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April 24, 2014

Ten Reasons to Vote Republican

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From Ryan Denson who lives in Scottsdale (AZ), founder and operator of The Left Compass, a grassroots page on Facebook that promotes Democratic ideas and passions.

Tea Party lunatic Allen West, who lost his bid for reelection  in 2012, is also somewhat of a comedian. On his personal page, allenbwest.com, West posted a rather funny article called the “Top 10 Reasons to Vote Democrat in 2014.” The article lays out just what you would expect: liberals are taking your money, liberals want to take your guns, liberals elect activist judges to “rewrite the Constitution,” etc. etc. Very funny, coming from the guy who nearly has a 3:1 lie-to-truth ratio on Politifact. West, who does not shy away from controversy, told his readers that they would “get a kick” out of it. So to our readers, you’ll certainly get a kick, and a sucker punch with this.

10. I’ll vote Republican because even though I’m a woman, I love being told that I shouldn’t be paid equally because of the “free-market.” I also love being told that I’m not allowed conteception, or my legal right to an abortion (but a man can have Viagra and penis pumps no problem).

9. I’ll vote Republican because we must suffer the deaths of 31,000 men, women and children a year in order to preserve the option of assassinating our democratically elected politicians with our guns we bought at Walmart.

8. I’ll vote Republican because I work hard for my money, and nothing makes me happier than my tax dollars going to subsidize Big Oil and the major banks that crashed our economy in 2008. I also love that the Republicans are blaming the “lazy” minority for my economic woes.

7. I’ll vote Republican because I believe a President who gives Americans healthcare is a “terrorist dictator” but a tax-evading rancher in Nevada who uses women as human shields is a “patriot.”

6. I’ll vote Republican because we are the “pro-life” party, even though our deepest cuts go to feeding, housing, clothing, educating and medically treating low-income children, elderly and returning veterans.

5. I’ll vote Republican because rather than admitting our world’s climate is changing, I’ll sit around with my thumb up my butt and deny science so billionaires like the Koch Brothers can pollute the Earth and give more to my campaign.

4. I’ll vote Republican because even though our Founding Fathers have claimed we are not a “Christian Nation,” I still want my Christian faith to dictate who can and cannot get married, what children may learn in public schools, and what holidays may and may not be celebrated in public.

3. I’ll vote Republican because every judge who upholds the right to get married, to get an abortion, or be treated like a decent human being is an “activist judge,” but the judges who allow dirty money to pollute our elections are “freedom-loving.”

2. I’ll vote Republican because I support the gap between the richest and the middle class to widen because our policies only pander to the rich, and then complain that there is “class warfare” against us.

And finally, the number 1 reason I’ll be voting Republican:

1. I’ll vote Republican because I can’t get over the fact that President Obama was democratically elected twice, so I’ll make up a barrage of fake scandals like voter fraud, IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, FEMA camps, to dumb down and inject fear into the GOP base so they don’t see how destructive our policies are.

These are the top 10 reasons why we MUST let the GOP take back the Senate and keep control of the House!

[Give this to all your Republican friends!–Nel Ward]

 

November 9, 2012

Republicans Show Themselves Jerks

Some GOP members behaving like spoiled rich kids—which, with Super-PACs, is what they are! Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is a prime example. Swept into the 112th Congress with other extremist Tea Party members, West accused the Congress of sheltering 81 Communists among the Democrats and called Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as “vile” and “despicable” after she said that West had a large number of Medicare clients in his district. He also said President Barack Obama, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others should “get the hell out of the United States.”

Before West ran for the House, he had been relieved of his command in Iraq after he violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice laws on torture. Although his $17 million, mostly from out of state, overshadowed the $3.6 million of his opponent, Patrick Murphy, West failed by 2,456  votes, a margin of 0.8 percent. Now West is screaming ballot tampering and suing Murphy.

On another note, when President Obama telephoned House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to extend the arm of bi-partisanship and affirm his intent to move forward on addressing the looming “fiscal cliff,” the Commander-in-Chief was unceremoniously told that the pair was “asleep.” An awkward beginning for the Republicans to “work across the aisle.”

One of the major meltdowns came from Glenn Beck, former Fox host, who told people to buy guns and farmland. He added, “If you live in the East, may I recommend get the hell out of the East. Find a place where you are surrounded by like-minded people and the best way to find those people is, you should probably look at the maps on how counties voted… May I highly suggest you get grandfathered in to the second amendment today. Oh and don’t forget the ammunition.”

Huffington Post collected some of the most common GOP whines: The media selectively reported Romney’s gaffes; fact-checkers were biased (yes but against President Obama); Hurricane Isaac hit the Tampa convention; Romney was too nice in his advertising; Superstorm Sandy and NJ Gov. Chris Christie were to blame; Obama won by “suppressing the vote”; Romney wasn’t conservative enough (which Romney?); Obama was backed by the 47 percent; and  America’s white establishment is now a minority. The GOP sees the last one as a problem because, according to Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, all minorities, including women, “want stuff.”

My two favorites. Americans are basically ignorant: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) may be right but if true, that whine hurt, not helped, the president. And liberals bought the election. Liberals got 20 percent—at best—of the super-PAC money, and they “bought the election”!?

Rhetoric in the past year has accelerated about racism: liberals have written about racist attitudes toward President Obama, moderates claimed it didn’t exist, and conservatives (aka Fox News) have called the president a racist. Now it’s definitely out in the open. Hundreds of students at “Ole Miss,” for example, rioted, shouting racial slurs just like 50 years ago when violent rioting followed the forced integration with James Meredith’s enrollment as the school’s first black student. Mississippi is also the state in which 46 percent of the Republicans think that interracial marriage should be illegal. Floating Sheep has analyzed locations of the racist tweets following the election. They seem to match the voting patterns of the geographical areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the GOP will never admit is that the amazing amount of gerrymandering that the Republican states accomplished after their sweeping election in 2010 is the only reason that they maintained the House. When these legislators crammed all the Dems into small areas, the rest of the states turn red, as shown by Ohio and Pennyslvania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although House Republicans have kept a similar majority to the last Congress,  237-197 majority plus or minus four seats, more than half the people in the country voted for Democrats.  In areas where Republicans can’t control the districts—the Senate and the presidency–Democrats won outright. That’s why there’s a group of GOP legislators who want to repeal the 17th Amendment and let state legislatures determine the senators, so the GOP can take over the Senate too.

Everyone this year worried about who would vote. Democrats were concerned that people wouldn’t show up, and the GOP hoped that the people who voted in 2008 would not bother to go to the polls this year, partially because of the heavy GOP vote suppression. They were wrong. People of color comprised 28 percent of the voters, 2 percent higher than in 2008 and 5 percent more than in 2010; young voters comprised 19 percent of the vote this year, 1 percent up from four years ago and way up from only 12 percent in 2010. Some people think that the reason for the increases was the GOP’s suppression strategy. Senior turnout stayed the same, but liberals went up 3 points to 25 percent of voters in 2012. At 35 percent, conservatives were down 7 points from the 2010 vote.

Although the president went from 59-percent support of whites in 2008 to 55-percent support this year, he made up the difference among minorities, increasing among Hispanics from 67 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in 2012. One report indicated that the Hispanic support may have been greater because Spanish-dominant Latinos are undersampled because they are poorer and live in less assimilated communities. Latino Decisions pool found Latino support for Obama at 75 percent nationally and up in swing states. Asian-American support rose from 62 percent in 2008 to 73 percent this year. Those who said that the president’s marriage equality position would lose him big-time among black voters were wrong; his 93-percent support showed only a 2-point drop from 2008. The GOP appeals to none of these groups in the majority.

The GOP plans an exhaustive search into the reasons behind their loss of the presidency and Senate. Asked about the GOP’s demographic problems, Boehner said: “What Republicans need to learn is: How do we speak to all Americans? You know, not just the people who look like us and act like us, but how do we speak to all Americans?” Some hard-core conservatives claim the problem stems from being too far left—just move to the right. Collecting information will not do the GOP any good: Republicans will not accept these facts any more than they accepted the polls.

Charles Krauthammer, an old white man, is the classic example of the GOP’s refusal to look at the people in 21st-century United States. His take on Hispanics? Their only liberal issue is immigration. Thus Krauthammer puts 16.7 percent of the country’s 300+ million citizens into a tiny box. His solution is “Border fence plus amnesty.” He then suggests that running Marco Rubio (R-FL) is enough to win the Hispanic vote, a racist assumption that people vote for those of their own race in spite of different beliefs in policy.

According to Krauthammer, the rest of minorities, including women, are all liberal.  Again he shows his ignorance about the face that many blacks are actually conservative. Krauthammer wrote that the majority of women are anti-choice, but 60 percent of the 2012 voters want abortion legal in all or most cases.

Despite the failure of massive amounts of money for conservative causes and candidates and the open attempts at voter suppression to achieve a presidential win, Krauthammer repeats the GOP mantra: “The problem here for Republicans is not policy but delicacy–speaking about culturally sensitive and philosophically complex issues with reflection and prudence.” It appears that women’s issues such as forced transvaginal ultrasounds just need to explained with “delicacy.”

Chances are good that the GOP wants to believe Krauthammer and will continue down the same path while they  will ignore conservative columnist George Will’s succinct conclusion: “Demography is destiny.” Keep it up, GOP. I don’t want you to change your position. It’s what makes you lose.

June 8, 2012

Whither the Affordable Care Act?

It’s June, the month when the U.S. Supreme Court promised to hand down its decision regarding the Affordable Care Act. As Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) wrote in The Hill, “The court could choose to uphold the entire law, strike down the entire law or strike part of the law–the individual mandate and the expansion of Medicaid. If any part stays in place, Republicans are committed to repealing the president’s failed healthcare law.”

Yes, the faithful Republicans are just salivating to get started on this project.  In fact they already took a vote yesterday in the House on a piece of it. Forget that it has nothing to do with jobs or the economy, that the ACA may just stop some of the bankruptcies and home foreclosures because of the crushing debt from health issues.

Barrasso continued to explain how the Republicans will “fix” the problems of ACA: lower the costs of healthcare; keep people healthy by making better choices in their care; reduce the number of uninsured Americans; and end the practice of ordering expensive and unnecessary tests. Republicans tend to ignore the fact that the current ACA does much of what he wants. Some of his goals are made more difficult by keeping health care insurance in the private sector without necessary regulations to keep the costs down. Competition in this arena has meant that insurance companies can jack up their prices far beyond inflation each year, giving more and more money to the shareholders and CEOs.

Some Republicans don’t follow Barrasso’s plan of getting rid of the entire ACA. House GOP Policy Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) grudgingly acknowledged that “there are some things that have been instituted that folks have begun to rely on and make their family plans on.” Some conservatives and lots of other people actually like the provisions that are already going into effect, such as parents being able to insure their children until they reach the age of 26. At this time 6.6 million young people have been added to their parents’ insurance since the ACA went into effect. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) wants this provision despite his voting to repeal the entire ACA last year.

Even when lawmakers oppose the ACA, they use it. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), who has voted three times to repeal the law, insures his 23-year-old daughter, Ayla.  Brown sees nothing hypocritical in his stand: he claims that the federal government doesn’t need the law because individual states could require this coverage. Notice that Brown is from Massachusetts, the only state that does have similar health care to the ACA.

Even Tea Party member Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who is so far right that he accused 80 Democrats in Congress of being card-carrying Communists, has praised some key ACA provisions after voting to repeal the act. In addition to support parents’ insurance of children, West wants to close Medicare’s prescription drug “donut hole” that currently prevents insurance for part of the prescription coverage and ban insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions.

West fails to understand that keeping the popular pre-existing condition ban won’t work without the individual mandate or a similar method of getting healthy people to buy insurance. If only sick people buy insurance, it becomes unaffordable for all.  The Government Accountability Office reported that insurance companies may determine that as many as one-third of the people in the United States have preexisting conditions such as hypertension or diabetes. With the ACA, these people either pay higher premiums or be denied coverage unless they are covered by an employer.

Republicans try to make people afraid by claiming that the costs of health care would skyrocket under ACA. Instead, the law requires insurers to justify premium increases of more than 10 percent; last year one California insurance company tried to raise its premiums by 41 percent. The ACA also mandates that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care, not advertising or generous administrative bonuses. Insurers that don’t meet this mandate will bge required to rebate any expenditures under 80 percent to the clients. Both these requirements cut into the greedy profits that insurance companies make, causing them to lobby against ACA.

The Affordable Care Act also creates a marketplace of state-based insurance exchanges to make health plans more affordable for small businesses and individuals. The law also saves money because it requires insurers to pay for prevention. People are opposed to the ACA because Republicans lie about its benefits and work to convince everyone that affordable health care is a bad thing. If they had supported the act as they did before President Obama proposed it, the majority of the  people in this country would view affordable health care as a positive and perhaps even want single-payer health care.

Although ACA has not completely gone into effect, the Center for American Progress has reported on the gains for women:

“[M]ore than 45 million women have already taken advantage of recommended preventive services, including mammograms, pap smears, prenatal care, well-baby care, and well-child care with no cost sharing such as co-pays and deductibles. Starting this August, millions more will be able to obtain contraception, annual well-woman care (a visit with a gynecologist), screening for gestational diabetes, breastfeeding counseling and supplies, and screening for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and the Human papillomavirus—again at no extra cost. In addition, women will no longer encounter discrimination in the health insurance market in the form of lost maternity coverage, higher premiums due to their gender, and denials of coverage for gender-related pre-existing conditions. Indeed, close to 9 million women will gain coverage for maternity care in the individual market starting in 2014. And provisions in the new health law that protect everyone will especially benefit women, who utilize the health care system the most.”

Republicans who want to repeal ACA prefer that women pay a higher cost for insurance, be denied affordable maternity coverage, and lose preventive services. If ACA is struck down, the conservatives certainly won’t provide any of the above advantages for half the population. They don’t want to make women healthier; they just want to stop women’s birth control to force women into pregnancy.

A friend, recently returned home from England, wrote this the letter to the editor about her experience with their so-called “socialist” single-payer health care:

I recently returned from a month traveling in England.  While traveling, I had to go to the emergency room (ER), not once but twice.  It was unfortunate to experience two mishaps, but extremely fortunate that this occurred in the UK.  I received courteous, efficient, kind, and excellent medical care – and it was FREE.   It is a truly amazing experience to receive excellent medical care at no cost and to be treated so well in the process.  And the 2nd time I went to the ER, it was packed with 40-50 people waiting to be treated.  I broke my wrist so there was no way I could be processed quickly – and I was still in and out within 3 hours.

The one question we encountered throughout our trip was why Americans are so opposed to having universal health care.  The Brits are totally baffled by this and cannot understand why we are so opposed to something so beneficial.   It baffles me as well.  After my wonderful experience with the National Health Service in the UK, I am even more baffled than before I took this trip.  This accident prone Yank is very grateful for the health care system that the Brits have – and only wishes we had the same.

Two religions dominate the Supreme Court: six of the justices, including the five conservative ones, are Catholic; the remaining three are Jewish. Theoretically, Catholic leadership believes in providing health care for all—as long as it doesn’t provide for women’s reproductive care other than their being forced to have an unlimited number of babies. Despite the requirement that the Supreme Court determine their rulings based on legality, three-fourths of the people in the United States believe that the justices use personal and political beliefs to make their decisions.

If the justices decide that the ACA doesn’t fit into their constitutional beliefs, are Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security next?

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