Here's Mitt Romney's proposal for reducing the deficit, according to an interview he gave yesterday:I'm urged to donate to the Democratic Party "to fight back against Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and every Republican in Congress who repeatedly thinks a woman's health is their chip to barter."
"Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that."
That's right, he said he'd get rid of Planned Parenthood -- the more than 90-year-old organization that one in five American women has depended on for health care, and that for many women is their only option for cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, and critical preventive care. Apparently, we can't afford it.
Here's what he says we can afford: Protecting and expanding tax cuts for the wealthy, and "that includes the top 1 percent."
Mitt Romney's actually willing to cut off women's access to health care to help fund tax benefits for millionaires and billionaires.
If you had any doubts that these attacks are real, or think they're just a side effect from a nasty GOP primary season, consider this a reality check.
I looked up the quote to put it in context. Of course, Romney wasn't talking about hurting Planned Parenthood in any way other than cutting funding:
As for ways to reduce debt, he suggests a few cuts.There you have it. Make of it what you will. The lines are being drawn. Do you want these institutions starved?
"The test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it's worth borrowing money from [C]hina to pay for it? And on that basis of course you get rid of Obamacare, that's the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I'd eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities," he said.