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The Day in a Quote

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A Republican World – ’1 In 5 Children Go Hungry In America While The GOP Celebrates Cutting Food Stamps’

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‘In the richest country in the world, one would think child hunger is not an issue’.

‘However, the truth is very, very heartbreaking’.

‘According to the newest annual ‘Map the Meal Gap’ report conducted from the anti-hunger charity Feeding America, more than one in five American kids lived in a “food insecure” household in 2012, meaning that their meals are not consistent, or do not meet the basic necessary amount’.

‘Roughly 49 million Americans are currently in a food-insecure household’.

‘The top eight states for food-insecure homes for children are’:

1. ‘New Mexico, with 29.2% being food insecure’

2. ‘Mississippi, with 28.7%’

3. ‘Arizona , with 28.2%’

4. ‘Nevada, with 28.1%’

5. ‘Georgia, with 28.1%’

6. ‘Arkansas, with 27.7%’

7. ‘Florida, with 27.6%’

8. ‘Texas, with 27.4%’

  • ‘Of the top 8 states where children not not adequately receive food, six are Republican states’.

‘Even less surprising, the report found that the hungriest counties are largely concentrated in the deep south and southeastern United States, with just a little less than 12 percent of the group coming from outside those regions’.

  • That means 88% of children that go hungry in this country come from the southern Bible Belt’.

‘In September last year, the Republicans made good on their promise, and passed a farm bill which cut $40 billion from the Food Stamp program, on a close vote of 217-210′.

‘Only 15 Republicans voted against it’.

‘Every Democrat voted against it’.

‘Again, let’s remember: almost half of all food stamps go to children, and the elderly’!

Even though food stamps are needed most in the Republican dominated south, the Governors, Representatives, and Senators are continuously voting against their constituent’s best interests, and the constituents don’t seem to notice’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/23/american-children-hungry/

Debunking Republican Lies – A Republican World – ‘Rand Paul: GOP might be over-selling voter fraud’

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PAUL: ‘Dead people do still vote in some elections. There still is some fraud. And so we should stop that, and one way of doing it is (driver’s licenses)’.

AXELROD: ‘Although the incidence of fraud is relatively small’.

PAUL: ‘It probably is, and I think Republicans may have over-emphasized this. I don’t know’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/04/23/rand-paul-gop-might-be-over-selling-voter-fraud/

From the Brennab Center For Justice :

‘Chief among these is the proposal that individuals be required to show photo ID in order to vote – a policy that disenfranchises up to 10% of eligible citizens’.

  • ‘Indeed, evidence from the microscopically scrutinized 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington State actually reveals just the opposite: though voter fraud does happen, it happens approximately 0.0009% of the time’.
  • The similarly closely-analyzed 2004 election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004%’.

 

‘National Weather Service data shows that Americans are struck and killed by lightning about as often’.

  • ‘In Missouri in 2000, for example, the Secretary of State claimed that 79 voters were registered with addresses at vacant lots, but subsequent investigation revealed that the lots in question actually housed valid and legitimate residences’.
  • ‘Similarly, a 1995 investigation into votes allegedly cast in Baltimore by deceased voters and those with disenfranchising felony convictions revealed that the voters in question were both alive and felony-free’.
  • ‘In Florida in 2000, a list of purged voters later became notorious when it was discovered that the “matching” process captured eligible voters with names similar to – but decidedly different from – the names of persons with felony convictions, sometimes in other states entirely’.
  • ‘A 2005 attempt to identify supposed double voters in New Jersey mistakenly accused people with similar names but whose middle names or suffixes were clearly different, such as “J.T. Kearns, Jr.” and “J.T. Kearns, Sr.,” of being the same person’.

From : http://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/policy-brief-truth-about-voter-fraud

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  • ‘Between 2000 and 2010 there were 649 million votes cast in general elections and 13 cases of in-person voter impersonation’.

‘Voter fraud itself does not refer specifically to voter ID fraud. Voter ID fraud is one of many types electoral fraud’.

  • ‘At the turn of the 20th century the south enforced a poll tax to prevent poor people, specifically black people from voter registration and voting’.
  • ‘Voter ID laws are seen by some as a modern form of poll tax as many of the countries poorest will not vote due to a lack of proper state issued ID’.

‘The new Voter ID laws were enacted by Republicans… Voter ID laws will mainly impact would be voters for the Democratic party’.

  • ‘Voter ID laws are mainly passed in swing states where preventing a win by Democrats could mean a Republican victory’.
  • Voter ID laws make it harder for poor people, students and the elderly to vote (they are less likely to have a valid form of state issued ID)’.
  • ‘Some states offer “free” ID cards. In order to get a “free” ID card a voter needs another valid form of ID’.
  • ’12% of voteing-age US citizens don’t have a valid form of state ID. In order to obtain a “free ID” they need a certified copy of a birth certificate which costs from $10 to $45 depending on the state, a passport which costs $85, and certified naturalization papers which cost $19.95′.

 

From : http://voterfraudfacts.com/

Debunking The Republican Lies on Obamacare – The ‘People Actually DO Want Health Care’ Edition – ‘NYT Poll Blows Up The GOP’s Obamacare Narrative’

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Let’s see….

It will reduce the deficit…..

Help older and workers in poor health retire early because they can now afford insurance…..

Actually creates jobs…..

Come on Republicans……Keep telling Americans that they can’t have health care because it will ‘destroy the economy’ so we need to vote 50 more times to repeal Obamacare’!
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‘The New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll surveyed four Southern states that will help determine control of the Senate this fall. It earned headlines for finding the Democrats in better shape in the Senate races than most would have expected’.

‘The poll showed Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), who expanded Medicaid under the law, are hugely popular’.

‘Their approval ratings are more than 20 points higher than their disapproval ratings’;

‘Beebe holds 68 percent approval’,

‘And Beshear is at 56 percent’.

‘But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) are at best treading water with their constituents after they declined to expand the program to cover low-income residents’.

‘McCrory is middling, with 43 percent approval and 44 percent disapproval’,

‘While Jindal is 14 percent underwater at 40 percent approval and 54 percent disapproval’.
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/nyt-kff-poll-governors-obamacare-politics

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‘CBO lowers U.S. deficit estimates as health subsidies fall’
‘WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday’.
@ : http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-04-14/news/sns-rt-us-usa-healthcare-premiums-20140414_1_cbo-estimates-congressional-budget-office

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‘Why the new CBO report on Obamacare is good news’

‘The Congressional Budget Office is out with its latest report on the Affordable Care Act, and here are a few bottom lines’:

— ‘The ACA is cheaper than it expected’.

— ‘It will “markedly increase” the number of Americans with health insurance’.

— ‘The risk-adjustment provisions, which Congressional Republicans want to overturn as a “bailout” of the insurance industry, will actually turn a profit to the U.S. Treasury’.

‘Given all this, why are the first news headlines on the CBO report depicting it as calling Obamacare a job killer’?

‘You can chalk up some of that to the crudity of headline-writing, and some to basic innumeracy in the press’.

‘But it’s important to examine what the CBO actually says about the ACA’s impact on the labor market’.

‘The CBO projects that the act will reduce the supply of labor, not the availability of jobs’.

‘There’s a big difference’.

‘In fact, it suggests that aggregate demand for labor (that is, the number of jobs) will increase, not decrease’;

‘but that many workers or would-be workers will be prompted by the ACA to leave the labor force, many of them voluntarily’.

‘As economist Dean Baker points out, this is, in fact, a beneficial effect of the law, and a sign that it will achieve an important goal’.

‘It helps “older workers with serious health conditions who are working now because this is the only way to get health insurance’.

‘And (one for the family-values crowd) many young mothers who return to work earlier than they would like because they need health insurance. This is a huge plus.”

‘The ACA will reduce the total hours worked by about 1.5% to 2% in 2017 to 2024, the CBO forecasts, “almost entirely because workers will choose to supply less labor — given the new taxes and other incentives they will face and the financial benefits some will receive.”

‘That translates into about 2.5 million full-time equivalents by 2024 — not the number of workers, because some will reduce their number of hours worked rather than leaving the workforce entirely’.

‘The overall impact on the community will be muted, moreover, because most of that effect will be seen at the lowest levels of the wage-earning scale’.

‘The effect will be “small or negligible for most categories of workers,” the CBO says, because there will be almost no impact on workers who get their insurance from their employers or who earn more than 400% of the federal poverty line (for a family of three, that’s $78,120), the point at which eligibility for federal premium disappears’.

‘As for labor demand, the CBO estimates that on balance, the ACA will increase aggregate demand for goods and services, in part by relieving lower-income people of the burden of health insurance or healthcare expenses, so they can increase their spending on other things’.

‘In turn, that will “boost demand for labor,” especially in the near term, while the economy remains slack’.
@ : http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-cbo-20140204,0,3106578.story#axzz2zl25Rf1J

A Republican World – The ‘Do What We Tell You Or We’ll Impeach You’ Edition – ‘Missouri legislature will begin impeachment proceedings against governor’

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And what solid legal foundation is the Impeachment of a United States Governor based on you ask?

Basicly it’s ‘You’re a Democrat and we don’t want you being our Governor’.

  • He actually ordered the State to treat Gay couples tax returns as if they were real citizens.
  • He isn’t calling ‘special elections’ fast enough.
  • He didn’t punish State Troopers for handing over evidence to the Social Security Administration.

1. – ‘One legislator has lodged a complaint over Nixon’s executive order last year that directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples who were legally married in other states. Nixon said in November, when he issued the order, that the state should accept the same sorts of tax returns as the Internal Revenue Service, which accepts joint returns from same-sex couples’.

2. – ‘Another legislator said Nixon hadn’t moved fast enough to call special elections in three state House districts and a Senate district left vacant by resignations. State law directs the governor to call elections “without delay”; state Rep. Mike Moon’s (R) legislation accuses Nixon of breaking that law’.

3. – ‘And a third legislator says Nixon deserves the boot for insufficiently punishing officials at the state Department of Public Safety for releasing a database of Missourians with permits to carry concealed weapons’.

‘In 2013, the state Highway Patrol said it had given the list of 163,000 concealed carry permit holders to a Social Security Administration agent in relation to an investigation into fraudulent disability claims’.

‘The list of permit-holders was to be compared to a list of Social Security recipients collecting benefits for mental illness claims’.

‘A top Highway Patrol official said at the time the state considered the federal request a part of a criminal investigation. Nixon didn’t immediately fire the officials responsible, as House Republicans had demanded’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/04/23/missouri-legislature-will-begin-impeachment-proceedings-against-governor/

Debunking The Republican (Koch Brothers) Lies – ‘Photo Of Obama In Conservative Attack Ad Is Photoshopped From Hospital Trip After Aurora Shooting’

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‘Update: After this story published, AFP told a reporter in Colorado the ad will be recut because they got caught’.

The Koch Brothers.

The best of Republican Values.

Misinformation.

Disinformation.

Lies.

Scumbags that photoshopped a picture at a time of tragedy and trying to pass it off as a statement on health care.

 

These are the low life’s that fund the teabaggers……..which is all you need to know about the teabaggers ‘ethics and values that they would take the Koch brothers money.

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‘Aurora Victims’ Families Denounce Photoshopped Ad Attacking Udall As ‘Disgrace’

@ : http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014786806

WASHINGTON — ‘President Obama and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall stand together looking dismayed in Americans For Prosperity’s latest ad attacking Udall over his vote for Obamacare’.

There’s a reason for that, though a viewer wouldn’t guess it from the picture AFP, an outside group funded by the Kochs, uses in the ad’.

The image is from a July 2012 appearance Obama made with Udall, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and other state officials at a hospital treating victims of the July 20, 2012, Aurora movie theater shooting’.
From : http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/photo-of-obama-in-gop-attack-ad-is-photoshopped-from-hospita

One Man’s Trash….. – ‘No contestant on Jeopardy remembers Herman Cain’

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I’m laughing almost too hard to type this……

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‘During the gameshow’s airing on Tuesday night, none of the contestants attempted to answer the clue, “This pizza magnate and 2012 presidential candidate was a math major at historically black Morehouse College.”

‘That led Jeopardy host Alex Trebek to remark, “How quickly you have forgotten Herman Cain.”
From :http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/23/no-contestant-on-jeopardy-remembers-herman-cain-video/

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