Along the Tracks

Monday, November 18, 2002

Choices of our choosing

Liberals are “pro-choice,” right? Well, that depends on the what’s being chosen.

In today’s “Washington Talk,” New York Times writer David Rosenbaum comes up with a remarkable equation: allowing parents choice in their children’s education is the same as outlawing a woman’s choice to end her pregnancy. And according to Rosenbaum, it’s only arcane Senate rules which might stop the evil Republicans from avoiding a Democratic filibuster and implementing both of the above.

In a piece apparently meant to be a “news analysis,” (although that’s not explicitly stated) about Democratic fears that the filibuster may be inneffective in stopping Republican Senate initiatives, thanks to “reconciliation bills,” the Rosenbaum explains:

“The main constraint to putting the kitchen sink — say, allowing school vouchers or outlawing abortion — into a reconciliation bill is the Byrd Rule, named after the Senate's chief parliamentary scold, Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia.”

So, let me get this straight. There should be absolute choice in abortion, and absolute lack of choice in education. Very consistent.

Very liberal.

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