Posted by: Randy Allgaier | January 29, 2009

Is Chris Matthews off his Rocker? Family Planning and the Stimulus Package

The big mouth of MSNBC who gives new meaning to the word “bloviate” who said he had a thrill go up his leg when he heard then-candidate Obama speak his soaring campaign rhetoric must be over compensating his clear admiration for President Obama. Mr. Matthews can take credit, along with other misogynists for the removal of the family planning provisions from the stimulus bill by his lack of understanding of the bill. THANK YOU CHRIS! NOT!

In recent editions of “Hardball” the bolviator in chief has criticized parts of the stimulus package and has given Rush Limbaugh more of a megaphone than he already had and seems to be salivating as much as Mr. Limbaugh to see President Obama fail.

He is no better than the right wing trash talkers sometimes because he clearly doesn’t do his homework. He is neither Rachel Maddow nor Keith Olbermann for that matter. While I agree that my fellow Cornellian, Keith Olbermann ’79 can be strident he clearly reads and does his homework. Ms. Maddow- well she is a brilliant- pure and simple.

Mr. Matthews goes off half cocked on inanity and he seems to do nothing but read talking points that find the most salacious aspects of whatever topic enters his head.

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, has a long, long history of misogynist talk, and this week was no different. Republicans were up in arms over President Obama including $200 million in funding for family planning in his economic stimulus package, even though everyone knows that this will save the government a large sum of money (besides providing innumerable benefits for women’s health). And Chris Matthews is laying down all of the false talking points on family planning with typical glee and sadly can share the credit for this provision to have been struck from the bill

Matthews inanity made him spew – “I don’t know. It sounds a little like China . […] I think everybody should have family planning and everybody believes in birth control as a right. I’m for — abortion is a right and all that. It’s all right. But why should the federal government have a policy of reducing the number of births?”

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has claimed that the package would spend “hundreds of millions on contraceptives.” Yesterday on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) about the provision. Pelosi replied:

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

Clearly Mr. Matthews wasn’t listing.

He joined Boehner, Limbaugh and other idiots -throwing out insults, distorting and simplifying the facts. Here is the actual text from the stimulus package’s summary:

State Option to Cover Family Planning Services. Under current law, the Secretary has the authority under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to grant waivers to states to allow them to cover family planning services and supplies to low-income women who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid. The bill would give states the option to provide such coverage without obtaining a waiver. States could continue to use the existing waiver authority if they preferred.

Like other portions of the stimulus bill, this measure would not only aid states, but also provide preventative, cost-saving health care to help low-income women support their families and keep working. It focuses on access to recommended services and contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies and promote maternal and infant health — not abortion. An upcoming Congressional Budget Office report estimates that this change would save $200 million over five years and $700 million over 10.

No one would be forcing states to pay for family planning services. States can now cover low-income women if they get a state waiver, but approval can take a long time. Despite these bureaucratic hassles, 27 states have already “obtained federal approval to extend Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to individuals who would otherwise not be eligible.” This bill would simply allow states to skip the administrative delays.



  1. Contraception is good for the economy and saves most taxpayers money on average. Short-term, it reduces the revenue loss from deductions and child tax credits, and releases money (net even after loss of credits) and productive time to parents or would-be parents. Long-term, it reduces demand on basic resources (like oil, copper, etc.) and reduces the cost and pressure for alternatives to the rest of us. BTW there is no legitimate advantage of any kind, social, economic, etc; to population growth once density like ours has been reached.

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