Planned Parenthood receives a lot of federal funding but continues to say that that funding is not being used to fund abortion operations…
I am reminded of the pachinko parlors I went into in Okinawa. I think they legalized gambling in Japan last year but, back then it illegal. The pachinko parlors had a pass though (something about it being a cultural thing.)
What you did was, you went into the establishment and found a machine you wanted to play. You sat down in the padded vinyl seat and put your money in. Pachinko is kind of a cross between a slot machine and a pinball machine.
When you were done playing, you cashed out of the machine (if you had anything left to cash out with) and you were given tickets. You know, like playing skee ball at the Chuck E. Cheese.
You then took these tickets to a counter (again…like Chuck E. Cheese) and traded them in on stuffed toys and such.
Now, you could be happy with having a cute little toy to take home with you…maybe give it to your niece next time she came over to the house.
Most people though would rather have the cash right? Well, THAT can be arranged! The cute girl behind the counter tells you something to the effect of, “I know a guy.”
You see, there is a door at the back of the parlor that a steady stream of people have been coming and going from. Sometimes it is a store next door but, most of the time, it is a back room in the parlor itself.
You go to the door and knock. Someone lets you in that door and you find yourself before a person who will ‘buy’ that cute little stuffed toy from you for cash money.
I think the technicality that makes it all legal is the fact that it is two separate transactions so to speak. A middle man kind of thing that disassociates the playing of the machine from the selling the toy back to them for money.
The establishment then takes that cute little stuffed toy back out and puts it on the shelf behind the counter for someone else to trade THEIR tickets in on.
Fungible is an acceptable term we can use here.
fungible[fuhn-juh-buh l] /ˈfʌn dʒə bəl/,
Allotted funding in a corporate structure is the epitome of ‘fungible’.
As an example:
You get an injection of business capital from an investor using the justification of remodeling facilities. But then, use that capital for something else because the remodels aren’t scheduled for next year. You have just utilized those funds as a ‘fungible asset’. As long as you end up remodeling facilities at some point, you have held up your end of the deal ethically.
Planned parenthood justifies my tax dollars by citing that it will go for mammograms and such. Any money that is not used in one area, can then be shifted to another area. Until we track the individual dollars, they can keep saying that the federal funding isn’t being used on abortions.
But we CAN’T track the individual dollars because???…that’s right…the ‘fungible’ nature of capital funding. It’s a slick game.
If I could get the government to cover half of my operating expenses, I wouldn’t have to worry about the parts of my business that may not make money but are a good window dressing.
Even if we could though, the services that they provide that are the justification of the funds are services that should be already provided by your family practitioner that is required by the Affordable Care Act that THEY supported. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!
Even then though, I have seen that only one in ten Planned Parenthood offices do mammograms. Were are actually paying them to refer those people to someone else 9 out of ten times the way I see it. What a waste of my tax dollars!
Well, enough of my rant for the time being.
Y’all stay safe and keep a round in the chamber.