What the Voters Said

There are several versions of what the voters said in November. According to most Republicans they agreed with the party’s meat-ax approach to budgeting. And as usual this interpretation gets repeated so often it has become a political given. Upon closer examination, however, it is clear that the first order of business for new-elected conservatives was to de-fund NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood and a plethora of other GOP targets, intermingled with a right-wing social agenda none of which would have any significant impact on the deficit.

It was infuriating to see Mike Pence standing smugly beside fellow Republican Senators after the passage of restrictive abortion measures aimed at Planned Parenthood. Is this what voters were saying in November or just the far right trying to resurrect an agenda from its ultra-conservative catalogue of things to do. First we are told the election was all about fiscal responsibility. But the House majority found time to re-work their partisan structures in an effort to engage their so-called values voters. Haven’t all but the most desperate advocates of overturning Roe v. Wade grown tired of the endless debate about a woman’s right to choose? With the country in despair about its financial condition do abortion and family planning really deserve a place at the table?