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Koch Brother’s are back at it again…

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You may remember my post back in October about the billion dollar Koch (pronounced Coke) brother’s being the money behind the Tea Party. If not I highly recommend you read it, The Tea Party is NOT a Grassroots Organization. At least check out the cool, easy to read chart.

Well the Koch Brothers at back at it again, in full force. As read today on MSNBC.com, Conservative high-rollers gather to plot strategy, the Koch brothers sponsored a two day event to try to figure out how to put the GOP in the white house in 2012. So much for the voice of the “people”.

Even the British can see though the “Tea Party”.  As written in The Independent World, “Most organisations which benefit from the Kochs’ largesse have one thing in common: they help advance an unflinching brand of libertarian conservatism. Some lobby against environmental regulation, or seek to undermine public perception of the threat of climate change, others battle taxes, trade unions and Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms.
Many play a crucial role in organising the Tea Party, the headline-prone right-wing movement which likes to tout its “grass-roots” credentials.”

Once again, thanks to the conservative led Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United, the rich will have an opportunity to over shout the middle class and poor. Are you prepared to let billionaires shape our political landscape? I sure as hell am not.

Let’s not forget to use sound judgment people. Listen to your gut, it speaks the truth.

What if you were paid to not do your job? aka Filibuster.

Analysis: Republicans Setting Filibuster Record…Source ABCnews.com

In the 110th Congress of 2007-2008, with Republicans in the minority, there were a record 112 cloture votes. In the current session of Congress — the 111th — for all of 2009
and the first two months of 2010 the number already exceeds 40. The most the filibuster has been used when Democrats were in the minority was 58 times in the 106th
Congress of 1999-2000.

No really? What if you were hired to do a job and then paid a salary of around $175,000 and you choose not to do what you were hired for, but you got paid anyways? Sounds like a good deal right?
Now what if you found out you were the one who was paying your employees to not do what you hired them for? That is exactly what is going on right now in the Senate.

Want examples?

…the 2011 Defense Department bill that contains a “don’t ask, “don’t tell” repeal provision. The vote, not surprisingly, failed 57-40, lacking the 60 votes Reid needed to beat back a promised Republican filibuster of the bill with repeal language.” Source NPR.org 12/09/10. They struck it down even though the majority of Americans, including military personal, want it repealed.

The DREAM Act stalled and very likely died Thursday in the Senate, after Majority Leader Harry Reid was unable to persuade enough Republicans to give the measure the 60 votes it needed to avoid a GOP filibuster.” Source. NPR.org 12/10/10. According to a Gallup poll, 54% of Americans support the Dream Act.

Senate Republicans on Thursday derailed a bill to aid people who got sick after exposure to dust from the World Trade Center’s collapse in the Sept. 11 attack.” Source NPR.org 12/09/10. I couldn’t find any polls on this, but I know many of you must be pissed off at the results. And it goes with our theme.

“…the Senate on Thursday shelved a plan to create a $30 billion loan fund for cash-strapped small businesses…Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that many Republicans also support many of the measure’s provisions, which could aid a key political constituency, spur hiring and help reduce a 9.5 percent unemployment rate as lawmakers…as a united Republican caucus voted Thursday to continue to its filibuster the GOP could offer. after Reid and McConnell reached an impasse over the number of amendments that ” Source, WashingtonPost.com 07/30/10.

So wait, Republicans don’t want to add to the deficit when it comes to small businesses, but they have no problem adding to the deficient,via tax cuts, when it comes to big business. Next…

The Senate has defeated a Republican-led filibuster to a Democratic “jobs” bill. With five Republicans voting yes, the final tally was 62-30 — two more than the 60 needed to end a threatened filibuster. The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, would exempt businesses from paying Social Security payroll taxes on newly hired employees through December and give them a $1,000 credit if said employees stay on the job for a year.”  Source NPR.org 02/22/10.

Senate Republicans crossed the aisle to allow debate to move forward on a bill to strengthen the nation’s food safety laws. The vote to end a filibuster and proceed to debate on the measure passed by a 74-25 vote…“. Source WashingtonTimes.com, 11/17/2010.

Where does your Senator stand? Maybe you should send them an email or two.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Stop supporting oil companies…they already have record profits!

The oil companies care about profits. That is it. When the spill stops the oil will not go away. There is NO WAY to clean the spill completely. You can protest BP all you want, but unless we move toward clean energy, like wind, nothing is going to change. Until we hold companies accountable for preventing future spills ALL offshore drilling needs to cease. People like Sharron Angle, who is running for Senate in Nevada, who think deregulation is the answer are nuts. Why would a company who doesn’t follow the simple regulations now be better at  self-regulation?

There was a great clip on Rachel Maddow Monday. It’s 6 minutes long, and although it points out the obvious everyone should watch it. Even if you are not a fan of Maddow, the segment makes some great points.

It’s not about us versus them. It doesn’t matter that BP is not an American company. This is one Earth we live on. We are all One when it comes to our planet. Drilling somewhere else is not better. Whether oil is spilled in the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska, or Australia, or France or Spain  or Nigeria, or anywhere else on our Earth; oil spills have the same impact on our Earth. We need to stop being victims of oil. We need energy reform. We need to  quick talking about it and make it happen.

What are you going to do to discourage offshore drilling? What are you going to do to lower your consumption of oil? When the news stop broadcasting the oil spill will you become complacent again?

Like I said in my previous post, 60% of American’s are idiots and/or uninformed, how many people have to die before we change our dependence on oil? How many animals have to die? How much does the climate have to change before we wake up and see what we are doing to our planet?

I hope President Obama steps up and moves forward, unlike all those presidents before him, and does what is needed to prevent these disasters from having the opportunity to occur in the future.

Is there a link between Autism and Vaccines?

I think I’ve mentioned this before. The not so independent experts and their so-called research findings. Before you go listening and believing in a study done by independent researchers, it’s important to know what their hidden agenda is. Are they going to be compensated if their studies results show a specific outcome? It looks like this is the case with the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is a great story done by CBS – Follow the Money. It’s only 3 minutes long, surely you have 3 minutes to see what the government is doing to your children.

There is something extremely wrong about the vaccine companies giving $$ to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Why? Because the American Academy of Pediatrics are the “independent researchers” who are testing to see if the vaccines are safe.

You may now be asking what the big deal is. So kids are getting more vaccines. 55 doses by the age they are 6? Just think about that for a minute. You may also be interested in knowing there have been strong ties to the increase in vaccines, and the increase in Autism cases here in the U.S.

According to FightingAutsim.org, Autism cases increased from 15,580 in 1992 to 337, 795 in 2008. That’s 2100%. My brain cannot even comprehend this.

Some people believe there is no link between vaccines and autism. That depends on who you ask. I personally am not qualified to do a study, so I can’t say for certain. What I do KNOW and what is factual, is that when I was a child in the early 70’s children were only given 10 injections before they could attend school. Today children are given over 36.

We are poisoning our children. We MUST STOP. Between the vaccines, and the poisons we use to grow our food, we are only harming our bodies and the bodies of our children.

That which fuels the Republican Party

It has come to my attention that what fuels most religions is also what fuels the republican party, Fear and Ignorance. I’m not saying all people who vote republican vote that way because  they are fearful or that all republicans are ignorant, but I believe there are enough people who vote republican that fall within one of the two categories that it should be recognized and addressed. Apparently the republican party also supports capturing their audience via fear and ignorance because they continue to use fear tactics relying on the ignorance of the American people.

For example, the fake census forms the republican party sent out asking questions like “Do you believe the Obama Administration is right in dramatically scaling back our nation’s military?” and “Do you think the record trillion dollar federal deficit the Democrats are creating with their out-of-control spending is going to have disastrous consequences of our nation?”.  Are they trying to strike fear? Yes. Are you ignorant if you believe this is a real census form? Yes.

The republicans have used fear tactics regarding health care reform. Saying that health care reform would allow for death panels. That if health care passes seniors would lose their medicare coverage, and that health care will bankrupt America. All lies with the intention of stirring up irrational fears.

Let’s go back in time. Remember the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? Lies told to press the fear out of the American public. Lies told as an excuse to storm into the oil fields of the middle east.

Need more evidence? The Republican National Committee, RNC, made the mistake of the admitting to the use of fear out loud. Check out the article GOP Keeps Distance from RNC Pitch at Politico.com. Oh shit. Call in the troops. The RNC is letting the public know the secret scare tactics being employed.

The republican party also depends on the public’s believing the lies they til out each day on FOX news, on conservative radio, and at the resent CPAC conference. Lies like how the democrats are money spending socialists. Fact: Republicans are trying to say there was no surplus under the Clinton Administration. According to the Congressional Budget Office there was a surplus of $69.2 billion and $236.2 billion from 1998 to 2001.  By the time Obama took over as President there was nearly a $500 billion budget deficit. As CNN reported in January of 2009, under President Bush the government had already committed to $7.2 billion in bailouts.

Wait. So the spending under Bush was headed in the same direction as under Obama? The answer to that question is Yes. But that is not the way the republican party is telling the story.

I could go on and on, but why. Those who should read this blog won’t because they just don’t want to have to think that hard.

What if you told your boss “We need to slow down, not rush things” when it came to your job? Senators can be fired too…

Flash back a year ago on the table the stimulus bill. The republican main argument against the stimulus rings exactly like their argument against health care reform today.  The argument was then and is now that we need to slow down, not rush, start over with bipartisanship. Check out this clip from the Rachel Maddow Show from last February.

Side Note: Did you hear McCain preaching that we need tax cuts to stimulate the economy? The tax cuts during Bush Jr’s years were some of the largest in our history. Though they may not have been the main cause of our recession they certainly were not preventative medicine either.

Back to my point. Today and health care reform. Republicans are using the same stall tactics. Check out a clip of TRMS from January 2010.

Since when could two year olds be elected to the senate? Two year olds are the only other group of people that are predictably whiny and screaming “No, No, No!”. Are republicans stalling? Would you call their asking to be read out loud a 767 amendment for the health care bill a stall tactic?

Hell ya they are stalling and they are even willing to admit it.

They said they want to sit down and discuss health care. Even when that was given to the republicans in Thursday’s health care summit? Obama gave them what they asked for, but it never seems to be enough.

Look if you told your boss that you needed to slow down in your job, not rush it you would likely be fired. Senators can be fired too. You have the power to elect someone who is looking out for your best interest. Keep in mind it is not just republican senators who are looking out for big business, some moderate democrats are right there with them. Look up how your senator has voted on health care reform where they stand when it comes to the public option and send them a note if you do not agree.

The stimulus bill worked and heath care reform, with the public option, will work too.

Heath Care Reform Part Two

I imagine the average U.S. citizen gets their news from sources such as yahoo and their local t.v. stations. I might be wrong, but I know a lot of average-American people get their news from these sources. Those of us who write these political blogs are not the majority; good thing, because then there would be a lot more political blogs out there. Given that we are the minority I believe our friends and family rely on us to keep them informed about what is going on in the world.

I also imagine that the average U.S. citizen is also getting really tired of hearing about Health Care reform. They want Health Care and just do not understand what is taking so long. So my friends and family, let me tell you what is taking so long. I will try to keep it brief.

  1. The Republican party is refusing to pass anything that Obama supports.
  2. Moderate Democrats and the Republican party have refused to pass a bill that includes a public option.
  3. The Democrats who do support Health Care reform were not tough enough to take a stand and actually pass the bill when they could.

Health Care reform was on the table in 1993 when Bill Clinton was President. The bill didn’t pass then, even though the people wanted it. The plan then was too complex. The current administration has worked to simplify the bill and it still hasn’t passed.

Today, American voters still want health care reform. We want a public option. We are tired of the insurance companies raking us through the coals with increased premium rates.

If your local Senator does not support health care reform, then send them an email stating your support of the bill. If they are up for re-election, consider voting for someone else who supports what you want.

The representatives of the Government are just that… they are representatives. They are supposed to represent the people. So why then, when over half of voters in the U.S. want health care reform and a public option, are they not supportive of it?

Just who do these representatives work for?

If you haven’t already feel free to check out my blog  3 good reasons we need health care reform.