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March 2017



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And in other news, if you happen to feel like calling the White House comment line for oh, any reason at all today, that phone number is 202-456-1111.

See, here's the thing. I'm not going to rant about how Obama's betrayed me or how he has blood on his hands. This is politics, people, and expecting any politician to reflect my views a hundred percent kind of assumes that I'm the only subject position in the land. If you think about it for a little while, you'll see how silly that is. (And what a bad way to stay married, if you carry it home with you.)

But since I'm not the only subject position in the land, I think it's only fair to encourage other subject positions to make those positions known. Because this is politics, after all.

Again, 202-456-1111. 


When I first heard about it last week, my cynical side thought it was only in the stimulus package to be removed. That way the Obama administration could claim they were “compromising” with the conservative Republican legislators.

At least President Obama eliminated the global gag rule.

That's the way it goes. Gains and losses, and sometimes you take one to get t'other.

that was my take on it too. i would very much like this funding to be granted, but i would rather it be under another bill so it's not caught up in the "must stimulate economy directly" oversight hoopla.
I just called. I was on hold for about four minutes, and then a real, live person came on and took my message. He was rather curt, but potlite. I wonder how many calls he takes a day?

Anyway, my comments have been forwarded to the president, who, I am assured, is very interested in what I think.
Do you know - or do you, Bear? - if that's a number just for this issue, or a general line?

I just sent e-mail, but if that's a line which can be used in similar situations, it's going in my directory.

It's the general comment line.
It is even now in my cell-phone under "White House Comment Line."


And what you said in your original post - one piece of what you said, about the way that whatever one might wish for, there pretty much can't be a politician who supports everything I could ever want, the way I want it - is very much along the lines of what I saw someone say well before the elections, which made a deep impression on me. I won't reiterate it - you say it well. So thanks again, for that. The whole "I love you until you do anything that I don't like, after which I will hate you forever" attitude I see among, frankly, a lot of my friends and friendly acquaintances is so very borderline that it drives me crazy. Er. So to speak.
Sigh. Yes.

Other people do things we won't like all the time. Hell, I do things I would rather not do with some regularity.

Perfect is the enemy of good.

Hah. I've just been reading about Winnicott and the revolutionary concept of "good-enough" parenting he introduced. Perfect is the enemy of good in a whole lot of ways.
I hope it's a tactical move--win a stimulus package not based on letting the rich thieves keep more of their money, then bring in (or perhaps sneak in) birth control later.
It was busy. I'll take that a a good sign, and call back later.
The entire stimulus fight shows signs to me of being an endgame--a way for the Obama team to sight out which Reupblicans will support them, and which ones are cast-iron ideologues on who no effort to cooperate or conciliate should be wasted.

In that spirit, I'm waiting to see where the family planning funding bill pops up next.

However, Tim Geithner's #2 pick needs to go, and to that end I'm emailing and calling the WH.
Has that comment number always existed, or is it new to Obama's administration?

Obama announces the family planning money will be back.

A source present at today's White House signing ceremony for the Lilly Ledbetter bill tells me that President Obama gave assurances that the family planning aid would be done soon -- perhaps as soon as next week, when the House is set to take up a spending bill that would keep the government funded until October.

Obama emphasized that the family-planning aid "makes the budget look better, it's a money saver," the source said. In fact, removing the need for Medicaid waivers for family planning saves states an estimated $700 million over 10 years.

By removing the family-planning aid from the stimulus at Obama's request, Democrats "were giving a nod to the Republicans, believing they would act in good faith," the source added. And given how many GOPers voted for the stimulus bill, sounds like the family-planning aid is back on track.
See? I like this man. We may not always agree 100%, but I feel like he's on my side.