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America isn’t the greatest Country in the World anymore

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Doctor Rex over at http://hrexach.wordpress.com/ posted this video on a comment she made.

It’s one of the greatest moments in cinema and in truth.

And only takes 5 minutes of your life.

But it’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘PFAW Memo: GOP Obstruction of Executive Branch Nominees’

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‘Despite the fact that Democrats hold a significant majority in the Senate, Republican senators are continuing to block President Obama’s Executive Branch nominees at a rate never before seen, according to a review of records by People For the American Way’.

‘From 1949 (when Senate rules were changed to provide for cloture on nominations) through 2008, cloture votes were forced on only 20 executive branch nominations’.

‘However, in just the first four and a half years of the Obama administration, there have already been 16 such cloture votes’.

‘Senate Republicans are currently blocking nominees to a number of critical federal offices, including’ :

‘Tom Perez, nominated to be Secretary of Labor’;

‘Gina McCarthy, nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency’;

‘Richard Cordray, picked to be the first chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’;

‘And five members of the National Labor Relations Board’.

‘It is no coincidence that these nominees have all been picked to head government offices that Republicans view with suspicion. Unable to eliminate these offices through democratic means, Senate Republicans are trying to cripple them through procedural obstruction’.

‘This sort of obstruction is literally unprecedented for either party and must be stopped’.

‘It prevents executive branch departments from serving critical public needs, and it represents, essentially, an effort to overturn the results of the last election’.
From : http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2013/07/pfaw-memo-gop-obstruction-executive-branch-nominees

What is wrong with the Republican Party – ‘Watch Reagan And Bush Debate Immigration 33 Years Ago And Marvel At How Far This GOP Has Fallen’

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Growing up, in my ‘formative years’, I not only ate Wonder Bread but I was also raised in an Eisenhower Republican home.

Google the 1956 Republican Party Platform and you couldn’t tell it from the 2012 Democratic Platform.

Of course Senator Barry Goldwater soured me on staying a Republican but to a great degree, we are right back to the Goldwater days except it’s now on steroids.

Two Republicans having an actual debate on issues.

That will never happen again.

‘As they competed for the GOP presidential nomination in 1980, future presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush both offered a more modern and accepting take on immigration than some in their party are offering in 2013’.

From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/watch-reagan-and-bush-debate-immigration-33-years-ago-and-marvel-at-how-far-this-gop-has-fallen/

But it’s NOT Republican Obstruction – ‘GOP House blocks enforcement of light bulb standards’

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ANOTHER it was fine during a Republican Administration but elect a black guy and we need to run through the streets screaming it’s ‘socialism’. 

Did I bitch, moan and groan when I had to pay higher prices for the CFL’s? Yeah but it’s one of those things that we have to do if we want a Planet around for future generations. 

And yes we do need to fix the mercury problem in the CFL’s.

‘If there are any lingering doubts about whether congressional Republicans have given up the pretense of caring about public policy, consider their mind-numbing approach to light bulbs’.

“The House on Wednesday voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs”.

“Just like last year, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) proposed the language as an addition to the energy and water spending bill. His language prohibits the use of any funds at the Department of Energy to implement the standards”.

“Burgess said the federal government should not use regulations to impose standards that force consumers to buy the pricier bulbs, and said the market should be allowed to sort it out”.

‘Sigh’.

‘We’ve set the record straight on this before, but it appears Burgess and his colleagues may benefit from a refresher, so let’s recap’.

‘In 2007, Congress tackled a pretty important energy bill, which included light-bulb provisions that weren’t considered controversial in the slightest. At the time, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and congressional Democrats worked together on the larger legislative package, which included advanced light-bulb standards intended to spur innovation, lower costs, and improve energy efficiency’.

‘The provision was approved with bipartisan support — the radicalization of the Republican Party has intensified quickly in recent years — and the larger bill was easily passed and signed by President George W. Bush’.

‘The policy was quite successful, working exactly intended, and producing the kind of energy innovation proponents hoped to see. It was, by any fair measure, a bipartisan success story’.

‘But as the strain of madness dominating Republican politics grew deeper, the far-right cries to undo the bipartisan success story grew louder’.

‘Not long after President Obama took office — it’s interesting how the radicalization of the GOP just happened to coincide with the Democrat’s inauguration — Republican policymakers began looking at the Bush/Cheney-backed energy bill as an authoritarian scourge that sought to take away Americans’ light bulbs’.

‘By 2012, Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, and others insisted that the 2007 law “bans” traditional incandescent bulbs, which in turn takes away consumers’ choices’.

‘In case reality makes any difference at all, there is no “ban” on the old bulbs, only a policy that makes bulbs more energy efficient — a policy that’s working’.

‘But Republicans don’t care if it’s working’.

‘They care if it meets an ideological test that makes sense only to them’.

‘It’s why they voted for a measure — which can’t pass the Senate — intended to undo the effective reforms, which in turn would waste more energy, cost consumers more money, and even undermine the marketplace’.
From : http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/07/10/19399088-a-not-so-bright-approach-to-policy?lite

Blog Running – ‘Conservatives Hate All Legislation Now’

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‘One of the novel developments in conservative thought during the Obama years is a burgeoning hatred not merely for government but for lawmaking’.

‘Before the Obama era, the ends of crafting laws divided the parties, but the means did not’.

‘The process of corralling votes, placating hold-outs, and hammering out compromises was not something either side especially loved — you’ve heard the classic line about watching the sausage get made — but also not something that one side disliked more than the other’.

‘But a hatred for lawmaking has emerged in the Obama years, first as a Republican tactic, and then as an apparently genuine belief system’.

‘A rare joint op-ed by Rich Lowry and William Kristol, editors of the National Review and the Weekly Standard’.

‘Lowry and Kristol urge House Republicans to kill immigration reform, because passing it would involve legislating, and legislating is bad’.

‘It’s not such a strongly held principle that it would survive if and when Republicans regain control of government’.

‘Lowry, Kristol, and the entire tea party will surely forget their hatred of side deals when they are needed to pass the next tax cuts’.

‘But the hatred for legislating has gained a strong enough hold over the conservative mind as to render them unable to consider the merits of any bill at all’.
From : http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/07/conservatives-hate-all-legislation-now.html

Stories From The Fringe…..Freaks – ‘Pat Robertson Says Americans Should Act Like Egyptians And Overthrow President Obama’

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‘On Wednesday, Pat Robertson said that Americans need to act like Egyptians and overthrow President Obama and stop Obamacare’.

“You know, they revolted in Egypt against the oppressive actions of the Muslim Brotherhood and this example of state socialism is something that Americans should rise up against,” Robertson said. “They snuck that thing by us. It was strictly a partisan initiative.”
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/11/pat-robertson-calls-for-overthrowing-president-obama-egypt-style-to-stop-obamacare-video/

 

Republicans 2016 – ‘Rand Paul Refuses To Fire Staffer Over ‘Southern Avenger’ Revelations’

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Rand Paul…..back to the ‘good old days’.

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‘Jack Hunter — formerly known as “The Southern Avenger” — is still the social media director for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), even after the conservative website The Free Beacon published an exposé about the formerly neo-confederate, pro-secessionist shock jock Tuesday’.

‘Hunter — who wrote a book with Paul in 2010 — is still employed by the senator, whom he reportedly advises on issues including foreign policy’.

“Today’s article that brought my not-very-hidden radio pundit background to light does not accurately reflect me,” Hunter said in a statement. He added that he “abhors racism.”

‘The only comment Paul’s office offered about the revelations was a vague defense of Paul, and Hunter, by association. “Sen. Paul holds his staff to a standard that includes treating every individual with equal protection and respect, without exception,” spokeswoman Moira Bagley said in a statement’.
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/rand-paul-refuses-to-fire-staffer-over-southern-avenger-revelations/

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor’

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‘A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth’.

‘The ad cites a report from the Koch-funded Fraser Institute showing that “The United States used to be a world leader in economic freedom but our ranking fell.
And it’s projected to decline even further.”

‘That same Fraser report interestingly ranks Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Chile ahead of the U.S. Those places all have government-run health care, which the Kochs adamantly oppose’.

“We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’

“We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency”.

“Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor”.

‘Although he deems low-wage workers part of a “culture of dependency” on the government, Koch Industries is on the receiving end of oil subsidies, government contracts, and bailouts’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/10/2280101/charles-koch-minimum-wage/?mobile=nc

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