Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Health Care Bill: No federal money on abortion

I haven't read the new health care bill and I probably won't read it. But from what I've heard, it specifically bares federal money from being spent on abortion. I think this is very wrong. Regardless of whether you are pro-life or pro-choice (pro-abortion is a word used only by demagogues because no one really wants more abortion) , as long as abortion is still a legal medical option, why should we specifically deny it federal funding? Sometimes I think people forget what it means to be part of a community. You don't get to pick and choose what you want your tax dollars to be spent on. Just because we all can't agree on the same policy on abortion doesn't mean we should undermine it. If every other medical option get federal funding, why shouldn't abortion? And where does it stop? Will we stop funding mental health because we think the power of prayer should suffice? Will we stop funding planned parenthood because the catholic church doesn't believe in contraception?

When someone says "I don't want my money to pay for x and y..", I feel I need to explain to the person that your tax money already pays for a lot of things you can't personally use. For the past 11 years, my tax money has been funding the education of a lot of strangers. I don't necessarily believe public money should pay for private schooling but nevertheless charter schools keep getting my state tax. I don't believe in wars and yet a lion's share of my tax dollars keeps funding 2 wars. I don't believe the military should be inducing recruits with huge sums of money and yet I can't seem to stop them!

When you pay tax, you can't pick and choose what to spend your tax money on. Unless you organize and get the offending item declared illegal. So if you think abortion is wrong, get together with people of like minds and get Roe v Wade overturned. But trying to circumvent the law by freezing funding for it is diabolical.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Diaper Review

Since we had the babies, we've used 4 brands of diapers: Pampers, Huggies, Costco and a white label brand. If I had to rank them in order of effectiveness, Pampers comes first. Costco is second followed by the white label diaper. Huggies are the absolute worst. Now I haven't tried Luvs but it'll have to really suck to be worse than Huggies. Fortunately, all the huggies diapers we've used were received as gifts. The rate of failure of the adhesive (in the size 1 version) was higher than that of the white label brand. The absorbency of the diaper itself left much to be desired. I'll say about 75% of the time the baby's butt was wet (which means the pee was not being absorbed completely by the diaper). So regardless of price and value, I will not be buying huggies. Each time we receive huggies as a gift, I am tempted to throw them out. That's how bad our experience with huggies has been.

The babies were started on Pampers Swaddlers from the hospital. And I have to confess they are the very best in disposable diapers. The material is very very soft and the absorbent crystals work exceedingly well. The diapers absorb so well that sometimes it's hard to tell whether or not the diaper is wet. The rate of failure of the adhesive is 0% (works all the time) and some of the diapers even have an indicator strip that tells you when the baby is wet. Sounds like a minor deal but it helps eliminate one potential cause when a baby is wailing.

In terms of price, Pampers was the most expensive. However it wasn't that much more expensive than the Costco brand. The difference was about 6 cents. That doesn't sound like a lot but when you calculate how many diapers a baby goes through in a single day, that 6 cents difference adds up to $175 per baby (8 diapers a day * 365 days). Multiple that by 2 (twins) and that's $350 each year!

The white label brand was by far the cheapest but it left a lot to be desired in terms of softness and fit.