Arguing on the House floor Thursday against allowing public-funded abortions within the District of Columbia, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, took the regrettable step of wondering aloud whether such a "financial incentive" might have prompted the single mother of President Obama to abort him. "There is a financial incentive that will be put in place, paid for by tax dollars, that will encourage women who are single parents, living below the poverty level, to have the opportunity for a free abortion," Tiahrt said. "If you take that scenario and apply it to many of the great minds we have today, who would we have been deprived of? Our president grew up in similar circumstances. If that financial incentive was in place, is it possible that his mother may have taken advantage of it?" Tiahrt didn't stop there, unfortunately, also raising the specter of an aborted Justice Clarence Thomas, inviting "another round of questions over how the GOP is actually relating to minority communities," noted a Huffington Post blogger.