You want ‘smaller Government’?
Keep electing Republicans……and move to higher ground.
‘The torrential rains in Colorado this week have resulted in flooding which has killed several people so far. This flooding is made worse by multiple dams which have already failed due to overfill, with dozens more at risk’.
‘Why are they at risk? It turns out that state Republicans have blocked bills to deal with repair or maintenance on infrastructure throughout the state’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/14/gop-fought-to-cut-dam-maintenance-budget-in-colorado-now-the-dams-are-breaking/
‘Senate GOP Blocks Obama’s $60 Billion Infrastructure Plan’
WASHINGTON – ‘Republicans in the Senate Thursday dealt President Obama the third in a string of defeats on his stimulus-style jobs agenda, blocking a $60 billion measure for building and repairing infrastructure like roads, dams, bridges and rail lines’.
‘Supporters of the failed measure said it would have created tens of thousands of construction jobs and lifted the still-struggling economy’.
‘But Republicans unanimously opposed it for its tax surcharge on the wealthy and spending totals they said were too high’.
‘The 51-49 vote fell well short of the 60 votes required under Senate procedures to start work on the bill’.
‘Every Republican opposed the president, as did Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska and former Democrat Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who still aligns with the party’.
“The truth is, Democrats are more interested in building a campaign message than in rebuilding roads and bridges,” said Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “And frankly, the American people deserve a lot better than that.”
‘Obama ripped Republicans in an unusually tough statement issued by the White House’.
“The American people deserve to know why their Republican representatives in Washington refuse to put some of the workers hit hardest by the economic downturn back on the job rebuilding America,” Obama said. “It’s time for Republicans in Congress to put country ahead of party and listen to the people they were elected to serve. It’s time for them to do their job and focus on Americans’ jobs.”
@ : http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/11/03/senate-to-block-competing-infrastructure-plans/
‘Pentagon officials have also said they do not believe a third site is necessary at this time’.
‘Food Stamp Cuts Twice As Deep In New GOP Proposal’
@ : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/food-stamp-cuts_n_3691093.html
‘Defense Spending Cuts 2013: More Republicans Support Preserving Social Programs Than Current Defense Spending’
@ : http://www.ibtimes.com/defense-spending-cuts-2013-more-republicans-support-preserving-social-programs-current-defense
Republicans version of ‘Robin Hood’. Taking from those that need and giving to those who don’t want it.
‘House Republicans have included $140 million in this year’s Defense authorization bill to deploy missile interceptors on the East Coast by 2018’.
‘The five possible sites will add a new wrinkle to a major policy fight poised to play out in the coming months over whether the United States should build a third missile defense site on the East Coast. The U.S. currently has missile defense sites in California and Alaska’.
‘The Hill reports that the Pentagon has “named five possible locations for a new missile defense site on the East Coast”: Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Vermont’.
From : http://wonkwire.rollcall.com/2013/09/13/military-planning-missile-shield-east-coast/
It’s not a ‘czar’. It’s just an appointment. 2 years. Unpaid.
Just the naming of a National Science Laureate.
It will ‘give scientists an opportunity to pontificate, and we’re opposed to it.”
‘Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) had introduced the bill along with Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), who chairs the House science committee, and a House Democratic aide says “we had expected it to pass easily’. It’s no secret that Ms. Lofgren and chairman Smith don’t see eye-to-eye on many things. But they agree on the value of creating this honorary position.”
‘A staffer for another co-sponsor, Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL), took issue with Hart’s characterization of the bill as a vehicle for the president to advance his political agenda. “This is not a presidential appointment, and there would be no taxpayer money involved,” the aide said. “This bill is simply a chance to show our children that discovery science is important and that science can be an exciting and rewarding career.”
‘On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives was expected to give swift approval to a bill introduced this spring by a bipartisan coalition of legislators in both the House and the Senate’.
‘The legislation would allow the president to name not more than three laureates at a time to an unpaid position that could last up to 2 years’.
‘The idea was considered so innocuous that it was to be brought up under special rules requiring a two-thirds majority and allowing no amendments’.
‘The bill was never discussed in any committee, however, and Larry Hart of the American Conservative Union hit the roof when he saw it on the House calendar for the next day’.
‘In a letter to other conservative organizations and every House member, Hart said the bill would give President Barack Obama the opportunity to appoint someone “who will share his view that science should serve political ends, on such issues as climate change and regulation of greenhouse gases.” He also called the bill “a needless addition to the long list of presidential appointments.”
‘The House Republican leadership reacted immediately, pulling the bill from the floor schedule’.
‘And climate skeptic Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says slowing the pace won’t change his organization’s stance on the bill. “There’s no way to make it work,” Ebell says. “It would still give scientists an opportunity to pontificate, and we’re opposed to it.”
From : http://news.sciencemag.org/climate/2013/09/u.s.-science-laureate-bill-hits-roadblock