Kay Granger

Items, large and small, that can't be cut from the federal budget

WASHINGTON _ Taxes change all the time, up and down. But as Washington is learning anew this week as it debates federal financing for Planned Parenthood, some spending in the federal budget often appears to be politically untouchable.tmpplchld Here are four examples:tmpplchld _PLANNED PARENTHOODtmpplchld Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive and women's health care, this week escaped a threat to its federal dollars, most of which are used to provide health care for the poor.tmpplchld Many Republicans dislike its abortion services, though Planned Parenthood points out that abortion amounts to only a small percentage of everything it does....