Just call him “Chuckie … open mic … Schumer!

Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, began to instruct his fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process.

After thanking his colleagues — Barbara Boxer of California, Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — for doing the budget bidding for the Senate Democrats, who are facing off against the House Republicans over how to cut spending for the rest of the fiscal year, Mr. Schumer told them to portray John A. Boehner of Ohio, the speaker of the House, as painted into a box by the Tea Party, and to decry the spending cuts that he wants as extreme. “I always use the word extreme,” Mr. Schumer said. “That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”

A minute or two into the talking-points tutorial, though, someone apparently figured out that reporters were listening, and silence fell.

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Obama uses shill “Catholic” groups to front for back door government funded abortions in health bill

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During a Wednesday teleconference sponsored by the left-leaning religious organizations Catholics United, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Faith in Public Life, both White House Director of Domestic Policy Melody Barnes and President Obama denied that the health care bill would allow for federally funded abortions.

But according to Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, “public support for abortion is on decline, and the President knows that openly advancing an abortion mandate in health care reform is unpopular with the American people.”

“Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Obama’s statements conflict with the proposed legislation. Americans demand an explicit exclusion of abortion coverage, not more obfuscation and confusion from the President and his allies,” she added.

Note how presidential aid Melody Barnes deceptively speaks for the President “out of both sides of her mouth”:

One caller asked Barnes whether Catholics interested in seeing universal health care coverage had to be worried about abortion coverage.

“The president has said it’s longstanding policy federal funds won’t be used for abortion coverage,” Barnes said, adding that people “should be able to purchase coverage that reflects their values and basic needs.”

On July 17, 2007, Obama addressed a group of Planned Parenthood staff and supporters. Planned Parenthood is the largest purveyor of abortion in the world.  

He said, “In my mind, reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care. And so it is at the center and at the heart of the [health care reform] plan that I am proposing.” He further stated, “We’re going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don’t have health insurance. It’ll be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services.”
 
(Editor’s note: “Reproductive health care” is code for ABORTION.
 
As of today, the Hyde Amendment is still in effect, so Barnes is (technically) telling the truth.
 
Unfortunately, the Hyde Amendment applies ONLY to Medicare and would not limit abortion funding in any aspect of the NEW government-run health care system. If the new health bill becomes law, abortion will then indeed be paid for by federal money.
 
They don’t call Barack Obama “the ABORTION President” for nuthin!)

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