator — and this time, they filed an astonishing 166 percent of the number required, the highest yet…[However,]GOP organizers fell short in signatures against four Dem targets.

    As you mentioned above, the tide could be turning in Wisconsin.

  4. Luis
    May 1st, 2011 at 13:46 | #4

    Too bad they can’t recall Walker, at least not yet. Even if Dems are successful in removing enough Republicans to take over the legislature, if they try to undo the damage done, Walker will just veto it. Walker can’t be recalled until next January, by which time he’s probably hoping enough voters will have cooled down to make it not happen. Hopefully, they won’t.

  5. ken sensei
    May 1st, 2011 at 14:41 | #5

    Ditto to that.
    I believe Walker will be recalled sooner rather than later. Those who elected him reported feeling betrayed by his unethical tactics. Many were surprised and dismayed by the way things transpired, without even a hint that he was bent on breaking unions while he was campaigning. The people of Wisconsin voted for a fiscal conservative, not a errand boy for wealthy corporations, but that’s what they got.
    Now that they see him for what he is, it’s time to recall Walker from office.
    I predict his days are numbered.

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