Monday, March 6, 2017

REPREHENSIBLE BILLS INTRODUCED BY REPUBLICAN FASCISTS




Yes, I know the title of this blog is harsh.  There is good reason.  My cousin shared this article on Facebook this morning, and I'm sharing it on my blog right now.  The Republicans are going way too far, led by an unstable president who is trying to slander the free press, so that he and his Republican minions can abolish agencies that protect the American people and their lands, resources, and personal rights in order to protect and promote unsafe projects that benefit no one except big business and the private elite.  This is fascism, plain and simple. 



The American people need to protest in every way possible - phone calls, letters, marches, petitions.  Loud and long and clear, and stop this reprehensible behavior of politicians before they run our country into the ground and our inalienable rights along with it. 

And just for the record, I googled every single one of the bills listed in this article.  They are real bills on the site for the US Congress. 



For example:  I googled Bill HR 861 (to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency



https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/861



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http://resistancereport.com/politics/gop-bills-congress/



 

While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills






Posted By: Tom Cahill March 4, 2017



The Republican-led Congress is wasting no time forcing through the most horrendous bills seen in decades while America’s eyes are on Russia.



With both houses of Congress solidly under Republican control, there’s little in the way to stop House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) from sending bills to President Trump’s desk that embody the most dangerous aspects of radical right-wing ideology.



However unlikely these bills’ passage would have seemed in the 114th Congress, the possibility of these nine bills becoming law is much higher now, especially considering the flurry of headlines around Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal on the ongoing investigation into the president’s Russian connections, and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s multiple meetings with several of Trump’s top lieutenants.



Here are the nine worst bills to keep an eye on:



1. H.R. 861: To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency



This bill — cosponsored by Republican members of Congress from fossil fuel-producing states — is just one sentence long, and says nothing about what would happen to the multiple environmental regulations the EPA has instituted since 1970, or its multibillion-dollar budget, or its thousands of staffers. H.R. 861 is currently awaiting action in the subcommittee on environment.



2. H.R. 610: Tax dollars for private schools



Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced this bill in January, which would redistribute funding earmarked for public schools in the form of vouchers for parents to send children to private schools. Over the long term, this would eventually bankrupt public schools, and create a stratified education system in which cash-strapped public schools would be unable to meet the educational needs of low-income students. The bill is awaiting action in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.



3. H.R. 899: To terminate the Department of Education



If this bill, introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), becomes law, the U.S. Department of Education would terminate by the end of 2018. The bill’s brevity leaves many questions unanswered, like what would happen with Department of Education grants for public schools and universities, its budget, or its staff. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said she would personally be “fine” if the agency she heads were to be abolished.



4. H.J.R. 69: To repeal a rule protecting wildlife



Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), whose constituents likely include hunters who kill wildlife for sport rather than for food, introduced this joint resolution voicing displeasure with a Department of Interior rule that prohibits “non-subsistence” hunting in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. The resolution passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.



5. H.R. 370: To repeal the Affordable Care Act



While President Obama was in office, House Republicans voted at least 60 times to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — despite its futility. However, the Trump administration has made the repeal of Obamacare a top priority, meaning the repeal bill from Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) is likely to pass.



6. H.R. 354: To defund Planned Parenthood



Despite the widely publicized debunking of the video alleging the women’s health nonprofit was selling human organs, Republicans are still refusing to stop destroying Planned Parenthood. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) introduced a bill that would prevent any federal grants from going to Planned Parenthood for a full year unless they swore to not perform abortions. As the chart below from Planned Parenthood shows, only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood resources go toward abortions, while the vast majority of funding is used to help low-income women get STD tests, contraceptive care, and breast cancer screenings:






7. H.R. 785: National Right-to-Work legislation



Conservative ideologue Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is aiming to cripple unions at the nationwide level with a bill that would systematically deprive labor unions of the funding they need to operate. Unions often provide one of the crucial pillars of support for Democratic candidates and causes, and conservatives aim to destroy them once and for all by going after their funding. It’s important to note that right-to-work is bad for all workers, not just union members — in 2015, the Economic Policy Institute learned that wages in right-to-work states are roughly 3.2 percent lower than in non-right-to-work states.



8. H.R. 83: Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act



Multiple cities and states around the country have openly stated that they won’t abide by President Trump’s plan to aggressively round up and deport undocumented immigrants. A bill by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania) would strip all federal funding of any city that doesn’t obey Trump’s immigration policies for up to a year.



9. H.R. 147: To criminalize abortion



Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) wants to aggressively prosecute pregnant women seeking abortions, along with abortion providers, by making abortion a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The bill is currently awaiting action in the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.



To fight back against these bills, call 202-224-3121, ask for your member of Congress, and tell them to vote no.







Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at tom.v.cahill@gmail.com, or follow him on Facebook








Thursday, March 2, 2017

YOU CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY THAN VINEGAR ON FACEBOOK


Look!  This Facebook friend of mine bet that I'm so crappy a person that I'm too lazy and uncaring to share a post about a lonely kid dying with cancer who needs online hugs!  That cheap shot about me doesn't matter!  It's a great cause, and I'm so desperate to prove that I'm a good-hearted person, so insecure about my decency, that I'll share her post even though in the first part of the post, she bet that I was an asshole and wouldn't. 
If your meme or a post that you're sharing to get attention for a good cause, is phrased in such a way that it's an insult to your friends, (including me, and in turn my friends if I share it),  I will not be posting it, and that doesn't make me an asshole.  It makes me a person with self-respect who in turn treats my friends with respect.

Phrases like:

I'll bet half my friends won't bother posting this….
Or

This is a little test for my friends to see if they are paying attention….
Or

This is a little test for my friends to see if they truly care….
Or

I believe in God.  I'll bet nobody has the guts to post this…
Or

Let's see how good of an American you are….
Or

Let's see how good of a Christian you are…

Or any other chickenshit, self-righteous, passive-aggressive "test" someone posts, will not be appearing on my wall for the simple reason that I know my friends are decent, caring, people, or they wouldn't be on my Facebook page in the first place.
Furthermore, I refuse to insult my decent, caring friends by sharing memes or posts that insinuate that they aren't if they don't share something appearing on my page.  Sharing a post for someone is a courtesy, not some damned test of friendship, and if you put someone in that position, you're blackmailing them.  Sort of like, "if you don't share my post/meme, I'm gonna take my dollies and go home, and you aren't my friend anymore! Humph!"

If you care about a cause, post it.  I'll share it.
If something bugs you, I'll try and help, and try and get my friends to help. 

If you need cheering up or hugs, I'm right there posting them. 

And so will my friends be. 
But not if you start your post out with an insult or back-handed compliment, because you wouldn't like it if I started a post that way, would you?  Because you wouldn't want to be disrespected like that.  No one would.