Partly because it’s been awhile since I’ve called out a politician for being an idiot, but Jeb Bush really stepped in it this week.
If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood as secretly taped videos from the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress have been released. The videos have renewed calls for stripping Planned Parenthood of its federal funding (none of which goes toward abortions) which is around $500 million annually.
But Jeb Bush took things one step further yesterday when he said, in response to defunding Planned Parenthood,
You could take dollar for dollar – although I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues – but if you took, dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist, federally sponsored organizations, to provide quality care for women on a variety of health issues.
I would argue that Mr Bush is correct – we don’t need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues. We actually need more.
You know what else we maybe don’t need? Maybe we don’t need to spend over half a trillion dollars on the defense budget – more than the next 8 countries combined.
I’m guessing this one might hurt him with women voters.