Republicans, Please Tell Us Again How You’re The Fiscally Conservative Party…

boehnercantor1111This is not an article about the abortion debate per se. More specifically, it’s not an article about the merits or fallacies of the arguments of pro-life or pro-choice camps. It’s also not an article about whether Obamacare is good or bad policy, or even whether it is cost effective. If you are looking for that type of article, or to have those kind of debates, this isn’t an article that is going to address either of those topics. What this article is about, however, is the exorbitant amount of money that the Republicans in Congress have been spending in their attempts to pass frivolous legislation, and by frivolous I mean legislation that either the President will never sign or legislation whose state analogs have already been held to be unconstitutional.

For a party that calls itself “fiscally conservative,” the term couldn’t be further from the truth. Rather than spending time (and taxpayer money) working on legislation that has an iota of passing, House Republicans would rather waste your money passing abortion legislation and attempting to repeal Obamacare an astonishing 37 times; legislation that will never, at least under the current Administration, become law.

Regardless of whether you believe abortion should or should not be legal, or is or isn’t moral; the fact still remains that every time the GOP controlled House of Representative spends their time on abortion legislation (HR 1797 their current little project) – that the President will never sign/they will never have enough votes to override a veto on – they are wasting your taxpayer money and getting paid to BS on your time. First off, that is not being fiscally conservative and second off, most of us would get fired if we kept working on something over and over again that we knew our boss would never sign off on.

In addition to the amount of time and money wasted on legislation that will never become law – because the President has been very clear he will not sign a 20 week abortion ban and that he “strongly opposes” said piece of legislation – the same exact type of state legislation (a 20 week ban on abortion with relatively no exceptions) has also just been ruled unconstitutional in Arizona. So, not only will the bill not become law, if it ever did become law in the future, there is a good chance it would be struck down. In essence, for the purposes of sheer symbolism, the Republicans in the House are perfectly OK with taking a few million dollars and lighting it on fire. How about those spending cuts? House Republicans claim they are fiscally conservative? Pffff… malarkey!

Or how about Obamacare? Rather than looking to amend it and to fix the parts that may not be so great, in order to get to something better, House Republicans would rather drop a whopping $55 million of your money to repeal it. Fiscally conservative? I think not. Naturally, this is in addition to the average $174 thousand that Congresspeople get paid annually.

To summarize, the fact remains that:

1) The majority is not for a 20 week abortion ban so House Republicans are representing a very small minority position and at an exorbitant cost.

2) I repeat, the president will never sign the legislation, so it’s a frivolous waste of time and tax money. It’s the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and over and expecting different results.

3) On top of being a frivolous waste of money (because it will never pass and because 2 courts have already struck down analogous state legislation as being unconstitutional), it further distances the GOP from women who see this as an attack on their privacy, freedom, and liberty. Therefore, it hurts their chances of winning elections in 2014, which isn’t good for the country in the long run. Why is that not good for the country, you ask? The fact remains that we need two viable and legitimate parties to come to the table and discuss actual issues like taxes, jobs, deficit reduction, etc… in order for us to get to the most viable bipartisan solutions. One party rule across the board, while ideal in theory to many, is usually not ideal for the country as a whole to be successful.

In closing, the GOP can choose to be the anti-choice, anti-Obamacare party that not only holds those policy positions but also looks to pass legislation on those two issues, or they can choose to be the fiscally conservative party. But so long as they continue to spend our tax money frivolously, they can’t be both.

Ilyssa Fuchs

Ilyssa Fuchs is an attorney, freelance writer, and activist from New York City, who holds both a juris doctor and a political science degree. She is the founder of the popular Facebook page Politically Preposterous and a blog of the same name. Follow Ilyssa on Twitter @IlyssaFuchs, and be sure to check out her archives on Forward Progressives as well!


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