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Common Sense WILL win eventually but how many of our children must die first? :-( Thethinking Blue On Facebook
EXCERPT: President Obama noted, "... if action by Congress could have saved one person, one child, a few hundred, a few thousand ... we had an obligation to try."
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"But if 20 dead children can't persuade Congress to tighten gun laws, what will?" Cynthia TuckerCommon Sense WILL win eventually but how many of our children must die first? :-(... more
Callous Conservatives: Gulf State Republicans’ Sandy Shame
by John Avlon Jan 5, 2013 10:45 AM EST
The Republican congressmen who use New York as a campaign ATM, but turn a blind eye to suffering here must be held accountable, writes John Avlon.
Slap a scarlet “S” on these callous conservatives. Sixty-seven members of Congress–all Republicans—voted against even $9 billion of Hurricane Sandy relief yesterday.
Remember their names, and hold them accountable.
Justin Amash (R-MI)
Andy Barr (R-KY)
Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Mo Brooks (R-AL)
Paul Broun (R-GA)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Doug Collins (R-GA)
Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
Sean Duffy (R-WI)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Jimmy Duncan (R-TN)
Stephen Fincher (R-TN)
John Fleming (R-LA)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
Tom Graves (R-GA)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Andrew Harris (R-MD)
George Holding (R-NC)
Richard Hudson (R-NC)
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Steven Palazzo (R-MI)
Steve Pearce (R-NM)
Scott Perry (R-PA)
Tom Petri (R-WI)
Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Tom Price (R-GA)
Phil Roe (R-TN)
Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
Ed Royce (R-CA)
Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
Roger Williams (R-TX)
Joe Wilson (R-SC)
Rob Woodall (R-GA)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Ted Yoho (R-FL)
Twelve of the scarlet 67 voted for Hurricane Katrina relief—which passed ten days after that devastating Gulf Coast storm—but against Hurricane Sandy relief 69 days after its landfall in the Northeast. Their names: Trent Franks (AZ), Ed Royce (CA), Sam Graves (MO), Steve Pearce (NM), Steve Chabot (OH), Jimmy Duncan (TN), Kenny Marchant (TX), Randy Neugebauer (TX), Mac Thornberry (TX), Bob Goodlatte (VA), Tom Petri (WI), and Paul Ryan (WI).
These congressmen are content to use New York City and the tri-state area as an ATM when they are looking for campaign funds, yet they willfully turn a blind eye when hundreds of thousands of homes and small businesses are damaged or destroyed and more than 100 Americans are dead.
Note the name of last year’s vice presidential nominee and potential 2016 presidential candidate Paul Ryan on this list. Donors would do well to ask him about this vote. The Texas delegation likewise asked for federal funds when hurricanes have devastated their state, yet are ignoring suffering in the Northeast. But then conservatives often become liberal when an issue affects them personally. Just two years ago, Missouri Congressman Sam Graves begged President Obama for an emergency declaration to deal with flooding in his district—now he is afflicted with convenient amnesia.
The full list of the 67 “nos” is tilted toward the conservative Gulf Coast states and the congressmen—many elected after Katrina—whose constituents often feel the brunt of natural disasters.
Congressman Paul Broun—who when Obama was elected in 2008 called the president-elect a “Marxist” and compared him to Hitler, who denounced evolution as a “lie from the pit of hell” despite serving on the Science Committee—had no trouble asking for FEMA funds when his district was flooded in 2009. And Alabama’s Mo Brooks was equally eager for federal funds when tornados devastated his district in 2011.
The larger point, of course, is that massive disaster relief is a role for the federal government. There are times when we are 50 individual states and times when we need to unite and act as one country. Hurricane relief should be a no-brainer.
But Club for Growth and other conservative activist groups decided to make Hurricane Sandy relief a litmus test for their annual scorecards, and conservative congressmen started running scared.
The presence of pork in the original Senate Hurricane Sandy relief bill was a predictable disgrace. For example, in an essay on CNN, I called out the presence of pork like $150 million for Alaskan Fisheries and $41 million to military bases including Guantanamo Bay. But that pork was rightfully stripped from the ultimate Senate and House bill. Angry conservative activists never bothered to update their talking points and so they argued from ignorance.
Moreover, the bill that Congress passed on Friday was just $9 billion of the total $60 billion Sandy relief bill (an amount far less than the Governors’ estimate of $80 billion in damage). We’ll have to wait until at least January 15th for a vote on the remaining $51 billion.
Club for Growth and other conservative activist groups decided to make Hurricane Sandy relief a litmus test for their annual scorecards, and conservative congressmen started running scared.
The 67 congressman who voted against relief would have almost certainly voted for it if the impact was felt in their district. But if those 67 were to visit Staten Island or the Jersey Shore or the Rockaways today and see the citizens and volunteers still struggling to dig their way out of the devastation, they might have a different opinion. These folks need relief. And the region needs to increase its resilience to avoid future costs.
Hypocrisy is the unforgiveable sin in politics—and it abounds among ideologues in congress. But the absence of compassion matters as well. Because if the threat of professional partisan activist groups is enough to make you overlook the struggle and suffering of your fellow American citizens, maybe it’s time to look in the mirror and consider a field of work other than public service. More Here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/05/callous-conservatives-gulf-state-republicans-sandy-shame.html
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By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza
Tommy Schrimsher calls himself a “closet Democrat.” As a liberal in red state Alabama, he doesn’t like discussing religion or politics. And because Alabama is so red, he doesn’t see any reason to vote in Tuesday’s election.
“I do feel uncomfortable not voting in a presidential election. In 2008, I wanted to vote for the historical meaning of Obama possibly becoming president and voting for him in Alabama felt somehow significant,” Schrimsher, 54 years old, told Current.
“This year doesn’t hold the same allure, knowing that Romney will carry Alabama’s electoral votes.”
Schrimsher is just one of millions of likely nonvoters, folks who typically fall into one of two categories — those who see no reason to head to the polls because they think their vote won’t count in the electoral tally and those who have become disillusioned with both candidates and both parties to the extent that they are exercising their right not to visit the polls.
Join Current TV for live election night coverage hosted by Al Gore, Cenk Uygur, Jennifer Granholm, Eliot Spitzer and John Fugelsang, starting at 8E/5P Tuesday.By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza Tommy Schrimsher calls himself a... more
Have female voters ever been more talked about, pitched to or chased after? Both President Obama and Mitt Romney mention the strong women in their lives every chance they get. And each claims that the other candidate is bad for us — with Democrats talking up the Republican “war on women’’ and the GOP countering that the real casualties are the women who’ve lost their jobs since Obama became president. But female voters are so diverse that there could never be one straightforward answer to what we want — so pandering to us is complicated. Thankfully, it’s no longer assumed that women tend to vote like their husbands or fathers. But some hardy myths persist. Let’s examine what really makes women tick.
1. Women vote together.
2. Female voters favor female candidates.
3. Women vote based on “women’s issues,” such as abortion rights and contraception.
4. A candidate’s wife can deliver women’s votes.
5. Men decide elections.
Myths debunked at the link....
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-female-voters/2012/04/20/gIQAo0y1VT_story.html?wpisrc=xs_0005Have female voters ever been more talked about, pitched to or chased after? Both... more
The Obama administration was poised on Wednesday to reject the Keystone crude oil pipeline, according to sources, a decision that would be welcomed by environmental groups but inflame the domestic energy industry.
Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters the administration could announce its rejection of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline late on Wednesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/18/us-keystone-decision-idUSTRE80H1I720120118?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=71The Obama administration was poised on Wednesday to reject the Keystone crude oil... more
Matt Damon, one of Barack Obama's earliest supporters and once one of his most staunch advocates, slammed the President in the new issue of Elle Magazine.
"I've talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, 'Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,'" Damon tells the magazine. "You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better."
Referring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, Damon continued: "If the Democrats think that they didn't have a mandate -- people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off ... Imagine if they had a leader."
That echoes the President's own words to Diane Sawyer in March of 2010 when he said, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president... There's a tendency in Washington to think that our job description, of elected officials, is to get reelected. That's not our job description. Our job description is to solve problems and to help people."
More at link...Matt Damon, one of Barack Obama's earliest supporters and once one of his most... more
The Union Leader newspaper, an influential voice in state politics, today ran a scathing front-page editorial reminding Obama that voters rejected him in the state's 2008 primary in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Obama is getting a chilling welcome on his first visit to New Hampshire today, the first one in two years. The Union Leader's editorial is a signal to Obama that they are not happy with him at all.
In the last paragraph of the article it states; "Here is hoping that seven weeks from today, primary voters here will put the nation on a path to unseating this glib, clueless disaster of a President."The Union Leader newspaper, an influential voice in state politics, today ran a... more
Voters on Tuesday defeated a substantially limits the teachers, police and other public sector workers and trade union representatives of the power law. The law would deprive the country's 350,000 most of the right to collective bargaining and forced workers to pay for their medical care costs of at least 15% of public sector employees. Precincts reporting, 97%, 61% of voters in the referendum voted against, while 39% support, Republicans support the law, known as Senate Bill 5
http://latestcountrynews.blogspot.com/2011/11/ohio-voters-reject-public-union-limits.htmlVoters on Tuesday defeated a substantially limits the teachers, police and other... more
Opponents said that it would make some form of birth control, such as the morning-after pill or the IUD, illegal measures. They fear that it could prevent the implementation of the fear of criminal charges in the IVF embryos did not survive the doctor.
http://latestcountrynews.blogspot.com/2011/11/tuesdays-nationwide-votes-frame-2012.htmlOpponents said that it would make some form of birth control, such as the... more
The US House of Representatives has passed by 269 votes to 161 a last-gasp deal to avoid a federal debt default.The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Link : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14367754The US House of Representatives has passed by 269 votes to 161 a last-gasp deal to... more
Corruption isn't uniquely Republican. This liberal group's ploy reeks of vote-buying. I don't think any politician can be trusted, nor can individuals with an agenda. If we want elections that are representative of the people, it seems that we'd have a bipartisan group to oversee the vote-counting process. That fact that this liberal group is buying these posts with uncapped donations does little to curb my concerns.
With all of the uproar about what's happening in WI, I would expect to see people as outraged at this, but sadly, people don't seem to mind when the corruption serves their own interests.
"A small tax-exempt political group with ties to wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros has quietly helped elect 11 reform-minded progressive Democrats as secretaries of state to oversee the election process in battleground states and keep Republican 'political operatives from deciding who can vote and how those votes are counted.'
Known as the Secretary of State Project (SOSP), the organization was formed by liberal activists in 2006 to put Democrats in charge of state election offices, where key decisions often are made in close races on which ballots are counted and which are not.
The group’s website said it wants to stop Republicans from 'manipulating' election results.
'Any serious commitment to wresting control of the country from the Republican Party must include removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count,' the group said on its website, accusing some Republican secretaries of state of making 'partisan decisions.'..."
Yeah, that doesn't sound shady at all...Corruption isn't uniquely Republican. This liberal group's ploy reeks of... more
Public health, tourism and the environment in Florida suffered a major loss this week when the federal government put the protection of state waters back into the hands of the very people who have polluted them — big business and its enablers in Tallahassee. In a letter to the state, the Environmental Protection Agency dropped its effort to adopt clean water standards for Florida following 13 years of foot-dragging by state officials. This is either Washington's way to force the state's hand or a decision by the Obama administration not to alienate Florida in the run-up to the 2012 election. Either way, it's a risky game of chicken with a governor and a state Legislature that have shown no regard for the environment and clean water.
A brief history: The federal government told the states in 1998 to limit nutrient pollution in rivers, lakes and coastal areas by 2004 or it would do the job for them. But 2004 came and went. Florida environmental groups sued in 2008 seeking to compel the EPA to intervene under the Clean Water Act. The agency settled the case in 2009 under an agreement it would draft the standards for Florida. After 11 years of stalling, new rules were on the way and expected this year. Then Monday, after howls of complaints from business groups and state lawmakers, the EPA said it would give Florida another chance. The agency did not agree to preapproving any rules or to surrendering its rulemaking authority entirely. But it agreed to give Florida the time to write new clean water standards of its own.
This concession was as close to an all-out surrender as they come, and it's a shame EPA lost its nerve in the face of a massive disinformation campaign. State leaders and business interests hijacked the debate by ponying up inflated estimates for what it would cost to clean up Florida's waters. The EPA agreed to a host of loopholes — exempting entire industrial operations from the clean water rules, creating a waiver process and dragging out enforcement. Still, the state went to court to protect the biggest polluters. For this, Florida gets rewarded with another chance?
continued.Public health, tourism and the environment in Florida suffered a major loss this week... more
I wonder if as the presidentail elections get closer Obama won't just move toward the center but skate quietly to the right, just enough to gain some votes in that wing but perhaps not loud enough to wake up his supporters from the dreams and promises of yesteryear?
I understand that Obama has accomplished somethings in spite of the GOP's ideological, almost homicidal opposition, but you have to remember that he followed bush as president, and, well, that's not a tough act to follow: cleaning up the mess he left sure was . But there are major issues on which he (Obama) has not delivered: Guantanamo, wiretapping. . .
And, anyway, was he really, really, ever a little bit to the left, I mean, not when pandering for votes, but on real principle and beliefs?
I have to admit I don't know much about Jeb b..bus....bu.....bush! (my skin crawls just at the sight of that last name and I can hardly pronounce it without feeling dirty!)
I don't know too much about that person, so I would like to know what you think.
My mind is always thirsty for new knowledge and I welcome your opinions and corrections!
Here' s a piece of the article:
"President Obama continued his efforts to move to the political center on his trip to Florida -- to the point of invoking Republican Jeb Bush's name at a Democratic fundraiser, drawing catcalls in the process.
"No, no, no, no, now," Obama said Friday night, drawing laughter from the crowd at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami. "I know this is not a name you often hear at Florida Democratic fundraisers."
And the rest can be found here:
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/03/obama-seeks-the-center-to-the-point-of-invoking-jeb-bush/1I wonder if as the presidentail elections get closer Obama won't just move toward... more
This is the trailer for the inspiring new feature length documentary Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is possible now available on DVD from the charity WORLDwrite. The full film is packed with little-known facts, rare archive imagery, expert interviews and exclusive testimony from Sylvia’s son, Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita. The campaigns Sylvia led embraced far more than ‘votes for women’ as she uniquely understood the fight for democratic rights required a challenge to the system. For full details visit www.worldwrite.org.uk/sylviapankhurstThis is the trailer for the inspiring new feature length documentary Sylvia Pankhurst:... more
Track your Senators' and Representative's votes by e-mail
Each week (that Congress is in session) you will receive:
• Key votes by your two Senators and U.S. Representative.
• Links to send e-mail to your members of Congress using pre-addressed forms.
• Upcoming votes for your review and a chance to offer e-mail input before they vote.
Use this weekly vote monitor to track the decisions made by your elected officials on key issues..( hope you find this link helpful in easily knowing how your congress votes and who votes for what when...since its kinda left to everyone else to tell us so thats the reasoning behind this post easy fact checker http://congress.orgTrack your Senators' and Representative's votes by e-mail Each week (that... more
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has the votes for Senate ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia.
Read More>>>http://anewsfuse.blogspot.com/2010/12/obama-secures-enough-gop-votes-to-back.htmlWASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has the votes for Senate ratification of a... more
A donkey managed to run ahead of the human aspiring mayor candidates in a rural municipality at Steni of Evvoia in Greece. The ballot ticket with a donkey as logo appeared at the polling stations. Instead of candidates' names voters had to check ideas like "a little bit more love among the villagers".A donkey managed to run ahead of the human aspiring mayor candidates in a rural... more