smart guy, this Obama fellow…

Posted on Saturday 28 February 2009

Health Workers’ ‘Conscience’ Rule Set to Be Voided
February 28, 2009
The Washington Post

The Obama administration’s move to rescind broad new job protections for health workers who refuse to provide care they find objectionable triggered an immediate political storm yesterday, underscoring the difficulties the president faces in his effort to find common ground on anything related to the explosive issue of abortion.

The administration’s plans, revealed quietly with a terse posting on a federal Web site, unleashed a flood of heated reaction, with supporters praising the proposal as a crucial victory for women’s health and reproductive rights, and opponents condemning it as a devastating setback for freedom of religion.

Perhaps most tellingly, the move drew deep disappointment from some conservatives who have been hopeful about working with the administration to try to defuse the debate on abortion, long one of the most divisive political issues.

"This is going to be a political hit for the administration," said Joel Hunter, senior pastor of the Northland Church in Longwood, Fla., whom Obama recently named to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "This will be one of those things that kind of says, ‘I knew it. They talk about common ground, but really what they want is their own way.’ "

Administration officials stressed that the proposal will be subject to 30 days of public comment, which could result in a compromise. They said they remain committed to seeking a middle ground but acknowledged that will not always be possible.

"We recognize we are not going to be able to agree on every issue," said an administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the process has just begun. "But there remains a substantive area of common ground, and we continue to believe we can make progress and will make progress"…

Flying in the face of 1boringoldman‘s main rule for living…
Never accept an invitation to go crazy
… the Obama Administration moves forward against this provocation left for them by the outgoing Bush Administration. So, is taking the bait here worth it politically? Probably not, at least not right now. Is it a mistake to take on this particularly silly executive order? I don’t think so. There’s some illusion that if Obama gives in to some of this malarkey, the Republicans and Religious Fanatics will come his way. I frankly see no evidence that they will. He leaned way into them with the Stimulus Package and got nothing in return. I think he actually understands my rule for living better than I do. The current evidence is that giving them an inch suggests to them that there’s another mile in their future – and there isn’t. In the end, avoiding taking them on just postpones the inevitable agony. Smart guy, this Obama fellow. Good call…

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