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Sen. Vitter's Family Values Kick



Senator David Vitter (R-La.), shown at a congressional hearing on the state of the war in Iraq, September, 2007. (File photo - Getty Images)

With his 2010 reelection campaign looming, Sen. David Vitter (R-Very Serious Sin) is beating his family values drum.

The Louisiana senator has introduced an amendment to the omnibus spending bill before the Senate to drastically cut funding for family planning programs.

Vitter's amendment states that "none of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be made available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Service Act."

His family-planning amendment is one of dozens of social-related measures Vitter has introduced this Congress as he seeks to shore up his bona fides with conservative voters.

Lest we forget, Vitter hasn't exactly shown himself to be a paragon of family values, which may be why he's aggressively traveling his state trying to woo social conservatives in the face of potentially serious primary challenges in a race filled with zany characters.

One of a handful of Republicans who has expressed interest in challenging Vitter is Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. And the entry of porn star Stormy Daniels, winner of the 2007 Golden G-String Award, into the Senate race -- comedy or not -- has served as a reminder of Vitter's "very serious sin."

As you might expect, Planned Parenthood is irate about Vitter's amendment, especially in the midst of a recession when health care is least affordable.

"It's unconscionable to try to strip our funding at time when so many people are relying on us -- but that's exactly what Sen. Vitter and his allies are trying to do," said Cecile Richards, the organization's president, in an email to supporters.

Vitter's office didn't return a call seeking comment on the amendment.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 4, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
 
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Vitter is capitalizing on the notion that when many Americans hear "Planned Parenthood," they think "abortion clinic." PP provides much-neeeded gynecological and obstetric care to uninsured and underinsured women, and we all know that there are far too many that need help. It's a shame that a hypocritical diaper fetishist like David Vitter stoops to such levels to try and boost his family values cred, and it's even more shameful that many Louisianans will probably buy it. Stormy Daniels would be an improvement.

Posted by: smlave | March 4, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

So hookers are "family values" these days? I wonder what the ladies at Sen. Vitter's favorite flophouse would think about this amendment...

Posted by: mbmclaughlin | March 4, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Pro-Choice is not Pro-Abortion, for instance, my wife and I just found out that one of our unborn twins will be born with a serious heart defect that will require three open heart surgeries before he is 4 years old, then, he will need a heart transplant before he is 20.

We were give n the choice to abort the child through "selective reduction".

We are pro choice and our choice is to fight for his life no matter how difficult it will be for all of us.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Agreed - and underlined - pro-choice is not pro-abortion. But please give women, especially women who are counting every penny and whose health insurance (if they have it at all) does not pay for any sort of birth control. Raised as a Baptist, it was drummed into me from early on that the Catholics wanted all those babies (read: objected to birth control) so they could one day take over the world. Silly and superstitious of course, but there is a weird parallel between the 50s Babtists and the evangelicals of today: every baby a potential convert. Where's God in all this? I propose NO WHERE. This is not about a higher being but once again about earthly power. Give me power over my body and my choices. Amen.

Posted by: suwwichmann | March 4, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Vitter is hypocrite scum.

He bought hookers who would dress him in a diaper, change his dirty diaper after he soiled it, wipe his bottom, and then provide a "happy ending".

Louisiana deserves better - and anyone who votes for Vitter deserves what they get...

Posted by: onestring | March 4, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Since sex workers do not usually have health care coverage in this country, they should be able to get some basic services at Planned Parenthood. We shouldn't put politics into the universal health care debate and Senators shouldn't put their private parts in sex workers.

Posted by: cyberfool | March 4, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

If Muslims have to work extra hard to show that they can be members of American society, then Christians do too.

Anymore I assume that all "Christians" are repulsive, hypocritical death-cult members like our friend Vitter here. And until decent people who call themselves Christians cast out and refuse to acknowledge the fundie-cultists as Christians, they deserve to lumped together with them. Fair's fair.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | March 4, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I really find this man disgusting. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling.

I cannot find another way to rationalize the conservative "values" movement than to term it a self-centered, narrow-minded attempt to impose their will on others. And on issues that don't even affect their day-to-day lives. If these men and women truly believed in God and in the moral code God set forth, they'd drop the judgment and the hysteria about what OTHERS are doing and realize that we'll each be required to answer on our OWN (if there is a God) when we die. Until then, LEAVE ME ALONE.

Posted by: Jitterbug | March 4, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

How does this "drastically cut funding for family planning programs"? The same amount of money is being spent, whether the amendment passes or not. It just can't be spent on/by Planned Parenthood. Has it ever dawned on you that maybe, just maybe if you have to lie to persuade people that you're right, maybe you're not right?

Posted by: neilflynn | March 5, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Heehee.

He looks like he watches porn......:-)

Posted by: toritto | March 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Family values should be defined by family units. They should never be left to hypocritical politicians to distort. Planned Parenthood is a vital organization as stated by smlave. They also give counseling on exactly what their name implies,planning parenthood. Do you ever wondered how many unplanned babies the mob that protest in front of Planned Parenthood clinics have adopted?
JRM2, I hope things turn out psitively for you and your family. Your children are fortunate to have such dedicated parents as yourself and your wife.

Posted by: crookedtoe69 | March 5, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"pro-choice is not pro-abortion"

There are only two choices:
1) abortion
2) Giving birth

You know that Abolitionists recognize the inherent vileness of this practice when they have to use nonsensical cover words to hide behind.

They want to spread confusion among non-thinking people as if there are a whole range of medical practices which women are not allowed to "choose". Reality is their only one.

Planned Parenthood is under federal investigation for botched abortions and other illegal activities, including covering up rape, and they netted a profit in the millions from their abortion practice last year. They should not be getting federal money.

Posted by: LogicalSC | March 5, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

This sentence is patently false, "The Louisiana senator has introduced an amendment to the omnibus spending bill before the Senate to drastically cut funding for family planning programs."

Why do you represent it that way?

What the amendment does is restrict funds going to Planned Parenthood.

Without getting into whether excluding PP is good or not - it's not an amendment that 'drastically cuts funding'.

Posted by: mimio00 | March 5, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

No correction? Seriously? No wonder no one reads this blog.

Posted by: mez_ | March 5, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | March 5, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Senator "Diapers" Vitter is just another Republican phoney. Instead of sending him money for what I hope will be a failed senatorial run, his followers should send him boxes of DEPENDS.

Posted by: GuinnessJ51 | March 5, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

bigbrother1 said: "If Muslims have to work extra hard to show that they can be members of American society, then Christians do too."

They already do, Christophobe. Christians are the most charitable people in this country.

Since the murder of thousands of American citizens weren't plotted in a single attack in the name of Christianity, it's not like Christians have as much to do to improve their image as the Muslims do. You're a blithering idiot to put the two on the same level.

Posted by: ynot4tony2 | March 5, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm rootin' for Stormy! I hear she might not run though; too much of a pay cut!

To Vitter, Craig et. al: Judge not lest ye be judged.

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | March 6, 2009 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey Akers, Sen. Vitter will be a Senator from Louisiana for as long as he wants to. Better guess use to it. Here in Louisiana we appreciate his values. They are a hell of a lot better than those put forth by your buddy the Democrat Mary Lying Landrieu. This is her last term. Get used to it Ms. Liberal.

Posted by: poptoy1949 | March 6, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Hey Akers, Sen. Vitter will be a Senator from Louisiana for as long as he wants to. Better guess use to it. Here in Louisiana we appreciate his values. They are a hell of a lot better than those put forth by your buddy the Democrat Mary Lying Landrieu. This is her last term. Get used to it Ms. Liberal.

Posted by: poptoy1949 | March 6, 2009 9:23 AM

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His values - crapping a diaper while with a hooker - you appreciate this more than Landrieu because she's a Democrat and you accuse her of being a liar ? How about the lies this clown has been telling his constituents ? You know, the one about having family values ? If those are his "family values", he's got one seriously screwed up family. At what age will he teach his sons that it's OK to buy hookers, act like a deviant, and then go home to mama like nothing happened ? And what will he teach his daughters ? That's it's OK to BE a hooker that cleans up a middle aged guy who craps a diaper ?

Jesus, man, if you like this nutjob you're as sick as he is. No wonder Louisiana is so screwed. Him and Jindal and people like you. Let the good times roll!!!!

Posted by: dennissuper | March 6, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

DID MR. VITTER USE PROTECTION DURING HIS FALL FROM GRACE OR DID HE EXPOSE HIS WIFE AND OTHERS TO SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES? NOTHING LIKE THE NEWLY REDEEMED TO SHOW THE REST OF US HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN.

SINCE MY RELIGION DOES NOT REQUIRE ME TO SAVE OR JUDGE ANYONE, I FOCUS ON GIVING FOLK THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE.
TO DENY WOMEN HEALTH CARE OR THE ABILITY TO PLAN THEIR FAMILIES EITHER FOR MORE CHILDREN OR NO CHILDREN IT SHOULD BE THEIR RIGHT.

THE HYPOCRACY IS THAT THE MOTHER WHO CHOSE TO KEEP ALL 8 BABIES IS BEING ABUSED BY THE MEDIA FOR NOT ABORTING HALF OF THEM. I DO NOT SEE THE PRO-LIFE FOLKS COMING TO HER DEFENSE.

THE GOP HAS BLOCKED EVERY MOVE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE TO CARE FOR AMERICANS, ALL PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. IT SEEMS THAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE HAPPY ANYTHING GOES DEMS ARE MORE TO GODS PROMISES THAN THE GOP.

FOR SHAME MR. VITTER. I'M NOT SURE WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE OF HUMANITY. IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO CRAW INTO YOUR HOLE AND RETIRE LIKE YOUR FELLOW SEX CRIMINALS. IT IS A CRIME TO SOLICIT PROSTITUTION. I BET YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE WHO ARREST THE PROSTITUTES BUT NEVER THE JOHN. THE WOMEN SHOULD KICK YOU TO THE CURB. YOU HAVE NO RESPECT FOR US.

Posted by: sm98yth | March 8, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Vitter wasn't able to return your
call because he and his staff
were busy booking meetings with
Pimps and Maddams.


I love love love that the ethics
committee hasn't ousted this slime
ball, yet. He is a glowing example
of the GOP hypocrazy.

Posted by: theman_in_black | March 8, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

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