Right-Wingers Trot Out New Misleading Myth About Obama's Stimulus
In recent days, conservatives have been stepping up their opposition to any stimulus proposal that favors smart spending over tax cuts for businesses. To push their arguments -- which most economists have discredited -- they have tried to call out wasteful spending in the bill. Last week, for example, House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., went on a tirade about funding to revitalize the National Mall.
This week, the focus is on contraceptives. House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, has claimed that the package would spend "hundreds of millions on contraceptives." Yesterday on ABC's "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos asked House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., about the provision. Pelosi replied:
Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now, and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those -- one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.
Today on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that if Pelosi "wants fewer births, I have the way to do this and it won't require any contraception: You simply put pictures of Nancy Pelosi ... in every cheap motel room. ... That will keep birth rates down because that picture will keep a lot of things down."
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