Mitt Romney Thinks He Can Just "Get Rid" Of Planned Parenthood (Which He Can't) -- And New York Dems Are Pissed!

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Former Massachusetts governor/wannabe GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's currently catching some heat from the left over comments he made about his desire to "get rid" of Planned Parenthood -- something he has no authority to do, even if he is elected president.

One of those worked up over Romney's comments is Jay Jacobs, the chairman of the New York Democratic Party.

Before we get to Jacobs, have a look below at what Romney said during a radio interview on KSDK in Missouri when asked yesterday about how he would determine which programs will lose federal funding:

My test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for? And on that basis, of course you get rid of Obamacare. That's the easy one. But there are others. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. There's a subsidy for Amtrak. I would eliminate that. National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities. Both excellent programs but we just can't afford to borrow money to pay for those things.

Again, even if he is elected president, Romney will have about as much power to "get rid" of Planned Parenthood as he does as a presidential candidate, which is precisely none.

What he means is he wants to cut federal funding for the organization -- Planed Parenthood is private, and not even the president of the United States can just wave a magic wand and get rid of it (although, cutting the organization's federal funding would be devastating -- about a third of its budget comes from government grants), even if that's what a President Romney would want to do.

Obviously, Romney knows he can't just get rid of Planned Parenthood, but "I want to get rid of Planned Parenthood" is much better sound bite when trying to appeal to the far-right-wingers, who are the folks GOP presidential candidates are trying to woo in these last stages of the Republican primary.

In any event, Jacobs seems to agree that Romney is using Planned Parenthood to kowtow to the far right.

Below is a statement Jacobs sent out a few hours ago calling Romney out on his BS:

"Mitt Romney has once again shown there are no limits to what he will say to pander to the extreme far right wing of the Republican Party - even offering to put the health care of millions of American women at risk if it means scoring a few cheap points with his party's base." Chairman Jay Jacobs said. "Since supporting the Blunt Amendment, Mississippi's personhood bill and flip flopping on abortion rights aren't helping Mitt Romney close the deal with his party's base, Mitt Romney has now decided to try an even more extreme and desperate strategy by promising to get rid of a 95-year old organization that one in five American women has depended on for health care services. "Mitt Romney just doesn't get it. America's women aren't interested in being pawns in his quest to pander his way to the Republican Party nomination for President. It's bad for women, bad for America, and isn't going to help him wrap up the nomination any time soon."

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rebel999
rebel999

Warning to everyone! The Republicans have a secret agenda to make abortions illegal and to permanently extend the Bush Tax cuts if they win control of the government in the next election. Is that what you America! Read my web page at www.mybetteramericaplan.com to see more about what the Republicans have done to America. 

Trust me, I'm on drugs
Trust me, I'm on drugs

James,Why is the entire human race so irretrievably stupid ?Would you please inform all the carbon-based bi-peds on the upper Atlantic Seaboard not currently in a coma or confined to the state hospital of a few realities:1. Politicians are allowed to say anything they care to so you will vote for them. And if and when elected they can forget all about you and your cheesy pre-November whinings... And guess what ? There isn't one damned thing you can do about it. Ya got swindled - live with it, fool. Good old Franklin D. Roosevelt, while driving through the South shilling for votes for the 1932 election, promised Black folks all kinds of crap. But in May 1933, when the chief dude of the NAACP came to see FDR in D.C., FDR hid in his bedroom and sent that "colored" fellow back home. What ? Equal rights for niggers ? Are you kidding ?That kind of shit could lose me too many white voters in the South !!!2. The more any P.O.S. politicker barfs up the Bible, the scary he becomes."Separation of Church & State" is an all too valid philosophy enacted for reasons that should be all too obvious to anyone living somewhere other than Swollenpenis, Alabama. And...3. Any human who has advanced his public career to assume the highest ( and most impotent ) office of all knows what the others who have gone before them know: God Does Not Exist ! I'm sorry, but I did not make up the rules; I'm just not dumb enough to overlook them.

Steve Tracy, Phoenix, Arizona

Alice in CrazyLand
Alice in CrazyLand

I wish we had other candidates to vote for in this election. Yuck. Thanks, Mr. King.

Hackwilsonblog
Hackwilsonblog

Hey liberal asshole,When you die and the Almighty is stanidng in front of you with a 12-gauge pointed at your Obama-loving ass, then you tell me he don't exist. Also, leave to a liberal to use the N-word. If I did, I'd be called a racist. Double standard.

Hack Wilson, blogger

James King
James King

Governor Brewer! You can talk about using meth on the Internet!

Chrigid
Chrigid

there's an invisible man in the sky who watches everything you do. And there's 10 things he doesn't want you to do or else you'll to to a burning place with a lake of fire until the end of eternity. But he loves you! George Carlin

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