Cigarette Tax Bill Is Supposed to Raise $88 Million

Trauma Center Supposed to Cost $28 Million

There is Good Reason to Believe That Some of the Other $60 Million Will Fund Abortion & Contraceptives

According to Dem Gaz article Jan 27  the sponsor Gree Reep said the  cigarette tax bill would raise $88 million a year.  President Pro Tempore Bob Johnson, who supports the bill, said the trauma system would cost $28 million a year.

So  where is the other $60 million going?  Up to this point all I have heard talked about was the trauma center. 

But according to the above article,  the tax increase would go for “20 other health-related programs.”  Beebe said he believes the money will help provide the "basic fundamentals of health care.... throughout the state to low-income people who use community health centers and other programs in the plan... It is a comprehensive package. “  (In Obama's plan universal health care is universal abortion coverage)

Why hasn’t this part of the cigarette tax been emphasized? Why have they basically sold the bill on the $28 million for the trauma center and not told us where the $60 million is going or talked abut the comprhensive health care program?

I think they don’t want us to know that this health care will include family planning and tax payer abortions as soon as Obama is able to get the  Freedom of Choice Act passed. Obama told  Planned Parenthood,” The first thing I'd do, as president, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do." and on You Tube

This Freedom of Choice Act which Obama co-sponsored in 2007 would “if passed, invalidate every restriction on an abortion before the stage of viability, in every state, even those previously found consistent with Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court,  such as parental notification laws, waiting periods, and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.   It prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from denying or interfering with a woman's right to exercise such choices; or discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively. “(emphasis addedd.)  With the Democratic Congress it appears Obama could get it passed.

Most people don’t know that $87 billion package of the proposed US stimulus bill [more than 10%]  is set aside  to help states with Medicaid costs that would allow states to expand their family planning services.  “House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized a part of the bill's $87 billion package to help states with Medicaid costs that would allow states to expand their family planning services. Leaving a White House meeting with Obama on Friday, Boehner said, "How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives? How does that stimulate the economy?"

 “Family planning” to the liberals (as has been evidenced in their family planning program overseas when a Democrat is in the White House ) is just a euphemism for contraceptives and abortion.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, defended the spending. "The family-planning services reduce cost," she said. "The states are in terrible fiscal budget crisis now, and part of it, what we do for children's health, education, and some of those elements, are to help the states meet their financial needs."[Sounds a lot like sacrificing our babies to the God of mammon to me]

So just where is the $60 million ( over and beyond the cost of the trauma center that  Beebe plans to raise with the cigarette taxes) going?  Wouldn’t it be prudent for legislators to get exact figures as to where this money is going, just as they have the figures for the trauma center?

Beebe and liberal Democrats are aware of Pelosi’s Plan and have surely been in contact with those supporting it in Washington.  Now wouldn’t this cigarette tax ploy be a great way for liberals in Arkansas to cash in on matching funds from the federal stimulus package for Medicaid benefits to further the liberals’ agenda of taxpayer funded contraceptives and abortion?

If I and others who believe we have caught on to this scheme are wrong, all Beebe has to do is insert in his bill a simple line saying that no money raised from the cigarette tax can be used for Medicaid matching funds if the purpose of those funds is for "family planning" or contraceptives or abortion.  If he doesn’t add this line in the bill, hopefully some legislator on the committee or on the House floor will suggest this amendment to the bill to prevent this taxpayer money from being used for contraceptives and abortion.

 Posted January 27, 09

Debbie Pelley

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