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No More Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood

'Taxpayers should not be forced to fund any non-profit capable of funding itself.'

I read with interest a Jan. 22 letter in the Concord Monitor questioning what the funding of Planned Parenthood has to do with the economy ("What happened to that economic focus," Sunday Monitor, Jan. 22). The answer? Quite a bit, actually.

Any time taxpayer money is involved, it is a matter of the economy. The clear message has been that the majority of taxpayers do not want any of their money to go toward abortions – neither directly nor indirectly through overhead and administrative costs.

More to the point, in these difficult economic times when we have been forced to deeply cut budgets, the taxpayers should not be forced to fund any "nonprofit" organization that's capable of funding itself.

In 2009, Planned Parenthood reported a profit of $21.7 million. In 2010 it reported a profit of $5.6 million. It claims economic hardship has forced it to turn away patients in need of prescriptions, yet its CEO last year made three times the salary of our governor.

The organization also spent nearly $700,000 on public affairs, over $151,000 on lobbying legislators and almost $450,000 on "improving its branding." It even had enough money to transfer more than $200,000 over to its political action committee. I'd say unnecessary taxpayer funding is very much correlated to the economy.

State Rep. Pete Silva, R-Nashua

NH House Deputy Majority Leader

Seamus Carty February 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM
It is a valid point if the organization they lead gets direct taxpayer dollars. If they are a for-profit company, why do they need subsidies?
LJoel Hackbart February 24, 2012 at 06:06 PM
"It's a valid point if the organization they lead gets direct taxpayer dollars". Alright. I am glad to see you agree with the occupy movement when they complain about the outrageous bonuses the bankers are getting after receiving hundreds of billions of tax payer dollars. "If they are a for profit company, why do they need subsidies?" I'm also happy to see you agree with President Obama that subsidies to the oil companies that are making record profits. should be stopped. It's equaly nice to see you disagree with the G.O.P who blocked the legislation to end them. Be careful when you set ground rules! Oops!
LJoel Hackbart February 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
www.telegram.com/article/20120223/NEWS/120229760/1052 www.politicalforum.com/...beliefs/...plans-hike-deficit.html - It's also interesting that Bush leaves 2 trillon dollars in war costs off budget. Obama is honest, puts them back on budget and the GOP than blames Obama for raising the deficit!!! Pressto changeo!!!! Be careful who you call stupid. I'll call you on it.
Diane Sheehan March 22, 2012 at 08:54 PM
He smokes, but he can't get pregnant.
Diane Sheehan March 22, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Excellent point!

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