Leonard is the prize
Apparently to the Cliven Bundy’s of the World….you don’t have to show actual ownership or even use….just waking on the land gives you ‘rights’……
‘At the Bunkerville camp next to Cliven Bundy’s ranch, there are constant reminders of history’.
‘His cattle, until recently, roamed freely on land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. Before the roundup that sparked protests, confrontations and gunmen taking a bridge, Bundy explained his “ancestral rights” to the I-Team’.
“I’ve lived my lifetime here. My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley here ever since 1877. All these rights that I claim, have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water and the access and range improvements,” Bundy said’.
‘Water rights were transferred too, but only to the ranch, not the federally managed land surrounding it’.
‘The Bureau of Land Management was created 1946, the same year Cliven was born’.
“My rights are before the BLM even existed, but my rights are created by beneficial use. Beneficial use means we created the forage and the water from the time the very first pioneers come here,” Bundy said’.
The Republican mantra since Ronald Reagan has been, just ‘cut taxes on the corporations and wealthy ‘job creators’, and they will create jobs and everyone will benefit – a ‘raising tide floats all boats’.
The American Middle Class and poor, now are left stranded on the dock, watching a the wealthy, the corporations and even the rest of the industrialized World ‘raise’.
“Trickle down’ has killed the Middle Class.
‘The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction’.
‘While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades’.
‘After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States.’
‘The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans’.
‘The numbers, based on surveys conducted over the past 35 years, offer some of the most detailed publicly available comparisons for different income groups in different countries over time. They suggest that most American families are paying a steep price for high and rising income inequality’.
‘Although economic growth in the United States continues to be as strong as in many other countries, or stronger, a small percentage of American households is fully benefiting from it’.
‘Three broad factors appear to be driving much of the weak income performance in the United States’.
‘First, educational attainment in the United States has risen far more slowly than in much of the industrialized world over the last three decades, making it harder for the American economy to maintain its share of highly skilled, well-paying jobs’.
‘Younger Americans, though, are not keeping pace: Those between 16 and 24 rank near the bottom among rich countries, well behind their counterparts in Canada, Australia, Japan and Scandinavia and close to those in Italy and Spain’.
‘A second factor is that companies in the United States economy distribute a smaller share of their bounty to the middle class and poor than similar companies elsewhere’.
‘Finally, governments in Canada and Western Europe take more aggressive steps to raise the take-home pay of low- and middle-income households by redistributing income’.
‘Janet Gornick, the director of LIS, noted that inequality in so-called market incomes — which does not count taxes or government benefits — “is high but not off the charts in the United States.”
‘Yet the American rich pay lower taxes than the rich in many other places, and the United States does not redistribute as much income to the poor as other countries do’.
‘As a result, inequality in disposable income is sharply higher in the United States than elsewhere’.
While offering NO alternative, Republicans in the House have voted over 50 times to repeal, delay or defund all or parts of Obamacare.
Republicans in the Senate are already making plans that if they take over the Senate – the FIRST legislation will be to repeal Obamacare.
And now Republican Red States are passing legislation to ensure “If You Can’t Actually PAY For Health Care…You Go With Out Health Care.”
‘Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion’.
‘They’re closing every possible door’.
‘Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor’s seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature — which will almost certainly remain Republican’.
‘In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election’.
‘Georgia and Kansas have left a combined 487,000 residents uncovered under Obamacare because they refused to expand Medicaid’.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP, Heath Harrison) — ‘The West Virginia secretary of state is calling an Americans for Prosperity mailing about voter registration “misleading” and “confusing.”
‘The mailer says the recipient only has a few days to register to vote at his or her current address’.
‘Tennant said legitimate contact will only come from county election clerks, not third-party groups’.
“If you have not moved, changed your name, or switched political parties, then you should throw this mailer into the trash because your voter registration is still valid.”
“The secretary of state’s office did not send this mailer, and it did not come from county clerks. We don’t know what the purpose of the mailer is but we do know that it is confusing citizens.”
‘Americans for Prosperity state director Wendy McCuskey said the mailer was sent to people who aren’t registered, based on public record. She said it was legal and nonpartisan’.
‘The small-government Americans for Prosperity opened a West Virginia chapter in January. The national organization was founded by billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch, who are well-known for the political spending and campaign contributions for conservative and Republican causes’.
From : http://wchstv.com/newsroom/eyewitness/140422_24865.shtml
‘On Thursday, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the Contempt Act — a bill that would withhold the pay of any federal officials who have been held in contempt by Congress’.
‘That would prevent exactly one member of the Obama administration from getting a paycheck: Eric Holder’.
‘Conveniently, Farenthold’s bill would not require a federal court to convict the employee in order for his/her pay to be cut off’
‘So the fact that the contempt vote against Holder was a thinly veiled partisan attack with little legal consequence would not stop House Republicans from penalizing the attorney general’.
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/republicans-try-ban-eric-holder-getting-paid/
‘According to the Times-Picayune, “no abortion providers or mental health professionals that recommend abortions would be allowed on the panel.”
‘Louisiana lawmakers are currently advancing a measure that would require women to receive biased information about the mental health risks of abortion before being allowed to continue with the procedure’.
‘Under House Bill 1262, which passed the Louisiana House of Representatives on Monday, abortion providers would be required to distribute a pamphlet that includes information about the “alleged psychological effects of abortion,” and lists names of mental health resources for women who are seeking assistance’.
‘Patients would be required to sign a form confirming that they received the pamphlet, and then wait at least 24 hours before returning for abortion care’.
‘HB 1262 stipulates that the new abortion-related pamphlet will be created by a 14-member task force that includes’ : S
“And people who counsel women against having an abortion’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/22/3429452/louisiana-abortion-risks-pamphelt/