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Congrats GOP: Now Gimme!!

11/03/2010 Comments (13)

Congratulations to you GOP on your tremendous victory Tuesday.  Congratulations to you too, future Speaker Boehner.  I know you have many things you believe are part of your mandate.  That’s great.  Have at it.  But first gimme what I want.  NOW.

I know you want to ban earmarks.  That is great.  I support that.

But first gimme a permanent Hyde amendment.

I know you want to repeal the individual mandate.

But first gimme a permanent Hyde amendment.

I support extending the Bush tax rates.

But first gimme a permanent Hyde amendment.

Trying to repeal Obamacare is fine.

But first gimme a permanent Hyde amendment.

Here is the thing, GOP.  I have stuck my pro-life neck out for you too many times and have precious little to show for it.  I have defended you as the party of life even though you have denied me many times in my hour of need.  But I still supported you.  So now I say, gimme.  Gimme now.

In your “Pledge to America” you said…

“We will permanently end taxpayer funding of abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment.”
“We will establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion and subsidies for insurance coverage that includes abortion, this includes enacting into law what is known as the Hyde Amendment. We will also enact into law conscience protections for health care providers, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals.”

And I believed you. We gave you what you wanted, now give us what we want, and give it to us first.  Not second, not later, not after.  Now.  First.

So GOP, so Speaker Boehner, congrats, gimme my permanent Hyde amendment and gimme it now.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.