Monday, February 02, 2009

Why A Vote for Beebe's Tobacco Tax is a Vote for Abortion and Other Dot-Connecting

Lots of politicians in this state like to talk about how they are "pro-life". We are about to find out how many actually mean it. They are being asked to "give up" the unborn in exchange for what is likely an empty vague promise about "rural health care" centers.

Sure Governor Mike Beebe and the national Democrats have their trail covered pretty good, so that four years from now the "pro-life" legislators who vote for the tobacco tax (and thus for taxpayer funding of abortions in Arkansas) can have some fig leaf of protection that they "didn't know" about the plans for the excess funds from the cigarette tax. But they can know if they want to, because I am about to spell it out. The ones that are really pro-life will want to know, the posers will find a way to stay ignorant of what is going down.

I can see Beebe and company laughing at how those church people will help him get this "sin tax" passed, completely unaware how their piety is going to be used to provide taxpayer funding for abortion providers and contraceptive distribution to their 15 year old grand daughters.

The proposed tax increase will provide four times the money needed for the trauma center. Beebe is dropping vague hints about the rural "health centers" that will be funded with the excess, once again to dupe the church-going rural types into helping him pass something that they would be completely against if they knew what was happening in the background. Beebe can count on the state's loathsome print media to keep the lid on this thing until it is too late, and maybe even then.

You see, Beebe also says he wants the extra revenues to go after some unspecified "matching funding" that will be available through Medicaid. But Medicaid has been tightening its belt, where would they be offering more dollars? The answer can be found in the original "stimulus package" that new Democratic President Barack Obama offered. Over ten percent of the funding in the original plan was for matching Medicaid money for "family planning". This has always been a euphemism for contraceptives and abortion. The biggest receipient of such monies has traditionally been #1 abortion provider/referrer PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

The Republicans and some pro-life Democrats threw a fit over giving over 10% of the stimulus money for such a program, and so Obama took it out for now. Still, his intent is clear. His priority is known. Obama wants to increase Medicaid funding for contraceptives and abortion. The "rural health clinics" that the good Christian folks of rural Arkansas are hoping to see from this tax will offer abortions in their hometown.

Some liberals have countered that the Arkansas Constitution bans the use of public monies for abortion. That can be over-ridden by Federal law, such as the mis-named "Freedom of Choice Act". This bill, which Pelosi and Obama badly want passed into law, will basically ban the states from restricting access to abortion in any way. Combine it with the new Medicaid funding, and you have the perfect plot to bring abortion providers to rural Arkansas.

The critics are way off base in other ways too. For example, they assume smokers should be taxed more for health care because smoking causes health problems. While it is true that it causes health problems, the effect is normally to shave an average of about 8 years off the end of a person's life. In other words, smokers don't cost more in health care because they die sooner and do not live through the last decade of normal life where medical expenses really shoot up.

Representative Ed Garner has a plan to fund the trauma system without a tax increase. It would not have any leftover money to build abortion clinics in rural Arkansas or enrich the coffers of Planned Parenthood, it just funds the trauma system. Actually, it may fall a few million short of raising the 26 million dollars needed, but at a time when we have a 300 million dollar state surplus, it surely makes more sense to do it that way than to raise taxes for four times the amount needed for the trauma system.


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

If there are some rural folks out there who think a rural health center is that vital, they should build it with their own money. That way, THEY get to decide if abortions will be performed there. If they use Medicaid funds to operate it, Nancy Pelosi will get to decide if it will be used for abortions.

9:46 PM, February 02, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Moore,

I read and reread that bill. I don't see anywhere in that bill where the money raised from the cigarette tax will go anywhere in particular. All of those groups who think they are getting a sweet deal might just find out that those promises of rural health centers evaporate just as quickly as the one to eliminate the grocery tax.

10:52 PM, February 02, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

That is exactly right. The rubes all think that the money is going to them. Its going where Obama and Pelosi (and Beebe) want it to go- "family planning".

5:12 AM, February 03, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

The country folk are going to be shocked when their "health clinic" is a Planned Parenthood office. In liberal speak, abortion is "health care" so that in their twisted minds the libs are keeping their word.

5:14 AM, February 03, 2009  
Anonymous chuck said...

USNews is reports today that Arkansas is the 3rd worst state in which to start a business, stating:

"The Arkansas state government spends a lot of money. From 2000 to 2006, it had the 9th-highest increase in per capita state and local expenditures. Much of that money comes from sales and excise taxes, of which Arkansas has some of the highest in the country. But wherever all this money is going, it does not seem to be making Arkansas a better state for entrepreneurial innovation. It is not attracting knowledge workers--it ranks last among the states for the educational attainment of recent migants from other parts of the U.S. This relative lack of knowledge workers might be why Arkansas also ranks last for the number of inventor patents per capita."

Hmmm . . . let's see if we can piece this mystery together. We haven't had a car manufacturer locate a plant here even though other southern states have, including MS, AL & TN. What could be holding them back? Could it be our relatively mild climate? Nope. Our central geographic location? Nope, again.
Maybe it's the State;s one-political-party-for-more-than-a-century, tax-and-spend, stick-it-to-whatever-group-doesn't-have-a-lobbyist, government? Hey! I could be on to something here.

7:28 AM, February 03, 2009  

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