What John Boehner and the rest of the GOP are calling a “Slush fund” is the Public health and prevention fund that provides critical health services that all Americans depend on, especially women. The GOP is actively trying to convince the rest of us that we should be in favor of supporting an immoral bill that would eliminate 600,000 cancer prevention screenings for women across the country in order to prevent the student loan interest rates from doubling for college students. This stands in direct contrast to what Democrats are proposing, which is to simply end the taxpayer funded subsidies the oil industry receives. As it stands, the student loan interest rates are scheduled to double from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, 2012, and so our elected representatives are faced with a moral choice.
This issue is fundamentally about the priorities we hold as a nation, and involves the choices our elected leaders make about what we value in America. Do we value the health of women in this country? If given the chance, would we choose to prevent our wives, mothers and daughters from getting cancer? Or, do we value profit over people? Do we value protecting the privileged in this country by placing a higher priority on oil subsidies for billionaires like the Koch brothers rather than preventing women from getting cancer?
Unfortunately, the choice that an overwhelming majority of conservatives in the House of Representatives made when faced with this choice was to continue protecting oil subsidies for people like the Koch brothers. After all, the Koch brothers were born privileged, and believe they are ‘entitled’ to free money from all of us, so their children can be born privileged too.
Why did the GOP pass this bill? The obvious reason is so they can continue protecting and enriching the ‘privileged’ members in society, who fund their re-election campaigns. More importantly, however, the GOP passed this bill because it is in line with their ideological vision for America. This vision involves the pursuit of one’s self-interest to the dismay of everyone and everything else, including the destruction of the environment. To make matters worse, conservatives are making sure we continue to use taxpayer dollars to rely on dirty, unsafe fuels of the past, even at the expense of preventing women from getting cancer!
It’s obvious that no one would be in favor of denying potentially life saving screenings for women to prevent cancer. This is morally wrong, and goes against the values we hold dear in this country. This is exactly why the GOP created the “Slush fund” frame to make it appear that Democrats are being selfish and are engaging in corruptive practices in order to line the pockets of special interests. When viewed through the lense of this frame, who is going to support the use of a “slush fund” for private gain?
The incredible irony here is that this is exactly what members of the GOP are guilty of doing. The GOP is literally “framing” Democrats for their actions, since they are completely selfish and are engaging in corruptive practices in order to line the pockets of special interests. The GOP “Slush fund” is enormous in scope and was set up to purposely transfer wealth from all of “us” to a select few of “them.” This and other frames are being used to justify inflicting draconian budget cuts on all of us, while they laugh all the way to the banks that they own with their latest tax cut.
For a visual of what this transfer of wealth into the GOP “Slush fund” looks like, take a look below.
This is the what happens when we vote for conservative politicians in Washington. Our choice to vote for the GOP leads to a “path to prosperity” for the top 1% that is being paved by a path to poverty for the rest of us.