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Meanwhile, the wealthy need more tax cuts?

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 26, 2006 5:13 AM PST
Urban Indians fear loss of health clinics;
17 of 34 urban health clinics may be axed under Bush budget proposal
.

>> President Bush?s 2007 budget proposal to zero out the $33 million allocation for urban Indian health clinics. At least 17 of the 34 clinics across the country may have to close their doors, while the rest would be forced to cut services.

Some 60 percent of American Indians and Alaska natives live in urban areas, according to the Census Bureau. And for years ? decades in some cities ? they have been receiving health care at clinics in or near the cities where they live. Providing health care to all Indians has been part of the government?s trust responsibility.

?Many tribes are viewing this as an assault on trust responsibility,? said Geoffrey Roth, executive director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., noted during a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing last month that even though the proposed cuts could be restored, ?I think some of these cuts ... clearly sends out the wrong signal to Indian Country as to what our belief and our fulfillment of our obligation to Native Americans is all about.? <<

Meanwhile, in Republican-controlled Texas, Women struggling with cuts to clinics
Funding changes bring hard times to W. Texas family planning services
.

>> Through her divorce and the struggles of raising three girls on her salary at the Sonic Drive-In, there was one thing in Tanya Wilson's life that came easy.
Every three months, Wilson drove to the Planned Parenthood in her Panhandle hometown to get a birth control shot for free, most times with little or no wait. It was a great relief for a 34-year-old woman who didn't want any more children but lacked money for a tubal ligation.

Suddenly in January, her relief turned to stress. Wilson was among hundreds of patients across 17 counties who learned that the clinic they relied on for birth control, annual exams, Pap tests, breast cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease tests and other services was closing because of funding cuts triggered by two little-known provisions tucked into the state's budget last session.

[Meanwhile], Yet Republican Senate Finance Chairman Bill Ogden is skeptical of the outcries, saying the complaints seem more about "turf protection and employee protection" than denying women services. "There is not a single piece of evidence that anybody has offered to suggest that those changes have hurt an individual out there," said Ogden, of Bryan. "I would argue that it could have conceivably helped." <<

Only if your view of proper women's health is barefoot and pregnant!

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Your tired over used mantra of
by duckman / March 26, 2006 5:34 AM PST

"tax cuts for the rich" have nothing to do with this

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I'm not wealthy DK, but I sure could use for tax cuts. Maybe
by Kiddpeat / March 26, 2006 5:47 AM PST

if we both lobbied for them, we could make some headway, and build a coalition to reduce taxes.

How about it?

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Neither of the clinics should have operated anyways
by dirtyrich / March 26, 2006 5:52 AM PST

so its fitting that they should get the ax. So, my money has been going towards free health care for Indians when I have trouble getting some myself?
As for women worried about not getting pregnant... they just should not have sex. Plain and simple.
Everyone likes to whine, but abstinance is the best form of birth control. Cheap and 100% effective. When individuals cannot afford to raise children, birth control simply allows an easy-out option for the morally weak. It's easier for parents to buy birth control for their daughters than to spend the time raising them to make smart decisions.

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The Konkel Chant - haven't heard it for awhile
by Mac McMullen / March 26, 2006 6:09 AM PST

Wonder if revenue from the local casino's have ever been used to help the local areas ?

As for that 34 year old single mother perhaps she can be taught all about abstinence; how it would fit nicely within her budget; how it would overcome any pregnancy problems; how it would relieve her of the necessity of regular trips to a government facility, and how it would provide her more time for her children.

And then, I'm reminded of something. The President only ''proposes''. The Congress ''legislates''. And if I've read you correctly in the past, "My question to you, Dave", ...With a President who doesn't enjoy the support of his own party, and never vetoes, where's the problem ?

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New Bush scandal...
by J. Vega / March 26, 2006 11:30 AM PST

Since Dave's anti-Bush campaigning is the same old thing, I thought I'd give him some new fodder.
I just stumbled across a new Bush scandal. Remember the Dubai ports deal?
Ever seen a Church's Chicken restraunt? They merged with Popeye's Chicken, so they are the same company. Well, Church's (Atlanta-based AFC Enterprises) has been bought by Cajun Holding Company., which is an afiliate of Atlanta-based Crescent Capital Investments.
Crescent Capital Investments is a private equity arm of First Islamic Investment Bank which represents investors from across the Middle East from its headquarters in Bahrain.
There you go, Dave, you can complain that Bush compromised the security of our fried chicken (grin).

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