Friday, May 15, 2015

RARE REPUBLICAN REALITIES

 " From Robert Reich comes this gem of a paragraph !

( referencing the likelihood of a new Congressional Budget )

 "In this as in other domains of public policy, Republicans have not shown a particular affinity for facts.

Climate change? It's not happening, they say. And even if it is happening, humans aren't responsible. (Almost all scientists studying the issue find it's occurring and humans are the major cause.)

Widening inequality? Not occurring, they say. Even though the data show otherwise, they claim the measurements are wrong.

Voting fraud? Happening all over the country, they say, which is why voter IDs and other limits on voting are necessary. Even though there's no evidence to back up their claim (the best evidence shows no more than 31 credible incidents of fraud out of a billion ballots cast), they continue to assert it. 

Evolution? Just a theory, they say. Even though all reputable scientists support it, many Republicans at the state level say it shouldn't be taught without also presenting the view found in the Bible.

Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? America's use of torture? The George W. Bush administration and its allies in Congress weren't overly interested in the facts.

The pattern seems to be: if you don't like the facts, make them up.

Or have your benefactors finance "think tanks" filled with hired guns who will tell the public what you and your patrons want them to say.

If all else fails, fire your own experts who tell the truth, and replace them with people who will pronounce falsehoods. "

There's one big problem with this strategy, though. Legislation based on lies often causes the public to be harmed. "

I cannot say it much better. Oh hell, I cannot come close,

ED

RUBIO RUES THE VOTE, LOVES THE GUNS

MORE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

NASTY STATEMENTS
Ultra-conservative dog whistler Ann Coulter once said on a talk show, " Our party has blacks too, but our blacks are better than their blacks."

On another talk show, Ann Coulter remarked " As Christians we love the Jews, we just want them to be perfected."

CHINESE DUMPED STEEL
"Dumped and subsidized imported steel from China has tripled from 750,000 tons in 2006 to 2.2 million tons in 2008 and have continued increasing in the first quarter 2009," said Rob Simon, vice president and general manager of Evraz Inc.'s Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, Pueblo, Colo.  "These imports significantly undersold U.S. producers and have created a huge inventory buildup in the U.S. market."

DRUGGED DRIVING STATISTICS IN COLORADO

In 2012, the Colorado Department of Human Services collected 23,519 drug and alcohol evaluations. Of the total evaluations, 1,045, or nearly 5 percent, involved marijuana.  Also in 2012, there were 87 fatalities involving a drugged driver, and 35 of the 286 drivers tested for drugs had cannabis only in their system. Click here for more drugged driving statistics.

In the Columbus Dispatch April 15th, 2015, a letter to the editor complained of 650 DUI citations involving marijuana in Colorado in 2014. 

In other words the incidence of DUI citations has gone DOWN since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado !


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW


President Obama's first job was with a Catholic Church Social Justice Organization.

Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden is the only Second Lady in history to have a paying job while serving the country.

There is no such thing as an " Obamaphone " The phones are sponsored by the telephone industry and subsidized by the Federal Government. The program actually started in 1996.

The highest concentration of people in Welfare Dependency are in Republican led States, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, New Mexico, Maine, Montana, Tennessee, W. Virginia, S. Dakota, . . . Take note, 8 of the above states are RED states, and 1, Maine is purple

Contrary to Republican anti-minimum wage talking points the fast food industry is not mostly teenagers working after school !
According  to the National Employment Law Project, the average age of fast-food workers is 29. Forty percent are 25 or older, 31 percent have at least attempted college; more than 26 percent are parents raising children. Union organizers say that one-third to one-half of them have more than one
job.

Facts are facts,
ED

Thursday, April 23, 2015

COWARD CRUZ

Today as the Senate was to vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be the Attorney General of the United States, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas, made a fool of himself (again) by mentioning the many highly ignorant hypotheticals he posed to Ms. Lynch during her nomination hearing. He posited that since she refused to answer his ignorant hypotheticals that she proved somehow that she intended to approve of President Obamas "lawlessness" as he calls it. 
If all that is not egregious enough, he then decided not to vote today. That's not a yes and not a no !
Sen. Cruz did not have the guts to go on the record with a NO vote. COWARDLY !
I am flummoxed----
ED

Sunday, April 19, 2015

REPUBLICAN PLAN TO REPLACE THE ACA IS LUDICROUS

This excerpt from the L.A. Times by Noam N. Levy explains how the Republicans would replace the Affordable Care Act with, you guessed it, the Affordable Care Act !

"The Republican outline would ban insurance companies from imposing lifetime limits on coverage, allow young adults up to age 26 to remain on their parents' health plans, and create a system of tax subsidies to help Americans buy coverage. All are pillars of the current law.

Like the current law, the proposal includes a system for penalizing people who don't have health insurance, although the mechanism is different than the current tax penalty.

And the Republican plan, like the current law, relies on cuts in Medicare spending and a new tax on employer-provided health plans with particularly rich benefits."

The mind reels, the little cogs turn, nothing meshes, they smile,

And I just move on !

ED