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Is GOP Anti-Life?

By The Reverend Published: May 13, 2011

Oh my.

A number of Catholic academics have signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner encouraging him to reconsider his political party's policies of stripping services from the most vulnerable while simultaneously giving the wealthy more tax breaks.

Quick review.

All but four House Republicans voted for the now-infamous Ryan budget. As detailed here several times, Paul Ryan's budget is better acknowledged as a Roadmap to Ruin than the laughable "Roadmap to Recovery" label the Wisconsin representative attached to it.

The GOP budget would cut deeply into government programs for the poor, the elderly, the disabled and the vulnerable in our society. The plan would abolish and replace Medicare, with seniors paying thousands more for lesser coverage than they have now. Seniors would be subjected to the snake oil sales tactics of for-profit insurance companies to negotiate their medical coverage under Ryan's plan.

Medicaid would be block granted to states. The disabled, who account for a vast amount of Medicaid dollars, would receive less and less assistance under the GOP plan.

Ryan's GOP plan to take from the elderly, the poor, the children and the disabled...and then give what they've taken to our nation's largest corporations and our richest citizens in the form of tax cuts and tax breaks has, rightly, been deemed Reverse Robin Hoodism.

Apparently, Catholic academics have seen enough. Here's a portion of what they told the Crybaby from Ohio....

Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings. From the apostles to the present, the Magisterium of the Church has insisted that those in power are morally obliged to preference the needs of the poor. Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress.

The 2012 budget you shepherded to passage in the House of Representatives guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society. It is particularly cruel to pregnant women and children, gutting Maternal and Child Health grants and slashing $500 million from the highly successful Women Infants and Children nutrition program. When they graduate from WIC at age 5, these children will face a 20% cut in food stamps. The House budget radically cuts Medicaid and effectively ends Medicare. It invokes the deficit to justify visiting such hardship upon the vulnerable, while it carves out $3 trillion in new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.

The letter to Boehner goes on to call current GOP policies.....wait for it...."anti-life."

In a letter speaking on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Stephen Blaire and Bishop Howard Hubbard detailed the anti-life implications of this budget in regard to its impact on poor and vulnerable American citizens.

Who knew that Catholic academics could be so shrill?

The academics admonition to Republicans....

A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons. It requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.

The irony of the "party of life" being labeled anti-life by the Catholic Church is really quite amazing when you think about it.

From the inception of the despicably hateful Moral Majority down to the "compassionate conservative" Reign of Terror of George Junior...the Republican Party has insisted that they represent life, that they are the pro-life political party.

The truth has always been just the opposite.

Now, the Catholic Church is finally recognizing that truth.

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