January 24, 2011

Where Proabort Illogic Leads Us: National Review Makes Great Points, Needed to Go Further

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:47 pm

In an editorial this morning (“Ho-Hum Horror; Roe at 38″):

Obama did not refer to the word “abortion” (in his official statement “celebrating” the anniversary of Roe v. Wade), preferring instead to discuss “reproductive freedom” and the “fundamental principle” that “government should not intrude on private family matters.” The stories about Gosnell were a little less abstract. They told of a clinic where dirty instruments spread venereal disease, cats roamed and defecated freely, and some patients died. The state government conducted essentially no oversight; administrations of both parties wanted to keep abortion as free from governmental intrusion as possible.

Gosnell’s Philadelphia clinic’s lack of hygiene is not the detail that has captured the most attention, or inspired the most outrage. It turns out that Gosnell frequently, perhaps hundreds of times, fully delivered intact fetuses and then used scissors on the newborn. In his words, he engaged in “snipping” to “ensure fetal demise.” In many cases, the fetuses were in the third trimester.

This procedure, sometimes called a “live-birth abortion,” is illegal. But not thanks to President Obama. As a state legislator in Illinois, he argued that the law should offer no protection to neonates if they had been delivered before viability. He said that protecting them would violate Roe v. Wade and undermine the right to abortion. What looked like infanticide to most people was for him, it must be inferred, a “private family matter.” When Gosnell applied his scissors to pre-viable children, he was, on Obama’s terms, merely exercising a cherished freedom.

Credit Obama with a real insight: The physical location of a human being conceived five months ago may mark the difference between whether he is considered a “fetus” or an “infant,” but it cannot mark a moral difference. Nor can it make a moral difference whether this being is partly inside the womb.

Start with the correct view that location does not matter; add the liberal view that partial-birth abortion is justified whenever an abortionist says so; and it is hard to escape the conclusion that a live-birth abortion is justified whenever an abortionist rules it the safest method of killing.

… In the academy, as well, liberals have been notoriously unable to articulate defenses of abortion that do not justify infanticide, and not particularly eager to try.

… Concluding his statement, President Obama said, “I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.” Let us commit ourselves to ensuring that our sons and daughters have the opportunity to live; an opportunity cruelly snatched away from more than 50 million human beings since the day the president commemorated.

If location doesn’t matter, and it doesn’t, then there’s really nothing to stop a parent or parents, as long as they have guardianship responsibilities, from making “private” decisions to kill their underage child for any reason.

If location doesn’t matter, and it doesn’t, there’s nothing to stop a guardian — or a doctor overruling a guardian who wishes to provide care — from denying treatment or ordinary care to senile, dementia-ridden, or otherwise “inconvenient” dependents or patients.

Indeed, location doesn’t matter. That’s why protection of life from conception to natural death is the only morally viable position.

Lucid Links (012411, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:16 am

Interesting Admission of the Weekend, via Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters: “Krugman Shocker — 1990s Economic Boom ‘Had Nothing Much To Do With Bill Clinton.’”

Everyone should know that. It arose primarily from the first two years of the Gingrich Congress, the capital-gains tax cut of 1997 … and now-Ohio Governor John Kasich.

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Mudville Gazette (HT Instapundit) looks at what happened to certain former military members involved in the Iraq antiwar movement. Instapundit’s succinct summation: “They used to be useful idiots. Then they stopped being useful.”

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Bias at the Blade (HT Maggie Thurber) — Tom Troy’s contrasting descriptions of Policy Matters Ohio and the Buckeye Institute give away his disposition:

The Cleveland-based (Policy Matters Ohio) think tank didn’t disappoint in its Dec. 30 statewide news conference in which it issued a sharply worded statement in support of public sector collective bargaining, a challenge to what Ohio’s labor and progressive community sees as an anti-union agenda from the state’s new governor, John Kasich.

“Labor and progressive community”? Which leftist flyer were you cribbing from, Tom?

Note that Troy doesn’t directly describe PPM as liberal or leftists. For the record, here’s how far left:

In 2008, the Nation magazine named Policy Matters the most valuable state or regional organization in the country.

Our mission is to create a more fair, prosperous, sustainable and inclusive Ohio, through research, media work and policy advocacy. Ohio faces enormous challenges from the global recession, three decades of deindustrialization, rising inequality, and global warming.

The Nation describes itself as “the flagship of the left. PPM must have missed the memo that “global warming” is now “climate change.” Add PPM to the believers in what has clearly been exposed as the global warming hoax.

The Blade’s Tom Troy isn’t at all cryptic about the Buckeye Institute:

Recently, the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions offered an alternative opinion on the subject.

The core problem is that public-sector employees in general are making way more than the private-sector people who pay their salaries, and that collective bargaining is creating most of the unwaranted advantage:

According to U.S. Department of Labor data for 2009, the average wage in collective bargaining states was $51,064 for state workers and $41,457 for local government workers, while the average wage in states without collective bargaining was $46,025 for state workers and $32,560 for local workers, (the Buckeye Institute’s) Mr. Mayer said.

That’s before figuring vastly different health, retirement and other benefits.

USA Today’s August comparison showed that the total comp package for state and local workers averaged $69,913, compared to $61,051 in the private sector. Correlating with the Buckeye Institute’s numbers, it look like all or nearly all of the roughly $8,900 difference would be found in the states with collective bargaining.

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The aforementioned Ms. Thurber has a very informative post on “me-too” union contract clauses.

I’m guessing that most people don’t know about these (until today, that included me), which she explained four years ago:

When it comes to union negotiations, government unions have it made. Most contracts with public unions contain what’s known as a ‘me-too’ clause. Meaning that anytime a union within the government’s jurisdiction gets a benefit, the other unions get it too.

In some instances, this is politically expedient…if you’re able to negotiate a 2% pay increase with one union, you’ve got better standing for sticking with a 2% pay increase for other unions.

But in other instances, such provisions are extremely costly and negate the value of the concept of ‘negotiation.’

On Friday, she further noted that “me-too” turns into “not us” when contract concessions occur, at least in Toledo:

the city – meaning council and the mayor – have previously agreed that any ‘economic’ benefit that the Firefighters or the Command Officers may negotiate, regardless of what they give up in order to get it, must be given to the members of the TPPA (The Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association). These are the legally-binding terms the city must meet as they approved the contract and the language.

One-way “me-too” is apparently pretty common. It’s also a taxpayer ripoff — in both directions.

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“Politico’s Photo Trickery.” Here’s the photo. No bias there, eh?

Positivity: Maine Family Robinson — Winter In America

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

Nice story.