Not Satire: GOP Preparing to Use Debunked Propaganda to Push For Government Shutdown

ted-cruz-stinksShutting down the government is typically the act of a political party that’s behaving like a petulant child who’s not getting their way. They accomplish almost nothing and ultimately just end up costing taxpayers a lot of money.

That still hasn’t stopped Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz from stating that he supports shutting down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood. If you recall, Cruz also led the charge for our last government shutdown in 2013 concerning funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Just like in 2013, if the government is shut down, it will have been for nothing – because there’s no possible way Republicans like Cruz are going to win this fight.

Not only that, but all of this anti-Planned Parenthood nonsense is based on highly edited videos from a radical anti-abortion group that have already been debunked as misleading and inaccurate.

It’s amazing to me to watch members of a political party push this rhetoric against Planned Parenthood that’s not based on facts or even reality, but propaganda from an advocacy group. Hell, during the second GOP presidential debate, Cruz actually tried to claim that Planned Parenthood has committed multiple felonies. Meanwhile, Carly Fiorina claimed the videos contained footage of a fetus with a beating heart, kicking its legs on a table while employees of Planned Parenthood talk about keeping it “alive” to harvest its brain.

There’s just one problem with both of those claims: Neither are true! 

First, if members of Planned Parenthood had committed “multiple felonies” as Cruz claims, I’m fairly certain someone would have been arrested by now.

Then as it relates to this supposed video – it doesn’t exist

Again, all of this “shutdown the government to defund Planned Parenthood” nonsense is being driven by highly edited videos put together by a radical anti-abortion advocacy group. There’s a reason why this group selectively released these videos over several weeks as opposed to taking them directly to the FBI or some other law enforcement agency. If this was really about Planned Parenthood breaking the law (which they haven’t), that is what this group would have done.

Not only that, but 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with providing abortions. A lot of what Planned Parenthood does revolves around providing contraceptives for people to lower the number of unplanned pregnancies – which actually reduces abortion ratesIf anything, it can be argued that Planned Parenthood does more to prevent abortion than any other organization in the country.

But even going beyond that, not a single dollar from the government goes toward providing abortions. In fact, it’s illegal for Planned Parenthood to use any federal money to perform abortions. So, when Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood, all they’re really trying to do is strip away funding for the 97 percent of what the organization does – which is provide various vital health care services for women.

The bottom line is, Republicans are pushing us toward another possible government shutdown based on debunked propaganda from a radical anti-abortion group – and it’s yet another shutdown they can’t “win.” Not only do they not have the 60 votes needed in the Senate to avoid the filibuster, but they certainly don’t have the 67 votes needed to override a veto by President Obama.

So, if the government is indeed shut down, we’ll literally be looking at exactly what we saw in 2013: A shutdown that has absolutely zero chance at accomplishing anything positive for the country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Marie S.

    These psychopaths should be impeached and tried for treason to the American people if this is allowed to happen again!

    • strayaway

      The last shutdown occurred 12 days after the Republican House delivered a budget to the Democratic Senate and the Senate chose to sit on it refusing to negotiate. About the only point of contention was that Democrats didn’t want to eliminate Obama’s new tax on medical equipment.

      • Marie S.

        So you are saying it’s the Democrats ‘fault’ because they didn’t want to eliminate a tax…..and that makes them the bad guys who shut down the government? Why is it not the Republicons fault for not just compromising that point?

        So glad I’m not associated with either party….bunch of BS and very disturbing people running this country.

        Now….Bernie Sanders, he’s is the REAL DEAL. He’s creating a groundswell, a grassroots effort that has surpassed Obama’s effort at this point in that election. Watch out for TSUNAMI SANDERS.

      • strayaway

        No, you over read my point. You blamed Republicans for shutting down the government. I just pointed out that the Republican House had done its part but that Senate Democrats let the clock run out and refused to compromise or even negotiate. The previous budget Republicans offered was also rejected. It included shutting down the (un)ACA and freezing the budget. The second budget offered by Republicans was mere face saving gesture. They agreed to increase the national debt ceiling and removed their language to eliminate the (un)ACA. Republicans compromised about 90% but Senate Democrats preferred to allow the government to shut down rather then even negotiate the one sticking point; that of Obama’s new tax on medical devices.

        Best of luck with getting Bernie to be your nominee. Big money doesn’t like him. That’s why Uncle Joe was sent to the warmup pen should Hillary falter. Big money doesn’t Bernie.

      • Marie S.

        And that’s just the way we want it! NO rich people’s money. Bernie will not be beholden to corporate donors like all the rest will be. We will support Bernie and I think perhaps others don’t realize just how many there are of us. 😉 We are creating a political revolution to get rid of all the corporate politicians, lobbyists and bankers. Look at the list of donors for all the candidates. One stands out. He’s the only one worth voting for.
        And as far as I have read, it’s the Repubs who never compromise and have the distinct honor of being the most worthless bunch ever!

        We can do this if we all UNITE and create the change together. No one man or woman can do that for us.

      • strayaway

        I can think of one time Sanders compromised. I don’t know his reasoning. He was the chief Senate sponsor of a bill to audit the Federal Reserve. When the bill passed the House and went on to the Senate, Sanders watered it down so badly that most of its sponsors considered it a defeat. It was sort of like Elizabeth Warren’s watered down consumer protection bill that wound up being a puppet of the banks it was supposed to regulate.

      • MyLovelyNose

        Without any details, like the name of the bill and factual proof that Sanders’ “watered it down,” you only have empty assertions. Of course, you can post a link and think that proves anything. It doesn’t. It’s just a string of characters, not an argument, not facts, not proof. People who post naked links only prove that they don’t have command of facts.

      • strayaway

        I copied part of an article but the moderators chose to remove it. If you go to The Hill website and look up the article dated May 7, 2010, you will find most of what you are looking for. The article is titled, “Ron Paul says Bernie Sanders “sold out” on Fed amendment”. I’m too lazy to look up the bill number but that is reference to it. From the article, “Bernie Sanders has sold out and sided with (Sen) Dodd to gut audit the Fed in the Senate. His “compromise” is what the administration and banking interest wants”. You see, those weren’t “empty assertions” so you look like a fool now as a consequence.

        Remember in the first debate when Sanders rolled over and piddled saying that it didn’t matter what was in Hillary’s emails? When the going gets tough, Sanders buckles. I hope that isn’t the case because I like Sanders better than his psychopathic opponent.

      • MyLovelyNose

        But YOU like big money, don’t you? You’d fall on your fat little posterior and urinate yourself for money, wouldn’t you? Yeah, the guy who mows the lawn for the fatcat always wants to think the fatcat likes him just for who he is.

      • strayaway

        I like the way your mother raised you. She must have been quite the lady.

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  • Mainah

    Not again. They have no idea how many small businesses they impacted the last time. What total dinks. Really beneath contempt.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Article is correct in saying 2013 was for nothing – in the sense of not having a rational reason.

    However, from memory, the “for nothing” cost the economy something like $ 28 billion.

    • Frank LaDonna

      24 billion