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The all-but-here government shutdown isn’t about the budget. It isn’t really even about abortion. It is about pseudoscience, denialism and enshrining such stupidity into law.

No federal financing for Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions. Not because the government pays for abortions… it is forbidden to do so by the Hyde Amendment. But because Planned Parenthood primarily provides sex-ed, STD testing, HIV testing and family planning, Republican’s want to shift funds to state-governments, where governors won’t spend the funds.

• No local financing for abortion services in the District of Columbia.

• No foreign aid to countries that might use the money for abortion or family planning. And no aid to the United Nations Population Fund, which supports family-planning services.

• No regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency.

• No funds for health care reform or the new consumer protection bureau established in the wake of the financial collapse.

The pending budget deal already shreds protections for the lower class and the poor; the budget the Republicans want to pass would destroy those sectors in favor of the richest 1% of Americans. As Paul Krugman writes in The Times, it would return our discretionary spending per GDP to levels not seen since the Coolidge administration — nearly 100 years ago.

Are we building a future for America or destroying one?

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