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Archive for the day “June 14, 2012”

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘How GOP Cong. Mica made the TSA, and your national security, his own personal pork’

This happens all the time and by both parties.

But imagine a Republican President, A Republican House and Senate and a ‘mandate’ from the American voters of turning America into a ‘for profit’ Republic/Corporation.

‘GOP House committee chair John Mica has been pushing for years for the TSA to be privatized’.

‘As Chris wrote yesterday, with all the problems the TSA has, it’s not entirely clear why anything would improve under private management. If anything, at least now TSA has to worry about the ire of the administration and Congress when they strip search granny, but after they’re privatized, kiss any real government oversight goodbye’.

‘But privatize it we are going to do, because Congressman Mica got some legislation passed earlier this year making it so’.

‘Now why would he do that’?

‘Maybe because one of the main contractors who would profit from privatizing the TSA is a campaign donor to Congressman Mica and one of his constituents’.

‘Covenant, based in Mica’s home district in northeastern coastal Florida, has airport screening contracts in Sioux Falls, S.D., Tupelo, Miss., and seven small airports in northern and eastern Montana’.

‘Its deal at San Francisco International is by far its largest. Covenant employs nearly 1,100 people in the bay area, who make up nearly all of its 1,150 workers. The last four-year contract, from 2006 to 2010, totaled $314 million. A new contract has been put out for competitive bids’.

‘And a recent check of donations shows that Gerald Berry of Covenant Aviation donated to Mica again in 2011’.

‘And what do you know, according to news reports “all signs are pointing to Covenant Aviation Security” getting the TSA privatization contract in Mica’s own backyard’.

‘Whodathunkit’!

‘What’s especially interesting about Mica’s Covenant having the inside track is that Covenant is not without controversy’:

‘[I]n 2006, according to a government report, Covenant was caught cheating on performance tests at San Francisco International Airport.
Hard to believe a company caught cheating on performance tests would have the inside track on new TSA contracts. So how did they manage it’?

‘Now, in most of the world, if a politician were lobbying for something on behalf of someone who gave them money, we’d send that politician to jail – or at the very least they’d recuse themselves from the matter. We certainly wouldn’t make them the chair of an entire committee, and we certainly wouldn’t accede to their demands when the national security of the country was at stake’.

‘But this is the way Washington works. Especially in the Republican party’.
From : http://www.americablog.com/2012/06/how-gop-cong-mica-made-tsa-and-your.html

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Romney’s $25 Billion Voucher Plan Puts Public Schools at Risk

While we did have ‘private’ schools, during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s we had public education as the mainstay in America.

Public education that educated the men and women who built this Country into the ‘Greatest Nation in the World’.

But now, we seem to want to ‘privatise’ education. Make it for profit.

As with any business, profit is the driving force. A business DOES NOT cut it’s profit to make a better product unless that product will make it more profit.

When we make education private, for profit, how is that going to be different then in the rest of the business World.

What happens to the education of those who aren’t ‘gifted’, who don’t excell?

‘For Mitt Romney, the love that dare not speak its name is “vouchers.” Two weeks after he delivered a major address on education policy in which he never mentioned the V word, the New York Times detailed Romney’s proposal to divert $25 billion in taxpayer dollars to religious, private and for-profit schools’.

‘As president, Mr. Romney would seek to overhaul the federal government’s largest programs for kindergarten through 12th grade into a voucherlike system. Students would be free to use $25 billion in federal money to attend any school they choose — public, charter, online or private — a system, he said, that would introduce marketplace dynamics into education to drive academic gains’.

‘That’s certainly not the case in Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana, where voucher-receiving institutions must be blessed by the state. As the Daily Kingfish noted, over 90 percent of the 115 schools qualifying for Jindal’s $8.500 voucher are religious institutions. And as Reuters documented, many of the 7,450 slots reserved for voucher students are at some pretty suspect schools’:

‘The school willing to accept the most voucher students — 314 — is New Living Word in Ruston, which has a top-ranked basketball team but no library. Students spend most of the day watching TVs in bare-bones classrooms. Each lesson consists of an instructional DVD that intersperses Biblical verses with subjects such chemistry or composition’.

‘The Upperroom Bible Church Academy in New Orleans, a bunker-like building with no windows or playground, also has plenty of slots open. It seeks to bring in 214 voucher students, worth up to $1.8 million in state funding’.

‘At Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, pastor-turned-principal Marie Carrier hopes to secure extra space to enroll 135 voucher students, though she now has room for just a few dozen. Her first- through eighth-grade students sit in cubicles for much of the day and move at their own pace through Christian workbooks, such as a beginning science text that explains “what God made” on each of the six days of creation. They are not exposed to the theory of evolution’.

“We try to stay away from all those things that might confuse our children,” Carrier said’.
From : http://www.perrspectives.com/blog/archives/002502.htm

‘Email The Supreme Court! Tell Them To Give Us Our Democracy Back’

As the ‘third branch’ of our Government of checks and balances, it’s very clear the the Court IS a political branch.

From deciding Presidential elections :
See : ‘How did the Supreme Court Decide the Election of 2000’?
@ : http://theunitedstatesconstitution.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-did-supreme-court-decide-election.html

to deciding that money is ‘free’ speech.
See : ‘‘On This Day’ 2010: US Supreme Court Rules Corporations are People; Money is Speech’
@ : http://morallowground.com/2011/01/21/on-this-day-2010-us-supreme-court-rules-corporations-are-people-money-is-speech/

It’s just that this ‘branch of Government’ is ‘selected’ by only 100 people and given ‘life time’ dominance over now even our politics.

So let’s make our voive heard.

‘The Supreme Court will meet this Thursday 6/14/12, for a private chat about Citizens United, you know the ruling that gave corporations the same rights as people’.

‘The reason Citizens is back before the Supreme Court is not because corporate money has completely corrupted the democratic process, but because Montana, in direct violation of Citizens, refused to strike down a 100 year old law that bans corporate money in their state’s elections’.

‘Montana believes that corporate spending did in fact corrupt their state’s political process some 100 years ago, ergo their refusal to strike the law. The ruling was appealed and now it’s going before SCOTUS’.

‘The Supremes can go two ways with this; they can either give us nothing but heartache, dig in, and write a summary opinion justifying the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy’…

“the Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption and the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy.”

‘Or they can stop in the name of love, be sane, and decide to hear the case and reconsider the 2010 ruling’.

‘Let’s help them’.

‘Here’s the email for the Supreme Court’…

http://www.supremecourt.gov/contact/contact_webmaster.aspx

‘Here’s the phone number for the Public Information Office for time sensitive or urgent questions: 202 -479-3211’
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/06/13/email-the-supreme-court-tell-them-to-give-us-our-democracy-back/

 

‘Romney does Face the Nation, his first non-Fox Sunday show’

 

I don’t generally watch the Sunday Morning ‘interview’ shows because these really are just promotional packages for whoever is being interviewed.

But Romney is the exception. Without a script (and sometimes with a script) Romney has the tendency to say outlandish things.

And Bob Schieffer is the perfect first NON- Fox interviewer. Just ask Newt (GRINS!).

‘Entire VIDEO: Bob Schieffer Newters Gingrich’
From : http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2011/05/22/entire-video-bob-schieffer-newters-gingrich/

‘A full year into his presidential campaign, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney will venture out of his Fox comfort zone this Sunday to make his first appearance on a rival network’s political talk show’.

‘Romney has been interviewed several times on ”Fox News Sunday” this campaign cycle, but has declined repeated invitations to appear on any of the other Sunday shows, occasionally drawing scorn from veteran anchors accustomed to interviewing presidential candidates’.

‘One of those newsmen, Bob Schieffer of CBS News, finally will his chance this weekend, when Romney sits down with him on “Face the Nation.”

‘Romney is not scheduled to appear on any other Sunday shows this week, according to a campaign aide. Unlike all of his Republican primary opponents, Romney has made no appearances on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week” or CNN’s “State of the Union” in the 2012 campaign’.

‘But Romney did sit down with “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace several times, beginning last December in South Carolina’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/romney-does-face-the-nation-his-first-non-fox-sunday-show/2012/06/13/gJQAH8vxaV_blog.html?wprss=rss_campaigns

 

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