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Friday, May 9, 2014

Time to end corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood

Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)

The following is an open letter to the Bloomington City Council.

----Original Message Follows----
From: Scott Tibbs [mailto:tibbs1973@yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:59 PM
To: mayert@bloomington.in.gov; ruffa@bloomington.in.gov; sandbers@bloomington.in.gov; sturbauc@bloomington.in.gov; grangerd@bloomington.in.gov; spechlem@bloomington.in.gov; rollod@bloomington.in.gov; neherd@bloomington.in.gov; volans@bloomington.in.gov
Subject: Time to end corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood


Once again, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is asking you for a grant from the Jack Hopkins social services funding program, and once again I am imploring you to reject their application for corporate welfare. This annual farce needs to end, and this is the year to end it.

The Hopkins program is supposed to be a "one time" investment for a specific project or program, but since PPINK has come to you year after year asking you to give them other people's money, the idea that this is a "one time" situation is a laughable farce. PPINK even admits on Page 2 of its application that this is for operational funds. It is one thing to force us to subsidize true one time investments (though office furniture and computers hardly represent a pressing social service program) but forcing us to subsidize PPINK's operating budget is a bridge too far.

In the most recent fiscal report on its website, PPINK reports taking in $14,397,299 and spending $14,343,147. The budget surplus is not as huge as it has been in past years (making your repeated handouts to them even more absurd) but given how wealthy PPINK has been historically, it is not fiscally prudent to give them yet another handout.

Simply put, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky does not need another handout from city government. There is more than enough money floating around between the national organization and all affiliates that the limited funding in the Hopkins program can go to deserving organizations.

Of course, the most offensive part about being forced to fund Planned Parenthood for thousands of your constituents is not that PPINK does not need the money, but that PPINK performs abortions at its South Walnut facility every Thursday. It is wholly inappropriate for city government to force taxpayers to subsidize an organization that performs an act we find morally abominable, regardless of whether the money goes to "abortion services."

It is time to stop disrespecting your constituents - to say nothing of the truly needy organizations who are denied funding - by abusing the Hopkins social services fund to issue a political endorsement for pro-abortion politics. Please deny PPINK's funding request, and use the money entrusted to you by taxpayers in a more fiscally responsible and less morally abhorrent manner.

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At May 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Mike Newton said...  

"Time to end corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood."

But not for the Koch brothers, Big Oil, corrupt defense contractors, or any other corporate parasites? It's sad that religious obsession blinds you to the worst corrupting influences in America, rapists of the economy and the environment. Your party worships at the altar of Mammon while blithely ignoring the orders your alleged savior left for dealing with the poor. "Christian conservatives" rank among the most egregious of all modern hypocrites.

At May 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM , Blogger Scott Tibbs said...  

When have I ever supported any corporate welfare? I have opposed corporate welfare for pro sports on many occasions.

At May 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Scott Tibbs said...  

In any case, the Bloomington City Council does not give money to the Koch Brothers or Big Oil.

At May 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Mike Newton said...  

"I have opposed corporate welfare for pro sports on many occasions."

I must have missed those. Still, hardly the most egregious offenders.

"In any case, the Bloomington City Council does not give money to the Koch Brothers or Big Oil."

From prior readings of your blog, I hadn't realized your geographical focus was so narrow...or, dare I say, parochial? Nonetheless, I stand by my judgment of "conservative Xians," re. their widespread worship of wealth and disdain for the poor. The very opposite of Christlike behavior and, no doubt, a one-way ticket to Hell, if that mythical place existed.

At May 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM , Blogger Scott Tibbs said...  

Here is one example. Here is another.

But ultimately, your argument is a red herring logical fallacy. Instead of directly addressing why a billion-dollar industry is deserving of a slice of the very limited pie doled out to social service agencies annually, you point to this or that or the other thing.

I'm not interested in playing that game.

At May 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Mike Newton said...  

Nor, obviously, in addressing the rank hypocrisy of your party or your religion. That's gotta sting.

At May 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM , Blogger Scott Tibbs said...  

The "rank hypocrisy" exists only in your imagination. Show me where I have supported any kind of corporate welfare, and you can talk about hypocrisy. Until then, you have nothing but your fantasies.