NOTE: This post was originally published on US4Palin. The transcript was prepared by AGU-NY State Coordinator Ron Devito, and the interview was conducted by AGU-PA State Coordinator Kevin Scholla.
Karen Handel is the guest on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla! Handel tells Kevin how Susan G. Komen for the Cure was held hostage by Planned Parenthood. In her book Planned Bullyhood, Handel masterfully outlines Planned Parenthood’s strategy to cloak themselves in the pink, while having little regard for the fight against breast cancer. Hear this former Palin-endorsed gubernatorial candidate talk about her years working with Marilyn Quayle and the chances she may throw her hat in the ring for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Also, Governor Sarah Palin rings in 2013 with her New Year’s wish for Americans and a resolution we can all get behind. Plus, SarahNET Radio’s Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary with Sarah Steelman is featured.
Handel was brought into Komen to solve a long-running problem the organization had with Planned Parenthood, which was receiving upwards of $700,000 per year in grants. Handel pointed out that the average age of women women who use Planned Parenthood’s services is 24, but mammograms are not generally indicated until a woman reaches age 40. Planned Parenthood’s purview has nothing to do with breast cancer – or cancer in any other part of the female anatomy, though some of the chemical birth control products that Planned Parenthood is fond of has been linked to cancer. Handel explained how Komen treated Planned Parenthood professionally and wanted to resolve the issue quietly. Planned Parenthood chose to make political hay out of it and to malign Komen. Handel also said that donors to Komen don’t want the organization mixed up with politics. Donors are seeking to cure breast cancer.
Handel said her political future is uncertain and that a Senatorial run would require a “perfect alignment of events.” She spoke highly of her former employer Marilyn Quayle. Scholla said the Quayles have been marginalized in a similar manner to Gov. Palin. Handel expressed her appreciation to Gov. Palin for taking the risk on endorsing her, even though they had never met. Handel’s campaign was a long-shot and Gov. Palin believed in her and her conservative principles. Gov. Palin would later come to Handel’s defense when Komen ceased giving grants to Planned Parenthood. Her book, Planned Bullyhood describes the struggle Komen endured with Planned Parenthood.
Steel Resolve: “Show Me the Money”
Sarah Steelman quoted, “show me the money,” from the movie Jerry Maquire in expressing her opinion on the fiscal cliff debacle. “We want to see the cuts in the budget. Instead, Congress voted to give away more special interest money, raise taxes, and do nothing about reducing the deficit. President Obama and the Democratic Congress pretend this is good for the middle class, but included over $67 billion in special interest tax breaks for the high-income earners,” she said. “We should be closing the loopholes, not extending them, and the Republicans should have made a full-court pass on specific budget cuts. Instead, the budget cuts in the sequestration are delayed, and those are not real cuts to begin with. Those are cuts in future spending. Only in Washington, do they say that a decrease in the increase of spending is a budget cut.” Steelman concluded, “none of these tax increases are going to reduce the deficit and it is insulting for any politician to say that….maybe we should fire our agents in Washington until they show us the money.”
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