Friday, March 19, 2010

What I Don't Want to Pay For

Some conservatives are blocking the health reform bill because some government money might be used for abortions. It’s a short-sighted position, not least because statistics show that countries that offer guaranteed health care that includes coverage for abortions have a much lower rate of abortion than we do here. That means that giving people universal health coverage does more to reduce abortions than not giving them that coverage because they might use that coverage for abortions.

But all of this has gotten me thinking about what I don’t want my tax dollars to be used for. For example, Viagra. Hey, if women can pay for their own abortions, men can pay for their own erections. Bet that wouldn’t get through Congress.

A few other things I’d rather not support:
  • Pre-emptive war
  • Faith-based anything
  • Medicare charges that are way out of line, just because they can be
  • Hundred-dollar hammers for the military
  • Fancy offices for government officials
  • Bailouts for financial institutions that pay bonuses to their employees, no matter how well they perform
  • Social security for multi-millionaires
  • Subsidies to big agribusiness
  • Earmarks like the infamous “bridge to nowhere”
I’m sure this list would be much longer if I knew how all of the dollars that disappear from my paycheck are spent on my behalf.


lucyfree said...

Good list. On my behalf, you can add torture, military contractors, energy subsidies for coal and nuclear power, subsidies for monoculture crops,training for police and armies of foreign dictators, CIA overthrows of democratically elected governments, and weapons for the Israelis to use on Gaza....

Edie Freedman said...

I knew I was leaving some key things out. Thanks, Lu.