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Here are some key reasons I fear the Republican party:

 
 
Reply Wed 8 Jun, 2022 09:46 pm
Here are some key reasons I fear the Republican party:


1. I fear that the Republican party will use any means to destroy democracy in America.

2. I fear that the Republican party will use any means to achieve power and use any means
to never give up that power

3. I fear that the Republican party will increase taxes substantially on the working class,
while cutting taxes substantially for the super wealthy.

4. I fear that the Republican party will seek to weaken and destroy labor unions by passing anti-union legislation.

5. I fear that a significant segment of the Republican party wants to abolish social security by privatizing social security.

6. I fear that a significant segment of the Republican party wants to abolish Veterans Administration hospitals
and medical facilities by privatizing VA hospitals and VA medical facilities.

7. I fear that a segment of the Republican party wants to abolish the (Free and Reduced Price School Meals)
program.

8. I fear that the Republican party will pass a federal law making all abortions in all 50 states illegal.

9. I fear that the Republican party will never pass any gun reform law that would have any real affect
on gun violence and gun deaths in America.

10. I fear that the Republican party wants to abolish or greatly weaken environmental protection laws.
 
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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 02:33 am
Republican Admits Real Truth Behind Tax Cuts

Published Dec 4, 2017

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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 03:02 am
Republican Senator Rick Scott can't wait to rob the poor
with taxes.



Published Mar 8, 2022


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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 03:24 am
Republican Mitt Romney's "47 Percent" Comments

This is when Mitt Romney was commenting on Obama voters.


Publish September 18, 2012


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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 03:45 am
Shredding GOP attack on Biden plan: Same price tag as Tax Cuts.

A main GOP argument against Biden's spending proposals is that the U.S. cannot "afford" a plan
that costs several trillion dollars. In a fact-check, MSNBC’s Ari Melber reports on how the modern
GOP spent that much on tax cuts, and strategist Chai Komanduri says Biden's plan offers a major
“return on the investment." Melber notes that the spending facts do not resolve whether people
should support or oppose the Biden plan, but rather shred one of the GOP's main supposed
objections, that the price tag is too high for the U.S.


Published October 4, 2021

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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 03:57 am
Setting the record straight: Privatizing the VA

Some proposals for reforming the VA healthcare system sound good, but could actually harm
veterans if enacted. That's why DAV is Setting the Record Straight on VA healthcare reform!
Here's why privatizing the VA is a bad idea

Published Mar 28, 2016


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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 04:02 am
Do not let Trump and the GOP privatize or voucherize the VA.


April 4, 2017


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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 04:31 am
Deborah Swackhamer, chair of the E.P.A.’s Board of Scientific Counselors, talks with Rachel
Maddow about the pressure she received from an EPA official to change her congressional
testimony and how the EPA's outside scientific review board has been "decimated."


June 28, 2017


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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 04:36 am
Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board.


Published May 8, 2017

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The Trump administration will not reappoint half the expert members of a board that advises the Environmental Protection Agency on the integrity of its science, the latest in a series of moves that could benefit industries whose pollution the government regulates.

Deborah L. Swackhamer, chairwoman of the Board of Scientific Counselors, confirmed Monday that nine of the 18 outside experts on her panel will not serve a second three-year term. The affected board members' terms expired April 30.

Experts are limited to serving two terms on the board, and Swackhamer said that in the past those completing their first term would typically have been reappointed. Four other board members just completed their second terms, meaning 13 of the 18 seats on the panel are now vacant.

EPA spokesman J.P. Freire said the agency's new leadership wants to consider a wider array of applicants, potentially including those who may work for chemical and fossil fuel companies. He said former board members may also be considered.


https://phys.org/news/2017-05-trump-administration-hollows-epa-science.html
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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 04:45 am
http://www.newser.com/story/244955/epa-chief-met-with-dow-ceo-before-pesticide-decision.html

Published June 28, 2017

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(Newser) – The EPA has faced no shortage of criticism over the past several months, but reproaches appear to be growing louder based on a slew of revelations this week. The AP reports on a previously undisclosed meeting EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had with Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, three weeks before the EPA chose not to ban the Dow pesticide chlorpyrifos from use on food crops. An EPA rep has downplayed the meeting, saying the two were only "briefly introduced" at an energy conference they were both speaking at.

Further details: In an open letter to Pruitt, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Environmental Working Group say they're "deeply alarmed" by the EPA decision, given the "unambiguous" finding that the chemical poses a risk to fetuses and infants, per the Hill. Pruitt has said the decision was based on "meaningful science."

Meanwhile, the top scientist on the EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors says the EPA's chief of staff asked her to alter her testimony to the House Science Committee regarding the firing of several board members. Deborah Swackhamer tells the New York Times she felt "bullied." The Guardian reports on the EPA's plan to erase a federal rule protecting drinking water for a third of Americans. With such a move, critics say President Trump has "agreed to do the bidding of the worst polluters in our country."

Adding more fuel to the fire: In a list of new hires at the EPA, seven people stand out as coming from the coal, oil, and chemical industries. Business Insider has a blurb on each of them.
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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 04:54 am
On Capitol Hill, EPA chief gets an earful about Trump’s ‘downright offensive’ budget plan


January 27, 2017


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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House this month. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Another trip to Capitol Hill for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, another reminder that lawmakers from both parties have no intention of approving the deep cuts President Trump is seeking at the agency.

Pruitt heard a familiar sentiment Tuesday from both Republican and Democratic members of a Senate Appropriations Committee — that a proposed 31 percent cut to EPA isn’t going to happen, and that shuttering key programs and laying off thousands of employees conflicts with the Trump administration’s stated goals about safeguarding the nation’s air and water.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) noted that while she supports Pruitt’s approach of focusing on the EPA’s central responsibilities while steering away from the climate policies of the Obama administration, the current budget proposal is “in direct contrast” to such an approach. She singled out aid to Alaska Native villages and a radon detection program as areas that have proven to save and improve lives.

“We have rejected changes like these in past, and I will certainly push my colleagues to do so again this year,” Murkowski said.

Democrats were even more blunt.

“The budget request before us today is downright offensive,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said as he cited a litany of programs slated for elimination or massive cuts. “I can’t square this with your rhetoric about returning EPA to its core responsibilities. Nothing was spared. EPA’s core is hollowed out. … These cuts aren’t an intent to rein in spending, they are an intentional step to undermine science and ignore environmental and public health realities.”

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) called the Trump administration’s proposal “really the worst I’ve seen.”

“This budget that you’ve proposed doesn’t uphold your agency’s mission,” Leahy said. “We ought to be doubling down on our investment to protect our environment for the sake of our children and grandchildren. We ought to curb the effects of climate change. Instead, the administration is tearing down the legacy of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.”

Tuesday’s hearing came after another on in the House earlier this month, in which Pruitt encountered similar resistance from both sides of the aisle. At each hearing, he defended the White House proposal, saying the agency could still live up to its mission with proper management, better leadership and less waste.

The Trump administration would reduce EPA’s funding by $2.4 billion annually — a larger percentage cut than at any other federal agency. The White House wants to shrink the agency’s workforce by thousands of people and sharply reduce or end a variety of national and regional programs.

The Trump administration has proposed nearly halving grants that support state and local efforts to address everything from pesticide exposure to air and water quality. It would slash nearly one-third of funding for Superfund cleanups — though Pruitt has insisted that he will prioritize the program, which help restore some of the nation’s most polluted sites.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/27/on-capitol-hill-epa-chief-gets-an-earful-about-trumps-downright-offensive-budget-plan/?utm_term=.6e635f0f2b01
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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 05:09 am
Anti-union bill causes controversy

Anti-union turmoil is expected to intensify at the state capitol over a measure introduced
last week to dismantle unions.


Feb 6, 2012


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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 05:49 am
Arizona Republican Governor and Attorney General concede
that anti-union law will not be enforced.


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OCTOBER 14, 2021 – United Food & Commercial Workers Local 99 and the Arizona State AFL-CIO have forced Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich to concede that they will not enforce a blatantly unconstitutional law seeking to regulate Arizona’s labor unions and interfere with unionized workers’ health benefits and pensions.

On October 12, 2021, federal court judge Diane J. Humetawa entered an order prohibiting Governor Ducey, Attorney General Brnovich, and Arizona’s Industrial Commission from enforcing SB 1268. The Legislature adopted SB 1268—and Governor Ducey signed it—in the last legislative session, despite unions’ pointing out that the law is impermissible under federal law.

SB 1268 would impose new regulations on labor-management benefit plans that would threaten the viability of union members’ health insurance and pensions. Among other things, the law purports to require employers to cease making contributions to employees’ collectively bargained pension and health-care plans, even when the employer is bound by contract to do so. SB 1268’s irrational rules for these benefit plans led major Arizona grocery employers to weigh in against SB 1268’s enforcement.

The law also regulates labor unions’ access ability to collect dues from members who have voluntarily chosen to join the union. SB 1268 conflicts with the exclusive federal laws regulating workplace benefits and unions’ relations with their members—the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Labor Management Relations Act—and violates the Constitution.

Faced with UFCW Local 99’s and the Arizona State AFL-CIO’s motion for an injunction, Governor Ducey and Attorney General Brnovich conceded that they would not seek to enforce SB 1268 while the federal court decides whether to permanently prohibit SB 1268’s enforcement. The law is certain to be held unconstitutional, as was the Legislature’s attempt to create onerous special regulations for labor unions in 2011 (SB 1363 and SB 1365). In the meantime, Arizona taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for defending SB 1268, and may be required to pay the unions’ attorneys’ fees when the unions ultimately prevail.

“The federal court’s injunction order leaves no doubt that this misguided law will be struck down as unconstitutional,” stated UFCW Local 99 President Jim McLaughlin. “We warned the Governor and the Legislature last Spring that this law was both illegal and unnecessary. But they plowed ahead, and that decision will ultimately cost Arizona taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, if not more.”


https://ufcw99.com/news/arizona-governor-and-attorney-general-concede-that-anti-union-law-will-not-be-enforced/
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Reply Thu 9 Jun, 2022 06:01 pm
Republican Mitch McConnell clarifies statement that National abortion ban
is 'Possible'


Published May 10, 2022


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Reply Mon 20 Jun, 2022 11:37 pm
Republicans say they’re gutting Social Security & Medicare to pay for tax cuts.

Republican leaders in Washington, D.C. are finally starting to admit that they are going to gut social safety net programs
in order to pay for their massive tax cuts for the top 1%. During recent interviews, several GOP congressman have said that
“entitlement reform” is on the agenda in order to stop the deficit from growing too large – a deficit that they ballooned
by more than 20% with their tax cuts for the rich.


Published Aug 22, 2018


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Reply Tue 21 Jun, 2022 03:52 pm
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A political ad from Eric Greitens, the disgraced former Missouri governor, now a Republican Senate candidate in that state, was yanked Monday from the social media site by its parent company Meta for “violating our policies prohibiting violence and incitement.”

Social media companies act on video from Missouri GOP candidate Eric Greitens in which he says he’s ‘RINO hunting’
More than the usual arsenal of GOP lies and nonsense, there’s an actual arsenal in the campaign spot. Heavily armed men in full military gear use a battering ram and toss flash grenades into an empty house. Holding a shotgun, Greitens says, “Today, we’re going RINO hunting.” Then he encourages viewers to “Join the MAGA crew, get a RINO hunting license.”

RINO stands for “Republicans in Name Only.” That term was once applied to Republicans who didn’t always toe the party line. Now any GOP member who engages even the slightest brush with reality is met with derision, primary challenges, and warnings of violence from hard-core Trumpublicans.

Greitens’s incendiary ad dropped days after Texas Republican convention delegates turned on two of its own conservative stalwarts. Senator John Cornyn was loudly booed because he’s leading 10 Republicans negotiating with Democrats on a very modest gun reform bill after massacres last month at a Buffalo supermarket and a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school.

‘Eyepatch McCain’: Dan Crenshaw accosted by far-right protestors at Texas GOP convention
Then Representative Dan Crenshaw and some staff members were jostled and heckled by the Proud Boys and other right-wing extremists. They called Crenshaw, a Navy Seal who lost an eye during an explosion while serving in Afghanistan, “eyepatch McCain,” an insult Tucker Carlson debuted on his nightly Fox News hate hour last month. In a video, a man in a “45″ hat shouts that Crenshaw is a “traitor” who “needs to be hung for treason.”

Once considered a GOP rising star, Crenshaw has been roasted by some in his party for debunking Donald Trump’s lies about widespread voter fraud in an election he soundly lost.

Texas Republicans ended their convention with an aggressively far-right party platform that “rejects the certified results of the 2020 presidential election,” condemns “homosexuality” as an “abnormal lifestyle choice,” wants schoolchildren to “learn about the humanity of the pre-born child,” and wants the already gutted 1965 Voting Rights Act to be “repealed” and “not reauthorized.”

The Lone Star state should change its unofficial motto “Don’t Mess with Texas” to “Texas Is a Mess.” But such off-the-rails extremism isn’t confined to one state. We’re deep into the part of “Psycho” where “Mother” has completely overtaken Norman Bates.

“Mother,” of course, is Trump — twice impeached, booted from the White House by more than 81 million voters, and (if Attorney General Merrick Garland can be roused to act) perhaps some day facing indictment for his multiple schemes to subvert democracy and overturn the 2020 election. Instead of rejecting Trump in 2015, Republicans saw an opportunity to regain executive power by coddling white supremacy and this nation’s most base instincts. Now the monster they unleashed is turning its fangs on the party that created it.

We saw this during the 2020 election aftermath when state officials, many of them Republicans who voted for Trump, were inundated with death threats for refusing to cheat for him. What’s happening now has upped the ante, and it’s a direct result of Trump whipping up a violent mob to go after his vice president for disobeying his unconstitutional demands. If a president in a tweet can willfully endanger the well-being of his No. 2 during an insurrection, any guardrails have been dismantled and discarded. There’s not a big leap from insurrectionists yelling “Hang Mike Pence” to someone bellowing that Crenshaw should be hanged for treason for recognizing Joe Biden as the legitimately elected president.

Republicans brandishing guns as conservative signifiers is nothing new. Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado has posted so many photos of herself with firearms, her critics on social media call her “Klannie Oakley.” Greitens, however, has been accused of violence. His former wife alleges he had physically abused her and one of their children. Now he is encouraging harm against Republicans who aren’t sufficiently obedient to Trump. He’s echoing not only the insurrectionists, but Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee chair, who called Jan. 6 violence “legitimate political discourse.”

There’s little daylight between rank-and-file Republicans and the party’s most outrageous elements. To cover their political hides, some Republicans try to cling to Trump with one hand and gather what’s left of their shredded credibility with the other. Or they just stay silent. But their far-right counterparts feel no need for such cosplay since the GOP belongs fully to the vengeful former president. None of these people are unwilling hostages. They’re co-conspirators.

Deriding Republicans for choosing party over country now seems quaint compared with the doctrinaire depths to which this nation has plunged. Trumpublicans don’t want to revert back to the 1950s. They’re aiming to revive antebellum America. And in openly embracing violence as their running mate they’re demanding cultish devotion to the Big Lie, Trumpism, and Trump — or else.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trumpublicans-have-turned-on-republicans/ar-AAYIok8?cvid=f8631c65e15b440b8b0349577d72d7cb&ocid=winp2sv1plustaskbarhover
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Reply Tue 21 Jun, 2022 04:30 pm
@Real Music,
Real Music wrote:

Republicans say they’re gutting Social Security & Medicare to pay for tax cuts.

Republican leaders in Washington, D.C. are finally starting to admit that they are going to gut social safety net programs
in order to pay for their massive tax cuts for the top 1%. During recent interviews, several GOP congressman have said that
“entitlement reform” is on the agenda in order to stop the deficit from growing too large – a deficit that they ballooned
by more than 20% with their tax cuts for the rich.


Published Aug 22, 2018


[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1USFO41_oU[/youtube]


Biden Taps Anti-Social Security Ideologue To Oversee Program
BY MATTHEW CUNNINGHAM-COOK – 21 JUN 2022 –

Last month, President Joe Biden nominated a longtime advocate of Social Security privatization and benefit cuts to a key board overseeing the Social Security system. The move comes as Republicans get ready to push cuts to Social Security and Medicare, if they end up winning control of Congress during the November’s midterms, as expected.

The development suggests that there could soon be a coordinated push in Washington to cut the Social Security program, which provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to 66 million Americans.

On May 13, Biden chose to nominate Andrew Biggs, a fellow at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute think tank, for a Republican seat on the bipartisan Social Security Advisory Board, which was created in 1994 to consult the president and Congress about the Social Security system.

For years, Biggs has been a vocal critic of expanded Social Security and workers’ right to a secure, stable retirement free from the vagaries of the stock market. He has dismissed the retirement crisis as a non-issue and as recently as 2020 blamed problems with the Social Security system on “older Americans’ game of chicken.” And two decades ago, Biggs worked on a Bush administration commission that pushed to privatize Social Security.

In response to questions from The Lever, Biggs suggested he no longer favors privatizing Social Security. Instead, he said he now believes that nations’ Social Security-like programs should be “more focused on guaranteeing against poverty in old age while middle and high-income individuals take on greater responsibility for saving for retirement on their own, such as by the government establishing universal retirement savings accounts for every worker.”

Establishing such savings accounts would be a solution in search of a problem. Social Security is incredibly successful at delivering retirement benefits, and raising taxes on the wealthy would be a straightforward way to expand the program. Alternatively, creating retirement accounts invested in the stock market would involve a much more unwieldy and risky expansion of government programs — and would be a huge boon to Wall Street.

While the seat on the bipartisan board is by tradition assigned to a Republican, Biden could have chosen a moderate candidate — or even leaned on precedent to avoid the nomination process altogether. Former President Donald Trump routinely refused to nominate Democrats for seats on boards and commissions. Furthermore, Biden could use the efforts of Senate Republicans to block speedy confirmation of many of his nominees as justification for holding the seat open, said Jeff Hauser, director at the Revolving Door Project.

“If [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell’s caucus continues to slow-march consensus presidential nominees in order to limit the filling of vacant judgeships, independent agency commissioner slots, U.S. Attorney positions, and senior department officials,” said Hauser, “retaliation against an ardent opponent of Social Security would be both well warranted and good politics.”

“Carpal Tunnel Syndrome From Your Mouse Or Something”
For Biggs, attempting to milk government programs for private-sector profits is nothing new.

In 2001, Biggs was a staff analyst on George W. Bush’s commission on Social Security that advocated privatizing the government program by shifting the programs’ trust fund investments from U.S. Treasury bills to high-fee, high-risk “personal accounts” that seniors could use to invest Social Security assets in the stock and bond markets, like employees do with their 401(k) plans.

After that, Biggs spent four years working as an associate commissioner of the Social Security Administration, which administers the Social Security program, while Bush unsuccessfully pushed the unprecedented privatization efforts recommended by the 2001 commission.

A sample of Biggs’ writings on Social Security over the years shows that he:

Hand-waved away retirement insecurity for millions of Americans, saying that “only” 23 percent of seniors will have retirement incomes equal to or less than 75 percent of their average pre-retirement earnings.
Was concerned by Social Security taxes being raised on “upper-middle class Americans making as little as $140,000,” even though such a tax hike would massively increase long-term Social Security funding.
Endorsed cuts to Social Security, saying: “Most middle and upper-income retirees could survive just fine with slightly lower initial Social Security benefits and lower Cost of Living Adjustments after retirement.”
Argued that Social Security privatization would make Americans “not only richer, but also happier, healthier, more familial, smarter, and more active citizens.”
In 2013, Biggs justified the idea of raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits by saying that Americans’ “biggest on the job risk is, you know, carpal tunnel syndrome from your mouse or something like that.”.
For years, Biggs has led the American Enterprise Institute’s attacks on defined-benefit pensions in the public sector, pushing states and municipalities to lower the expected rate of return on their pension funds, which would make the funds look less promising and bolster the case for benefit cuts.

In 2016, President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers appointed Biggs to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, the unelected body that effectively controls financial matters on the island, which has pushed for deep cuts in public employees’ pensions, while bailing out the island’s Wall Street bondholders.

Biggs’ background and past statements make him a questionable choice to fill the Social Security Advisory Board vacancy — if Biden had to fill the vacancy at all.

As Hauser at the Revolving Door Project pointed out, Trump would routinely refuse to nominate Democrats for the seats they were owed on other bipartisan boards and commissions, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Progressives called on Democratic lawmakers to speak up and demand that Trump make the appointments — but the calls were ignored.

“Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump quietly pocket vetoed potential appointees recommended by Chuck Schumer during the Trump presidency, and sadly, the Democratic leadership ignored our call for action and never raised a fuss about it publicly,” Hauser told The Lever.

“However, that passivity doesn’t change the fact that a precedent was set,” he added — suggesting Biden should use that precedent to avoid nominating extremists like Biggs.
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