I try to point out eh moronic people that in government for my state of Mississippi.
I am sick of religious morons trying to force this country into some sort of theocracy……they try to use religion to force the country into obeying their archaic myths…..
One of the lamest things I have heard came from the mouth of a Senator from Mississippi, Cindy Hyde-Smith……this is her take on the possibility of Sunday voting…..”Souls to the polls” program…..
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) on Wednesday defended Georgia Republicans’ proposal to ban early voting on Sundays by saying allowing voting on that day would go against God’s word.
The Georgia Republicans’ proposal to ban Sunday voting is seen by many critics as a thinly veiled effort to stop Black churches from conducting “souls to the polls” voter drives that helped Democrats win Senate elections in the Peach State earlier this year.
However, Hyde-Smith argued that they’re really only interested in obeying God’s command to keep the Sabbath Day holy.
“God’s word in Exodus 20:18, it says remember the Sabbath and keep it holy,” she said.
Hyde-Smith also emphasized the importance of obeying God’s views on Sunday voting by taking out a dollar bill and pointing out that it says “In God We Trust” on it and that senators’ oaths of office end with the words, “So help me God.”
Someone please inform this mental midget that those words were not part of a dollar bill until 1957.
Time to get the religious bullsh*t out of government.
And time for idiots like Mississippi to get out of politics and find people that want to work for the entire population not the white majority.
Hyde-Smith is a racist pig and the country and the state of Mississippi will be better off without her babbling.
I have had no respect for so-called ‘think tanks’. Most of them find the conclusion they desire and they fit the dialog to help prove their conclusion…..and then there is all the cash that is funneled into these policy makers.
Millions upon millions find their way into these falsehood generators.
I do not have much good to say about the GOP but from time to time I find myself in agreement with their attempts…..and think tank cash is one of those policies….
New legislation introduced by three Republican members of Congress would set a new bar for transparency in funding from think tanks receiving foreign funding. The legislation — “Think Tank and Nonprofit Influence Disclosure Act of 2021” — aims to “root out foreign funding behind America’s policy research institutions” by requiring disclosure of foreign governments and foreign political parties that contribute in excess $50,000 per year to think tanks.
The requirement for think tanks to disclose their foreign sources of funding is particularly focused on revealing the extent of Chinese government-linked funding of think tanks, but the bills sponsors — Reps. Lance Gooden (R-Texas), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) — emphasized that the extent of foreign influence in U.S. think tanks is a far reaching problem.
“Experts believe there are numerous foreign governments backing American think tanks and nonprofits, and that the Chinese Communist Party and Russian government are among those who seek to influence U.S. policymakers in this way,” said a press release from Gooden’s office.
The Republican bill closely closely reflects the policy recommendations in last year’s report by Ben Freeman, director of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, which found that $174 million in foreign funding went to top U.S. think tanks between 2014 and 2018, and advised that “think tanks should be required, by law, to publicly disclose funding from foreign powers.”
A Responsible Statecraft and American Prospect investigation in January found that the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which Wilson is a member, was regularly briefed by experts affiliated with think tanks that refuse to provide transparency into their funding sources.
By now most of us have hard about the proposal of Medicare For All, henceforth to be known as M4A, but in case you have been up the ass of some local cowardly politician then I can help you understand….
We have been fighting this pandemic for over a year and I feel that M4A could have been a positive influence on that fight if only it had been in place….
A new report released Tuesday morning by consumer advocacy group Public Citizen makes the case that the United States’ fragmented for-profit healthcare system hampered the nation’s coronavirus response “at every turn,” resulting in millions of Covid-19 infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths that likely would have been prevented under a Medicare for All system.
“The reality is that our for-profit healthcare system put the U.S. at a dangerous disadvantage and hindered rapid response,” Public Citizen’s new report reads. “It has also meant millions of Americans have contracted Covid-19 unnecessarily and hundreds of thousands of deaths could have been prevented.”
“Under Medicare for All, everyone would have consistent coverage regardless of their employment status or employer,” the report continues. “And because Americans would have their choice of providers, instead of facing the narrow networks their employers choose for them, they would face fewer challenges getting care, especially during a pandemic where some hospitals and providers are overwhelmed by demand.”
It is time for the country to get something they have been expecting for decades…..adequate health care.
Medicare For All would suit that desire beautifully…..plus it is heads above Obamacare.
For those too damn lazy to do their own research before they choose to support or oppose M4A…..let me help what is in the proposal…..
(1) Hospital services, including inpatient and outpatient hospital care, including 24-hour-a-day emergency services and inpatient prescription drugs.
(2) Ambulatory patient services.
(3) Primary and preventive services, including chronic disease management.
(4) Prescription drugs and medical devices, in- cluding outpatient prescription drugs, medical de- vices, and biological products.
(5) Mental health and substance use treatment services, including inpatient care.
(6) Laboratory and diagnostic services.
(7) Comprehensive reproductive, maternity, and newborn care.
(8) Dentistry/Oral health, audiology, and vision/opthamology services.
(9) Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.
(10) Emergency services and transportation.
(11) Early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment services.
(12) Necessary transportation to receive health care services for persons with disabilities, older indi- viduals with functional limitations, or low-income in- dividuals (as determined by the Secretary).
(14) Hospice care.
(15) Services provided by a licensed marriage and family therapist or a licensed mental health counselor.(In addition to psychiatrists, licensed clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses.)
Co-payments and deductibles paid at health professionals’ offices are ended because payment for health insurance is fully prepaid directly into Medicare, just like pre-payment into Social Security, and covered at first dollar amounts. This means the obsolete 80 percent/20 percent payment split between private health insurance companies and Medicare is eliminated, with Medicare for All 2021 covering 100 percent.
As a person who needs meds to continue to breathe….I would like to see something done to rein in the industry to make my meds more affordable…..
Ask and I get an answer…..Sen. Bernie. has a plan….
Sen. Bernie Sanders and dozens of his congressional allies on Tuesday introduced a trio of bills aimed at slashing U.S. prescription drug costs—which are by far the highest in the industrialized world—and reining in pharmaceutical companies whose profits depend on charging increasingly exorbitant prices.
“The time is now to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry and say enough is enough,” said the Vermont senator, who is pushing to include the three measures in an upcoming budget reconciliation package. “The greed of drug companies is out of control and the cost is human lives.”
Titled The Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, The Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act, and The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act, the three new measures would dramatically alter a status quo under which pharmaceutical corporations have broad discretion to set prices as they please, with little government regulation standing in the way and minimal generic competition.
Under The Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, the head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be required to ensure that the U.S. public doesn’t pay more for prescription medicines than the people of Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan. According to a RAND Corporation study released in January, U.S. prescription drug prices are more than two-and-a-half times higher on average than those of 32 OECD nations, including the five countries named in the new bill.
Think about what that kind of cash could do for the people of this country.
But sadly the road of war has few exit ramps.
War on Terror has added nearly $2 trillion, or more than 35%, to the U.S. debt. It also raises the U.S. budget deficit. Defense spending is such a big chunk of the budget that there is no realistic way to reduce either without cutting it.
Keep in mind that the War on Terror is not limited to Afghanistan and Iraq and to a smaller extent Syria….it is being “fought” in some 80 countries.
Let’s not forget the over 800,000 people who have been victims of the War on Terror….
I think it is time to declare victory and pull our troops away from the insanity and to place the War On Terror in the dust bin of history.
And I am not alone…..the Austrian Economics Center agrees…..
It’s amazing how we can become numb to circumstances with the passing of time. The U.S.-led War on Terror is nearing its twentieth year with no clear end in sight. Indeed, to many average people in the West, the perpetual violence of the War on Terrorism has become normal, and we have become indifferent.
America bombing and invading the Middle East has become a dark cliché. Nobody bats an eye. There are so many facets, so many groups, and countries involved, and so many interconnected moving parts that it’s perfectly understandable to throw your hands up and accept this whole dizzying headache as just the way things are and always will be, forever.