The Heritage Foundation found 12 anti-family provisions in the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which Congress passed and the president signed into law late last year. These “gifts” have gone largely unreported. However, their impact will be felt for decades. Summarized, they are as follows:
- Elimination of abstinence education.
- Spreading the wealth.
- Needle exchange
- Planned Parenthood funding.
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
- International family planning.
- Limiting free speech.
- Ending the D.C. Scholarship Program.
- Public funding of abortion.
- Taxpayer-financed domestic partner benefits.
- Legalized medical marijuana.
- Needle exchange for drug abusers in D.C. with restrictions lifted regarding proximity to schools, day cares & youth centers.
We express our gratitude to Heritage for wading through a law of this nature to figure out some of the more important details.
If you want a mind-boggling experience, just read the outline of the law and click on a few of the topics. If you scroll through the list of departments, agencies, programs, etc., you’ll get some idea of where your tax money is spent. As I looked through the list, I was struck with the “National Institute of …” items. I opened several and found that literally billions of dollars are being spent on such things as aging, arthritis, and deafness through these National Institutes, all creations of Congress. Imagine what the “gift list” would look like if all the “goodies” had been found in this euphemistically named “appropriations bill”!