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R is for Republican and Reverse

Friday, June 12th, 2015

elephantDemocrats keep trying to drive our country forward with policies designed to help Americans in the 21st century. Unfortunately, Republicans are stuck in reverse.

Attorney Louise Raggio drafted and helped pass the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967, affording married women the right to own property, secure a bank loan and start a business without their husband’s consent.  Now in 2015, many Republicans harken back to “the good ol’ days” and propose laws stripping women of the right to make appropriate healthcare decisions with their doctors and families. Abortions were once performed mainly in back alleys and by unskilled practitioners. Do we really want to revert back to those days?

Along with women’s rights, Republicans also want to reverse minority’s rights. By requiring unnecessary voter identification, gerrymandering districts, limiting early voting days, eliminating same-day registrations, and sending out false information, they are making it harder for minorities. This is in opposition to the Voters Right Act of 1965.

Thom Tillis’ believes the government shouldn’t regulate the need for restaurant employees to wash their hands, as long as institutions hang signs stating that employees are no longer required to wash their hands. How is this proposal beneficial to the American people? If his idea is supported, the risk of spreading diseases will skyrocket unnecessarily. Tillis says he wants less government control. But, if the institutions are still required to hang a sign, then the only difference are the words on the sign; and the amount of illness spread.

Schools once required that students’ immunizations are up-to-date in order to enroll each year. Rand Paul however, believes that vaccinations should not be mandatory. He supports parents having the right to choose vaccinations for their children even though it might spread diseases, like measles, that have been eliminated in the US. Why can’t we continue with the laws that protect the country’s citizens and provide waivers to some parents when warranted?

Certain Governors, like Scott Walker, are reversing our public education policies and undoing higher education for the masses. They are focusing policies and funding on the elite, want to get rid of school lunch programs and food stamps, and leave millions of kids in America hungry.

Republican’s want to reinstate Bush’s policy of “trickle-down economics” even though it increased income inequality, expanded the number of people in poverty, and gave tax breaks to billionaires. Instead of growing the economy, “trickle-down economics” sent the country into a recession.

Twelve years of war, many lives lost, and a trillion dollars later, the Republican Party wants to involve America in another war in the Middle East.

Democrats on the other hand, want to take steps forward not backward.

They want to raise the minimum wage, pass immigration reform, decrease income inequality, build better roads and bridges, provide healthcare for all, and assure equal pay for men and women.

Democrats want to learn from past role models, regardless of party affiliation, rather than revert to the past. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower constructed a world-class highway system in the fifties and put millions to work pulling the country out of a recession. The Democrats want to implement his ideas and repair and replace deteriorating roads and crumbling bridges. The infrastructure bill proposed by the Democrats would boost our economic growth, reduce citizens’ car repair bills, and employ millions of workers in fulltime, good paying jobs. Unfortunately the Republicans will not support this bill.

When you continue to take steps back you never progress. Whereas, if you take steps forward, you get where you are headed – whether it is building a bridge or passing the ACA, it is progress…and that is what makes America great.

Going in reverse only lets you see where you have been, not where you are going in the future.

Drive, ambition, and innovation are what make our society advance. Going forward keeps America a world-leader. In 2016, let’s find Democratic candidates who will move the country forward.

 

Is John Boehner really the most “do-nothing” Speaker of the House in history?

Friday, June 12th, 2015

gavel1As we look at John Boehner and what he has accomplished as speaker, or rather not accomplished, I believe he is the most “do-nothing” Speaker of the House in history. Recently he opened the 114th Congress by using more taxpayer dollars to call for the repeal of Obamacare/Affordable Care Act…again, for the 56th time!

Is Boehner right? Should Obamacare/ACA be repealed? Maybe. However, in the five years the Republicans have had to work on a replacement or suggestions for the ACA, they have come up with nothing but a nine page document that neither funds healthcare nor tells how many people it would serve.

Some facts Boehner should consider:

Fact 1: Millions of Americans have signed up for the ACA. If repealed, millions would lose their health insurance. Any serious illness would cause many people to face bankruptcy or death because of lack of care.

Fact 2: Insurance companies are for the ACA because their profits have increased substantially since it was signed into law. In addition, hospitals that were going bankrupt because people couldn’t pay their bills are now becoming more financially stable.

Fact 3: Many Republican governors are beginning to see the value of supporting the Medicaid Expansion and the ACA.

Some facts voters should consider:

Fact 1: Prior to the passage of the ACA, (December 10, 2008) Boehner bought numerous health insurance company stocks, including tens of thousands of dollars in Cardinal Health, Cigna, and Wellpoint, according to Peter Schweitzer, author of Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism that Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison. Boehner also purchased shares in the Big Pharm companies Amgen, Johnson & Johnson, Forest Labs, Covidien, and Pfizer.” At least two of those stocks — Cardinal Health and Wellpoint — are up over 100 percent since Boehner’s investment. Pfizer is up over 50 percent. None of the stocks is down.[1] This “insider trading” was considered illegal, but Congress struck down that law for them.

Fact 2: He has voted to repeal the ACA numerous times, tried to sue Obama when ACA was not implemented fast enough and now is threatening to sue Obama again.

Fact 3: As leader of the House, he has not shown that he can lead. Boehner cannot bring his caucus together nor get any reasonable legislation passed. The Republicans continue to fight amongst themselves while the far right extremists inadvertently destroy the Party; and therefore our country’s two-party democracy.

Fact 4: Instead of sending a good budget to the Senate, Boehner sent a bill to secure our homeland with amendments that he knows won’t pass the Senate nor be signed by Obama. Through these actions he is jeopardizing our national security.

Fact 5: With Congress’ approval rating at 13 percent, his legacy is being tarnished by his continual groveling to lobbyists and rich donors, his total disregard for his Ohio constituents, and disregard for the needs of the country.

Fact 6: Boehner frequently golfs with lobbyists, and sleeps in a plush two-bedroom apartment rented for him by John Milne, a Beltway lobbyist. He has shown he will do anything to win an election and retain his position as speaker.[2]

Fact 7: He recently invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu to address Congress behind President Obama’s back. Boehner’s actions were out of line and could provoke a rift between Israel and America. While both Israel and the U.S. are opposed to the visit, it is still scheduled.

Fact 8: Boehner continues to say: “I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change…But, I am astute enough to understand that every proposal that has come out of this administration to deal with climate change involves hurting our economy and killing American jobs.”[3] 98% of scientist disagrees.

Fact 9: A true effort put towards reversing the effects of climate change and global warming would increase jobs, decrease unemployment, and help the American economy. Building wind farms, doing research to discover new energy sources, etc. are just some of the ways jobs would be created.

Fact 10: Boehner along with other Republicans continue to block funding to rebuild our infrastructure. By blocking the funding, they are actually costing Americans good paying jobs while making the US less competitive in the world market. Republicans do not like to raise taxes but, as elected officials, the Republicans need to put what’s best for the country in front of their party mantra. A small gas tax would fund this project, not increase the deficit, and put millions to work.

Fact 11: In Boehner’s state of Ohio:

  • 42% of Ohio’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • Driving on roads in need of repair costs Ohio motorists $1.685 billion      per year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $212 per motorist.
  • 9.1% of Ohio bridges are      considered structurally deficient.
  • 15.9% of Ohio bridges are      considered functionally obsolete.
  • 45% of Ohio’s major urban      highways are congested      resulting in wasted time and additional fuel costs for motorists.[4]

You’ve now read through a series of facts. Did Ohio make the right choice when they elected Boehner? Is he really serving the people? Or, Is John Boehner really the most “do-nothing” Speaker of the House in history?

As a “Speaker of the House” is he helping our country by revisiting the same issues over and over rather than moving forward? As a “Speaker of the House” is he helping the country by trying to sue a two time elected President multiple times? As a “Speaker of the House” is he helping by interfering in world affairs? As a “Speaker of the House” is he helping by holding on to old Republican ideas rather than creating progressive ones?

We the people must demand more of our elected officials. We must vote for candidates that will work together and move our country forward rather than hold it back. Until then, expect more of the same from Boehner and his colleagues.



[1] BOMBSHELL: John Boehner Busted in Major Corruption Scandal, Conservative Tribune, January 6, 2015

[2] The Crying Shame of John Boehner: He’s a lazy, double-talking shill for corporate interests. So how’s he going to fare with the Tea Party?,Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stones, January 5, 2011, http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/matt-taibbi-the-crying-shame-of-john-boehner-20110105#ixzz3Qtbd3xVP

[4] 2013 Report Cart for America’s Infrastructure, Current Condition of Ohio Highways, Roads and Bridges, Ohio Roads & Bridges, Ohio construction Information Administration,  http://ocianews.com/ohio-roads-bridges/

 

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Friday, June 12th, 2015

oldman1Mitch McConnell failed on his pledge to make Obama a one-term president, but he did succeed in obstructing the passage of many bills that would have grown the economy and helped the American people. Since 2007, McConnell has used the filibuster 413 times as minority leader. Despite the Republican Party’s roadblocks, our economy has been growing: there has been declining unemployment, lower gas prices, a soaring stock market, and a decreasing deficit.  McConnell, however, credits these accomplishments to the newly elected Republicans even though they have only been in office for a few weeks. Really Mitch!

Due to poor voter turnout the Republicans took control of both houses and McConnell finally got the power he so desperately craved. He savors his new title: majority leader of the Senate. Now he has the chance to use his power to show Americans that he can lead, govern, and accomplish things as Harry Reid did. Now he has the chance to work together with Obama and live up to his campaign promises of compromise and moving America forward.  Unfortunately, his actions are proving otherwise.

Mitch immediately started to chip away at women’s reproductive rights, to take healthcare away from the needy, to oppose raising the minimum wage, to continue to gut voters’ rights, to dismiss immigration reform, to repeal bank regulations, and to contest jobs bills and infrastructure repairs.

He, like many Republicans, still wants to keep their own constituents from getting healthcare, while Congress enjoys a “Cadillac” policy. Even though Kentucky Governor Beshear has confirmed that more than 500,000 residents have taken advantage of Kynect, the healthcare program funded by the ACA (or Obamacare), McConnell blatantly lied to voters saying they could keep Kynect even if he repealed the ACA. His hatred for Obama far exceeds his love of his fellow Kentuckians.

Mitch also wants to take away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, a livable wage, and veteran benefits. Why doesn’t he want to help the poor and close the growing income gap amongst the American people? Unlike most employees, Congress sets their own salary, raises, vacations, and job description, rather than their bosses — the voters.

If he and other Republicans think a family can live on the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which amounts to approximately $15,000 a year for a fulltime worker, then I suggest we cut their pay to that amount. Think of all the money the country would have if Congress and their staff all made just $7.25 an hour?

In addition, McConnell continues to block infrastructure policies that even include fixing disastrous roads and dangerous bridges in his own state. He is preventing millions from working. Instead he supports the construction of the Keystone Pipeline with full knowledge that it is environmentally dangerous, doesn’t create but a handful of jobs, and the U.S. doesn’t even get the oil. The country takes on all of the risks with the pipeline, but none of the rewards. The rewards go to individual oil and gas lobbyists, oil barons like the Koch Brothers, and senators like McConnell.

Furthermore, Mitch doesn’t support theories on climate change because in his words, “he is not a scientist.” He chooses not to read briefs on the climate, listen to reports from meteorologists, or watch the extreme weather patterns that are currently emerging. In a recent study, more than 10,800 scientists said that the global warming we are experiencing is manmade. Two disagreed. The Republican Congress, Mitch, and the potential Republican presidential candidates’ actions (or rather inaction), all support big oil as opposed to our planet, ocean life, and drinking water.

Mitch McConnell told the voters he would compromise on the campaign trail but, has not budged since he has been elected. Instead of embracing and building on Obama’s policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

Like many Republicans, Mitch disregards the wishes of those who put him in office. They gerrymander districts, suppress voting rights, and continue to support Citizen United rather than repeal it. These steps insure their continued reelection and the flow of unlimited campaign funds from a few billionaires.

Due to poor voter turnout in 2014, the Republicans took control of both houses. In 2016, if Democrats stay home and do not come out to vote, they might lose the Presidency too.

 

Republicans Control both Houses of Congress; Democrats the Presidency: So What Does the Future Hold?

Friday, June 12th, 2015

capitol1After the 2008 election, Republicans vowed to do everything to obstruct President Obama and keep anything he supported from passing. When they lost again in 2012, they doubled down on this philosophy. Unfortunately for the country, this strategy, coupled with falsehoods about Democratic programs and the Democrats cowardly showing in 2014, Republicans now control both the House and the Senate.

The question facing Republicans now is what to do with this power. If they continue their obstruction and do nothing, they will not be able to shift the blame to Obama and the Democrats. If they yield to their conservative base, Obama will veto whatever they propose and two more years will pass with nothing being accomplished. If they work with Obama, their conservative base will rebel causing internal turmoil and damage to their brand going into the 2016 election.

On the other hand, the Democrats have to prove to their once loyal base, that they still stand for middle class values, job creation and strong financial reform. Their quietness in 2014 and lack of support for their president was a huge tactical error. As Obama angers the Republicans by passing immigration reform, opening diplomatic relations with Cuba and maybe vetoing the Keystone Pipeline, the Republicans have to prove they have workable ideas that will create jobs, improve the economy for everyone and that they can govern and get things done.

Thus far, they haven’t done that. The Republicans are once again trying to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. They want to dismantle ACA funding, and are again attacking women’s health and choice issues. They plan to greatly reduce Homeland funding, except to send more troops to the border and deport all undocumented people. They want to cut the NASA budget to unworkable levels, have put no women in charge of any committees in Congress except administration, and want to again deregulate Wall Street so that taxpayers are on the hook for risky behavior, rather than the banks and brokers.  And they say, “This is the new Republican Party.” So what are they doing that is new and different? NOTHING. They continue to block, obstruct, lay off, deregulate, deprive the needy while assisting the wealthy, and pass nothing of significance like infrastructure measures or job bills.

To win the White House in 2016, each party needs a good candidate. While there are dozens being talked about in the Republican Party, only a couple would probably put up much of a fight. A total conservative like Ted Cruz or a bully like Chris Christie will only attract extremists, not a majority. Mitt Romney is a two-time loser; Rick Perry had an embarrassingly poor showing in 2012; and Jeb Bush has to disassociate himself from his very unpopular brother, and show that another Bush in the White House would not create a dynasty.

Rand Paul has to attract enough conservative voters to get through a primary. Marco
Rubio wants to be president, but his wishy-washy ways have endeared him to very few Floridians, let alone other states. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum want to turn the government into a theocracy, not a democracy.  Donald Trump thinks he would be a great president, but he is in a very small minority who believe that.

Scott Walker might be a good candidate if labor unions don’t organize against him and the deficit he has grown in his own state with his radical ideas aren’t seen as a big negative. Dr. Ben Carson would like to be president, but the Republicans nominating a black man is highly unlikely.

Fearing Hillary Clinton will top the Democratic ticket, the Republicans have scrambled to come up with some potential female candidates such as Kelly Ayotte, Jan Brewer and Nikki Haley.

While Hillary will most likely be the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders is thinking of running as well. His middle class values, outspoken commonsense and experience will capture a lot of attention from far left Democrats, especially if he added Elizabeth Warren to the ticket.

With all those possibilities still pending, I have a couple of words of wisdom for both parties.

To Republicans: show the American people you can get things done that help them. Don’t block Obama, but find ways to compromise with him without adding unpassable amendments to otherwise good legislature. In other words, show some leadership, do your job and govern.

To Democrats: stand up for your values and with your president. Right now, I think the Democrats are broken, don’t stand for much, and are afraid of everything. My advice is to demonstrate a strong backbone, hold the Republicans accountable for their actions or inactions, and give Democrats a reason to vote in 2016.

Where are the Democrats and their values?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

donkeyIn the recent mid-term election, Democratic voters failed to show up at the polls. Who abandoned the party? The voters, the leaders or the candidates?

The answer: all of the above.

Who thought that it was a good idea for the candidates and current Democratic office holders to remain silent while the other party deliberately presented false information? Which party strategist thought that it was a good idea to remain silent and not to talk about Obama’s enormous accomplishments over the last six years? Who thought that it was a good idea for the Democratic leadership to remain silent and not to tell voters:

• That there was 55 months of job growth under Obama versus multiple years of job loss under Republican leadership

• That even though the economy is doing better, it isn’t doing as well as it could be because Republicans continually block job bills that could put millions back to work rebuilding America’s decaying roads, bridges, etc.

• That Democrats strongly support scientists and their work to stop the man-made destruction of our planet by controlling air and water quality, but the Republican Party does not even address the issue

• That Republicans want to proceed with their oil and gas donors’ plans to construct the Keystone Pipeline, even though it would damage the environment and have minimal job growth

• That the millions of people who have healthcare and access to doctors outside of the emergency room for the first time, would lose their coverage if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act

• That Republican governors blocked Medicaid Expansion in numerous states, keeping their state from getting billions of federal dollars in addition to bankrupting many hospitals

• That Democrats are fighting for a minimum wage increase, while Republicans are opposing giving employees a raise

• That while Republicans say they want to lower the deficit, they consistently increase it under their leadership in contrast to Democrats who decrease it when in office

• That old white Republican men feel that controlling women’s health decisions, economic equality and family planning is their job, not the woman’s right

• That Democrats fight for the programs American citizens want and need such as Social Security and Medicare, while Republicans want to privatize them, and eventually eliminate them.

Just 36.4 percent of eligible voters, a 72-year low, decided our future for the next two to six years this past mid-term election. These decisions, made by only one-third of American voters, will enhance the lives of the top two percent of Americans, keep wages low, equality absent, and any worthwhile legislation from passing. Where were the other remaining two-thirds of Americans on election night?

It’s not surprising to me that the Democrats lost…they chose a losing strategy. But, I was surprised and disappointed by voter turn-out. Every adult American citizen must realize the importance of exercising their right to vote. Every adult American citizen must vote even if they believe their vote does not matter. A red state cannot turn purple without the addition of blue. This last election, only one-third of the country spoke. The majority were vocal, passionate conservatives who always come out to vote…rain or shine.

Many races were razor-thin victories; yet the Republicans boasted about how they were sent to Washington to pursue their conservative agenda. I don’t blame Republicans for savoring their win. I blame Democrats for surrendering the victory before the battle even began. Democrats conceded that it was a mid-term election with an unpopular president and rather than stand by him they took a “woe is me” attitude. What we need to remember, and remind the Republicans, is that Obama was sent to Washington by a far greater number of people.

And while the Democrats would have spent money helping grow the economy, the far-right Republicans are spending taxpayer dollars for a useless lawsuit against Obama, making laws they know Obama will veto, talking about impeaching him even though they know they can’t, and even thinking about shutting down the government again. They aren’t, however, making plans to pass anything that will actually help the country.

The Republicans didn’t win the 2014 mid-terms; the Democrats lost because of voter turn-out, apathy, poor leadership, ill-advised strategies, and most importantly, by not standing up for Obama and the Democrat Party’s principles.

The Republican Dictionary

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

elephantAbortion: a∙bor∙tion n. Decision old white men think they should make rather than the pregnant woman, her family and doctor

Budget: budg∙et n. Something nobody in Congress wants to make, but everyone wants to talk about

Constitution: Con∙sti∙tu∙tion n. The most important document our country has because it contains the Second Amendment allowing militia groups and anyone else the right to have arsenals of weapons including assault rifles and large magazine clips anywhere they want

Compromise: com∙pro∙mise n. Accepting things you want, but not accepting anything else; getting 100% of what you want
Cooperation: co∙op∙er∙a∙tion n. Working solely with members of the Republican Party, especially Tea Partiers, to pass bills that only advance the Republican philosophy and agenda

Democracy: de∙moc∙ra∙cy n. Something America used to have, but that politicians are causing us to lose; increasing the power of the Republican Party to serve the job creators, not the takers, so they can restore our Republic

Democrat: Dem∙o∙crat n. A person whose political views don’t make sense and who shouldn’t be allowed to vote

Ebola: E∙bo∙la n. A deadly disease that politicians and the media are using to fear monger

Entitlements: en∙ti∙tle∙ments n. Programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security that waste money, provide a safety net and cause dependency on welfare and government; creates laziness and focuses on veterans, the disabled and the elderly, rather than job creators

Equality: e∙qual∙i∙ty n. Giving rights and fair treatment to everyone who deserves it and believes as you do; Republicans know giving everyone equal rights is not a good idea

Facts: fact n. Statements the GOP often prefers to deny than believe

Fantasy: fan∙ta∙sy n. Imagining things that don’t exist, such as not having a black president

Forgetfulness: for∙get∙ful∙ness adj. Convenient lapses of memory such as when you forget who won the White House in the last two elections

Gender gap: gen∙der gap n.; Statistical differences in the votes of men and women that illustrate why women shouldn’t be allowed to vote

Government: gov∙ern∙ment n. A group of people elected to make laws and govern, but once in office, believe that less is better when it involves the environment, taxes, safety net programs, and job creation, but more is necessary when it involves women in the bedroom

Idea: i∙de∙a n. A thought; Republicans don’t need any new ones, they can keep using those of the past

IDs: IDs n. A legal way to claim fraud in a voting system that doesn’t have any; a way to suppress the vote of those who don’t agree with your message or views

Inequality: in∙e∙qual∙i∙ty n. Equality is socialism, so disparity is good for democracy

Infrastructure: in∙fra∙struc∙ture n. The large-scale public transportation system that just exists, therefore no one needs to finance projects to repair roads and bridges or create new ones

Law: law n. The principles set out in the Bible that should also be binding for our country

Liberal: A belief by the media and Democrats who think Ted Cruz, Stephen King or Louie Gohmert are wrong in their views

Logic: log∙ic n. Getting what I want, when I want it, regardless of the needs and wishes of others, is just commonsense

ringsMarriage: mar∙riage n. A union between one man and one woman…period

Math: math n. A creative budgeting system that can add two plus two, but not necessarily get four

Minorities: mi∙nor∙i∙ties n. Second class citizens who should be blocked from voting

Non-politician: non∙pol∙ti∙cian n. People, who are not elected, but who are big supporters of Republicans like Donald Trump, Ted Nugent and the Koch Brothers

NRA: NRA n. An organization that grades House members on their views on gun rights and gives most Republicans an A+

Obstructionist: ob∙struc∙tion∙ist n. Deliberately causing delays and impeding progress by Republicans like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Ted Cruz so Obama can’t accomplish his agenda

Oligarchy: ol∙i∙gar∙chy n. When a small group of people control the government because they know what is best for everyone

Personhood: per∙son∙hood n. Acknowledging that more rights should be bestowed on a miniscule, second-old egg that may or may not become a human embryo than to an adult woman

Perspective: per∙spec∙tive n. Seeing things from only your own viewpoint because you know opinions of others who might disagree are wrong

Privatization: pri∙va∙ti∙za∙tion n. Transferring ownership from government run facilities to successful businessmen because they know better than the government how to run a business so it will make a profit for them and shareholders

Pro-Life: pro∙life adj. Mandating that women who are pregnant, regardless of the circumstances, give birth and get married so that there is a traditional family unit for the child
Republican: Re∙pub∙li∙can adj Republican Party; n. Someone who thinks they should rule America even if they have to rig the election to win; winning is what matters, not how you play the game

Scientist: sci∙en∙tist n. People who aren’t Republicans who know about climate change

Stupidity: stu∙pid∙i∙ty n. Whatever a Democrat or liberal media person thinks, not what someone like Joni Ernst, Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachman would say

Supreme Court: Su∙preme Court n. Highest court; ruling with purist ideology and proud of their conservative, versus constitutional, positions

Tantrum: tan∙trum n. What children do when they don’t get their way; filibuster is what Congress does

Taxes: tax∙es n. Amount of money a job creator has to pay to the government rather than being able to keep it and create more jobs

Theology the∙ol∙o∙gy n. Ruling America by religious principles and Christian ideals

Truth: truth n.; Statements conveying the way the GOP would like things to be; anything that will rally the base

Veterans: vet∙er∙ans n. People who are proud to fight wars for America’s democracy and who we take care of when they return by finally allocating more money to the VA

Voters: vot∙ers n. Anyone who is 18 can register and cast a ballot even if they aren’t qualified; voters should only be white men, married women, and those who believe in conservative values

Wage: wage n. Compensation for work that depends on the type of job you have–that is why CEOs should make more than 350 times what a worker makes

War: war n. Invading others for oil, to spread democracy, or to wipe out terrorists is okay

Welfare wel∙fare n. Money given to lazy people that gives them no incentive to work, while incentivizing corporations for their work is good business

NOTE: This dictionary contains mostly nouns and a few adjectives, but no verbs as the Republican Party takes no action.

War…The Cry of the Republicans

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

elephantWhether it is Iraq, women, the poor, the elderly, college students, healthcare, Medicare, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), public education, the post office, hardworking Americans or voters…Republicans are shouting for war. Unlike our forefathers, they are not fighting for democracy and equal rights, but rather for a plutocracy.

Four decades after Roe v Wade was decided, the Republicans continue to argue against women’s rights to control their own bodies. The party advocates against women having abortions under any circumstance, but don’t want to provide any assistance to help raise the children. They want to disallow coverage of birth control by insurance companies under the ACA, while allowing them to cover the cost of Viagra.

In addition, Republican governors in 20 states refused billions of dollars from the federal government, preventing millions of eligible people from receiving healthcare, while Congress and state officials enjoy premium healthcare benefits at taxpayers’ expense.

On another front, they fight to defeat any jobs bills that would help lower unemployment, but vote against extending unemployment benefits, school lunch programs and food stamps leaving the hungry without basic nutritional needs.

Republicans are constantly talking about the “takers” and the “makers” by pointing to people on Social Security and Medicare (both of which were paid into by recipients). In reality, congressional members are the “takers”…not the elderly, disabled, veterans or hardworking Americans. With salaries beginning at $174,000, this Congress chooses vacations over work. Even when in session, they spend taxpayer dollars trying to repeal the ACA more than 50 times, rename 60 post offices, and look for nonexistent scandals.

They continue to attack the basic right of everyone to vote. Rather than helping insure this right, they are passing state laws aimed at discriminating against students, the elderly, the poor, women and minorities. Republican state legislators’ have slashed the number of early voting days and hours creating reductions that include nights and weekends. The reduced time directly affects working class Americans and infringes on their ability to vote. In addition, many are requiring special photo IDs to combat nonexistent fraud. This law is the real voter fraud, and is being challenged in court as unconstitutional.

The Republican war on minorities, especially African American males, is evidenced in our prison system. After privatizing a number of the prisons, the population of minorities incarcerated for minor crimes has skyrocketed. Increases in prisoners multiplied by the tax dollars given per inmate equals a substantial profit for those people who invested in the prison system. Privatization of our jails is not aimed at justice or rehabilitation, but revenue.

In addition to the jails, the Republicans are trying to bankrupt the U.S. Postal Service, which was a standalone, profitable government entity, by taking unprecedented funds from it. They want to privatize it so that postal rates and delivery are no longer for the people, but by and for the greedy.

The education budget is another combat zone. From Pell Grants to research and development dollars, Republicans think appropriating some of the allocated money to for-profit charter schools, that can hand-pick the students they want, is how taxpayer money should be spent.

As they wage war to cut spending, the cutbacks disproportionately affect the poor, middle class and small businesses, while giving enormous tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and big corporations. The Ryan Budgets of 2012, 2013 and 2014 trim only from safety net programs, but provide large funds for oil and gas subsidies, farm subsidies to the biggest agricultural corporations and insane amounts of money for defense. They continue the battle cry for war…in Syria, Iran, Ukraine…who knows what land will be next.

Republicans continue to diminish our rights and ensure that average Americans’ freedoms aren’t there. When you stand up and sing The Star Spangled Banner words, “Oh, say does that star-spangle banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” The answer is no, it doesn’t. It waves over the land of the impoverished and the home of the wealthy.