Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Open letter to Governor Pete Ricketts

 

Open letter to Governor Pete Ricketts:

 

Unwanted pregnancy is a public health problem falling unequally on the sexes, with the female being physically affected, subjected to potential medical complications, and traditionally burdened with nearly two decades of direct responsibility for the care, feeding, and education of another human being, whereas the male’s participation in this responsibility is largely voluntary or, when involuntary, limited to financial contribution. If you had any guts, you’d propose the following legislation:

 

(1) Immediately enact a so-called “life tax” to provide for public funding of “life services,” defined as prenatal health care, treatment for medical conditions arising from pregnancy, and care, including medical care, clothing, food, shelter, and both education and special education as needed, for any infant born to a mother who would otherwise have chosen to abort it. Life services would continue until the child is 18 years old.

 

(2) Establish residency requirements, for access to such support, similar to those already established, for example, for tuition at post-secondary institutions.

 

(3) Require DNA testing of mother, infant, and father (when the father can be ascertained) when an infant is born to a mother who would otherwise have aborted it. Costs of such testing would be paid by life tax revenues. If necessary, use test results to identify the father.

 

(4) Require, by law, the father to contribute half of the costs incurred in providing life services to mother and infant, and provide for an 18-year lien on the father’s earnings if necessary, with an extension to such time as the state is re-paid half of the life services costs. Include in this law a provision that the father’s parents are liable for this contribution if the father is a minor.

 

(5) Immediately establish comprehensive sex-education programs in all public schools, the curriculum to include effective contraception. Withhold certification from private schools that do not institute such a curriculum.

 

(6) Immediately provide birth control services for all individuals who want them but are unable to afford them. Pay for these services through the life tax. Services would include oral contraceptives, Plan B, condoms, patches, injections, and all other forms of artificial birth control to individuals over the age of 14. These services would be available in school health centers.

 

(7) In the event that an infant born to a mother who would otherwise have obtained an abortion requires long-term care or services due to a congenital condition, then such care and services would be provided by the state and funded by life tax revenues.

 

(8) In the event that pregnancy results from rape or incest, the mother would receive a lifetime stipend for carrying the fetus to term and the state would fund all services resulting from this birth, including counseling, adoptive services, and treatment of any medical conditions, including mental or emotional ones, resulting from the conception and delivery of this infant. In the case of rape or incest, residency and means requirements do not apply.

 

(9) The overall impact of this program, including life tax and life services, will be reviewed every ten years by qualified consultants from outside the state. Life tax will be adjusted annually to ensure revenues adequate to support life services programs.

 

We have, of course, not even started to consider the social costs of unwanted pregnancy brought to term, and I’m not sure there is any real way to calculate those costs so that the public in general, and male legislators in particular, appreciate their impact on society. We do know that social factors such as lack of education, poverty, and crime are linked at least to some degree, and that “quality of life” factors are important for the attraction of business to a particular region. So c’mon, Pete, man up. Propose this tax and push it through with a special session. In other words, make the state pay for your personal beliefs and sexual politics.

 JJJr

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Pro-life campaign speech for Jim Pillen

 

Okay, Jim Pillen, I received your pro-life mailing today and as a result, wrote a campaign speech for you. Feel free to use this speech in all your campaign appearances. Here’s how it goes:

 

You all know how strongly I profess the Christian faith and hold a pro-life position in all matters. Therefore, as governor I will propose the following legislation:

 

(1) Immediately enact a so-called “life tax” to provide for public funding of “life services,” defined as prenatal health care, treatment for medical conditions arising from pregnancy, and care, including medical care, clothing, food, shelter, and both education and special education as needed, for any infant born to a mother who would otherwise have chosen to abort it. Life services would continue until the child is 18 years old.

 

(2) Establish residency requirements, for access to such support, similar to those already established, for example, for tuition at post-secondary institutions.

 

(3) Require DNA testing of mother, infant, and father (when the father can be ascertained) when an infant is born to a mother who would otherwise have aborted it. Costs of such testing would be paid by life tax revenues. If necessary, use test results to identify the father.

 

(4) Require, by law, the father to contribute half of the costs incurred in providing life services to mother and infant, and provide for an 18-year lien on the father’s earnings if necessary, with an extension to such time as the state is re-paid half of the life services costs. Include in this law a provision that the father’s parents are liable for this contribution if the father is a minor.

 

(5) Immediately establish comprehensive sex-education programs in all public schools, the curriculum to include effective contraception. Withhold certification from private schools that do not institute such a curriculum.

 

(6) Immediately provide birth control services for all individuals who want them but are unable to afford them. Pay for these services through the life tax. Services would include oral contraceptives, Plan B, condoms, patches, injections, and all other forms of artificial birth control to individuals over the age of 14. These services would be available in school health centers.

 

(7) In the event that an infant born to a mother who would otherwise have obtained an abortion requires long-term care or services due to a congenital condition, then such care and services would be provided by the state and funded by life tax revenues.

 

(8) In the event that pregnancy results from rape or incest, the mother would receive a lifetime stipend for carrying the fetus to term and the state would fund all services resulting from this birth, including counseling, adoptive services, and treatment of any medical conditions, including mental or emotional ones, resulting from the conception and delivery of this infant. In the case of rape or incest, residency and means requirements do not apply.

 

(9) The overall impact of this program, including life tax and life services, will be reviewed every ten years by qualified consultants from outside the state. Life tax will be adjusted annually to ensure revenues adequate to support life services programs.

 

I, Jim Pillen, am completely convinced that my pro-life Christian Republican colleagues in the legislature will stand firmly behind this legislation. Nebraska will then become a national model for Christian Republican pro-life governance!

Charles Herbster unfit for public office?

 

Comments on the Herbster candidacy:

 Charles Herbster is unfit for public office. The kindest thing that can be said about Mr. Herbster is that he is not smart enough to understand that the former president's willful ignorance about science is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans. That means he is not smart enough to hold elective office in a complex, technology-dependent, society.  His mailings proudly display his scientific ignorance relative to COVID-19, a virus that has killed nearly a million Americans, thousands of which can be laid on the desks of elected Republicans, including the former president, their disdain for vaccines and masks, and their delusion that mandates are somehow an attack on American freedom. American science has provided the only weapons even partially successful against this pandemic disease, an enemy “against which political genius and military valor are utterly useless” in the words of historian Hans Zinsser. There is a long list of Republican officials who are either not smart enough to understand that simple biology lesson, or don’t care about the impact this disease has had on families and our health care system. Herbster’s latest mailing flouts Kristi Noem as a model for how responsible officials should handle COVID. South Dakota ranks far ahead of Nebraska in terms cases per capita and has nearly three times the rate of COVID deaths per capita. Anyone running for Nebraska governor should be smart enough to figure that out before bragging about an administration far less successful than that of Lancaster County.

Obviously COVID is only one aspect of an administration’s challenges. But Nebraskans deserve better than someone who is either not smart enough to understand what his advertising is telling us about his scientific illiteracy, or believes we don’t care, even after watching such ignorance play out at the national level. Herbster also flaunts the fact that he is the only candidate endorsed by a former president who has appeared in court 3,500 times and settled multi-million dollar fraud cases in two states, one of which has enjoined him from ever operating a charity again. The public record of those 3,500 cases reveal a person with no sign of the kind of honesty and respect for the law that the vast majority of Nebraskans cherish and exhibit. C’mon, Republicans; you can do better than Charles Herbster, a lot better. I’ve been a registered Republican since 1958 and you do not represent my values, not at all.