Not One Vote!

Recently the House voted on HR1…..

It isn’t your usual bill, the For The People Act introduced Friday by House Democrats. Also known as HR 1, symbolically their first legislation, it is a 571-page compendium of existing problems and proposed solutions in four political hot zones: voting, political money, redistricting and ethics.

A pledge to pass the bill was a common theme among Democratic House candidates last year.

Short Titles as Introduced

For the People Act of 2019

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act
  • Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2019
  • CLEAR Act
  • Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act of 2019
  • Connecting Lobbyists and Electeds for Accountability and Reform Act
  • DISCLOSE Act of 2019
  • Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2019
  • Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2019
  • Democracy Restoration Act of 2019
  • Election Security Act
  • Empower Act of 2019
  • Ethics in Public Service Act
  • Executive Branch Comprehensive Ethics Enforcement Act of 2019
  • Executive Branch Conflict of Interest Act
  • Government By the People Act of 2019
  • Help America Run Act
  • Honest Ads Act
  • Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2019
  • Presidential Inaugural Committee Oversight Act
  • Prevent Election Hacking Act of 2019
  • Redistricting Reform Act of 2019
  • Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act
  • Save Voters Act
  • Stand By Every Ad Act
  • Stop Automatically Voiding Eligible Voters Off Their Enlisted Rolls in States Act
  • Stop Super PAC-Candidate Coordination Act
  • Transition Team Ethics Improvement Act
  • Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2019
  • Voter Empowerment Act of 2019
  • Voter Registration Modernization Act of 2019
  • White House Ethics Transparency Act of 2019

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/all-info

The vote has been taken…..and by their voting on the issue seems that the GOP is with Trump and anti-democratic……

Not a single House Republican voted for sweeping Democratic legislation that would strengthen voting rights and reduce the influence of corporate money on the political process.

The “For the People Act” (H.R. 1) passed on Friday by 234-193 party-line vote. All 193 no votes were by Republicans. Four Republicans did not vote.

“Protecting our democracy shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but the Republican Party has decided it is unwilling to even consider reform despite virtually all Americans agreeing that our system is broken,” Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, said in a statement.

“Today’s vote on H.R. 1 is a monumental step forward for our country that will hopefully lead to the people retaking control of our government from special interests, lobbyists, and billionaire donors,” Pearl added. “It’s also a shameful reminder that Republicans are pursuing political power for the few over the fundamental values that this country was founded on.”

 
But the GOP need not worry….it will go to the Senate and as we all know the Senate is where good ideas go to DIE!
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That “Radical” Green New Deal

To hear the GOP tell it the Dems Green New Deal is something out of the playbook of Stalin or some other “commie” despot……the problem is that not all Dems are on-board with the proposal and will join in the slandering of the plan with the GOP…..

…….calling the Left “antis” – people who are just against stuff but not for anything – is only one of the rhetorical mechanisms employed to slander and demean radicals and progressives.  Another set of false accusations come into play when progressive solutions see the light of day and threaten to garner significant popular support.  When that happens, it no longer suffices to say that the Left offers no alternatives. The slander shifts and portside activists and intellectuals are accused of calling for too much, not for too little.  They are charged with authoritarian, even totalitarian overreach. At the same time, Left proposals are smeared as “unrealistic,” “fantastic,” “pie-in-the sky,” “dreamy,” and the like.

As with the “no solution” slur, this different set of allegations come not just from Republicans but also and most dangerously from the reigning corporate and neoliberal wing of the Democratic Party, assigned the task of defining and policing the narrow leftmost boundaries of acceptable political and policy debate in the United States.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/25/slandering-the-not-so-radical-green-new-deal-a-bipartisan-operation/

Personally, there is nothing radical about the Green New Deal….most of it would be commonsense if it weren’t for stupid that has invaded the process and the science…..

But do not believe me….read an analysis for yourself……

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/03/04/theres-nothing-radical-about-the-green-new-deal/

The idea is a noble one but by the time the neo-liberal twats in the DNC get through with it it will be a shadow of its previous self.

AS usual the GOP and its talking heads have attacked using the tired old meme from the 1950s……beware this is “socialism”…..well no it sounds more like an infrastructure bill than socialism….and did not this current president talk and promise something about a massive infrastructure plan?

Where is the plan from the GOP?  Once again they have NOTHING to offer but dragging the institutions of government down the toilet with their party.

And the problem will remain the same….as always…… problems in search of a solution.

Closing Thought–08Mar19–#2

The House has passed HR1…….and the peasants danced……

What is HR1?

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/text

To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.

BREAKING: The House just passed HR1, which includes: -Automatic voter registration -Public financing of elections -An end to gerrymandering -Election Day as a federal holiday -Support for overturning Citizens United This is the greatest victory for democracy in generations.

Victory?

Is that not a bit premature?

After all it must go to the Senate….and as we all know…the Senate is where good ideas go to die a slow death.

Maybe the media should hold off on proclaiming this a blow for democracy just yet…….maybe wait to see just how bad the Senate can screw this bill up…….

Just A Thought.

At Least The Dems Try

The Dems control the House and they have set about trying to fix some of the problems created by the GOP House…..

Our many many many wars……some of the Dems have tried to fix that problem…..

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are the latest lawmakers to endorse the “End the Forever War” pledge being offered by veterans group Common Defense.

The open letter was issued just over a week ago by the group. Already eight lawmakers who have endorsed the plan, three senators and five members of the House of Representatives. They are predominantly progressives so far, including two presidential candidates in Sen. Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

The open letter describes the “Forever War” as the open-ended war that the US has been engaged in since 2001, and seeks pledges of lawmakers of all political stripes to reclaim Congress’ historical oversight of war and end the conflicts.

(antiwar.com)

Sadly this will go nowhere! The defense industry owns most of the House as well as the Senate and anything that would lessen their profit will be met with failure.

Then they also tackled the subject of net neutrality……

House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation that would fully restore net neutrality protections in a bid to rescue the open internet from corporate throttling, discrimination, and censorship.

“The Save the Internet Act is one of the few pieces of congressional legislation that actually does what it says in the title,” Evan Greer, deputy director of the advocacy group Fight for the Future, said in a statement. “The internet is going to come down like a political hammer on any lawmaker who fails to co-sponsor it.”

Again this will be met with stern opposition……the GOP rules the Senate and it will not make it past them if it were to possibly make in out of the House…..

I will give them a C+ for trying to do what is right and necessary….but that does not change the fact that this to shall fail.

The Senate where good ideas go to DIE!

Learn Stuff!

Turn The Page!

Those “Progressive” Democrats

I have been a radical for many years and many of my radical ideas are now what the country calls “progressive” ideas…..personally, I get pissed if one calls me a “liberal” for I am so much more than a limp dick liberal…..and calling me a progressive also gets my dander up for basically the same reason.

Being a Democrat means that you are willing to give away all your big ideas in the name of bi-partisanship and water down any progress i the name of their re-election campaign…….

Great ideas that have been pissed away…..

+  the public financing of elections

+ proportional representation in elected legislative assemblies

+ abolition of the archaic Electoral College in US presidential elections

+  breaking up giant corporations and placing corporations under popular control

+ making corporate directors personally liable for company crimes

+  limiting and transforming corporate charters in accord with social and environmental needs and priorities

+ the replacement of toxic corporate agribusiness with sustainable and organic agriculture measures to ensure conservation and ecological restoration

+ the replacement of fossil fuels with alternative renewable energy

+ the introduction single payer national health insurance for all – the de-commodification of  health care

+  the development of rapid mass-transit

+ statehood for Washington DC

+  steep progressive income, wealth and business taxes

+  giant jobs programs to meet social and environmental needs

+  the re-legalization of union organizing

+ massive slashing of the giant Pentagon budget and conversion to a peacetime economy in which resources formerly dedicated to the military are directed to meeting social needs

+ repealing so-called free trade agreements

+ the progressive funding and reform of Social Security

+ a financial transactions tax and a carbon tax to help pay for renewable energy programs and other worthy social and environmental investments.

Just a short list of great ideas that were pissed away to please everybody……and more “centrist” ideas were bought in by big business……

So these “progressive” Dems that the news goes on and on about are NO such thing…..they will call themselves as pragmatist but that is a lie also…..the Dems since Bubba Clinton have allowed more conserv ideas to creep into the party….they beat their chest about “big ideas” and let them die a cowardly death on the floor of Congress.

Do not buy the Progressive label without researching their ideas…..and keep in mind that talk is cheap…their actions in the past speak volumes of the cowardice.

Plus these “Progressive” Dems want to silence a member for having an opinion that they do not agree with…..as I said before…..Progressive my ass!

Health Is Expensive

In the last decade as I grow older my health has come into question…..first a badly broken leg that needed screw to repair…..then loss of 4 toes because I was a heavy smoker for 50 years….then a diagnosis that I have diabetes and high blood pressure…..all that has been costly…..meds out my butt….the insulin alone is $450…..

My hospital stays are not completely covered by Medicare so I have been hit with bills on top of bills and then there are those “drug plans” that pay NOTHING hardly so drugs are expensive.

I pay monthly on my bill but if I cannot pay $200 a month I am turned over as a deadbeat and sent to a collection agency….the best health care in the world MY FUCKING ASS!

I am fortunate I have a pretty good retirement pension and I have some savings without that then I would probably be sleeping on the street with my honey and my dogs in a discarded packing crate under bridge somewhere……

I bring all this personal stuff up because of something the Dems are favoring…..Medicare for All…..

The concept of expanding Medicare coverage to not only seniors and disabled people but just about everyone, has recently shot up in popularity among Democrats and party activists at the national level.

Among proponents of so-called Medicare for All, there are varying ideas for how such a government-paid and government-administered health insurance system would work and how exactly it would affect patients, doctors, hospitals and insurance companies.

Still, there are key similarities in the proposals put out so far for either a national or one-state-only Medicare for All system:

They would all entail expanding insurance coverage — and raising taxes a lot.

Yet they also could result in lower total health care spending across the private sector that could make up for all the new taxes. For instance, businesses and families could end up paying less for health care overall, even considering the additional health care taxes.

Some of the overall savings, however, could require cutting the pay of highly skilled doctors.

Or read a better explanation from Vox.com……

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/7/2/17468448/medicare-for-all-single-payer-health-care-2018-elections

The main reason I got onto this rant was from an article I read while laid up in the hospital……

Medical problems contributed to 66.5% of all bankruptcies, a figure that is virtually unchanged since before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study published yesterday as an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health. The findings indicate that 530,000 families suffer bankruptcies each year that are linked to illness or medical bills.

The study, carried out by a team of two doctors, two lawyers, and a sociologist from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP), surveyed a random sample of 910 Americans who filed for personal bankruptcy between 2013 and 2016, and abstracted the court records of their bankruptcy filings. The study, which is one component of the CBP’s ongoing bankruptcy research, provides the only national data on medical contributors to bankruptcy since the 2010 passage of the ACA. Bankruptcy debtors reported that medical bills contributed to 58.5% of bankruptcies, while illness-related income loss contributed to 44.3%; many debtors cited both of these medical issues.

http://pnhp.org/news/new-medical-bankruptcy-study-two-thirds-of-filers-cite-illness-and-medical-bills-as-contributors-to-financial-ruin/

This is an embarrassment….this country supposedly the “BEST” country in the world and most Americans cannot afford to get sick.

Time for a change and most freshman Congresspeople, the Dems, are on-board with Medicare For All…..I like the idea as long as Big Pharma is put into check….but I am afraid that the old guard Dems will do what they always do….turn coward and water down any health plans…..

A Medicare buy-in. A Medicaid buy-in. Medicare for retiring police officers and firefighters under the age of 65. Defend and strengthen Obamacare.

With Medicare for All polling at an unprecedented 70 percent support among the American public and headed toward its first-ever congressional hearing, Politico on Tuesday reported that there is a growing effort among congressional Democrats—including some 2020 presidential hopefuls—to “water down” the grassroots push for a transformative single-payer program by offering up more incremental approaches to solving America’s for-profit healthcare crisis.

The proposals listed above, which Politico encapsulated with the term “Medicare for More,” are just a handful of ideas Democratic lawmakers have put forth as ostensibly more “pragmatic” paths to achieving a humane healthcare system.

But grassroots Medicare for All advocates and campaigners—whose voices were absent from Politico‘s report—strongly objected to any plan that leaves intact central elements of a status quo that has produced enormous profits for the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, while leaving millions of Americans with soaring costs or entirely uninsured.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/22/progressives-warn-against-democrats-pushing-diluted-half-measures-alternative

I stand with the Progressives……do not let the industry write the bill like they did for Obamacare….the people of this country deserves adquate health care.

Women…..A Media Smear Campaign

If you need an example that the MSM does not really hold to that old saying “fair and balanced”….those days are gone thanx to a Clinton program that allowed corporations to buy then control the news.

Since the midterms and a wealth of freshman Dem reps have entered the House most of whom are more progressive than the cowards that pretend to be so…..and now the media will do their job and try to smear these reps to keep any progressive agenda from seeing the light of day.

The MSM will emphasize the petty stories to keep the bigger stories from the airwaves.

They, MSM, seem to have their sights on 3 or 4 of the freshman representatives, the women, AOC, Ilhan, Rashida….then there is the campaign against an established rep……Tulsi Gabbard……

Apparently these women have more balls than the men in the House and the they plus the media are scared to death of strong women with plans.

Let’s begin with Ilhan and were statement about AIPAC (a statement that was NOT fact checked)…..I wrote about her statement earlier…..https://lobotero.com/2019/02/12/speaking-the-truth/

The MSM spent a couple days smearing her as much as possible…..

Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has published an apology for making self-evident observations about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an immensely influential lobbying firm which, like all lobbying firms, works to influence government policy toward a specific agenda, in this case the interests of the Israeli government. She issued the apology after hours upon hours of shrill, hysterical shrieking accusations of antisemitism from the entire establishment political-media class.

https://theantimedia.com/ilhan-omar-smeared-by-political-establishment/

Like I wrote….she was not fact checked for her statement and the MSM has full time fact checkers for Trump and they could not take the time to do her the courtesy.

Next on the MSM hit list is the Palestinian-American rep Rashida….she got on the list because she called someone a MF……

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who officially became the first Palestinian-American congresswoman last week, was accused Monday of perpetuating historically anti-Semitic sentiments.

It is already the second major controversy for the freshman lawmaker. Last week — on the same day she was sworn into Congress — Tlaib triggered widespread condemnation and backlash after she referred to President Donald Trump as a “motherf***er,” asserting that she will effortlessly work to impeach the president.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/rashida-tlaib-anti-semitic-smear

I like her grit!

Ilhan and Rashida are targeted by others as well as the MSM….

Hardly anything has been more disruptive to geopolitics as usual in the Middle East than the newly flourishing relationship between the Saudi monarchy and the state of Israel.

While the newfound coziness between the two states is built largely on shared enmity towards Iran, the normalising of ties comes at the expense of the Palestinians, who have become, once again, all but ignored in the world of Arab politics.

https://theantimedia.com/rashida-tlaib-ilhan-omar-saudi-israel/

The most popular of the freshman Congresswoman, AOC, has got the MSM and the conservs running scared because of her popularity and her social media savvy….she is using it more effectively that “what’s his name”……

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a breakout star in the Democratic Party since June, when she pulled off a stunning upset in the New York midterm primaries, beating Rep. Joe Crowley, a top Democrat in the House.

And, not coincidentally, she has also become the white-hot epicenter of not just derision, but blistering, nonstop criticism from conservatives and Republicans.

Ocasio-Cortez is a part of the new left flank of the Democratic Party that is fighting both Republicans and establishment Democrats (and, occasionally, the media) in advance of the fall midterms.

https://www.vox.com/explainers/2018/8/20/17674910/conservatives-republicans-ocasio-cortez-democratic-socialist-2018-midterms

Another rep that I like a lot…..she punishes back when morons attack….no excuses….great.

Finally (for now) is the only woman of the list that has announced she is running in 2020 for president….Tulsi.

So far she is the only candidate that is an antiwar candidate (will get my support for now) and the MSM cannot tolerate a candidate that does not support our many many wars…..

Last week, as a polar vortex engulfed broad swaths of the upper Midwest, Rachel Maddow offered a chilling hypothetical. “What would happen if Russia killed the power in Fargo today?” she asked her viewers. “I mean, what would you do if you lost heat indefinitely as the act of a foreign power, on the same day the temperature in your front yard matched the temperature in Antarctica?”

Since Robert Mueller began his collusion investigation nearly two years ago, Maddow has emerged as one of the nation’s leading “Russiagate” conspiracists, but she is hardly alone. Days after the MSNBC host speculated that Russian President Vladimir Putin might try to freeze unsuspecting North Dakotans to death, NBC News published an article with the headline, “Russia’s propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard.” And like Maddow’s on-air musings, the report has proved no less irresponsible.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-mainstream-medias-smearing-of-tulsi-gabbard/

Four strong women representatives and the MSM like the “old guard” in the Congress especially the old white dudes are afraid and running scared as these women come to the forefront.

I am positive that the MSM is not through with the lies and the smears on these women.

******One side note……watch the media and listen……the overpaid douches on TV as pundits are scared to death of these women….they are taking every opportunity to smear them and tell just how ignorant they are, the women I mean, the MSM is SCARED to death that their policies, progressive policies will become popular and they will be in the cross hairs that they will bad mouth every turn these women talk, even the women pundits will them, like good old MIKA……do not be swayed by the fearful pundits……evaluate these women and their policies for yourself and not from slogans…..check their policies and the facts.  The country needs these women and their voices do not let the pundits, corporations and MSM silence them!******