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The Day in Tweets – #2

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For The Love Of Money And The Hate Of The Poor – ‘Trump budget chief who wants to cut Meals on Wheels says he is sacrificing by giving up business cards’

“Yes,” he began. “I don’t have a business card to give to you today, John, because, at the Office of Management and Budget, we have to pay for our own business cards. So it does start at home but it’s already started.”

Kind of like Donald Trumps ‘sacrifices’ –

Yes he actually said that…..

‘When it comes to cutting the budget, President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have proposed significant cuts to federal spending that helps the least among us. Severe cuts will come from programs that help poor seniors, military children, education, health and more’.

‘At the same time, Trump is still using $3 million each weekend in taxpayer dollars to vacation at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago’.

Go to the 5:15 mark –

‘Mulvaney agreed that he knew the bill would hurt children and prevent them from having access to nutritional food from organizations like Meals on Wheels, but he wants people to know he’s suffering too’.

“Yes,” he began. “I don’t have a business card to give to you today, John, because, at the Office of Management and Budget, we have to pay for our own business cards. So it does start at home but it’s already started.”

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The Coming Republican Dark Age – ‘Jaws Drop As Trump WH Claims Starving Seniors By Killing Meals On Wheels Is Compassionate’

‘Trump White House Calls Starving Seniors An Act Of Compassion’

See there not ‘showing any results’…….

Feeding old people so they live longer isn’t a ‘result’……

‘Later Mulvaney was asked if this is a hard-hearted budget. He answered’,

“I don’t think so. In fact, I think it is one of the most compassionate things we can do to. You’re only focusing on half of the equation. Right? You’re focusing on recipients of the money. We’re trying to focus on both the recipients and the folks who give us the money in the first place, and I think it’s fairly compassionate to go to them and say look, we’re not going to ask you for your hard earned money anymore.”

The Coming Republican Dark Age – ‘Mick Mulvaney: No Evidence After-School Programs Help Kids Do Better’

The Republican Dark Age – ‘Congress Sends Trump Measure Expanding Drug Tests For Unemployed’

Let’s assume the worst about those who need help – Republican christian values…….

WASHINGTON (AP) — ‘The Senate on Tuesday sent President Donald Trump a measure to expand the number of applicants for jobless benefits who can be drug-tested’.

‘The White House has said Trump will sign the measure into law as a cancellation of “unnecessary regulations.”

‘Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Congress have complained that under President Barack Obama, the government placed too many limits on states for deciding which unemployment applicants can be drug-tested’.

‘The Labor Department’s regulation meant that states could only test applicants for unemployment benefits who do jobs that require drug testing. The resolution passed by the House and approved by the Senate 51-48 on Tuesday would cancel those limits’.

From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/congress-sends-trump-measure-to-expand-drug-tests-unemployment-benefits

But There Is NO Republican War On Women – ‘GOP Congressman introduces federal ‘heartbeat bill’ to effectively ban all abortions in the US’

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‘Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Thursday introduced a bill that would implement a nationwide abortion ban, modeling it after the “heartbeat bills” already found unconstitutional in federal court’.

‘Under HR 490, an abortion provider who performs an abortion without “determining … whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat,” “informing the mother of the results of that determination,: or “after determining … that the fetus has a detectable heartbeat,” will face fines and up to five years in federal prison’.

‘In a press release, King called Roe v. Wade “unconstitutional,” arguing, “lives have been ended by the abortion industry, all with a rubber stamp by the federal government.”

“Human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is sacred in all of its forms and today, I introduced a bill that will protect the lives of voiceless innocents,” he said’.

‘Rep. Steve King Says $20 Billion Cut In Food Stamps Won’t Be ‘Noticeable’(1)

‘Meet the Republicans Who Voted to Slash $40 Billion from the Food Stamps Program’ – Steve King (R-Iowa)(2)

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From : http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/gop-congressman-introduces-federal-heartbeat-bill-to-effectively-ban-all-abortions-in-the-us/

(1) : https://thinkprogress.org/rep-steve-king-says-20-billion-cut-in-food-stamps-wont-be-noticeable-745c60c0f936#.xjds7rjjc

(2) : https://sojo.net/articles/meet-republicans-who-voted-slash-40-billion-food-stamps-program

 

Republicans War On The Poor – ‘Planned Parenthood would lose funding as part of Obamacare repeal, Ryan says’

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So……..you take away poor people’s health care and then cut the federal budget that would help poor people get birth control, breast and cancer screenings and more.

But there is no Republican War On The Poor.

‘Planned Parenthood estimated that roughly 40 percent of its funding would be at risk should defunding legislation become law’.

‘The group reported receiving $553 million in government funding in 2014, about half of its total revenue’.

‘Republicans plan to strip Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding as part of their rapid push to repeal President Obama’s health-care reforms, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday’.

‘Ryan said a defunding measure would appear in a special fast-track bill that is expected to pass Congress as soon as next month: “Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our reconciliation bill,” he said at a news conference, in response to a question about plans to defund the organization’.

From : https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/05/planned-parenthood-would-lose-funding-as-part-of-obamacare-repeal-ryan-says/?utm_term=.bcecb99be705

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Being Poor In America – ‘100 CEOs Have as Much Retirement Wealth as 41% of American Families’

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But we can’t raise the minimum wage because that would raise the cost of EVERYTHING and cut jobs…….
‘According to the Economic Policy Institute, 39 percent of workers nearing retirement age (56 to 61 years old) have no retirement account savings whatsoever. That means they’re likely to be entirely dependent on Social Security, which currently pays an average benefit of just $1,239 per month’.

‘This grim picture will become even grimmer if Republicans manage to push through their new plan to overhaul Social Security. Introduced last week, the plan would cut benefits for all but the lowest earners by 17 percent to 43 percent by the year 2080, and hike the retirement age to 69 by 2030′.
‘As President Obama prepares to ride off into the sunset, among the perks he can look forward to is a presidential pension. Every month for the rest of his life, he’ll receive a retirement check for about $17,142 — not bad for a guy with at least a few black hairs remaining on his head’.

‘And yet this sum is paltry compared to the retirement assets enjoyed by most big company CEOs, including some whose nest eggs were feathered by taxpayer dollars’.

‘Take, for example, Michael Neidorff, the CEO of Centene, which manages health plans for Medicaid recipients and other poor Americans. Since Obamacare began expanding health coverage in 2010, Neidorff’s company retirement account has grown 658 percent, to nearly $140 million. That’s enough to generate a monthly check of $744,000—43 times as much as Obama’s’.

‘If you think that’s a big gap, consider the retirement divide between top business leaders and working families’.

‘A new report I co-authored for the Institute for Policy Studies finds that in 2015, the 100 CEOs with the largest nest eggs had $4.7 billion in their combined company accounts. That’s as much as the entire retirement savings of the 41 percent of American families with the smallest nest eggs’.

From : http://www.alternet.org/labor/100-ceos-have-much-retirement-wealth-41-american-families

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