Nan Rich: Florida Republicans Take Federal Funds Only if It Promotes "Extreme Agenda"

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This nice chastity belt is apparently a better investment than preventing child abuse.
Florida's Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich isn't too happy today about the state's Republican leadership's rejection of $50 million in federal funds to protect people like at-risk kids and senior citizens, then turning around and accepting $2.6 million of federal coin to promote the state's abstinence-only program.

The Weston Democrat says the state's Republicans love to champion their refusal of cash from the feds but then have no qualm with taking the money if it "advances their extreme agenda."

Florida Republicans have long said they can't take money from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because it's just so darned unconstitutional. Problem is, the $2.6 million for the sex-is-the-devil program came from the same fund. Whoops.

The state's abstinence-only program, which is run by the Florida Department of Health, ain't exactly healthy.

In Florida, abstinence until marriage is considered the "expected societal norm," and religious organizations are encouraged to be part of the program.

All the nutty details on that can be found here, courtesy of the Department of Health.

That's why Rich is asking that Republican legislators cut the crap with health-care funding and stop "pandering to their tea party supporters," according to a statement from her office:

The reasoning for shunning the money is dubious at best. Legislative leadership is willing to overlook their opposition to federal health care reform, and take federal funding in one case because of a 'long-standing commitment' by the state to abstinence-only programs -- even though studies show these programs aren't effective. But when we have an evidence-based program like the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that has been proven effective in decreasing teen pregnancy, they put politics ahead of good policy...

With all of the dramatic cuts to critical services the Republicans have leveled on Florida because of their blind obedience to a failed economic policy, severing the few remaining lifelines so many young and elderly depend on is not only cruel, it's unjustifiable. It's time they put the good of the people over pandering to their tea party supporters.

Other programs that were denied funds by the state Legislature include teen pregnancy prevention, child abuse prevention, hospice and community health centers, and moving old folks from nursing homes into home and community-based care, among others.

Those apparently aren't problems, but people having sex outside of wedlock -- preposterous.

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Can you make a comment without being completely insulting.  People all political viewpoints want to save money and we should be able to look at the actions of both sides without being berated and insulting, which would actually be a bit more mature.  Taking public funds while railing against it is hypocritical.  If that is a guiding principal of your party, have some integrity and reject the funds.


LOL, Nan is another Democrat Dult.  Boo Hoo Hoo Nan.  Your party has already Bankrupted this once Great Country, and all you Dems know how to do is spend other peoples money.

If you Dems believe so strongly in this farce you call protecting at risk kids and elderly; put your money were your mouth is and fund it with your donations. The state would be more than happy to use your donated money to fund this wasteful program that really only enriches those connected to the bureaucrat's at the taxpayers expense.

Stephen Feller
Stephen Feller

You should do a little research and find out where those funds actually go to and how many people are helped by the programs receiving the money. It's not about connections at all, it's about first come, first served. Do some reading, it might ease your aching brain.


Dear Mr. Shithead,

She is merely exposing the hypocrisy of taking money to promote an abstinence-only program while rejecting money OUT OF THE SAME FUND to promote projects that don't suit their extreme right-wing  agenda. It's apparently okay in your world to protect the rich and let the elderly and young to fend for themselves. Teabaggers and other fucktards who are willing to take this country down to prove a political point are, IMHO, traitors.


LOLOL, you meatheads are so easy. Look at what you Libtards have done to this country in the few short years that you have had a monopoly on the Government. You have bankrupted this country and lost it's AAA rating. If this is what you Libtards are all about; I'll take the Conservative ways every time.Carter, Clinton and Obozo - the three Dems of my Lifetime - all a complete disaster.Oh, I almost forgot LBJ who had JFK killed because he cut Taxes.

Good new campaign slogan for you Dems - We want your money and we are willing to kill you for it!

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