Budget Cutting? Well, Just Imagine Judgment Day & Dream of Taxes

OK, I knew the state budget battle involves a lot of symbolism – the heartless versus the spendthrifts, as previously noted at some length. I didn’t realize it was inspiring fantasies.
But apparently so, at least in the case of the proposed Senate Republican cuts for the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination, which strives to combat infant mortality. And from opposing sides.
Tennessean columnist Gail Kerr imagines Republicans trying to explain the cut on Judgment Day. Rep. Stacey Campfield says on his blog that he had ab entirely different fantisy as he was drifting off to sleep. Just goes to show, i guess, that folks think about things in entirely different ways.
The Kerr column is HERE. An excerpt:
Have they no shame? No moral compass whatsoever? Tennessee ranked an abysmal 47th in the nation for the number of babies who die before their first birthday in 2003, and Gov. Phil Bredesen dedicated $4.6 million — matched dollar for dollar by federal money – to stop that.
Guess what Senate Republicans stripped from the budget last week? Yep. The folks who fight abortion as immoral and anti-Christian don’t seem to care too much what happens once a mother gives birth. Can you imagine how they’ll explain that on Judgment Day?”
“Well, Lord, it was like this. We believed life begins at conception, and we’re against ending those lives. Once the babies are born? You’re on your own, kiddo. It’s a tough world. And we don’t tolerate slackers.”
It’s heartbreaking hypocrisy.

Campfield’s commentary is much shorter (link HERE) and goes, in full, as follows:
Last night as I was drifting off to sleep I was thinking about the budget and the political games the Democrats are playing. I was thinking about how they are all jumping up and down about the infant mortality study money.
Do they really care about the babies or is this just a political game? How serious are they really? What are they willing to do to keep funding up for this project?
Would they be willing to vote for a $50.00 tax on every abortion preformed in Tennessee to keep funding up?
Would they be willing to impose a $10,000.00 professional privilege tax on abortion doctors for the “Privilege” of killing unborn babies with the funding going to the infant mortality study?

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