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March 14, 2016

GOP Platform—Not My Problem, No

Conservatives tend to care only for themselves. Asked about the importance of health care for all, they respond, “But then I can’t find a doctor.” According to conservatives, suffering for anyone else is “not my problem (NMP).” Questions showing how conservatives take no responsibility for anyone except for their personal, selfish needs with conservatives’ responses:

Birth Control: Do you know that birth control keeps women from having unwanted pregnancies? “NMP.”

Abortions: Do you understand that more unwanted pregnancies mean more abortions? “I’m pro-life.” What about women who have children they can’t afford? “NMP.”

Food Stamps: Do you realize that forcing women to have children they can’t afford means they need food stamps and Medicaid? “I cut spending on those because I’m fiscally responsible.” But that means children have no medical care and go hungry. “NMP.”

Crime: What about children growing up in poverty who turn to crime? “I live in a gated community so NMP.”

Minimum Wage: What about millions of people forced to live in poverty because of low wages even if they work 60 hours or more each week? “NMP.”

Food Stamps Again: What about people who have to rely on food stamps because of low wages? “I cut spending on those because I’m fiscally responsible–NMP.”

Immigration: Do you know that building a wall along the entire border would such up taxpayer money and not even work? “NMP.”

Families: Don’t you understand that deporting parents away from their children is cruel and inhumane. “NMP.”

Racism: What about the anti-Latino rhetoric increasing racial tensions and violence against innocent people? “NMP.”

“War on Drugs”: Do you understand that the so-called “war on drugs” does no good while it puts millions of people in prison for smoking a plant? “NMP.”

Racism Again: What about the effect of these laws to put Blacks in jail more often and for longer times than Whites? “NMP.”

Gang Violence: And what about the devastation of black communities that contributes to poverty and gang violence? “NMP.”

Health Care: Do you care that repealing Obamacare would talk health care away from over 20 million people? “NMP.”

Pre-existing Conditions: Are you aware that Obamacare stops insurance companies from denying health care to sick people? “NMP.” And kicking people off insurance if they get sick? “NMP.”

Pro-Life: How can you be pro-life and not care about people dying from lack of insurance. “NMP.”

Heroin: Do you realize that the white communities will have the same experiences because millions of Whites are using heroin? “That can’t be true. We need to change the laws (ala Koch brothers)! They aren’t criminals—they victims and deserve our compassion and help! Spare no expense!”

When the conservatives took over both congressional chambers 14 and a half months ago, they bragged that they were going to move the country forward. Instead, they’ve created more gridlock.  The policy of”not my problem” is accompanied by “hell, no!”

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) promised a “Year of Ideas,” with legislation aimed at poverty and health care. The chamber has been in session for 154 of the 431 days since the GOP Congress took over. As in the past few years, legislation previously dominated by name changes for buildings can’t even manage that any more: nine GOP members fought naming a post office after national treasure and poet Maya Angelou, calling her a “communist sympathizer.” The House did manage to delay regulations for brick kilns.

The GOP Senate has 298 House-passed bills awaiting action while it spent four weeks on an energy efficiency bill that isn’t finished. Opioid legislation was passed with no funding, and individuals stalled bills for criminal justice reform and Flint’s water crisis—in this case GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz.  It also made the policy of NO quite clear by rejecting the constitutional directive to consider any nominee for the Supreme Court. President Obama came out with six possible appointments, three of them women. That number has been cut in half as conservatives trash professional careers.

One of those who disappeared is Jane Kelly, heartily endorsed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for the 8th Circuit Court. Grassley described Kelly, unanimously confirmed for her present position in 2013, as “a forthright woman of high integrity and honest character” with an “exceptionally keen intellect.” That was before an ad funded by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) smeared her for defending constitutional rights guaranteeing all people accused of a crime “the assistance of counsel for his defense.” A public defender in 2005, Kelly represented Casey Frederiksen, on child pornographer who was later convicted of killing a five-year-old girl. Although Kelly did not defend Frederiksen for this murder, the ad uses this murder to inflame people.

JCN began a Judicial Confirmation Network during the Bush administration to help confirm George W.’s nominees. The name changed in 2010 to prevent President Obama’s nominees after the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. It has a seven-figure advertising budget to keep Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and vulnerable senators up for election from allowing a nominee to be considered as well as a six-figure campaign targeting Democrats. JCN has also hired a team of ten researchers from America Rising to locate information keeping any nominees from going to the Senate.

Not satisfied with its continuation of congressional malfunction and trying to wreak the same for the Supreme Court, Congress has decided to ignore the country’s budget—the first time since the system began in 1974. This after bitterly complaining about Democratic inaction several years ago. Both the House and the Senate have decided that they will not have hearings on the president’s budget or allow administration officials to testify about it. This decision came before they even saw any budget. This stupidity follows the 14-month refusal to act on a nominee to head up the Treasury Department’s terrorism section. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), chair of the Banking Committee, explained the reason for the wait: he faced a primary challenge and couldn’t approve any Obama nominee.

The NMP and NO economic stagnation policies for 99 percent of people in the U.S. have led to widespread poverty and misery. It’s the conservative “me me me” philosophy that trashes long term greater good for short term personal profit. Now the establishment Republicans can’t understand why Donald Trump is in the lead. The word “demagogue” is freely tossed around—even applied to President Obama. Users of this term need to consult their dictionaries: it refers to “a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason, a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.”

GOP consultant Alex Castellanos may have said it best:

“If our self-indulgent Republican party establishment had really wanted to prevent a takeover of the GOP, they should not have gorged on political power while they failed to do anything to prevent the decline of the country. Our leaders could have led. They could have done more than say ‘no’ to Democrats while offering no alternative.”

President Obama followed up this analysis when by connecting the Trump phenomenon to “a notion that everything I do is to be opposed; that cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal.” This, he said, made “an environment where somebody like a Donald Trump can thrive.” Tomorrow will show how much Trump is thriving when five states hold their primaries. If he does, the GOP will be—well deservedly—suffering.

trumpprotest-missouri2This is what happens to a non-violent protester at a Trump rally. And it may get much worse. Trump supporters have called for a “militia” supposedly to protect voters against so-called “violent far-left agitators.” “The Lion’s Guard” calls on people to “provide security protection to innocent people who are subject to harassment and assault by Far-left agitators “ and be “willing to forcefully protect people if need be.” Members are already asking for “uniform suggestions.”

While Trump invites violence, he calls for pledges.  As Saturday, he told his audience to repeat after him:

“I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before the 12thfor Donald J. Trump for president.”

He then promised that “bad things” would happen to them if they broke their pledge.


Donald Trump’s campaign is reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s as he asks for violence and demands people to swear that they willl vote for him. All this came from the GOP that decided on a platform of NMP and NO.


December 17, 2013

Walker: The Big-Time ‘No’ Guy

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Scott Walker, GOP governor of Wisconsin, tells people that he “loves being governor” when he’s asked if he plans to aim for the presidency in 2016. He also said that he might not finish his next term as governor. It’s pretty obvious that, although he has only 4 percent of support from Republicans, he’s aiming for the White House.

He’s published a book (written “with” Republican pundit Marc Thiessen, a Washington Post columnist and former President George W. Bush speechwriter), Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge, and he’s giving speeches across the country. This is what presidential candidates do, not candidates for governor.

Walker’s theme is that the GOP needs to stop being the party of “no.” The debt and deficit are “moral issues,” according to Walker. The GOP needs to frame the debate as wanting “a better life for our children and grandchildren and to get there, we’re about reforming things.”

People who live in Wisconsin, however, know that “no” is Walker’s favorite word:

Women’s reproductive rights: Walker passed bills that cut state funding for Planned Parenthood, tighten requirements for abortion providers that eliminated half of them in the state, and require women seeking abortions to first get medically-unnecessary ultrasounds. Walker says “no” to rights for women and “no” to doctors making medical decisions for women.

Recalls: Less than a month ago, Walker headed up new restrictions on recalling elected officials. A proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Assembly would limit the recall power that has been part of the state constitution for eighty years to only felony or ethics violation charges. Fortunately, a constitutional amendment must pass the full legislature two consecutive sessions and then be approved by a statewide vote.

Walker did manage to pass a similar restriction on recall for municipal and school officials because only the Senate needs to pass this bill. If Wisconsin had had this law in 2002, they could have stopped the recall that led to Walker’s rise: Walker was aligned then with an attempted recall against then-Milwaukee County Executive Tom Ament, who hadn’t been convicted of a felony or ethics violation. Ament resigned, and Walker was elected County Executive.

Education: Walker instituted severe cuts in the education budget while giving the money for corporations. “No” to funding for kids.

Judicial system: Walker is also pushing a constitutional amendment that would oust Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, an independent in the midst of corporate-supported judges. The amendment would change the selection process from seniority to peer selection. Out-of-state money has moved the state supreme court to the right in recent years.

Public access: Another Walker “no” is to limit public access to a proposed iron ore mine site in northern Wisconsin tourist areas.

Organized labor: Walker’s Act 10 took healthcare and pensions from collective bargaining for most public employees allowing local governments and schools to impose cost-sharing for those benefits instead of negotiating with labor leaders. Public employees also lost some of their wages because of mandated increased donations to pensions and health care.

Economic development: Walker claimed that taking money from taxpayers to give to corporations was to create jobs. Within six months, Wisconsin ranked 49th out of 50 in job creation, going up to 44th now. The year before Walker took office, Wisconsin was 10th in the nation. He promised 250,000 new jobs during his first term. Two-thirds of the way through the term, he still has two-thirds of the jobs to find—170,000. Now he says that his goal wasn’t actually a “magic number.” Walker continued, “I said, ‘it’s not really about jobs.’” So “no” to jobs.

Singing: Dozens of people were arrested in Wisconsin’s state capitol for singing. “No” to singing. Sometimes, Walker wouldn’t let people in the capitol. “No”  to entry. His “no” to singing got pulled back after tourists in the state capitol were arrested.

Nursing home abuse: Walker passed the Wisconsin Omnibus Tort Reform Act, making any state records of abuse and/or neglect in the state’s nursing homes declared inadmissable and unavailable to attorneys seeking damages on behalf of the victims of this abuse and/or neglect. The state also says no to enough investigators for these facilities.

Voter Suppression: After President Obama won Wisconsin in the last election, Walker decided that a Democrat wouldn’t win the state again. He has said no to same-day voter registration law to keep the voter turnout down. The 2011 voter ID law that would have disenfranchised more than 300,000 voters was struck down by two separate state courts. The law is also being challenged in federal court. Another Walker bill limits early voting. Thus Walker’s “no” is three for three in popular voter suppression laws: restrict registration, restriction voting, and restrict voters.

Marriage equality: Walker said: “I don’t talk about it at all. I don’t talk about anything but fiscal and economic issues in the state.” I think that means “no.”

Audience: When Walker tours the state to get opinions, he limits the crowd to invited guests. He says “no” to many of his constituents because they might not agree with him.

Unfortunately for Walker, Politifact examined Walker’s book for veracity of his claims:

Property taxes would not have gone up without Walker’s “reforms,” the way he claimed. His radical changes did save the average homeowner $20 for the first two years. Walker again said that taxpayers would save $680 over four years, but again the bill lacked that impact.

Walker used the excuse that the state is broke to do whatever he wanted, such as refusing $810 million in federal money to build a high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison and forcing state employees to pay more for health care and pensions. Wisconsin was not broke and not $3 billion in debt.

The claim that 94 percent of employers now think that Wisconsin is heading in the right direction used a small non-representative survey that oversampled large employers and manufacturers.

An amusing episode from the Wisconsin 2011 labor battles was a prank call from journalist Ian Murphy who pretended to be conservative billionaire David Koch. Murphy asked if Walker would plant “some troublemakers” in the peaceful crowds protesting the anti-union legislation. Walker responded that his office had “thought about that.” In the book, Walker claims that they had never considered such an act, despite his having admitted he actually did consider the option in a press conference the day after the call. “God had a plan for me with that episode,” Walker wrote in the book in an attempt to spin away his lies.

Walker sometimes says yes. He said yes to new specialty license plates that read “In God We Trust” and “Choose Life.” He also says yes to the Koch brothers because of the money they give him for his campaigns.

He also scores high in cronyism, scandal, mismanagement and excessive partisanship. He said yes in his mismanagement of the national mortgage settlement funds and creation of the privatized and highly dysfunctional Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which lost track of some $12 million in taxpayer funds.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) used his office to promote donors’ interests, illegally used state troopers to track down his political opponents, and is being investigated for his aides’ illegal activity.

From the Walker campaign came this email:

“This year, we are celebrating the Holiday Season with a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores. Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of.”

The aide who wrote the email has been fired for demeaning Hispanics, but his message remains: Give up everything and give it to the GOP.

Walker is a prime example of the GOP “party of no” and a frightening symbol of future events with Republican leadership.


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